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Surrogacy Professionals [Everyone Involved in the Process]

The relationship between intended parents, gestational carrier and surrogacy specialist makes surrogacy a collaborative effort. The various stages in the surrogacy process require professionals who specialize in certain. The three primary surrogacy professionals you will work with are:

  • Surrogacy agencies

  • Surrogacy attorneys

  • Surrogacy clinics

All of these professionals will work together to make your dream of having a biological child of your own come true. So, what sets these professionals a part? What unique roles do they play in your surrogacy process?

In the article below, we aim to answer these questions and help give you better standing of the responsibilities of each professional. You can reach out to a surrogacy specialist today to get more information about the different surrogacy professionals involved in your surrogacy journey.

Surrogacy Agencies

Surrogacy agencies are organizations with professionals who can help you complete your surrogacy process. Surrogacy agencies are able to provide you with the resources and services necessary to complete your surrogacy.

What Services do Surrogacy Agencies Provide?

Surrogacy agencies help intended parents and surrogates navigate the surrogacy process and manage their individual cases. The surrogacy agency you work with will also help connect you with the other surrogacy professionals you will work with, and mediate contact between surrogates and intended parents.

The services a surrogacy agency provides will vary depending on which surrogacy agency you work with, but when you work with a surrogacy agency like American Surrogacy, you will have access to:

  • Matching services. Our surrogacy specialists will be able to help advertise you to potential surrogates and will be able to provide you with prospective surrogate mother profiles to look through to find a perfect match.

  • Screening services. Surrogacy agencies will provide valuable screening services to ensure that everyone involved is physically, emotionally and psychologically prepared for the surrogacy process.

  • Counseling services. Surrogacy is exciting but can be overwhelming. Surrogacy agencies provide round-the-clock counseling to both parties before, during and after the surrogacy process.

  • Case management. With all the moving parts in the surrogacy process, your surrogacy specialist will make sure all your bases are covered and coordinate all the necessary services on your behalf.

  • And more.

Surrogacy Attorneys

No matter which surrogacy agency you choose to work with, you will be required to work with a surrogacy attorney at some point in your surrogacy journey.

Each state has its own set of surrogacy laws, so trying to begin surrogacy without a surrogacy lawyer can have immense legal consequences. Not only will your surrogacy attorney interpret your state’s surrogacy laws, they will also make sure that your and your surrogate’s rights are protected by providing the following services:

  • Explaining surrogacy laws. Your surrogacy attorney will be knowledgeable of your state’s surrogacy laws and will break down any complicated legal jargon so that you can feel confident and informed as you move forward with your surrogacy process.

  • Make sure your surrogacy process is legal. Your surrogacy lawyer will be able to interpret your state’s surrogacy laws to ensure that everyone is going through the appropriate legal channels, as well as ensure that your surrogacy is legally recognized.

  • Will help you draft a legal contract. Both the intended parents and surrogate will need to draft a surrogacy contract before they can proceed with the medical process. These contracts will detail the rights, responsibilities, risks and expectations of both parties throughout the surrogacy process.

  • Protect your rights. Your surrogacy attorney will ensure that your rights and interests are protected such as views on surrogate compensation, selective reduction, termination and post-surrogacy contact.

Surrogacy Clinics

When you get to the medical process of the surrogacy journey, you will need to work with a surrogacy clinic. If you haven’t worked with a surrogacy clinic already, your surrogacy agency will be able to connect you with one from their network of professionals. The services you can expect to receive from your surrogacy clinic are:

  • Medical screening. The surrogate will need to undergo a medical screening with a surrogacy clinic to ensure that she is physically prepared for the embryo transfer and pregnancy. These screenings will consist of blood tests, sonograms and more. The intended parents will also need to undergo testing to ensure that a healthy embryo can be created from their genetic material.

  • IVF process and embryo transfer. Once you’ve passed through the medical screening, you will be able to move onto the IVF process. This includes gamete retrieval from the intended parents, fertility treatments and embryo transfer. 

  • Pregnancy testing. Once the embryo transfer is complete, the surrogacy clinic will conduct a blood and hormone test to confirm a pregnancy.

Surrogacy is a team effort. Your surrogacy agency will be able to connect you with reputable professionals you’ll need to have the best possible surrogacy experience. To get more information about the different types of surrogacy professionals you can expect to work with, reach out to a surrogacy specialist today.

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