What to Expect at a California Surrogate Center
Before resolving to become a California surrogate, it’s best everyone involved has an idea of what to expect. First and foremost, it’s important to be aware that each state has its own statutes on surrogacy. Fortunately, California surrogacy laws are very supportive and backed by longstanding case law. As a result, the Golden State is widely recognized as a surrogacy-friendly state.
Although every surrogacy journey is unique, there are standard policies and recommendations for those getting started. It begins with researching the surrogacy agencies in your area and selecting one that shares your views and vision. You’ll also want to ensure the agency has legal experts specializing in surrogacy law to help you better understand the legal ins and outs. Remember, this is at least a yearlong commitment so consider your options wisely.
Once you’ve chosen an agency, you’ll complete an application and a subsequent interview. During this meeting, the process will be further explained and any questions you may have are answered. A profile will be created of the surrogate to match her with the most suitable intended parents. The agency will do its best to match the surrogate with intended parents who are the best fit based on shared expectations, medical compatibility, and personality traits. After matching, there is a series of medical examinations for the surrogate and contracts are signed on both sides. These contracts generally cover all parties’ rights, responsibilities, and any necessary financial arrangements.
After the surrogate is found to be in good physical and mental condition, the intended parents typically undergo fertility treatments to produce a viable embryo. Using in-vitro fertilization, the embryo is then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. Throughout the surrogate’s pregnancy journey, the surrogacy center continues to provide support for her as well as the intended parents. This includes regular check-ins, counseling, and other services to ensure everyone involved has a positive and healthy experience.
Finally, the big day arrives and the surrogate gives birth to the intended parents’ new baby. This is usually the point at which the agency ensures all the legalities are taken care of, including obtaining parental rights for the intended parents. With the proper legal expertise, the agency can ensure the smoothest possible transition. Following the delivery, your agency will continue to remain in touch with you to make sure the surrogate and the intended parents have the support they need to ease into their new situations.