Choosing a Surrogate In CA: Considerations for Intended Parents

If you’ve decided to use surrogacy to become a parent, there are many, many decisions that you are going to have to make – for the rest of your life! Being a parent is about making one choice after another. The most important choice you will make, at least right now, is who you will work with as your Surrogate. There are plenty of amazing women out there, but not everyone is suited to become a Surrogate.

A surrogate needs to be many different things and wear many different hats. She needs to be prepared for the experience, but so do you. If you are thinking about choosing a Surrogate, you want to think about these things:

The Type Of Relationship That You Want

No matter what type of relationship you want to have, a friendship, a romantic partnership, a business relationship, or a Surrogate/Intended Parent relationship, communication is key. The trick is to figure out what kind of communication you want to have. Many surrogacy agencies won’t put a value on forming a relationship with your Surrogate. Instead, they will match the two of you and allow the relationship to be tenuous at best. This can cause strain for everyone involved – and it can make the surrogacy journey feel less personal. It won’t feel like something you are doing and instead, it will feel like something that is happening to you.

EDSI seeks to form relationships between Intended Parents and Surrogates in accordance with both of your comfort levels. If you want to be more hands-on during the process, such as attending doctor appointments or Skyping with your Surrogate, that can be arranged. Everything needs to be determined before contracts are signed, but those needs can be met.

Her Overall Readiness

Another thing you may want to take into consideration is how ready your Surrogate is. Are you going to pick someone who will then back out? Is your Surrogate really prepared to take on this responsibility? You want to ensure that the Surrogate you choose is ready for this journey and feels supported during it. That is why you should work with an agency that has experience in nurturing Surrogates and helping them to feel taken care of at all times. Not only will this make the experience better for you, but it will help to ease some of your own stress.

Some Intended Parents prefer to work with Surrogates who have already taken on this responsibility.

Does The Surrogacy Agency Have Surrogates Ready?

Another thing you may want to consider when choosing a surrogacy agency is whether or not they have Surrogates who are ready to start. Not all agencies have pre-screened Surrogates who are waiting for a match. Instead, they will start working with you and then start looking for Surrogates. This lengthens the process quite a bit and can add even more stress to your mind.

Will You Have Someone To Go To In The Middle Of The Night?

The final consideration to make is whether or not you have someone to go to in the middle of the night if you have fears or questions. This probably won’t be your Surrogate, but it will be someone who works closely with your Surrogate and has the information available for you. 

At EDSI, our caseworkers have the latest information from your Surrogate so that if you have questions, you can ask them. You won’t have to interrupt your Surrogate’s sleep!

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

10 Surrogacy Terms Intended Parents Should Know

If you are considering becoming a parent through surrogacy, you are going to enter into a whole new world of terms and phrases that you probably haven’t had to know before now. While a good surrogacy agency in California should explain every term to you, sometimes things can be a bit confusing. It is best if you do a bit of research before you start the surrogacy process and then once the term comes up in your own journey.

Surrogacy Terms You Need To Know

We have compiled a list of surrogacy terms that we think you should know – it may be a good idea to bookmark this list and return back to it throughout your path to parenthood.

Amniocentesis: This is a test used to detect any chromosomal problems. It tests the cells located in the amniotic fluid around the baby. It does not harm the baby. This test is completed to help determine any health or development problems with the baby. 

Blastocyst: This is the last stage of development that an embryo has to reach before the medical procedure to implant the embryo into the uterine wall. Most embryos will reach this stage of development in an IVF center before they are implanted into the Surrogate.

Carrier/Surrogate/Gestational Surrogate/Surrogate Mother: These are terms that can all be used interchangeably. This is the woman who will carry your child. There are two types of surrogates traditionally, but Gestational Surrogates are the most common and prevalent type of Surrogates most people work with today. These are expertly chosen women who are mentally and physically able to carry a child for Intended Parents.

Egg Donor: The woman who donates eggs for reproduction through IVF. EDSI can also help you to choose an Egg Donor who fits your ideal profile.

Gestational Surrogacy: Gestational Surrogacy is the most common type of surrogacy where the Surrogate is not genetically related to the baby. The embryos are created using the biological material of the Intended Parents or of donors, depending on the situation. 

Intended Parents (IP’s): These are the people (or person) who becomes the legal parent of the child who is born through the surrogacy process. 

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): This is the process through which the eggs are fertilized by sperm. This is usually done in a test tube or a Petri dish at a clinic by an expert reproductive endocrinologist.

Matching: This is the process through which the Intended Parents are matched with a Surrogate or an Egg Donor. With EDSI, caseworkers and our surrogacy experts will help you to find a compatible match that has the same expectations that you have.

Post-Birth Order: A legal, court-issued order that Intended Parents get after the birth of their child. This will be used to replace the Surrogate’s name with the names of the Intended Parents on the newborn’s birth certificate.

Pre-Birth Order: A legal, court-issued order that Intended Parents get before the birth of their child. Typically, it will allow for the placement of the Intended Parents’ names on the birth certificate and will allow the IPs to access the child in the hospital directly after birth.

Please note that this is just a short list of the terms that you will encounter throughout the surrogacy process. If you have any questions, it is best to ask your caseworker for a thorough explanation. Never be afraid to ask!

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

Top 3 Things to Know Before Working With A Surrogate

Surrogacy is one of those things that people don’t really think about unless they need to do it – meaning they become a Surrogate or they need to work with a Surrogate to become a parent. This isn’t really the type of thing that you can just ask your friends about or seek information about from someone who knows someone. Of course, this varies from community to community – the LGBTQIA+ community is a bit more open about surrogacy. While surrogacy is becoming more and more popular, it still hasn’t become mainstream just yet, which is why you are probably doing some research online before jumping into the journey.

While there are hundreds of things that you need to know about surrogacy, most of those things can be learned as you go. However, there are some important things that you need to know:

#1 – Please Work With A Surrogacy Agency

Working with a surrogacy agency is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe. Many Intended Parents are afraid to even start the surrogacy journey because they have heard horror stories. Many of these stories are hearsay and haven’t actually happened, but the quickest way to become part of your own nightmare is to try to handle surrogacy on your own. A surrogacy agency can help you to connect with a good surrogate, work with you through all of the legal implications, and ensure that everyone is safe throughout the process.

A surrogacy agency like EDSI knows all fo the top-rated fertility experts and doctors who can help to ensure that the process is smooth and free from risk for everyone involved. While you may be able to find success stories about people who have become parents without an agency, they are often greatly embellished. In order to be safe (and legal), you need to find an agency you can trust.

#2 – You Will Be In Control Of The Process

Sometimes people are hesitant to start the surrogacy process because they feel like it will be impersonal, especially if they work with an agency. This just isn’t true! Surrogacy agencies have tried and true methods to ensure that you feel like you have ownership of the entire process. You will get to choose your Egg Donor, Surrogate, and more. If you have strong feelings about doctors, diets, lifestyles, and more, you can work to find the people that will match with you.

Of course, you will get routine updates and you will get to be a part of the process. Before you even start, you will tell your caseworker about your ideal situation: how much contact you want with the Surrogate, what you need to know, and even whether or not you can be part of appointments. This will help your caseworker match you to the best possible Surrogate.

#3 – It Can Take Some Time

Surrogacy isn’t something you want to rush, meaning it will take some time. You need to give yourself more than nine months to complete the process. Everything good in life takes some time, including building your family. We try to work as quickly as possible, but we also guarantee that we have looked into every detail to keep this process safe and smooth.

 You can see more information about the timeline here

It all depends on how picky you want to be about your Egg Donor and Surrogate. EDSI has Surrogates available now who have been pre-screened and are ready to go. 

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

 

5 Ways We Help LGBT Couples Build Families

At EDSI, we help LGBT couples build families through egg donation and surrogacy. We have always been at the forefront of the fight for equal parenting rights. As such, we have developed systems, tools, and attitudes that allow us to help LGBT couples build their families – sometimes multiple times over.

Here are 5 ways that we will help you on your path toward parenthood:

We Match You With A Surrogate

At EDSI, we specialize in matching you with a surrogate who will help you to build your family. We have a long list of waiting Surrogates of all kinds. Whether you are looking for a specific type of diet, a woman who lives in a specific location, or just a Surrogate who wants a specific type of relationship, we can help you to find a Surrogate who fits your needs. We have helped to build hundreds of families and we know what it takes to build a successful relationship between Intended Parents and Surrogates.

Your relationship with a surrogate is going to be one of the most important relationships in your life, so you need to find someone truly special. We can help you there.

We Help You Find An Egg Donor

For gay couples who need an Egg Donor before entering into the surrogacy process, it can be difficult to find someone who fits your needs. Just like with Surrogates, we have a full collection of Egg Donors that you can search through and find exactly what you want – from hair and eye color to specific skill sets.

If you already have an Egg Donor in mind, we can also help to ensure that the process is smooth and easy for everyone involved.

We Take Care Of The Legal Aspects

The legal aspects of surrogacy can be quite difficult to understand, even in a state like California where the laws are pretty clear cut. Our team has relationships with lawyers that can help you to feel safer and smooth out the process for you. Before you sign a contract or meet with Surrogates, you will have all of the information you need to make smart decisions from a legal perspective.

Of course, having a lawyer also helps you to feel safe and comfortable.

We Relieve Some Of The Stress You’ll Feel

Any pregnancy is going to have some levels of stress, including surrogacy. At EDSI, we help to relieve some of the stress you feel be thoughtfully and fully explaining every step you take and every decision you have to make. Whether it is something small or something massive, our team is there to support you. As soon as you start the surrogacy journey, you will be matched with a case manager who will be available to you at all times via phone or email.

Whether you have been on the pathway to parenthood for a long time or you are just starting your search, we do our best to provide a safety net, a sounding board, and a friendly environment that will feel like home. After all, you have more important things to worry about: like getting ready for your baby.

We Make This A Memorable Experience

At EDSI, we have a storied history of building beautiful families. We know what it takes to make this process one that you will never forget, for all the best reasons. From your initial appointment to the time your Surrogate gives birth, we will be there for you. Our hands-on approach will help you to focus on all of the aspects of surrogacy that are beautiful.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662

Surrogacy For Same-Sex Couples: FAQs

Becoming a parent through surrogacy is a little scary, especially for same-sex couples. This isn’t something that everyone goes through and it can be difficult to really connect with another couple that have gone through the exact same thing you are going through. As such, we spend a good deal of time helping you to feel comfortable with the process. 

Over the years, we have found that many couples going through surrogacy have some of the same questions. We have other FAQ pages where we cover many of these questions as well as some others. Here are some of the most frequent:

What Is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a beautiful, life-changing process during which a woman chooses to become pregnant with another couple’s baby via an embryo transfer. She carries that baby to term. It is always recommended that professional surrogacy agencies are used to help guide everyone through all aspects of the agreement.

At EDSI, we use gestational surrogacy, where the Surrogate is not biologically related to the baby that she carries. 

Is Surrogacy Legal For Same-Sex Couples?

This is a very difficult question to answer, as it is always changing. At the end of the day, it depends where you live. In the United States, surrogacy laws will vary from state to state. In California, it is completely legal for same-sex couples to have a family through surrogacy.

However, you should know that surrogacy laws are complex and you need to be careful. It is important to work with experienced surrogacy professionals to ensure that everything is legal and safe.

Are There Requirements For Same-Sex Parents To Use Surrogacy?

All Intended Parents need to meet specific requirements for the safety of the Surrogate and the resulting children. Intended Parents are screened on specific requirements that they need to meet. These screenings will determine whether or not they are ready to start the process.

Some states and professional organizations will have their own specific or additional requirements that IPs must meet, so be sure to check with your agency.

How Long Does Surrogacy Take?

The Surrogacy process typically takes between one to two years, from the time the couple starts the process to the time the baby is born. There are so many different variables that will impact this timeline, including how long it takes to pick a Surrogate, whether or not the Surrogate gets pregnant on the first attempt, and more. When you meet with a surrogacy agency, they can give you a more specific breakdown based on their own experiences.

Is Surrogacy Safe?

Surrogacy has come a long way thanks to advancements in medical technology, and it continues to improve with every passing year. In general, surrogacy is a very safe process. There are some risks with all medical procedures and with all pregnancies, but that is why we screen our surrogates and ensure that they are healthy enough to carry a pregnancy.

If you are hoping to have multiples, those Surrogates are often required to be just a little healthier and there is some added risk.

How Do You Get Started With The Surrogacy Process?

If you are ready to get started with the surrogacy process, contact a surrogacy professional as soon as possible. At EDSI, we have someone waiting to match with you and a caseworker waiting to answer any questions that you may have.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662

How Long Does It Take to Match with a Surrogate In California?

If you are interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy, you may have a very common question: just how long does it take to match with a surrogate in California? Everyone will have their own journey and one couple may get through everything in 12 months while it may take another 36 months. 

However, in general, you can expect the following process:

First Steps: 10 – 15 Days

The first steps in the surrogacy process don’t take all that long at all. You will have to fill out an Intended Parent application form and schedule a consultation. Our agency will review it and discuss the different requirements, payment options, and you will find out more information about your experience. During this time, we gather information to help you form a strong relationship with the Surrogate and to help you get through this process with ease.

Finding A Surrogate 30 – 60 Days

If you choose to move on with the process, the next step is to pick a Surrogate. At EDSI, we have a portfolio of Surrogates that you can look at and choose from. Once you have found a Surrogate that meets your needs, we will send the profile we gathered in the first step to the Surrogate for her to review. If she accepts, we will then facilitate a meeting between everyone to learn more about each other and talk about the next steps. You will have a caseworker with you during this process to answer any questions.

The length of the matching process is really up to you. Sometimes IPs will reach an agreement with the first Surrogate they meet. Other times, they won’t like the first Surrogate or they will want to meet a few to determine who is the best match. As the Surrogate is an important part of this process, it is imperative to take all the time that you need.

Surrogate Screening & Prep: 45 – 90 Days

While all of our Surrogates have already been screened, once they have been selected by IPs, they will need to go through further testing. She will need to undergo a physical and psychological screening to ensure that this is a good decision for her as well.

Once she is cleared, then contracts can be signed and the process can truly begin.

IVF: 60 – 90 Days

Once everything is official, the fertility doctors will start the process of IVF. This will take a little over a month to do. The Surrogate will have to prepare for it beforehand, which adds a few weeks to the overall time. Once the embryo is implanted, it will take two additional weeks to get the first results. If the surrogate doesn’t get pregnant, the process may start over.

Pregnancy: Up To 40 Weeks

In general, a healthy pregnancy will last up to 9 months. If your Surrogate is carrying multiples, it may be a bit shorter. The important thing is that your Surrogate stays healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy, even as she has mood swings. You will get regular updates and communication with your Surrogate to hear how she feels, how your baby is progressing, and about any complications.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662

How Do I Find A Surrogate Mother In CA?

How do you find a Surrogate Mother in CA? Most Intended Parents (IPs) will work with a surrogacy agency to find a Surrogate and start their journeys toward parenthood. Finding a Surrogate without an agency isn’t recommended because you don’t have the support system built in to help you find someone who is able to carry a baby. That is the first thing you need to know: to find a Surrogate Mother in CA, you need to first find a surrogacy agency. 

We understand that this is a difficult journey to take and that you will second guess every decision that you make. As such, we’ve developed this guide to help you find a Surrogate Mother in CA, even if you do not decide to work with EDSI.

If you have questions about surrogacy and you need answers from professionals who have been building families for a long time, feel free to reach out to our team.

Look At Different Surrogacy Agencies

Most Intended Parents will start by picking a surrogacy agency in California. They will research those agencies and find one that makes them feel comfortable and supported. When looking at an agency, you want to compare reputations, reviews, success rates, and costs. There are many, many agencies out there and if there is something that makes you feel uncomfortable, you can always find another one.

You may want to work with an agency that is located near you or an agency that has Surrogates available now so you can eliminate your wait time. 

Every agency will offer something that is a little different, so don’t be afraid to take your time here. Ask questions of the agency. 

Understand Who Surrogates Are

Before you have selected your agency, you will want to do a bit more research into how they select Surrogates. Every agency will have its own qualifications and guidelines. Most are similar, but there are some that go above and beyond when screening their surrogates. EDSI prescreens our Surrogates based on their medical histories, pregnancy stories, and initial interviews. 

We have a database of Surrogates who are willing to work with you. While we cannot include everything, we try to include the information that most people want to know when they are making their choices.

Determine What Is Important To You

Before you come to a final conclusion on who to use as a Surrogate, you need to determine what is important to you. How much contact do you want with your Surrogate throughout the journey? Do you want an experienced Surrogate Mother or someone who hasn’t been a Surrogate before? 

If you work with an agency, you can talk to the caseworker assigned to you and he or she will help you make a connection much more quickly. 

There are a few different criteria that most surrogacy agencies will use:

  • The level of communication that you want throughout the surrogacy
  • Communication after the child has been born
  • Location of the Surrogate Mother
  • Number of embryos to be transferred
  • How parties feel about selective reduction and/or termination

The best thing you can do is be open and honest throughout the process. 

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including those who cannot conceive on their own, single parents, and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

edsi@eggdonorandsurrogacy.com

(866) 344-3662

How To Choose A Surrogacy Agency For Gay Couples

When you are just starting out the surrogacy progress, you may need help choosing a surrogacy agency for gay couples – an agency that will treat you well, an agency that knows what you need. The most important thing is that you work with an agency. This will help to ensure that everything is done legally, professionally, and safely. But how can you choose a surrogacy agency for gay couples? There are plenty of good agencies out there. The best thing you can do is decide what type of treatment you want, how much help you will need, and then start talking to those agencies. You will find the agency that makes you feel at home – but how can you narrow them down? Ask yourself these questions:

What Agency Has Worked With Gay Couples Before Now?

Not all surrogacy agencies will work with gay couples, that’s an unfortunate reality. Even in today’s world, there is still discrimination. You need to ensure that the agencies you are looking at will work with you. Not only will they work with you, but they have worked with gay couples before now. While everything is nearly the same, there are some differences in working with gay couples.

At EDSI, we have a long history of helping couples of all kinds build their families through surrogacy.

What Agency Has Surrogates Who Are Ready?

How long are you willing to wait to be matched with a Surrogate? Not all agencies have Surrogates who are ready to get started. Instead, they will start their searches once you contact them. This can add months to your journey and can leave you with fewer options.

At EDSI, we have a directory of women who are willing to be Surrogates for you. When you decide to work with our team, you will be able to look through that directory and make a decision based on your qualifications.

Can This Agency Connect Me To An Egg Donor?

If you are a gay couple, you may need an Egg Donor as well as a Surrogate. Most agencies will not work with a Surrogate who is also the Egg Donor, so they need to find both. Egg Donors can be chosen based on a variety of characteristics, ranging from their talents to what they look like. Most agencies will have a wide variety of options, but not everyone will, so you should ask the question.

At EDSI, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates so that we can fulfill all of your needs.

Who Is Willing To Talk To You?

Now, it may seem strange, but some agencies are pretty hands-off and aren’t that personable. You don’t want that when you are going through your surrogacy journey. You want to work with an agency that will answer your 2 AM emails when you are worried and will facilitate good discussions. You need an agency that can help you to traverse the sometimes murky waters of surrogacy. 

Many agencies go above and beyond to take care of their Surrogates, but they allow their Intended Parents to be somewhat neglected. At EDSI, we have specific programs in place to ensure that IPs feel supported and take care of during their journeys.

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

Contact

Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662

LGBT Surrogacy: What Your Timeline Will Look Like

If you are looking to start your LGBT surrogacy journey, you may have some questions about what your life will be like for the next year or so. One of the most common questions that we get is this one: how long does surrogacy take? There are so many variables that you need to consider when you plan ahead – and while we can give you estimates, know that no two journeys are the same. Instead, we can give you a rough estimate of the EDSI timeline for Intended Parents.

First Stage Of LGBT Surrogacy: Research

The first stage of LGBT surrogacy should be the research phase. This is when you start to look at different surrogacy agencies and compare them to each other. You need to talk to the people who work at that agency, get a feel for their philosophies, and then start looking at Surrogates.

During the research phase, the agency that you choose will also have to look into your background. We do this so that we can know the family we are building is one that will be safe and loving. Before you sign any contracts with anyone, we will guarantee that you know everything there is to know about our agency and what you can expect. We facilitate everything so that there aren’t any questions or surprises. This phase will be on your schedule – it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. When you are ready to get started, we will be as well.

Second Stage Of LGBT Surrogacy: Matching

At EDSI, we have a collection of Surrogates who are ready to get started. You can look through them online, from the comfort of your home. We try to provide all of the information that you could possibly need in this database, but you can also ask for more information. This timeline is, once again, flexible. 

We suggest that you take your time with this phase because it is critical to your experience. Your relationship with your Surrogate will be important, so it is crucial that you are aligned. 

Once you are matched, you aren’t quite ready to get started. 

Third Stage Of LGBT Surrogacy: Surrogate Testing & Prep

While we prescreen all of our Surrogates, they will still need to go through some testing when they are selected as a surrogate. They will need to go through a few weeks of testing that includes psychological evaluations, medical clearances, and background checks. We require that our Surrogates meet certain qualifications before they get put into our databases, but we know that things can change quite quickly. As such, we can never be too careful.

Once the testing is complete and the contracts have been signed, the Surrogate will start getting her body ready for the embryo transfer. How long this process takes will largely depend on her body, it is usually somewhere around a month. 

Fourth Stage Of LGBT Surrogacy: Embryo Transfers

For many people, the next stage is the most important: the embryo transfer. Carriers will go in for a fairly simple medical procedure to get the embryos transferred. They will then take a blood test about a week and a half after transfer to see if the embryos took.

If one or more embryos did take, the Surrogate will continue carrying the pregnancy like normal. If the embryos did not take, you may go through this process again with the same Surrogate. 

Interested In Building Your Family Through Surrogacy? Give Us A Call Today

Throughout the surrogacy journey, we recruit Egg Donors and Surrogates to match them with Intended Parents, including single parents and gay parents. From there, we seamlessly orchestrate the fertility journey through pregnancy and delivery. We make it a rule to be active problem solvers and advocates for our clients, making their experiences pleasant and hassle-free.

It would be our honor to help you grow your family. Please give us a call today so that we can start building your family on your own schedule. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662