- We work exclusively with Pinnacle Surrogacy, a leading surrogacy agency, part of the Pinnacle Fertility network. This means that you can be matched with a surrogate who is already medically and psychologically cleared and prepared for her surrogacy journey. This can reduce your time, effort, and risk of disappointment when matching with a surrogate who is yet to be cleared for surrogacy.
- Our team of surrogacy managers, most of whom are experienced surrogates, will support you and your surrogate throughout your entire surrogacy journey, from matching to delivery.
- Pinnacle Surrogacy is a national surrogacy agency and can support your journey wherever you are in the US and worldwide.
- At SMF, we offer all-inclusive services (IVF, egg donation, and surrogacy) provided by top fertility specialists to make your surrogacy journey streamlined and easier to navigate.
What is the process of surrogacy?
Medical and Psychological Evaluations of Surrogates
Surrogacy agencies typically begin the process of medical and psychological screening after the intended parent(s) match with the surrogate. At Pinnacle Surrogacy, prospective surrogates undergo medical and psychological testing before matching. Each surrogate candidate completes screening by a fertility specialist, a high-risk obstetrician, and a psychologist. A home review is also carried out and the surrogate’s family is met to ensure the home environment is supportive, safe, and nurturing.
Consultation and Access to Surrogate Profiles
Following your consultation, Pinnacle Surrogacy will provide you with access to their surrogate profiles. The team gets to know their surrogates well during the surrogate screening process, and can provide recommendations based on each party’s requirements, wishes, and expectations for their surrogacy pregnancy.
Intended Parent and Surrogate Match Meeting
Pinnacle Surrogacy will facilitate the match meeting between you and the surrogate, which usually takes place virtually. The match meeting is an opportunity to get to know your surrogate and ask any questions you may have. Most of all, the meeting is a time for you and your surrogate to establish expectations regarding communication and the pregnancy process. After the match meeting, we follow-up with both parties to help facilitate next steps and answer any remaining questions.
Legal Matters Pertaining to Surrogacy
After the surrogate and the intended parent(s) match and agree to work together, Pinnacle Surrogacy will recommend attorneys for each party. The attorneys will draft the legal contract between the surrogate and intended parent(s) and ensure that each party considers important legal issues surrounding surrogacy. Alternatively, either party may use an attorney that they find independently. Pinnacle’s surrogates reside primarily in surrogacy friendly states and the legal process is typically straightforward. You can learn more about surrogacy contracts and legal considerations in their blog post, ‘Can a Surrogate keep the baby’.
An embryo transfer can be planned once the legal contracts are in place. A representative of Pinnacle Surrogacy will accompany your surrogate to all fertility appointments. If you are unable to attend an appointment, we can arrange video participation or provide timely feedback.
Support During Surrogate Pregnancy
Pinnacle Surrogacy will be there for you and your surrogate at every step of your surrogacy journey. They will be in close contact with your surrogate during pregnancy and assist her with all obstetric appointments. The surrogates will continue monthly support meetings with a psychologist. Additionally, surrogates receive nutritional counseling and delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the pregnancy.
Begin Your Surrogacy Journey
If you are ready to begin your surrogacy process or need more information and would like to talk with someone, please contact us online or call us at (310) 566-1470. We are here to answer any surrogacy question you may have.
We also invite you to explore Pinnacle Surrogacy’s site where you can find information about surrogacy success rates, cost of surrogacy, surrogacy epigenetics (does a surrogate share DNA with baby), and the FAQ section will answer many questions that you may have.
We look forward to supporting you in your journey.