What You Need To Know Before Starting Your Surrogacy Journey

Starting your surrogacy journey can be scary, and as human beings, we tend to put off scary things. Sometimes, people will wait so long that what they once wanted to do becomes impossible. While surrogacy is an option to people for a long time, sometimes we get down on ourselves and decide not to do it at all, leaving behind the dream of becoming a parent and instead focusing on other things.

So how can you help yourself get ready to take that leap? We have found that when people find out more about surrogacy, they are more comfortable moving forward. As such, we’d like to break down some of the things you need to know about surrogacy.

You Can Be As Involved As You Want

The first thing you need to know is that you can be as involved as you want in your surrogacy journey. Too often, people decide not to do surrogacy because they think they won’t get that true pregnancy experience. We can tell you that it will be different, but it doesn’t have to be something that happens from a distance.

If you want to be involved, be clear with your surrogacy case manager about that fact. They will be able to match you with a Surrogate who is comfortable with that level of involvement. Often, Surrogates are more than happy to have you involved.

Surrogacy Isn’t Cost Prohibitive

Cost is another reason why people are afraid to start their surrogacy journeys. They think that surrogacy is something that only rich celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Sarah Jessica Parker can do, and that just isn’t the case. Surrogacy isn’t inexpensive, but there are many of financing options available for people who really want to make it a reality.

Often, grandparents will help make these dreams a reality too, and you can even apply for loans. If you have a dream of being a parent, don’t let cost stop you from making it a reality.

For more information about financing with EDSI, please see our page on it: https://eggdonorandsurrogacy.com/parents/financing/.

Everything Is Legal

In most states in the United States, surrogacy is completely legal and very regulated. There are some states that have regulations that are stricter and make the process a little more complicated and difficult. However, those laws are changing. For instance, New York just made “commercial” surrogacy legal for the first time, and that is likely going to open up a world of possibilities who want to work with a Surrogate in New York.

However, if you have fears that you are doing something that isn’t legal, the easiest way to abate that is to work with a surrogacy agency. Agencies like EDSI and others have been working in surrogacy for decades and know the rules and regulations around who can be Surrogates, what rights Intended Parents have, and how to ensure that everyone stays safe.

Start Early

One final thing to remember is that the sooner you start, the better off you will be. Starting early will give you some time to find that perfect Surrogate and actually enjoy the process. “Early” can mean whatever you want it to mean. The surrogacy journey can take at least 18 months, if not longer, so be sure to plan ahead.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Finding the right fit can be quite difficult, and as this is a big decision to make taking all the time you need to make those decisions is imperative. We are here for you whenever you make that choice. We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Handling The Legal Implications Of Surrogacy

Surrogacy is a complicated thing and the legal implications of surrogacy can be quite hard to navigate themselves. When you decide to use surrogacy to build your family, you obviously want to ensure that everything is legal and on the right side of the law.

Of course you need to think about every contract you sign and check you write, so you need to think about handling the legal implications of surrogacy from the start of your journey. Here are some of our best tips:

Surrogacy Laws Vary From State To State

It is frustrating, but you should know the surrogacy laws for your own state as well as the surrogacy laws of the state in which your agency is, if they are different. The laws for each state will differ, with some being stricter than others. Those laws are changing by the day, usually to become more lenient for “commercial surrogacy” or surrogacy that allows the Surrogate to be paid for her time and effort.

California has long been the leading state for surrogacy, but New York has just changed its laws and it is poised to become the best state from a legal perspective.

Working With A Surrogacy Agency Is The Best Way To Ensure Legality

If you are worried about working with a Surrogate and keeping everything legal, the best thing you can do is work with an experience surrogacy agency. They know (and follow) all of the rules and regulations put forth by a particular state. In essence, you can leave the legal implications up to them and just enjoy the experience on your own.

Of course, you will have to think about them at the start and ending of your journey, but you won’t need to have that sinking fear in the back of your head that you did something wrong.

Work With A Lawyer

Even if you work with a surrogacy agency, it is important to have a lawyer on your side as well. This lawyer will help you to understand the fees process, the contracts you sign, and what needs to be done when. There are plenty of family and surrogacy lawyers out there, and your agency will even be able to connect you with someone who can help you.

While most surrogacy agencies will have a lawyer on call to help with all of the legal implications, you may want to have someone that you’ve picked as well. It will help you to feel more confident and comfortable moving forward.

Read Everything

Are you used to signing terms and conditions on your phone without reading them? Have you signed contracts without really reading them? Don’t do this with surrogacy! Be sure that you are reading every single document that comes your way. These documents control many different aspects of surrogacy, including your experience. Whether you are a Surrogate or Intended Parents, the contract often lists the amount of contact you will have, what can be expected of you, and even what happens after birth with things like breast milk.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Finding the right fit can be quite difficult, and as this is a big decision to make taking all the time you need to make those decisions is imperative. We are here for you whenever you make that choice. We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Do’s (And Don’ts) Of Working With A Surrogacy Agency

Working with a surrogacy agency is the best way to reach your dreams of becoming a parent. We are professional, responsible, and experienced in building families, while still working to keep the process from feeling overly clinical. As a surrogacy agency with over two decades of experience, We at EDSI have learned some of the ins and outs of this relationship, and have worked extensively to perfect the experience. While there are always new things to learn (and new challenges to overcome), we strive to give you the Intended Parent the absolute best experience possible.

Here are some of our favorite do’s (and a few don’ts) for working with a surrogacy agency:

Do: Research Surrogacy Agencies Beforehand

You want to do plenty of research before you settle on a surrogacy agency. Settling with the first agency you find could result in a less than stellar experience for you. There are a ton of surrogacy agencies popping up all over, but they don’t have the experience to make it something special for you. Instead, they are trying to make money quickly and capitalize on the changing surrogacy laws.

Not only do you want to spend some time looking at their website and social media, you want to actually talk to the workers at an agency. See who gives you that happy feeling. If an agency won’t talk to you at all, this is a sign that you should move onto someone else.

Do: Work With An Experienced Agency

It bears repeating: work with an experienced surrogacy agency. There are a lot of variables that can pop up throughout this journey (who would have ever anticipated a global pandemic, for example?), and experience is one of the most important tools an agency can have.

While there are plenty of new agencies that may be willing to cut a deal here and there, they are also likely cutting corners and working with other people who don’t have experience, which can lead to significant issues.

Don’t: Be Afraid To Ask Questions

One thing that we have noticed is that people are afraid to ask questions or think that we will think they aren’t educated about the process if they ask questions. We love questions! Our team tries to be comprehensive in all of the information that we give to perspective Intended Parents, Egg Donors, and Surrogates, but sometimes we skip over something or you think of a question we don’t have literature for – in that case, we give the question our full attention and answer it as thoroughly as we can.

The more questions you ask and the more comfortable you feel, the better your experience is going to be.

Don’t: Just Look At The Families They’ve Built

At EDSI, we have helped bring over a thousand babies into the world – but our work doesn’t stop there. You want to work with a surrogacy agency that is going to offer you more. What have they done in terms of public education? Do they have webinars or talk about surrogacy in magazines? Do they worry about the legal implications of surrogacy laws?

You need to think about all of these things, because that is what takes a good surrogacy agency and makes them great.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Finding the right fit can be quite difficult, and as this is a big decision to make taking all the time you need to make those decisions is imperative. We are here for you whenever you make that choice. We are happy to give you more information now or schedule your consultation.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

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Can You Still Start Surrogacy During A Pandemic?

One of the most common questions we’ve gotten over the last few months is: “Can I still start my surrogacy journey during a pandemic?” The answer is a resounding yes, you can start your surrogacy journey right now. In fact, it may be a better time than ever to start it – you will be able to dedicate time to sitting down and figuring out exactly what it is that you want and how you want to get there.

Many people have realized over the last few months that they want children more than ever, and whether you are just starting to think about surrogacy or you have long known you want to do it, there are some unique problems that we’ve faced into 2021.

Even so, our team continues to work harder than ever to ensure that each surrogacy experience is one that gives you the fondest memories. There are some very specific circumstances that have required us to do some quick thinking and push our creativity, but much of what we do has continued just as it always was.

How EDSI Has Responded To Challenges

The pandemic has thrown us all off course a few times, and there have been some unique circumstances facing people who have had babies over the past few months, particularly international parents from China. As it is more difficult than ever to get into the United States, sometimes it is difficult for Intended Parents to actually be present for the birth of  their babies.

EDSI hasn’t left their sides during this time. We’ve arranged for nannies, medical care, Zoom calls, and more for the  parents until they can hold their child for the first time. We’ve also helped to arrange transportation so that those reunions can happen much faster.

To read more about one of the biggest challenges facing International Intended Parents, click here to see an interview our Managing Director, Parham Zar, did with ABC7: https://abc7.com/surrogate-surrogacy-covid-19-china/6426485/.

Thinking of Starting 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.

EDSI Tackles Unique Problems Related To Surrogacy During COVID Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed all of our lives in many, many ways. Whether you are working from home for the first time, starting a new habit, learning a new skill, or homeschooling your kids, our lives have simultaneously gotten more complicated and harder than ever.

For surrogacy agencies, a ban on travel, difficulty meeting people in person, and working from home has all shifted the way we build families. However, the process hasn’t stopped. We have developed new and effective ways to manage our cases, and much of the medical aspects of surrogacy have continued just the way they were before the pandemic.

However, That Isn’t To Say We Haven’t Found Unique Problems – And Unique Solutions

Of course, there have been some unique problems faced by surrogacy agencies, including EDSI, throughout this time. We have worked to meet every speed bump, including some issues that face our Intended Parents.

You should know that surrogacy is still an extremely safe and protected journey – we are constantly working to make it a beautiful experience for everyone involved. We’ve even discovered new techniques that we will use when this is over and the world goes back to “normal.”

To read more about one of the biggest issues facing International Intended Parents, click here to read our feature on AZ Family

Thinking of Starting 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.