Upon receipt of your Surrogate Mother Inquiry, e-mail, or call, we will send you an informational booklet regarding surrogacy and Baby Miracles' program. If, after reviewing that information, you will speak with the agency's Director for a cursory review of the process, which is also an opportunity to have all of your questions answered to help you decide whether you wish to move forward with registration.
Registration with Baby Miracles
Upon receipt by Baby Miracles of your registration documents, an interview with the Agency Director will be scheduled with you and your spouse/partner, if any. This interview can be either by phone or in person (depending upon your location), during which there will be a thorough review of our program and the surrogacy process. Your medical records relating to your pregnancies will be obtained and reviewed. Negative pap results within six (6) months will also be required. A criminal background check will then be run on you and your spouse/partner (if any), after which you will be deemed registered with Baby Miracles.
Matching to a Couple
Once you are registered with Baby Miracles, your profile will be sent to one or more couples that match your stated preferences and
requirements. When a couple expresses interest in potentially working with you, their profile will be sent to you for review - you will have the same opportunity to decide whether they might be the right couple for you. If you are interested in them, arrangements are made to meet the couple, either in personal or via conference call (depending upon the parties' locations), which will be attended by the Director or a Baby Miracles Coordinator. After the meeting (or two meetings, as the parties wish), you and the couple are given a few days to decide if you want to work together. If so, you are officially matched!
Establish Escrow Account
An account with an independent bonded escrow company, selected by Baby Miracles, must be established prior to moving forward. All payments to be made to you or on your behalf for a singleton, uncomplicated pregnancy, pursuant to the Surrogacy Contract, must be deposited into this account prior to the embryo transfer. Once It has been opened and funded, medical screening will be scheduled.
Obtain Health Insurance, if applicable
If you do not have a health insurance policy that will cover a surrogacy-related pregnancy, you will apply for a policy that does (we will assist you). This policy must be applied for prior to attending the first appointment at the clinic. See Medical & Insurance Aspects for more information.
Medical and Psychological Screening
You and your husband/partner (if any), and the Prospective Parents (or Egg Donor, if applicable) will undergo medical screening to ensure there are no communicable diseases. You will also have additional testing and procedures to confirm your suitability as a surrogate as well as a psychological evaluation. Some clinics will require the Prospective Parents to also undergo a psychological evaluation.
Following successful completion of medical and psychological screening, a Surrogacy Contract will be entered into between the parties (see Legal Aspects for more information). Once all parties have signed the Contract, you may commence medications.
The Cycle Begins
The clinic will set the cycle calendar and order medications. To review the medical process, see Medical & Insurance Aspects page.
The Embryo Transfer
Following the embryo transfer, you will have three days of mandatory bedrest. A beta hCG blood test will be performed approximately 10-14 days following the date of the embryo transfer to determine whether you are pregnant. If the first beta is positive, a second beta is generally performed two days later to confirm the number is increasing appropriately.
Upon confirmation of pregnancy by blood test, you will be scheduled for an ultrasound which will take place approximately four weeks following the date of the embryo transfer, during which the fetal heartbeat(s) can be visualized. You will have additional ultrasounds to confirm fetal development and continue on supplemental hormone therapy until approximately 9-12 weeks of pregnancy, after which you will "graduate" from care by the fertility clinic and begin seeing an obstetrician.
There is much more to the steps listed above as well as many more between pregnancy confirmation and delivery which will be discussed in detail with you personally and in writing.