The first step to becoming a Surrogate with PrimeSurro is to submit a preliminary application using our secure database. Soon after you will be notified via email if your preliminary application has been accepted by our Admissions Team.
Shortly after your preliminary application has been accepted, you will be asked to complete a more comprehensive application so we can get a better picture of who you are and your strengths as a Surrogate. Our Admissions Team will also reach out to you to assist you with your application materials. During this time, we will also schedule an informal video interview with
you so we can get to know you better. The interview will also be a time for us to discuss the surrogacy journey and answer any questions you may have.
When you become an available Surrogate with PrimeSurro, we will send your profile to Intended Parents who are seeking a Surrogate to carry their child. If there are Intended Parents who are interested in your profile, we will show you the IP's profile so you can decide if you'd like to meet them for a video chat. If you both decide to “Match” with each other after the video chat, you will move onto the screening process of your surrogacy journey. A successful Matching is contingent upon your medical records being approved by the IVF clinic, too.
As soon as you are “Matched” with Intended Parents, you will complete the psychological evaluation and medical screening. The psychological evaluation is done over the phone with our Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). After this evaluation, you will have a medical screening at the IVF clinic that the Intended Parents have chosen to work with. The medical screening consists of a physical exam, blood work and other tests that the IVF doctor may order to ensure that you are medically a good candidate for surrogacy.
Once you have received medical clearance, you’ll begin the legal portion of your surrogacy journey. The legal contract contains the details of your surrogacy agreement and is signed by both you and the Intended Parents once its terms are agreed upon by both parties. The Intended Parents’ attorney and your attorney collaborate to create a surrogacy agreement that is beneficial for everyone.
After the legal contract is signed and sent to the IVF clinic, you will be given a detailed calendar and the necessary medications to prepare for your upcoming embryo transfer. The medications are typically started 3 weeks before your scheduled embryo transfer at the IVF clinic and consist of oral medications and/or injections. It is vital to stick to your medication instructions to ensure a smooth transfer; failure to do so may result in jeopardizing the success of your transfer and/or surrogacy.
The embryo transfer is a very quick and relatively painless procedure where the IVF doctor uses a small catheter to insert the embryo(s) into your uterus. For the transfer, you will need a companion to accompany you to the appointment. The Intended Parents may want to be present for the embryo
transfer as well. If you are not local to California and need to travel to the IVF clinic for the embryo transfer, all travel arrangements and hotel accommodations for both you and your companion will be coordinated and paid for free of charge. Most IVF doctors require 1-5 days of bed rest immediately after your transfer procedure.
About 9-11 days following your embryo transfer, you will have a Beta blood test to measure the levels of hCG in your body to determine if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, you will have your first ultrasound at around 2-3 weeks after your positive HCG blood test to confirm the presence of a fetal heartbeat. You will continue to be monitored by your IVF clinic (or a local monitoring clinic) until you “graduate” from the IVF clinic at about 8-10 weeks post transfer. The remainder of your prenatal care during your PrimeSurro surrogacy will be with your preferred OB/GYN.
The end of your surrogacy journey will culminate in the delivery of your surrogate baby. You’ll deliver at a local hospital that is covered under your surrogacy insurance policy. The parents of the baby will most likely be present for the birth. All the details of your birth plan and legal paperwork for the baby's birth order are handled ahead of time, so everyone knows what to expect at the delivery. All our PrimeSurro surrogates will have a paid medical insurance plan that extends until you are 3 months post-partum.