Steps to Becoming a Surrogate in Florida
How to Choose the Right Surrogacy Agency
Surrogacy agencies are great resources for finding the perfect match. They help you screen potential intended parents and make sure you are matched with someone who has the same ideals as you for the journey. This is especially important when you consider potential for termination of a pregnancy, the number of embryos you would like to transfer and your desired communication with your intended parent.
Surrogates should avoid searching for matches independently. Be careful when using social media and about potential matches on your own. Always vet potential couples yourself before choosing them.
You do not have to be matched with intended parents who live in Florida. Many matches happen across state lines, and intended parents and surrogate mothers are still able to have any type of surrogacy relationship they desire.
Applying to Become a Surrogate in Florida
There are a number of steps in the surrogacy process to becoming a first-time gestational carrier or repeat surrogate for someone before you go through the IVF process and transfer. We understand that you have a lot of questions about the surrogacy process and we are here to support you.
The first step to starting your screening process with Family Makers Surrogacy in Florida and becoming a gestational carrier, is to complete our application. After completing your application, a team member from Family Makers will be in touch within 24 hours to begin your intake process. You will complete a number of intake forms including a medical history, insurance verification and medical records release. Your OBGYN will also complete a medical clearance form stating you are in good health and have an uncomplicated pregnancy history. Family Makers will also discuss your surrogacy goals, discuss the gestational surrogacy process at length. After your medical records are reviewed and approved, you will then be matched with and Intended Mother and Intended Father to begin your surrogate journey.
The medical screening process for a gestational carrier will include lab work for her and her and her partner, and a hysterosonogram to look at your uterus. In addition, all surrogates and their partners will have a psychological evaluation to discuss the surrogates social history and understanding of the risks and responsibilities of becoming a surrogate, and potential pregnancy complications. After the surrogate has been approved medically, it is time to begin the legal contracts.
Complete the Legal Stage of Surrogacy in Florida
The gestational carrier and the intended parents will each have legal representation to help support them in drafting the gestational surrogacy contract. The surrogacy attorney will walk all parties through the legal processes of surrogacy involved in becoming a gestational surrogate or prospective parent in Florida ensuring that both the prospective surrogate and biological parents are fully aware of the legal process involved.
After the surrogacy agreement is signed, the gestational carrier will begin the IVF process for embryo transfer.
Begin the Medical Stage of IVF for Surrogacy in FL
Now that a surrogate has completed the legal process and meeets the health requirements to become a surrogate, the surrogate will begin the regimen of fertility treatments to become a gestational carrier. The embryo transfer will take place at the fertility clinic of the intended parent’s choice. After the fertility doctor has confirmed a successful pregnancy, the surrogate will begin to receive her base compensation and her routine care will continue through her own OBGYN.
Are you a Florida surrogate ready to begin your surrogacy journey with Family Makers? Get started today by completing our application!
While each fertility center may use a different IVF medication protocol, women considering becoming a gestational carrier can see a sample medication calendar below.