Surrogate Screening Process Part 1


Your surrogacy journey will begin with an in depth screening process. Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates, and we are very proud of the process that we have developed. Although richly rewarding, surrogacy should not be entered into lightly.

The first step is to fill out our online surrogate application. Your replies will be used to help us determine if you meet the minimum qualifications to be a Growing Generations Surrogate. There are a number of specific criteria that considered, including age, state of residence, and height and weight (Body Mass Index). Other determining factors include tobacco use, U.S. Citizenship, Green Card or Visa status, and if you or your partner have been convicted of a felony. Other questions are asked to gather information about gastric surgery for weight-loss, Diabetes and other pregnancy related diagnoses you may have had in the past.

If you meet our minimum requirements, you’ll progress to several follow-up questions. These questions are asked to uncover your current relationship status, preferences on the types of intended parents you’d be willing to work with, medical history, reproductive history/preferences, as well as personal and social history. You’ll also field questions about your psychological history. Finally, we’ll need to know about your travel and child care availability and health insurance.

Once this is submitted and the application is accepted, a Growing Generations’ Admissions Specialist will contact you within one business day. At that time you’ll be given access to an online portal to complete the final part of your online application. You’ll also be granted access to an online account with Growing Generations where you can read answers to our most frequently asked questions.

The second portion of the application will ask you more in depth questions. Topics include birth control history, pregnancy and birth history, your employment and insurance information, and personal health history.

Finally, after this leg of your application is approved, your Admissions Specialist will invite you to schedule a phone consultation. During this phone call you’ll be able to ask questions and we’ll chat a bit about the process.

We will talk more about the phone consultation, as well as about the second half of your surrogate application process, in our next blog post.

 

Revised 4/18/18

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.