Growing Generations’ Surrogate Screening Process- Part One

Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates. The surrogacy process will take several months, starting with the screening and ending in birth. Although richly rewarding, surrogacy should not be entered into lightly.

When the potential surrogate fills out the online surrogate application, an informational questionnaire, her answers are screened to determine if she meets the minimum qualifications to be a Growing Generations Surrogate. There are a number of specific criteria that are taken into account, including age, state of residence and height and weight (Body Mass Index). Other determining factors include whether she is a non-smoker, has U.S. Citizenship, Green Card or Visa and if she or her partner have been convicted of a felony. Questions are asked to gather information about gastric surgery for weight-loss, Diabetes and other pregnancy related diagnoses she may have had in her past.

If the applicant meets our minimum requirements, she progresses to several follow-up questions. Information regarding her current relationship status, matching preferences, medical history, reproductive history/preferences as well as personal and social history are gathered. Questions are asked about her psychological history, travel and child care availability and health insurance.

Once this is submitted, if the application is accepted, a Growing Generations’ Admissions Specialist will contact her within 1 business day. The applicant will also receive access to her online account where she can read answers to the most frequently asked questions Growing Generations receive from potential surrogates. When her application is accepted, she’ll be given access to the second (and final) part of the online application. After this part of the application is approved, she will move to the next step in Growing Generations’ surrogate screening process, scheduling a New Surrogate Phone Consultation.

Kelly Enders-Tharp was a three time gestational surrogate with Growing Generations. Afterwards, she joined GG as their Marketing and Admissions Specialist.