Six surrogacy steps – Become a parent
Surrogacy isn’t a new concept. However, we’ve learned a great deal more about infertility over time. Culturally, our society is also expanding its definition of parenthood beyond the traditional roles and ideals. Surrogacy allows those who wish to be parents to start a family. Here are the surrogacy steps to help you get started.
There are many reasons why someone would turn to surrogacy. There may be medical issues that prevent conception or carrying a child to term. Or the parents may be in a gay long-term relationship or marriage. And many singles want to start families on their own. Regardless of the reason, surrogacy is a realistic alternative to adoption. In the past, couples would have been forced to give up on having children, but that is no longer the case. The philosophy at Center for Surrogate Parenting is that anyone who is able to care for a child has the right to become a parent.
Surrogacy allows you to bring a child into the world who shares your DNA. The surrogacy steps to creating your family aren’t complicated, but each step is vital. It also allows CSP to screen and verify that all those involved in the surrogacy are ready to become parents and understand the process. Every surrogacy is unique, so each will progress within its own time frame. However, the average surrogacy takes between 15 and 18 months.
Step 1 of the journey
Visiting our website is the first surrogacy step. Here you’ll find details about the Center for Surrogate Parenting, our history, and the surrogacy process. Plus, you’ll find a great deal of other helpful information, including testimonials from some of our surrogate moms and intended parents.
Step 2 of the process
Fill out the short form to begin the application process. This form provides your name, date of birth, and contact info. If you live within traveling distance of one of our offices, on the East or West Coast in the U.S., you can call to get things started. Once we’ve received your information, a member of our team will contact you so you can get ready for the next step.
Step 3 of the surrogacy steps
Attend a CSP consultation (either in person or via Skype) and learn more about the surrogacy progress. During this meeting, you’ll speak to a CSP associated attorney, a psychologist, a trust coordinator and your CSP case manager. They will help you formulate your plan for the surrogacy.
During this consultation, you’ll discuss choosing a surrogate, legal and financial considerations, and other important topics. After this consultation if you choose to move forward with CSP, you sign retainers, which show you are in agreement with our policies and terms and that you allow us to serve as your guide through the surrogacy process.
Step 4 on your journey
The next step is the matching process, which usually takes 2 to 4 months. You’ll complete an intended parents profile and choose photos to introduce you to your potential surrogate mother, the woman who will carry your child for the 9 months leading up to the birth. The surrogate will review profiles of several different intended parents. She’ll choose one, and then we’ll provide her profile to the intended parent or parents she chose. Once the match is made, agreement contracts are drafted and the financial trust is set up to take care of expenses incurred during the pregnancy.
Step 5 on the path to parenthood
You’ve met your choice for surrogate mother, all the agreements are in place, and now it’s time to start the process of creating your future child. The surrogate mother now begins a round of medications to help prepare her body for the embryo transfer and a happy, healthy pregnancy. This part of the process generally lasts up to 4 weeks.
Step 6 of the surrogacy steps
Your involvement throughout the pregnancy is key to an enjoyable and memorable surrogate experience, and our goal is to keep you informed and involved from day one of the pregnancy. You’ll attend two physician’s visits with your surrogate or, if that is not possible, consult with the physician by phone. In the second trimester, your attorney will get to work establishing your parental rights. Then, on the day your child is born, you’ll be there to experience his or her entrance into the world. Once medical clearance is provided by the physician, you’ll take your baby home.
We’ve been helping create families for more than 37 years and have worked with intended parents from all over the world, in fact over 40 countries, so we’re not only experienced in surrogacy, we are knowledgeable about the laws that govern the process through working with our associated legal team. Contact us to learn more about CSP and how to become a surrogate parent.