GATHERING YOUR INFORMATION
If you haven’t started already, you will need to collect your medical and insurance information. This includes:
- Recent pap results from within the last 12 months
- A clearance letter from your OB stating that you are approved to carry another pregnancy
- Labor and delivery records from the hospitals at which you delivered. These records will be shared with the doctors/nurses at the Intended Parents’ fertility clinic for review. Once the clinic gives its “record review” approval, it will reach out to all parties to schedule a screening visit at its facility. You will also need to get us a copy of your FULL AND COMPLETE health insurance policy (if you have one).
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
During the initial matching process with Reproductive Possibilities, you will be sent paperwork to fill out. These documents consist of an agreement to work exclusively with Donate-Or-Surrogate, an explanation, and an agreement of working with https://www.kleinfertilitylaw.com/about/brian-klein (who will manage the escrow account), and authorization forms for a potential background check. The background release forms are documents
HOME VISIT WITH A SOCIAL WORKER
We locate a social worker, who will reach out and schedule a time to visit you and your family at your home. During this visit, they will speak with you (and your husband/partner if applicable) to discuss their support of you pursuing gestational surrogacy. During the visit, the social worker will want to meet your children as well. They may speak with your older children to make sure that they understand and are also supportive of surrogacy, but their meeting with younger children will be brief and friendly and not discuss surrogacy in any way. The social worker may also research your neighborhood to ensure that you live in a safe and supportive community. During the visit, the social worker will look around your home to make sure that you live in a safe and clean environment. Once the home visit is complete, the social worker will write up a report and share it with us and the Intended Parents.
Typically, the fertility clinic will have a psychologist on staff that will complete the psychological portion of your screening. Again, this will be completed for both you and your husband/partner if you have one. If the clinic does not have a psychologist on staff, we have a psychologist we work with. Usually, this screening consists of a multiple-choice test as well as an in-person interview.
This visit will be the first time that you meet the Intended Parents in person. The surrogate and her husband or partner (if applicable) will travel to the fertility clinic for a full-day visit to have most, if not all, physical screenings completed. During this visit, the surrogate will also learn about the fertility medication she will be taking in preparation for the embryo transfer and will be taught how to manage and execute her medication protocol (injectables, suppositories, patches, etc.) The type of screening and testing to expect at the fertility clinic are: blood and urine analysis, saline sonogram, and physical evaluation clearance will be given by the clinic once they receive the results from all testing. This typically takes anywhere from 10-14 days. Once the confirmation of medical clearance from the fertility clinic is received you will move to the CONTRACT phase of your surrogate journey!