Overview for
      Surrogates

The following is an overview of what to expect throughout the surrogacy process.

Surrogate Completes Online Application
Each potential Surrogate must first fill out our online application form. If your application is approved, you will be sent an email explaining the next steps of the application process. A Family Creations representative will also be in contact with you to go over any initial questions you have about the process.

Each potential Surrogate must first fill out our online application form. If your application is approved, you will be sent an email explaining the next steps of the application process. A Family Creations representativewill also be in contact with you to go over any initial questions you have about the process.
Online Profile
Once your application is approved, you will be sent an access code to log onto our website and complete your online Surrogate profile. This profile will be what Intended Parents review when selecting their potential Surrogate. It is a good idea to be as detailed as possible.
Paperwork, Documents and Photos
You will be prompted online to download paperwork that will need to be reviewed and signed by both you and your partner or husband (if applicable). Additionally, you will be required to send Family Creations a copy of your driver's license, social security card, front and back of health insurance card (if applicable), and photos of you and your family. We also require that the Surrogate and partner or husband (if applicable) sign a release for Family Creations to conduct a background check. If Surrogate is employed, we require that both she and her spouse (if applicable) send in copies of 3 consecutive pay stubs. We will also be asking you to sign a release of medical records form so that we may obtain medical records from all your past pregnancies and deliveries.
Phone Interview
Upon completing your online profile and submitting the necessary documents, you will have a phone interview conducted by a Family Creations representative. During this phone call, Family Creations will not only get to know more about you, but will also provide you with a full overview of the surrogacy process.
Home Visit
The final step of the application process will be a home visit conducted by a Family Creations representative. We require that any adults living in your home be present for the visit. We will be taking photos of you and your home so that Intended Parents can rest assured knowing that you live in a comfortable, safe, and stable living environment. At that time, we will also be administering a psychological assessment questionnaire to be filled out.
Final Review
Family Creations will do a final review of your information and determine your eligibility to go forward as a Family Creations Surrogate.
Profile Available to Intended Parents
Congratulations! Your information has been approved and you are now ready to be matched with Intended Parents! Your online profile will be made viewable to Intended Parents, and Family Creations will begin working to find you a match.
Meeting With Inteded Parents
Once a potential match has been identified, Family Creations will facilitate a meeting with you (and spouse or partner, if applicable) and Intended Parent(s). This meeting is a nice opportunity for both parties to get to know each other and make sure it is the right "fit" or "match" for them. If both you and the Intended Parent(s) are comfortable moving forward after this meeting, then it is considered a match! Congratulations!
Consultation With Case Manger
Your professional case manager will contact you upon matching with your Intended Parent(s).
Psychological Screening
You will schedule a consultation with a therapist who will conduct a psychological evaluation.
Medical Screening
You will schedule initial medical screening appointment(s) with the doctor chosen by the Intended Parent(s), and a full medical evaluation will be conducted. Your medical screening will typically include a full physical, infectious disease screening, drug and nicotine screening, and other testing that will determine your ability to carry a pregnancy. If you are married or in a relationship, your partner may be required to be tested for infectious diseases as well. Upon all results coming back from the screening, the physician will determine if you are medically eligible to go forward with the process. If the physician selected by the Intended Parent(s) is located out of town from where you live, travel will be necessary. All travel will be coordinated by your Family Creations case manager, and travel costs are paid for by Intended Parent(s).
Legal Contract
Once you have been medically cleared, your case manager will refer you to an attorney with expertise in third party reproduction. The Intended Parent(s) will have a contract drafted by an attorney that will be sent to your attorney for review. You will schedule a consultation (over the phone) with your attorney, who will review the contract with you in detail. This legal document explains the rights and obligations of both parties. Once both parties agree to all the terms, the legal document is signed.
Medication
Once you have been medically cleared, the physician handling your care will provide you with a timeline and instructions to begin taking a series of medications that will help synchronize your menstrual cycle with the Intended Mother's or egg donor's cycle. The medication will also thicken the lining of your uterus in order to accept the implanted embryos. These medications are self-injectable, so you will need to administer shots to yourself for approximately 4-6 weeks.
Embryo Transfer
The embryo transfer procedure starts by placing a speculum in the vagina to visualize the cervix. Carefully selected embryos will be loaded into a catheter. The catheter is inserted through the cervical canal and guided into the uterus, where the embryos are deposited. The catheter is then withdrawn and an abdominal ultrasound is often used to ensure correct placement. Anesthesia is generally not required. Following the embryo transfer procedure, you will be placed on doctor-ordered bed rest for 24-48 hours. If the physician's office is located near you, bed rest will take place at your home. If the physician selected by the Intended Parent(s) is located out of town from where you live, travel will be necessary. All travel will be coordinated by your case manager, and travel costs are paid for by Intended Parent(s). You will need to stay in the location of the physician's office for up to a week, and that amount of time will be determined by the physician coordinating your cycle.
Pregnancy test
Approximately 12 days following the embryo transfer procedure, you will go into a local lab or to the physician's office that was handling your care for a blood test to determine if a pregnancy has been achieved. If the first embryo transfer does not produce a successful pregnancy, then medications and transfer may be repeated a second and sometimes third time.
The pregnancy
You will attend routine doctor's appointments throughout the course of the pregnancy, beginning with appointments with the fertility specialist. Generally, after 8-10 weeks of the pregnancy, you will be released from the fertility specialist's care, and will then attend standard maternity appointments with an obstetrician.
Birth
Congratulations! The day that both you and the Intended Parent(s) have been waiting for has finally come! The Intended Parent(s) will happily take the newborn home. You have just provided an incredible gift and the new parent(s) will be forever grateful.