The surrogacy process isn’t a short one, but each case is different and everyone will have a different journey to get there. In general, it will last somewhere between 15 to 18 months for the first time surrogate. However, if you need to take a few extra months to fit our surrogacy requirements, it could take longer for you.
In general, the following is a breakdown of a general surrogacy journey so that you can get an idea of what to expect:
Preliminary Assessments: 1-2 Months
You may begin this step of your journey as early as today. It can take longer than 2 months, but in general, it does not. First, you must submit an application to be a surrogate, and then it will be reviewed to verify that you are a good candidate. You may schedule an appointment to talk to one of our surrogacy experts to go over some other details, like your health, lifestyle, personality, and more.
If you choose to move on, you may also have to meet with a psychologist and a physician to ensure that you are healthy enough mentally and physically to handle the surrogacy process.
Matching with Intended Parents: 1-4+ Months
EDSI will help to match you with Intended Parents (IPs) – or the people who need you to carry their baby. You will have a profile that will explain a little bit about who you are and why you want to be a surrogate. If IPs choose you, you will have a meeting with them to see if it is a good fit. Our experts will help to guide the meeting and the discussion to ensure that everything is discussed appropriately and thoroughly.
Sometimes, you will immediately meet with IPs that you connect with and you will choose to be their surrogate. Other times, it can take a few months before the right people match.
Settling All Of The Details: 1-2 Months
Once you have been matched with IPs, you will have to go to some more doctor’s appointments to ensure that everything is okay to move forward. At this time, you will likely be taken off of any birth control that you are on so that your body can get back to its normal menstrual cycle.
You will also consult with an attorney to verify that all of the documents are in order (IPs will do the same) and that you are comfortable with the details of the surrogacy agreement.
Medical/IVF Visits: 2-3 Months
Once that stage is completed, the team will finally start to get to the pregnancy portion of the process. You will undergo IVF treatment, which typically takes anywhere from four to six weeks. You will take hormones to control your cycle and it is suggested that you take it easy so that your body will be receptive of the IPs’ embryo.
It takes about two weeks to find out if the embryo(s) have implanted. The IVF process is becoming better and better, which means that you may have success on your first attempt. However, it doesn’t always happen right away and you may have to go through the IVF treatment again.
Pregnancy: 9 Months (Give or Take)
If you qualify to be a surrogate, you have already gone through at least one pregnancy, so you know this part of the process. Most pregnancies last 9 months, but some have been known to go shorter or longer. If you are carrying multiples, for instance, the process may be shorter.
In general, the process takes upwards of 18 months for the first time. That timeline can be shortened for second time (or third time) surrogates.
Ready To Start The Surrogacy Process?
Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. However, you have to be willing to put in more work than just carrying the baby – you have to provide a hospitable environment for him or her. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.