Choosing surrogacy in California is a big decision that can positively affect your life and the lives of a family in need. So many couples out there are struggling with fertility issues and can’t bring a child into this world, while others have no issues and give birth naturally with no complications. You may even personally know someone with ovarian health issues or a same-sex couple that wants a child that is genetically related to them in one way or another. Whatever your reason is for learning about surrogacy in California, Family Creations can help get you started. We have been helping build loving families for over a decade.
Getting started pursuing surrogacy in California is as easy as filling out a simple form online. Family Creations is a surrogacy and egg donor agency with multiple locations in California. Our conveniently located offices are in San Francisco and just outside of Los Angeles. If you live nearby, office visits will be easy to get to, but if you don’t live close, surrogates who need to travel will be compensated and we can help make travel arrangements for you.
Family Creations does have specific requirements for potential surrogates. These qualifications help ensure that the candidate is in peek health for surrogacy in California:
- Age between 21-39
- BMI (body mass index) under 32
- Non-smoker and must not use drugs
- Reside in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin, or Washington State
- Has had at least one pregnancy with no complications
- Not receiving any type of government assistance
If you meet all of the qualifications above, you can apply. The online surrogacy application is free to complete and will ask you personal questions about your medical history and lifestyle habits. Once you complete the application, a representative will contact you to go over any initial questions you may have.
Create a Profile
If your application is approved, you will be prompted to complete an online profile that will be used to help intended parents make their choice on a surrogate. On the profile, you can tell them about yourself, your story, and upload a picture of yourself.
You, and your spouse or partner if you have one, will need to fill out some paperwork. You will also need to provide documentation of your driver’s license, social security card, current health insurance, and photos of yourself and your family.
Another Family Creations representative will reach out to you to set up a time for a phone interview. During the interview, we will learn more about why you are choosing to pursue surrogacy in California.
The home visit is an important part of the screening process. One of our experts will visit your home and make sure that you are in a safe and stable environment. They will also be able to meet with your family and answer any questions they may have about surrogacy in California.
Meet with Intended Parents
After the home visit, intended parents will be able to access your online profile and will pick a surrogate they would like to meet with. During the meeting with the intended parents, both parties will be able to ask each other questions and get an idea of whether it will be a good match or not.
Once both parties have agreed to work with each other, the intended parents will choose a doctor that will screen you. The doctor will perform a full physical, drug and nicotine tests, and screen for infectious diseases. If the doctor passes you, you will then see a therapist who will perform a psychological evaluation.
The Process in a Nutshell
When you are done with our screening process, you can move on to surrogacy in California. You’ll start by being assigned a case manager to guide you. You will take self-injectable medication for 3-4 weeks. This will help thicken the lining of your uterus and get your cycle on track with the intended mother’s, should they be using her egg instead of a donor egg. When the time is right, the embryo will be transferred via a catheter into your uterus. With luck, the transfer will take the first time, but it is possible that you will have to try 2 or 3 times before the pregnancy will happen. The procedure itself is gentle and likely won’t require anesthesia.
Once you are pregnant, you will attend regular doctor appointments and see a fertility specialist for the first 8 to 10 weeks. You will be compensated for any travel required. When the day of the birth arrives, the intended parents will be there happily waiting to take their newborn home. Your gift of life to a family in need will be complete.
Surrogates are compensated for their time, travel, and efforts. Apply for surrogacy in California today.