At WSS, we work closely with our intended parents, providing essential guidance and support throughout the entire surrogacy process. This begins with a careful matching process where we will screen potential surrogates based on the intended parents’ requirements.
Our screening process for prospective surrogates includes:
- A full psychological assessment consisting of a standardized personality test (MMPI) and evaluation performed by our on-staff clinical psychologists
- A background investigation of the surrogate and her spouse (if applicable) by a licensed private investigator
- Review of the surrogate’s pregnancy medical records by a reproductive endocrinologist
- Review of insurance policy
- Social assessment performed by our on-staff social worker
- Home visit if requested by intended parents
Once a surrogate is approved and matched with intended parents, the surrogacy contract will be drafted, reviewed and negotiated, while adhering to all relevant state laws and legal procedures. We will also answer any questions you may have to ensure that all provisions of the agreement are understood. Along the way (whether it is while you are waiting to be matched with a surrogate, or once you are matched) you will need to make decisions about the various assisted reproductive technology (ART) options and how you’d like to proceed.
These medical and clinical decisions will involve the following methods:
Egg and Sperm Donation
Egg Donation – Egg donation is when eggs are removed from a donor, and fertilized by sperm from either a donor or the intended father. The fertilized eggs then develop into embryos which are then either stored or transferred into the uterus of a surrogate or into the uterus of the intended mother. Gay parents-to-be will choose an egg donor through their medical clinic or egg donation agency.
Sperm Donation – Sperm donation is when semen from a donor is sought out and used to fertilize eggs from a donor or the egg of the intended mother.
Gestational Surrogacy – During gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization is used to create embryos from the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or their chosen donors. These embryos are then transferred into the surrogate’s uterus. The surrogate will not be the genetic mother of the child.
Your surrogate will sign an authorization allowing you to speak directly to the treating doctors so that you will have ongoing communication with the obstetrician. In addition, you will also receive ongoing support and case management from the professional team at WSS, and they will work closely with you throughout the pregnancy to continually assess all aspects of the surrogacy journey to ensure a seamless journey for all parties involved and to advise regarding legal procedures necessary to establish legal parentage in order to place the intended parents’ names on the birth certificate.
Any assisted reproductive procedures will be conducted by an IVF clinic of your choosing, and you will have the added benefit of WSS’s extensive network of reputable and professional physicians around the country, for which we can make references if needed.