Being a Parent through Surrogacy
What is Surrogacy?
To put it simply, it takes four ingredients make a baby: an egg, a sperm, a womb to grow in, and a family to go home to. You have the last ingredient, but you need a place for your baby to grow, and that’s why you’re here. Gestational surrogacy offers those who are unable to carry a pregnancy the ability to have a child. Growing Generations is a full-service surrogacy agency that offers intended parents the guidance, support, and management they desire through every moment of their surrogacy process.
You can be as involved as you’d like to be throughout the entire process–from choosing your surrogate to being at the hospital when your baby is delivered. Growing Generations will be with you every step of the way.
How Surrogacy Works
The entire surrogacy process can be as quick as 11 months, but on average, it lasts approximately 15 to 18 months. You can expect the following steps:
1. Booking a Consultation
We’ll share the information you need to make the right decision.
Your 60-minute consultation will inform, inspire, and empower. You’ll learn more about our surrogacy program and surrogates, so you’ll know what to expect. All consultations are conducted via video conference or in person in our Los Angeles or New York office or in one of the many cities we travel to around the world. Our consultations are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Catalan.
2. Getting Started
We’ll make it easy to take the first step.
Growing Generations wants the beginning of the surrogacy process to be as simple as possible for you. We only require you to sign and return our retainer agreement with the initial retainer fee to join our program. Accepted payment types include U.S. bank check, domestic or international bank wire, or credit card. We can help with financing too.
We’ll get to know you.
The best way to match you with a surrogate is to get to know you, so we’ll have you complete a short online profile. You will also schedule an introductory meeting with your Case Specialist who will support you through the remainder of the process and will discuss next steps. Our legal team will work with you to discuss the legal aspects of surrogacy and in which states the process is legal. If you need an egg donor, we can help you find her at this stage. Growing Generations has its own egg donor database that you can browse at any time.
4. Meeting Your Surrogate
Our surrogates are fantastic, and we pride ourselves in ensuring they are physically, emotionally, and financially prepared for surrogacy.
Our screening process includes an extensive application, interviews, psychological evaluations, and a criminal background check. Your surrogate will also undergo a medical examination by an in vitro fertilization (IVF) specialist, which includes an intrauterine ultrasound and drug, nicotine, and infectious disease screenings. Less than 1% of our surrogate applicants qualify to become a surrogate with Growing Generations.
Growing Generations is the only agency that offers a match guarantee option where we’ll cover all the screening expenses for your surrogate if she does not pass medical or psychological screening. After being matched with a surrogate through our highly personalized process, you’ll have a “match meeting” in person or via video conference that is facilitated by one of our staff members.
5. The Medical Cycle
We’ll get your surrogate medically prepared.
This is when you’ll begin funding your Growing Generations expense account. The legal process begins once your expense account is funded and your surrogate is medically cleared to proceed. After you’ve finished the legal portion of the process and your surrogate is medically prepared for an embryo transfer, your IVF specialist will provide a cycle calendar that outlines the date the embryo transfer will take place. Pregnancy results will come back 10 to 12 days following the embryo transfer procedure.
6. The Home Stretch
We’ll be with you at delivery and beyond.
After about 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy, your surrogate’s IVF specialist will release her to her obstetrician. As the pregnancy enters its second trimester, we will prepare you, your surrogate, and the hospital for the delivery of your child. While the long wait is over, we will continue to provide support as needed for weeks after the delivery.
We recognize that a lot of questions may arise throughout your process, and we have an open-door policy where you can always come to our team for the answers you need. You’ll also have access to our surrogacy resource center to help answer your questions. Even after your child is born, you’ll be able to access articles about breast milk, talking to your child about surrogacy, and many other topics.
Hear more about our surrogacy program from previous clients in our video below and, when you’re ready to proceed with your surrogacy journey, take the next steps with us.