Intended Parent Overview
Understanding Gestational Surrogacy
We understand that choosing surrogacy as your family-building option can seem daunting. But GSHC will be with you every step of the way, throughout the entire process, to make sure you are informed, educated and fully understand each part of this amazing journey. We are thrilled to welcome each and every one of you into the GSHC family.
- Gestational surrogacy allows parents to have their own child, even if they are unable to conceive or carry by themselves.
- IVF allows for genetic testing on the embryo prior to transfer into your surrogate, which means you can not only select the highest-quality embryos, but the gender of your baby, too!
- Our strict, thorough screening process means that only the best of the best candidates make it to the point of being matched with a family. These women are not only 100% committed, but are also emotionally, physically and financially in the right place to assist you on your journey to parenthood.
- We make sure to provide you with candidates from surrogacy-friendly states that have clear laws outlined regarding gestational surrogacy, so there won’t be any legal hiccups and the process goes off without a hitch.
- In many states, it is possible for same-sex couples to have both parents listed on the birth certificate.
- Gestational surrogacy following IVF has a high pregnancy success rate.
6 Basic Steps
We have helped a great many couples and individuals who are otherwise unable to achieve a pregnancy for various reasons to build or grow their family through surrogacy. GSHC is a full-service agency that offers unparalleled support and guidance throughout this exciting process. We will work alongside you every step of the way to make sure your journey to parenthood is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. The entire process can take anywhere from 12-20 months. Here, we outline the process in 6 simple steps.
1. Schedule a Consultation
Get the information you need to make the right decision
During your consultation, you’ll learn all you need to know about the process and what to expect, so you are full prepared to embark upon this journey with GSHC. We will be happy to meet with you in-person at our Los Angeles office, or by video conferencing, and can be held in English, Chinese, Spanish and more.
2. Getting Started
Helping you take that first step
At GSHC we want to make this process as easy as possible for our intended parents. All you need to do to get started is complete our agency agreement and return it along with a small initial deposit. That’s it!
3. Getting to Know You
Creating your profile
We will have you complete a short profile so that we can get to know more about you, and your expectations/requirements for a surrogate. This allows us to provide you with appropriate profiles of women we believe will be a good match for your family.
4. Meeting Your Surrogate
The adventure begins!
At GSHC we are committed to providing the highest-quality surrogates for out intended parents. Each candidate is thoroughly vetted through in-depth background checks, psychological screening, medical record review and interviews. Your surrogate will be screened for drugs/alcohol/nicotine and infectious diseases, as well as a thorough medical evaluation by your own IVF physician. After you have decided on a profile you like, we will schedule a “Match Meeting”, either in-person or via video chat depending on your surrogate’s location.
5. The Transfer Cycle
Preparing for pregnancy
After your surrogate clears medical screening, and the legal contracts are finalized, the clinic will create your surrogate’s transfer calendar. This is the breakdown of which medications she will take, when, and the dosage. We will make sure your surrogate follows the calendar as directed. She will be monitored throughout the process to make sure she is responding well to the medications as she prepares for embryo transfer. If her blood test is positive, she will remain with the fertility clinic for her first 3 obstetric ultrasounds and remain monitored and on medication for the time-being.
6. The Final Furlong
Preparing for delivery
At around 10-12 weeks of pregnancy, your surrogate will be released to her personal obstetrician. At this time, she will be attending doctor’s appointments monthly. We will assist you with travel arrangements for you to be present at the delivery of your baby. During this time, the Pre-Birth Order will also be completed, which is an important court document stating that you are the legal parent/s of the child. We will provide support throughout the pregnancy, delivery and beyond, so you can rest assured you will never be alone in this process. We will also assist in applying for any required documents for traveling home with your bundle of joy once you have welcomed them into the world!