Overview of the Process from the IP's perspective
Surrogacy can feel very overwhelming when you start doing your research. The cost, the time commitment, and the trust you have to put in others. It can all feel like too much. That’s where an agency can help relieve some of your stress. The right agency will walk you through each step and make sure it is done right so you can focus on supporting your surrogate and preparing to bring home your baby/babies!! Below is an overview of the process of surrogacy from the IP’s perspective.
Research agencies to decide which one is best for you. If you decide to work with our agency, you can set up a no-charge consultation. This consultation is a meeting with one of our staff members either in person, phone or video chat. We would explain how our program works and answer any questions you may have. We can discuss anything from how matching with a surrogate works to financial questions. You can tell us what you are looking for in a surrogate so we can start thinking of the best match for you. The initial consult can last a few hours and may get emotional. We allow that time and space for you and your needs.
Agency Agreement! Once you decide to partner with us, you’ll sign a contract with Montana Surrogacy called the Agency Agreement. We will also ask you to fill out an application so we can get to know you better. This will help us match you with a surrogate with similar wants and needs. Then you’ll meet your case manager.
Finding the right surrogate for you! Based on your application and conversations we have had with you, we will look at our pool of surrogates to see which one would be the most likely to work well with you. Our surrogates are held to very high standards. They are in good health, no psychiatric illness or sexually-transmitted diseases. We make sure they have a good support system and healthy and financially secure home lives. They undergo medical and psychological assessments and every adult living in the home gets a background check. A very small percentage of women who apply to be surrogates, actually become a surrogate because it is such a strict vetting process, for good reason! We want the most qualified women to be trusted with your baby.
The Match! When we think we have found a good fit for you, we will present you with the surrogate’s profile. If you agree that she’s a good fit, we then send her your profile. Once you all agree, we set up a match meeting either in person or via video chat. If at any time the match doesn’t feel right for any of you, speak up and we will keep looking. It’s best to be honest during the surrogacy process so things go as smoothly as possible. If you decide to work together, a portion of the agency fee will be due at this time.
Medical Screenings! Reproductive endocrinologists require that all parties undergo a complete medical screening before beginning with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Medical screenings also proceed the legal agreement with your surrogate.
The surrogacy agreement! Both you and your surrogate will be able to pick their own independent legal counsel to answer your questions and help you fully understand the legal process. Experienced Montana attorneys will represent each side's interests as all parties come to a mutual understanding and agreement on all legal aspects of this incredible journey. Gestational carrier's attorneys fees are covered by the intended parents. We can give you a list of attorney’s who specialize in surrogacy agreements in the state of Montana.
IVF! If you are not already working with a fertility clinic we can recommend one. Your surrogate will travel to the clinic of your choice, you will be responsible for all of her travel expenses. We will coordinate the entire IVF process with your clinic and surrogate.
Pregnant! Once you have a positive pregnancy test we are willing to help with anything you need. Need help with insurance, schedules, medical appointments? We are here for you!
A little more legal stuff! Your legal team files the documents with the court that establish your parental rights and stipulate that your name(s) appear on the Montana birth certificate from the start. If you live abroad, we assist with the required legal documents and passports and coordinate the efforts to bring your baby home. Please note that international intended parents will want to consult with an attorney in your home country regarding any residency or citizenship requirements for a U.S. surrogate-born child.
Baby/Babies! Finally, the part everyone has been waiting for, your baby/babies arrive! We are here for you at any time during or after your surrogacy journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out!