Surrogate Screening Process
Choosing to become a surrogate is a big decision. By carrying a child for someone, you will give another family a life-changing gift. However, not everyone will qualify for a surrogacy journey. At Premium Surrogacy, we conduct a thorough physical and psychological evaluation on each surrogate candidate to ensure that each baby can develop in a safe and healthy environment. Read on to learn about our surrogate screening process.
Online Surrogate Application
The first step you will take towards becoming a surrogate with us is filling out our online surrogate application. We will use the online surrogate application to ensure that you meet our basic surrogate qualifications. The application is available on our website, and it only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
We run a background check on each surrogate candidate. We must verify your identity and check your criminal record before moving forward with your screening.
A clean background check provides the intended parent(s) with peace of mind. While we accept surrogates with minor infractions like speeding or parking tickets, we cannot work with women who are felons or who have a violent past. This policy is common to almost all surrogacy agencies.
However, we understand that every person’s situation is unique. If you wish to discuss your particular circumstances, please contact our team.
Medical Records Review
After we accept your online application and you pass our background check, we will request your medical records from the OB/GYN doctor who supported you during your most recent pregnancy. Dr. Jain and other fertility specialists at Premium Surrogacy will review your medical records for any complications or abnormalities. While the findings from the review cannot guarantee that you will not have complications in the future, they are a good indicator of your overall reproductive health and your ability to have a healthy pregnancy.
Being a surrogate is a very personal journey, and it is crucial that our team establishes excellent communication with you from the beginning of the surrogacy process. A phone consultation is our first opportunity to talk with you and to learn more about your story. The phone consultation is also an opportunity for you to talk directly with one of our doctors and to ask any questions that you might have about becoming a surrogate. You should not be nervous about your phone consultation. It a two-way conversation. We want you to speak openly and honestly so that we can offer you the best support.
After your phone consultation, we will invite you to our Santa Monica Fertility Clinic for a full medical screening. The surrogate medical screening process includes a urine test and a blood test to check for any drug use, infectious diseases, or abnormalities. We will also test your partner for drug use and infectious diseases. Next, we will perform a physical exam and an ultrasound to assess your uterus and ovaries. Finally, you will meet with a high-risk obstetrician for your final medical clearance.
Becoming a surrogate is a major decision. Providing someone with the gift of a child can be emotionally challenging and medically strenuous. Before becoming a surrogate, you will speak with a licensed psychologist to ensure that you are mentally fit to go through a surrogacy journey. We will also check that you have a sound support system and that you know who to call if you need additional support.
After we assess your physical and mental health, we schedule a home visit so that we can meet your family. We want to ensure that you are living in a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment with supportive people around you. The home visit is another way for us to get to know you as a person. It’s also an opportunity for your family to talk with a member of our team and ask any questions they might have regarding surrogacy.
Are You Ready to Become a Surrogate?
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate and you meet our basic qualifications, please submit an online surrogate application. If you have any questions, please contact us online or call us directly at (310) 566-1487 (US wide) and (762) 333 4659 (Florida and Georgia). Our Surrogacy Program Directors and our fertility experts are here to help you navigate the surrogate screening process and make the journey as comfortable as possible.