What to Expect as a Surrogate Mother
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, it is important for you to fully understand what to expect from the process. The team at California Surrogacy Center will make sure you are ready for every aspect of being a surrogate mother. If you are ready to take the next step, start by completing the surrogate application today.
1. Fill Out the Surrogate Mother Application
The first step on your journey to becoming a surrogate mother is filling out the surrogate application. You will need to have your health history and at least one photo of yourself on hand. If you have this information ready, the application typically takes about 20 minutes to complete.
2. Psychological and Medical Screening
If selected, you will go through psychological and medical screenings before becoming a surrogate mother. The psychological screening will consist of a phone interview and filling out a questionnaire, while the medical screening will consist of 1-2 doctor appointments. These screening are to make sure you are physically and psychologically ready to become a surrogate mother.
3. Review and Sign Your Surrogacy Contract
After passing your screenings, an attorney will call you to go over your surrogacy contract. The attorney will work with you to make sure you fully understand what you are signing. Once you are confident that you understand what the contract entails, you will be sent the final surrogacy contract to sign and notarize. At this point, you will get a participation bonus and begin receiving monthly payments.
4. Review Your In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Plan
You will be given your IVF plan, featuring your appointment time and medication schedule. Make sure to review this carefully, and ask any and all questions you may have. It is essential that you carefully and strictly follow the plan. Once you begin taking injectable medication, you will receive your starting bonus.
5. Begin IVF to Become a Surrogate Mother
Transfer day is here! Be sure to arrive 1 hour before your appointment, and feel free to bring your family and friends for support.
6. After Transfer, Take Medications to Ensure Success
Once the transfer is complete, you will be given a comprehensive medication schedule. It is very important that you always adhere to the medication schedule, as forgetting to take your medication or taking an incorrect dose can damage the baby or even cause you to lose the baby. If the baby is lost and the doctor discover that it is the surrogate’s fault, you will not receive any compensation and may even face legal charges.
7. HCG Appointment(s) to Confirm Surrogate Pregnancy
After about two weeks, you will go to an HCG appointment to confirm if the In Vitro Fertilization was successful and if you are now pregnant. There is usually a second HCG appointment a few days later to confirm the pregnancy.
8. Ultrasound Appointment
About 4 to 6 weeks after transfer, you will get an ultrasound to check on the health and progress of the baby. Once the baby's heartbeat is confirmed, you will begin receiving monthly compensation for being a surrogate mother.
9. You are Pregnant!
For the next few months, enjoy the unique experience of pregnancy! Depending on the parents, you may meet with them periodically during this time. In addition to normal compensation, life insurance, health insurance and a generous benefits package, our surrogate mothers are eligible to get reimbursed for any out-of-pocket costs like medical co-pays, maternity clothing, and travel expenses.
10. Give Birth to a Beautiful Child
When the time comes, you will give someone the greatest gift possible: a new child. After giving birth, you may be given some time with the baby before presenting the child to the intended parents. After giving birth we will continue to provide you with support services.
Are you ready to give the greatest gift of all?
Now that you know what to expect as a surrogate mother, take the next step and apply to become a surrogate. Not only will you be doing a good deed for a family in need, you could get paid between $40,000 and $83,000 (depending on experience) and receive life insurance, health insurance, a generous benefits package and eligibility to get compensated for certain out-of-pocket costs. If you are interested in getting started, complete the surrogate application or fill out the form below for more information.