Surrogate Screening

First and foremost, we are excited that you’re considering applying to become a Growing Generations’ surrogate! You should know upfront that Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates; just 1% make it through our screening process.

The surrogacy process takes several months, starting with screening and ending in birth. Although very rewarding, surrogacy should not be taken lightly.

Here’s a look at the first steps you can expect as part of your screening process.

The first thing you’ll do is fill out our online surrogate application. This informational questionnaire is filled with questions to help us determine if you meet the minimum qualifications to be a Growing Generations’ Surrogate. There are a number of specific criteria that are taken into account, including your age, state of residence, height, and weight (Body Mass Index). Other determining factors include if you smoke or not, if you have U.S. Citizenship, a Green Card or Visa, and if you or your partner have been convicted of a felony. Additionally, 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. Information regarding your current relationship status, matching preferences, medical history, and reproductive history/preferences is also gathered. Questions are also asked about your psychological history, travel and child care availability, and health insurance.

Once this information is submitted, if your application is accepted, a Growing Generations’ Admissions Specialist will contact you within 1 business day. You will also receive access to your online account where you can read answers to the most frequently asked questions Growing Generations receives from potential surrogates.

When your application is accepted, you will move to the next step in Growing Generations’ surrogate screening process, which is scheduling a New Surrogate Phone Consultation.

We’ll talk more about the next steps in your application journey in an upcoming blog.

 

*updated 4/17/18

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last 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 of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, 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 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 created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters.