Gestational Carrier/Surrogacy Process
Complete Conceptions wants to ensure that our gestational carrier candidates know all the steps of the gestational surrogacy process. We are with you every step of your journey!
Here are the steps of the gestational surrogacy process:
Step 1: Initial Gestational Carrier Application
We ask our potential gestational carriers to submit an initial application to Complete Conceptions.
If approved, we ask the candidate to submit a complete health history questionnaire and detailed information about herself, family, social and home environment.
Step 2: In-person Meeting with Complete Conceptions
Complete Conceptions will conduct a face-to-face meeting with the gestational carrier candidate and her spouse or partner (if applicable). During our meeting we will address any questions you may have, as well as learn more about you and your family.
Step 3: Records from your OB/GYN
Gestational Carrier candidate will also be required to submit records and a letter from her OB/GYN, Labor and Delivery Records from each pregnancy. Gestational carriers are required to have a minimum of one prior successful pregnancy (up to four pregnancies with no major complications and up to two C-sections).
The surrogate’s obstetrician will also be asked to write a letter with approval to become a gestational carrier. A physician with third-party reproductive experience will review the application and all records for final approval to proceed with surrogacy process.
Step 4: Background Checks and In-Home Assessment
Complete Conceptions will run thorough background checks to ensure prospective gestational carriers and their spouse/partner have no prior convictions that might impact the safety of the gestational carrier process.
A licensed social worker will meet with the prospective gestational carrier and her spouse or partner in their home. During this visit, they will discuss the carrier’s motivations for surrogacy, any fears or concerns she may have and her partner’s commitment to surrogacy. This visit ensures the gestational carrier is a good fit for our program.
Step 5: Psychological Evaluation
The prospective gestational carrier and her spouse/partner will be asked to meet with a psychologist who specializes in third-party reproduction.
This consultation is to determine if the gestational carrier and her partner are emotionally prepared for the challenges of surrogacy.
Step 6: Introduction Meeting with Parents-to-be
Once the gestational carrier has been approved to proceed by the psychologist, Complete Conceptions will organize and conduct a get-to-know-you meeting with the gestational carrier, her partner and the intended parents. This meeting helps determine if all parties are confident with their match and ready to proceed with the next steps of their journey.
Step 7: Medical Exam
Prospective gestational carriers will be required to undergo a complete medical workup that includes: blood type and hormone level tests, pap smear, uterine check, infectious disease testing, drug screen and more.
Gestational carrier’s spouse or partner will also undergo a drug screen and blood tests to screen for infectious diseases.
Step 8: Legal Consult
Complete Conceptions will refer the gestational carrier to an attorney who will review the agreement between the gestational carrier and future parents. Once both parties agree to all the terms, the legal agreement is signed.
Step 9: The Pregnancy and Birth
The surrogate will attend routine doctor appointments throughout the course of the pregnancy, beginning with appointments with the fertility specialist. Generally, after 8-10 weeks of the pregnancy, the surrogate is released from the fertility specialist's care, and will then attend standard maternity appointments with an obstetrician.
The day that the future parents and the surrogate have been waiting for has finally come! Complete Conceptions will work on your behalf to ensure all hospital personnel are informed and understand the legal rights of the intended parents.