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Beginning the Surrogacy Process

Beginning the surrogacy process

Making someone else’s dream come true is a life-changing experience. Thank you for considering becoming a surrogate with the Center for Surrogate Parenting and offering to give the greatest gift of all: a lifetime of love. At our surrogacy agency in the United States, the first steps in beginning the surrogacy process are the key to a successful journey.

In the early stages of our process, you will learn what it takes to help a family welcome a new baby into their lives. While we help you learn how to become a surrogate, this phase also gives us the chance to confirm that gestational surrogacy is safe for you.

How to start the surrogacy process at CSP

When you are ready to explore surrogacy, there are important things to consider and several tasks to complete. Each one brings you one step closer to beginning the surrogacy process.

Discuss surrogacy with your partner. When considering being a surrogate, it’s extremely important to talk about it with your partner or closest family members. Your decision to become a gestational surrogate will have a big impact on many aspects of your family’s life, and it is important that your partner and family are supportive of your choice and fully committed to being by your side throughout the process.

Ensure you meet CSP’s surrogacy requirements. Before you apply to become a CSP surrogate, there are several basic criteria that you must meet. If you meet these surrogate requirements, we encourage you to move forward with an application.

Fill out an application. The next step in beginning the surrogacy process is completing a straightforward surrogate application on our website. If you need a few weeks or months to plan ahead for pregnancy, that’s OK – we can process your application now, complete your screening, and move forward with a match when the time is right for you.

Preparing for surrogacy

Once you reach this point in the journey, we will help you take the following steps to verify your eligibility to become a surrogate, and to ensure that you understand everything you need to know about the surrogacy process.

Initial phone interview. After one of our coordinators reviews and approves your application, we will contact you to schedule an initial phone interview. This call covers the screening process, expectations and surrogate requirements that you’ll need to meet before you get matched with hopeful parents. All our coordinators were once surrogates with CSP, so they can help you get a feel for what it will be like. You’ll also discuss what types of hopeful parents you’d like to help, and what type of relationship you’d like to have with them during the pregnancy.

Counselor phone interview. After your initial phone interview, we schedule a more thorough interview with a counselor. This surrogacy expert will make sure you’re mentally prepared to move ahead with gestational surrogacy.

Attend a surrogate support group meeting. We will invite you to attend one of our surrogate support group meetings. There, you will meet CSP surrogates from your local area, in all stages of the surrogacy process. Some may share their beautiful birth stories. Some may have just done an embryo transfer and are excitedly awaiting their pregnancy test results. Some may be just about to meet their hopeful parents. You will be welcomed into their circle and get the support and answers you need about how to become a surrogate.

Testing. An important part of preparing for surrogacy involves social disease screening, testing for drugs and nicotine, and a criminal background check. CSP carefully pre-screens all surrogates prior to a match, to help ensure that a surrogate pregnancy will be both safe and successful.

Insurance policy review. We will review your existing medical insurance policy to determine whether you are covered for a gestational surrogacy pregnancy. If not, we will purchase a policy for you.

Beginning the surrogacy process usually takes two to four months. This gives you time to process the information, complete all necessary psychological and medical testing, and decide to move forward with our surrogacy agency in the United States. However, we can move at your pace, helping you find a match and start your cycle when the timing is best for you and your family.

Next steps

After we approve your surrogacy application, we recommend taking care of certain tasks to prepare for the next steps.

  • Gather your medical records from past pregnancies and deliveries. Also include the results from your most recent Pap smear and physical.
  • Ask your HR department for a copy of your medical insurance coverage details, or get access to view it online.
  • Make a list of any questions you have about becoming a gestational surrogate.

The expert team at our surrogacy agency in the United States is here to assist you from the beginning through the end of the process, so you know all you need to know about how to become a surrogate. We can help you navigate every step, from the initial screening process to the day you place the baby into his or her parents’ waiting arms.

We are endlessly grateful for you stepping forward and volunteering to help make someone else’s dream a reality. Our team is confident that surrogacy will be a rewarding experience that will enrich your life and the lives of others. Contact our surrogacy agency in the United States for more information about beginning the surrogacy process.