Becoming a surrogate requires an extraordinary commitment from an extraordinary person, one with a strong desire to help others and an openness to the powerful, life-altering process of pregnancy. We know that you have landed here after careful consideration of the risks and sacrifices, and with the assured support of those close to you. We also know that though this is an exciting time, it is also one full of questions and unknowns. We know because we’ve been where you are right now, imagining a family’s joy at having their baby placed in their arms.
At Delivering Hope, our goal is to find the best possible match between you and our intended parents, and to offer you an unparalleled level of support every step of the way. We are committed to helping create the kinds of relationships between agency, surrogate, and intended parents that feel like family. All of us at Delivering Hope feel honored to be by your side through this journey that’s so close to our own hearts, and we thank you for taking the first step towards fulfilling a dream. We are so happy you’re here!
Once you decide to begin your surrogacy journey and have met all the requirements listed on the “Become a Surrogate” tab, you can submit the preliminary application. If qualified, you will receive the link to the full application. After submitting, we will schedule your first consultation to discuss further screening questions, what to expect, and answer all of your questions. If you are ready to proceed, we will begin working together on gathering medical records. Once medically reviewed, you will complete the other pre-screening requirements. We will notify you soon afterwards if you are accepted to be represented by Delivering Hope.
A profile will be created using information from your application. Once an intended parent selects your profile, we will schedule a “get to know you” interview via a 3-way video call including yourself, the intended parents, and Delivering Hope. Once the call is over, if both parties agree to move forward, a match is made. Both parties will sign a matching sheet outlining expectations and requirements. The intended parents will then pay the agency fee and contact information is exchanged.
During this phase there is much to attend to and a lot going on behind the scenes. You will have bloodwork done and an OB appointment with the intended parent’s fertility clinic. You will also have a psychological evaluation done over the phone.
The intended parent’s attorney will draft a contract. Our agency will provide representation for you, paid for by the intended parents. Your attorney will review the contract with you to make sure you are clear on your responsibilities and expectations and make any changes you wish to make. We will be here to assist you with any questions or concerns that arise. Once contracts are signed by all parties, you can begin medications in preparation for the transfer.
The fertility clinic will send you a calendar outlining your medication and appointment schedule in preparation for the transfer. Medications will be ordered and bloodwork done. You will have several ultrasounds to confirm your lining is optimal before the transfer. The transfer will be scheduled and the intended parents will pay for all the arrangements. The transfer will take place at the fertility clinic chosen by the intended parents. Travel likely be necessary and resting 1-2 days after transfer will be required.
About 10 days post-transfer, pregnancy will be confirmed via a blood test. You will have several appointments with your clinic or lab to monitor hormone levels. An ultrasound will be scheduled for 6-8 weeks to confirm a heartbeat and base compensation payments will begin. Around 8-10 weeks of pregnancy you will be transferred to an obstetrician in your area for the duration of the pregnancy.
Delivering Hope will continue to support you and the intended parents throughout the entire pregnancy. We will check up on you periodically and want you to contact us any time for anything you need. We believe in a high level of communication to make this the best possible journey for everyone.
Several weeks before delivery we will make sure all appropriate forms have been submitted to the hospital and that the hospital is aware of the circumstances and will make all necessary accommodations. By this time everyone’s expectations for the delivery will have been discussed in detail so there will be no surprises in the delivery room or afterwards.
Everyone experiences different emotions after the birth and the baby has gone home. You won’t know how you’ll feel until it happens. We will continue to support you in every way possible as you recover. You will also receive a personalized gift of your choice to help you reflect on what you’ve just accomplished. You are amazing!