Find a Surrogate
Surrogacy is the process where a woman (the Surrogate), helps those who are unable to carry a pregnancy. Intended Parents, bring their child to life.
Every surrogacy journey is unique, but here are some elements that you can expect to see:
Learn more details about a surrogacy journey
While understanding the concept of surrogacy is rather simple, the process can be complex and overwhelming for some people – this is why it is important to work with an experienced and compassionate agency – like The Fertility Agency.
We have been in business since 2004, and have helped bring over 1100+ babies into the world. Plus, our co-founders Kathryn and Lauri are both former Intended Parents and went through their own journeys to create their families. Our Agency’s years of experience and personal journeys have given us exposure to a wide variety of scenarios, expertise in anticipating problems before they arise, and enable us to create a perfect balance between business and passion.
At The Fertility Agency, we believe that everyone has the right to experience the joy of becoming a parent. We work with Intended Parents from all over the globe, from different backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, married or not! Our caring, experienced staff will provide you with the proper guidance and respect that you need for a smooth surrogacy journey.
No matter how much (or how little) research you might have done so far, you still might be wondering where to start, how long will all of this take, what professionals are needed, how much it will cost, and finally – how you will find the perfect surrogate.That is what we are here for!
Our experienced staff oversees all the elements of your journey – from carefully screening each Surrogate candidate to making referrals to reproductive endocrinologists (aka REs), attorneys, psychologists, surrogacy escrow companies and most importantly finding your TrueMatch™ Surrogate!
Your first step is to set up a complimentary consultation. During your consultation, you will speak with one of our agency co-founders. They will answer all your questions about surrogacy (and egg donation, if you need one) and discuss your specific needs. See, we’re here to make things easier for you.
When working with a Gestational Surrogate, your Surrogate will not have any biological connection to the child she is carrying. Therefore you will need to select an IVF clinic to create embryos and transfer them to your Surrogate. Here’s how to get started. You should start the search for Egg Donors and a clinic at the same time or before you begin your surrogacy journey.
If you haven’t already done so, select an IVF clinic and a Reproductive Endocrinologist (aka RE, aka fertility doctor). Clinics can greatly impact your journey. Clinics with low success rates (or that don’t regularly handle surrogacy and egg donation journeys) may be more difficult to work with, causing you and your surrogate greater frustration, and costing you more money and time. So, the key factors in finding a good clinic are:
Once you have your doctor and clinic selected you will need to create embryos with either:
Finding the right clinic and Egg Donor for yourself is something we can discuss during our free consultation. We are happy to make some introductions for you if you’d like. Just let us know!
We know that each journey is unique, but here are some of the milestones you can expect to encounter.
Already have a surrogacy clinic? You can skip to the next section.
Need a clinic? We are happy to recommend the ones with the best success rates. Just ask us.
Need an Egg Donor? This is the right time to get started on the search – don’t worry, we can guide you through it as well.
Using your own eggs? Now is the time to create your embryos (if you haven’t done so already).
Congratulations! You’re all set and ready to get matched with your Surrogate!
This is where our years of expertise and talent shine! Your TrueMatch™ Surrogate will be someone who –
We will exchange profiles between you and your Surrogate and if you like each other your Case Manager is assigned.
If all goes well during the video call, and it usually does, we’ll make the match official!
Now it’s time to get pregnant!
Your attorney will draft your surrogacy contract and review it with you. Then they will forward it to your surrogate and her own attorney for their review.
During the matching phase, we will have created what we call “contract points”. This will help guide both attorneys during the drafting and signing of contracts and is our way of helping make the legal phase run as smoothly as possible.
Once contracts are completed and all parties review and sign them, your attorney will issue legal clearance.
Surrogate Medical Calendar
Now that you have legal clearance and your team of experts is in place, it’s time to focus on the on the fun part – creating your baby! At this point you will already have your embryos ready for transfer, so your clinic will issue a medical calendar for your Surrogate with the medication start date, monitoring appointments and transfer date. Finally, it is time for the Embryo Transfer. This is a very important milestone, and some Intended Parents like to attend it in person if they can.
After the transfer, your Surrogate returns home and she will go to a local clinic for her beta tests and confirmation of heartbeat. YAY! You’re pregnant!
Now that you are pregnant, for the first 9-12 weeks –
Before you know it, it will be time to go to the hospital for your baby’s arrival.
Congratulations, your baby is here!
While your surrogate’s big job is done, ours is not.
We stay with you for as long as you need us.
Six months post-birth, your escrow account will be closed and that is usually the end of your journey with us…unless you want to start working on your sibling journey!
Our co-founders Kathryn and Lauri are former Intended Parents (through surrogacy and egg donation) and have been helping create families since 2004. Those years of experience have given them and their staff extensive exposure to different scenarios, expertise in anticipating problems before they arise, plus significant business experience to create a perfect balance between business and passion. Our success is based on integrity, stability and honesty. We also have a compassionate and professional team of Case Managers and Surrogate Coordinators.
These are just a few reasons that contribute to our stellar reputation.