Intended Parents - Gestational Carrier/Surrogacy Process
Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for another person or couple.
The intended parents are involved in the pregnancy, the birth and become the child’s legal parents after the birth. In this arrangement, the baby isn’t genetically related to the surrogate mother. The child may, or may not be related to the parents who will become legal parents of the child.
At Complete Conceptions, we follow strict guidelines to ensure that your interests are protected throughout the process. We will refer you to the highest regarded attorneys with extensive legal knowledge in Third-Party Reproduction law. We are a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and uphold all of the screening and selection guidelines.
The following is a summary of our gestational carrier selection process:
Step 1. Parents complete a detailed intake form
This information helps us better understand what you are looking for in a carrier, in order to match you with an appropriate gestational carrier candidate.
Step 2. Parents review options
It’s our job to carefully screen all candidates. Find more information about our gestational carrier requirements by tapping the button below. We will then present our gestational carriers’ profiles to you for consideration.
Step 3. Parents and Complete Conceptions connect
This is an opportunity for us to answer all of your questions about the fees associated with our gestational carrier program, the surrogacy process and your prospective gestational carrier candidate. We will provide detailed information about the process, including timing, fees, and next steps.
Step 4. The surrogate undergoes psychological screening
The gestational carrier and her partner (if applicable) will meet with a psychologist who specializes in gestational surrogacy. The psychologist will then make a recommendation regarding the gestational carrier and her partner (if applicable), including her suitability for Complete Conceptions program.
Step 5. Parents select their gestational carrier
When you have selected a candidate, we will set up an in-person meeting where our staff will facilitate a casual meeting for the surrogate and the intended parents. If both parties feel confident about the match, they will meet with a psychologist experienced in surrogacy for a psychological consultation. The psychologist will make a recommendation regarding the gestational carrier and her partner, including the suitability of the match with the intended parents.
Step 6. Gestational carrier begins the medical screening process
When a match has been confirmed, we will coordinate the surrogate’s first appointment with the intended parents’ fertility clinic to begin her medical screening. Medical screening involves the evaluation of the surrogate’s uterus, infectious disease screening and any additional testing the reproductive endocrinologist recommends.
Step 7. Surrogate and parents start the legal review process
The intended parents will select an attorney experienced in gestational carrier/surrogate law in the carrier’s state and draft a Direct Agreement with your gestational carrier. The surrogate will be provided with an independent attorney who also specializes in surrogacy law within the gestational carrier’s state of residence. The contract is used to specify the details of the agreement and to protect all parties involved in the process.
Step 8. Surrogacy Escrow services
Complete Conceptions will refer you to Surrogate Fund Escrow companies who are insured and will provide a detailed monthly update of your account statement. The company will manage your gestational carrier’s Escrow funds and payments.
Step 9. Beginning of the medical process
The fertility clinic’s medical staff and physician will go over the medical process with you and the surrogate. The process involves hormone therapy for the gestational carrier to prepare her uterine lining for the embryo created by the parents, with or without the assistance of donors. Once the lining is ready, the embryo transfer takes place. It is an outpatient procedure in a surgical suite at your fertility clinic. It usually takes about 15 minutes and involves little or no pain. After the embryo transfer, the surrogate is required to be on bed rest for 2-3 days.
Step 10. The pregnancy!
Provided that everything goes as planned, the pregnancy process begins. During the pregnancy, our coordinator will be involved with the medical appointments; either in person or through detailed updates. All of this information is then communicated directly with you so that you won’t miss out on any of the information concerning your child and gestational carrier. Throughout the pregnancy, your coordinator is always available to address any questions and concerns you might have. Please call or text us and we will help you resolve any issues.
Step 11. The Birth Order
We recommend discussing the Pre-Birth or Post-Birth Order with your attorney to make certain the legal process is completed and approved as soon as there is an established pregnancy.
Step 12. Delivery!
This is the day we have all been looking forward to. Most likely you will choose to be present at the birth, and so will your case coordinator from Complete Conceptions. We will take care of handling any discharge and birth certificate paperwork. We want this time to be precious to you and we will do all we can to facilitate the process so that you can stay focused on being a new parent.