The Journey to Your Family Starts Here
The relationship between you and your Surrogate Mother is the foundation of your personal surrogacy experience. Developing a clear understanding of your expectations for the relationship and sharing those with your agency and potential surrogate is important. This will help to create mutual respect and understanding for how you move forward. Having confidence that surrogate candidates have been pre-screened before introduction, will allow you to explore your needs and concerns openly. Read more in the IP Process Outline.
Learning about different surrogacy agencies and deciding which one you would like to work with is an important part of you getting the guidance you need throughout the surrogacy journey. A do-it-yourself approach only adds legal risk and anxiety to an already complex process. Every agency’s approach is different. We recommend choosing a qualified agency that fits your personal requirements and expectations. Consider how the agency pre-screens its potential Surrogate Mothers and whether its services and support offerings are comprehensive. Understand how it will manage insurance coverage and financial transactions, how it will arrange proper legal representation and how much the agency will charge in fees. And never shy away from asking for references and referrals.
The laws governing gestational surrogacy vary by state, country and your specific circumstance. Every Intended Parent will approach the process with their individual needs that will dictate how legal representation should be handled. Having a basic understanding of the current laws governing surrogacy is helpful. Retaining legal representation dedicated to preparing your agreement with your Surrogate Mother, arranging the pre- or post-birth order and proactively protecting your parental rights, is essential.
Before you decide to embark on the surrogacy journey it helps to understand, in broad terms, what to expect. Important considerations include the medical procedures that may be required, the pregnancy timeline, travel considerations, the delivery plan and post-delivery details. You will also want to consider what type of relationship and communication you would like to have with your Surrogate Mother throughout the process.
There are important questions to ask yourself, personal circumstances to consider and key steps to take as you explore the possibility of gestational surrogacy. We have listed the most commonly asked questions and welcome a chance to answer any of your own personal questions.
How We Can Help
At The Surrogacy Experience, we handle only gestational surrogacy arrangements. We believe it is your right, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation or nationality, to know whether gestational surrogacy is the right choice for you. Our mission is to be an impartial resource of knowledge and experience as you explore the possibility and complexity of the entire surrogacy process.