The process of starting a family looks different for everyone. For some, it’s an effortless journey. For others, it’s an emotional roller coaster. Surrogacy is a wonderful solution for couples who struggle with fertility, for those who can’t have children on their own, or for those who want to start a family without a pregnancy of their own. But finding a quality surrogate isn’t always easy.
That’s where a surrogacy agency comes in. There are many services, resources, and types of support that a surrogacy agency provides that you won’t get elsewhere. And all of these features can benefit intended parents like you throughout the surrogacy process.
Services, Resources and Support From a Surrogacy Agency
There are plenty of valid reasons to use a surrogacy agency instead of dealing with finding a surrogate on your own:
Experience and expertise: Surrogacy agencies have years of experience matching intended parents with suitable surrogates. They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the surrogacy process — including legal and medical prowess — that is invaluable to intended parents who are new to the process.
Screened, high-quality surrogates: Agencies that specialize in surrogacy already have a pool of surrogate candidates who have gone through a rigorous screening process. Only the best of the best are selected. In fact, most applicants are turned down during the intake process, leaving only the most qualified ones to be matched with our intended parents. This pool is typically more extensive than intended parents could access on their own.
Fun fact: We turn down about 90% (or possibly more) of our gestational surrogate applicants, and when it comes to egg donors, we only accept the best. We’ve looked at other agency’s profiles and have discovered that we do more comprehensive screening for both our egg donors and surrogates.
Matching programs based on data: Matching intended parents with a surrogate isn’t a random draw out of a hat. It should be a meaningful, quality fit. Surrogacy agencies consider factors like medical history, lifestyle, and personality to pair intended parents with a surrogate who is most compatible with their preferences. That means surrogacy agencies can match intended parents with a surrogate who has similar values, goals, and preferences — giving the relationship between surrogate and intended parents a solid foundation.
Legal and medical support: Surrogacy agencies provide legal and medical support to intended parents through attorneys, medical clinics, etc. Legal support can help intended parents navigate complex laws and regulations around surrogacy in their state or country. Medical support can include:
- Finding the right fertility clinic and healthcare provider
- Coordinating medical appointments
- Managing medication schedules
- And more
Doula support: Some agencies (like us) offer doula support as long as the surrogate and intended parents are in agreement about it. Many intended parents and gestational surrogates like that special support during the birth process, which we can definitely help make happen.
Emotional support: The surrogacy process is sometimes emotionally challenging for intended parents. Surrogacy agencies often provide counseling, support groups, and other resources to help intended parents cope with the emotional aspects of surrogacy.
Financial support: Surrogacy can be expensive. Most surrogacy agencies offer some type of financial assistance to help intended parents navigate the costs of surrogacy. They can provide information on the total price of surrogacy, insurance coverage, and financing options.
One-on-one support: Many agencies offer some type of one-on-one support through the form of a case manager or other personnel. These individuals are with you every step of the way, and make sure things are moving forward in a timely manner. They also communicate with your clinic to ensure they’re aware of you and your surrogate’s particular needs. And they’ll handle the contact with therapists for mental health professional evaluations.
From experience, expertise and quality matching programs to legal resources, medical services and one-on-one support, surrogacy agencies can help intended parents. They’ll find the right surrogate, navigate the complex legal and medical aspects of surrogacy, and provide emotional support throughout the journey. Overall, an agency helps intended parents focus on what really matters: starting a family. You don’t have to do it alone. Partner with a surrogacy agency to have a baby with confidence and peace of mind.
Surrogacy and Egg Donor Services
Since 2004, The Fertility Agency has helped bring over 1100+ babies into the world. We work with all intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors no matter their sexual preference, relationship status, ethnicity, location, etc. Our personal experiences and years of expertise provide us with the perfect balance of business and passion. Contact us for more information.