The entire surrogacy journey can be intimidating for the novice Intended Parent. If you also need to use donor eggs, the process is even more complex. Where do you even start? Working with an egg donation agency or a surrogacy agency can smooth the way for you. They will walk you through the entire process from start to finish and explain your options, so you are well-equipped to make the right decisions for you and your family.
Where do you begin?
The first question you may have is, what comes first, the surrogate or the egg donor. Typically, experts will advise you find the egg donor first. Because eggs can be frozen, it’s not as time sensitive as finding a gestational surrogate you feel confident in, who is ready to act as a surrogate and is on the same timeline as you are.
It can take several months to navigate the surrogacy journey before you even get to the pregnancy. It takes time to interview potential surrogates, conduct medical and psychological screening and reach a contract agreement.
There’s no reason to go it alone.
It’s tough to know what to ask and watch for if you try to find a surrogate or egg donor on your own. Your surrogacy agency can help you find a reproductive endocrinologist, a reproductive law attorney and even an OB-GYN. An agency has so much to offer you.
While this all seems new and overwhelming to you, the agency has walked many families through the entire process, from the first phone call through the day they leave the hospital with their new baby. Your agency is available to manage all the legal and medical details that go along with surrogacy, but also to offer insights, guidance and support.
Surrogate and donor screening.
There are so many things to consider when it comes to selecting a surrogate or egg donor. The experienced staff at your surrogacy or egg donor agency will screen potential candidates to ensure you find the woman who best matches your needs physically, mentally and emotionally.
Although the staff at a surrogacy or egg donor agency does not typically include attorneys, they are well versed in typical procedures and laws to give you a general guideline. They will be able to tell you if surrogacy is legal in your state, what you need to do to secure your parental rights, and what to ask your attorney to include in your contract. Most importantly, they will be able to either recommend an attorney to draft your contract or tell you what questions to ask when finding one on your own.
Want to learn more about growing your family through gestational surrogacy or egg donation? Contact Surrogate Solutions or Egg Donor Solutions today!