Florida Surrogacy Process

Beginning Your Surrogacy Journey

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Understanding the Florida surrogacy process is a necessary step before deciding if becoming a surrogate is right for you. In a gestational surrogate cycle, the surrogate mother plays a vital role in an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure, which utilizes either the egg of the intended mother or that of an egg donor. The intended mother or egg donor undergoes a regimen involving stimulating hormones designed to encourage the development of multiple follicles. Concurrently, the surrogate mother takes specific medications aimed at preparing the uterine lining to not only accept the embryo but also to support the ensuing pregnancy. Importantly, there is no genetic connection between the surrogate mother and the implanted embryo.

To ensure a fulfilling and positive surrogacy journey, several critical components are integrated into the process. These include the application and evaluation phase, where the potential surrogate is carefully assessed for eligibility; the matching phase with intended parent(s), which considers compatibility and expectations; the medical screening phase to assess overall health; and finalizing the legal agreement to protect the rights of all parties involved. Subsequently, the surrogate mother enters the medical IVF cycle that is tailored to her needs. Finally, the pregnancy and delivery phase concludes the journey. In navigating the Florida surrogacy process, please note that some cycles may vary in minor ways depending on geographical location and specific clinical protocols. We encourage you to thoroughly review the detailed process outlined below.

Phase One: Surrogate Application

The first step in the Florida surrogacy process, and to initiate your surrogacy journey, you’ll need to complete a comprehensive surrogate application questionnaire. This detailed questionnaire is designed to gather critical information about various facets of your life, including your overall health, lifestyle choices, experiences with past pregnancies, and your employment history. After receiving your completed application, we will rigorously review it against the agency criteria that are outlined under our “surrogate requirements” section. If you successfully meet these criteria, the next step involves coordinating an interview with you, which could take place in our office or be conducted via a Skype interview for convenience.

Following the interview, the next step in the Florida surrogacy process will be to schedule an in-home visit to further understand your living environment. To ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved, arrangements will be made for key assessments such as a Psychological Evaluation, Medical Pre-screening, and a comprehensive Background Check. Once we receive clearances from these evaluations, we will assist you in crafting a “surrogate bio,” a document that serves as your introduction to potential intended parents. Concurrently, we will share profiles of potential intended parents with you to help determine compatibility. If there is mutual interest between you and the intended parent(s), we facilitate a meeting for all parties to become acquainted. Upon successful matching, the final step entails making arrangements for you to be medically cleared at the intended parent(s) fertility clinic, solidifying your role in this life-changing endeavor.

Phase Two: Psychological Screening, Background Check, Medical Pre-Screening

Background Check:

You and your spouse and/or partner will complete a background check searched by your name and SSN. This is conducted on both a federal and state criminal records, as well as residential history.

Psychological Screening:

You will undergo psychological screening with a PhD Psychologist whose focus is on third party reproduction. The psychologist will administer the MMPI-2 or PIA, personality assessment questionnaire. Your spouse and/or partner will be required to attend this appointment. This appointment is for the purpose to ensure that you are of sound mind and emotionally stable to undergo the surrogacy process. Also, that you have the support of your spouse and/or partner. During this appointment the psychologist is also there to provide support to you and discuss any concerns or fears that you may have.

Medical Pre-Screening:

We will request your past pregnancy records going back seven years and any current medical records. We require that you have a current pap and/or physical exam completed in the last twelve months. If you are due for your annual exam we will make arrangements for you to complete. You will need to provide a clearance letter from your current ob/gyn stating that you are medical cleared to be a surrogate mother.

Phase Three: Medical Screening

Medical Screening: Once your match is official you will then be seen at the intended parent(s) fertility clinic by their reproductive endocrinologist. This appointment is to conclude that the intended parent(s) fertility doctor deems you suitable to be a surrogate mother. You will be required to complete an in-depth exam from the fertility doctor. Complete infectious disease testing, meet with the clinical nurse coordinator to go over the steps that are medical required of you and the medications.

Every clinic can possibly have different protocols. Your spouse and/or partner will be required to complete the FDA infectious disease panel.

  • Meet with a Reproductive Endocrinologist
  • Screening for rubella, cytomegalo virus, toxoplasmosis
  • Physical examination
  • HIV Antibody
  • Gynecological Exam – Pap smear
  • Hepatitis A, B and C Surface Antigen
  • Hysteroscopy – a small camera is placed in the uterus to look at the uterine cavity
  • Cervical Cultures for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Ureaplasma, and Mycoplasma
  • RPR for Syphilis
  • Blood count and chemistry
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Blood type and RH
  • Drug toxicology
  • Group B Strep

all screening costs are covered by the intended parents.

Phase Four: Surrogate Mother IVF Cycle

Your clinical IVF nurse will go over your responsibilities to synchronize your cycle with the intended mothers or egg donors. All necessary medications that you will be required to use in order to prepare your lining to accept the embryo for implantation and support a pregnancy.

  • You will start with Lupron to down regulate you. You will then be asked to take birth control to synchronize your menstrual cycle with the intended mother or egg donor.
  • You will have an embryo transfer where a small catheter is inserted into your vagina and through your uterus. The embryos will be placed in the uterus with the hopes of implantation.
  • You will then start taking estrogen in either a patch form or oral pill.
  • You will have a beta test (pregnancy test) 10-14 days later to confirm a pregnancy.
  • You will then start using progesterone in either a suppository form or injection.
  • You will have blood draws and ultrasound throughout the first 8-12 weeks to monitor the pregnancy before being released to the Ob/Gyn.
  • You will have several lining checks before the embryo transfer to confirm that your uterine lining is thick enough to accept the embryo for implantation.

If the cycle is using frozen embryos then the clinic would only be preparing the surrogate mothers lining to accept the embryo for implantation.

Phase Five: Surrogate Mother's Pregnancy And Delivery

With a surrogate pregnancy is does differ somewhat then your natural pregnancy. With a surrogate pregnancy you went through IVF so you will be required to continue on medication to help support the pregnancy that are naturally produced by the body in a natural pregnancy for the first trimester.

Every clinic can possibly have different protocols. Your spouse and/or partner will be required to complete the FDA infectious disease panel.

  • You will be monitored more closely throughout the first 8-10 weeks at the fertility clinic then from a natural pregnancy.
  • The intended parents are a huge part of this journey and might want to attend appointments with you. On going open communication about ever appointment is crucial to the intended parents should they not be able to attend.
  • The delivery is a very special time for all involved. Before this time our surrogate coordinator, mental health counselor, intended parents and surrogate will meet to come up with a birth plan that everyone is comfortable with.

Throughout your surrogate journey with Creative Love we will provide you with support with either in person or through Skype to assure that all of your questions are answered and that you have the full support that you need.

If you are ready to join our agency family we welcome you to complete a surrogate application with us today! If you are still exploring the possibility of becoming a surrogate, or would like to better understand the different steps of the Florida surrogacy process, we welcome you to contact us. We will be happy to assist you throughout your journey.