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The Surrogate Process

Meeting with our agency for a consultation

Creative Love welcomes you to come to our office for your initial complimentary consultation. For our international clients we can arrange to have a consultation through Skype with a translator available in your native language. Your consultation with us should be a relaxed get together. To begin your consultation we will explain to you what services Creative Love has to offer and what you can expect from us. We will discuss the whole surrogate process including the legal, insurance and expectations that are involved of all parties. At the consultation we can review our surrogate profiles with you. We can discuss a surrogate package that is tailored and cost effective to meet your needs.

Matching the Intended Parent(s)

As a surrogate agency it is our primary goal to match you with a wonderful surrogate that meets your needs both personally and medically. The surrogate process begins with us helping you to create an intended parent profile. To have a successful surrogate experience we believe that formulating a positive relationship with your surrogate is the foundation to success of your surrogate journey. To better help us help you we truly want to know you and have an understanding of how you arrived at this part of your fertility journey. We want to know about your family, profession and, personal interests. Together we will create an intended parent profile. This very personal profile will better assist us during the matching phase of your surrogate and egg donor cycle. The profile will also give us an understanding of the type of relationship you would like with your surrogate. It will also assist us in matching you with a surrogate that meets the needs and qualifications that you are looking for in your surrogate. Sharing your profile with a surrogate also gives her an opportunity to decide on the compatibility for her to work with you. Once all parties are in agreement to work together we then move onto the medical scrrening.

For our international clients once you have selected a surrogate to work with you will need to visit the United States. Typically you would need to make 3-4 trips throughout your surrogate journey.  The first trip would be to meet your surrogate and completed your initial screening at your clinic. Your second trip would be for the 20 week ultrasound to learn the gender of your baby. During your second trip we will assist in confirming the birth plan and begin to have it in place. Then your final trip to the United States would be to welcome your baby. Typically intended parents stay in the United States 2-3 weeks after the birth of their baby. At this time we will assist you in obtaining the child’s birth certificate, and the child’s U.S. passport for International travel. Throughout your journey Creative Love will have a surrogate journey coordinator attending to your surrogate at all times. We will attend doctor’s appointments and home visits throughout the journey to give you peace of mind while your in your home country.

The Medical Process
To begin the medical process the surrogate mother and her husband, if applicable will have to pass the FDA required screening. She will also have to pass the medical screening performed by the intended parent(s) IVF clinic. The steps involved in a surrogate/egg donor cycle are outlined below.

The Surrogate begins taking birth control pills to align her cycle with the egg donor. The surrogate will take Lupron to suppress ovulation, while the egg donor takes stimulating hormones to stimulate her ovaries to develop multiple eggs. After 10 -14 days of FSH drugs the egg donor will go through an egg retrieval. The surrogate then begins to take estrogen to prepare her uterus for implantation and pregnancy. During this time, the surrogate will be monitored by blood tests and ultrasound to determine hormone levels and the appropriate development of her uterine lining. Three to five days after fertilization of the eggs, a number of embryos are inserted into the surrogate’s uterus. The surrogate will then begin using progesterone to support and maintain the pregnancy. A successful pregnancy can be confirmed in two weeks.

If the cycle is using frozen embryos than the clinic will only be preparing the surrogate.
The Legal Process
Once the surrogate is medically cleared by the fertility clinic than the legal contract can be drafted. Each party will be represented by separate attorneys. The attorney drafting the contract will represent the intended parent(s). The legal contract is to ensures that the best interest of all parties are represented. Surrogacy laws vary by state. It is important to work with an attorney that specializes in assisted reproductive technology law. The legal contract will cover topics such as how many embryos will be transferred, termination clause, reduction clause, travel restriction, etc. The drafting attorney will make contact with the risk manager at the delivering hospital to make arrangements for the birth.

For our international intended parent(s) we will assist with the required legal documents and passports necessary to take your baby home. It is important that all international intended parent(s) consult with an attorney in your home country regarding any residency or citizenship requirements for U.S. surrogate born child.
The Pregnancy
During the legal process the intended parent(s) and the surrogate will have come to an agreement as to where each party stands in regards to the pregnancy. This part of the surrogate agreement is crucial to all parties. Most intended parents(s) want to be very involved in the pregnancy of their unborn child. A few things that all parties should consider and have covered in the legal contract are: What each parties expectation and frequency of communication is during the pregnancy, involvement in regards to doctor's appointments, when will the surrogate notify the intended parent(s) of the onset of labor and what each parties expectation is on the birth plan.
After the Pregnancy
After the birth the intended parents take full custody of the child or children born. Every after birth plan is different. Sometimes the intended parents will give the surrogate mother some time with the baby after birth. An after birth plan is important to discuss between all parties before the pregnancy takes place and also throughout the journey.

Now that your surrogacy journey is over the experience is unforgettable. We're here to help in whatever ways we're needed. Even after the birth!