DO YOU QUALIFY?
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, please review our qualifications for surrogacy and take our SURROGACY QUIZ to determine if you might be a candidate. If you believe you qualify, fill out and submit our brief Initial Application.
Once our Agency Director has approved your Initial Application, one of our Case Managers will schedule a phone-intake with you. During this 30-45 minute phone call, we will get to know you and educate you about the surrogacy process.
After your phone-intake, we will send you a more thorough Surrogate Application and a Medical Records Release form. After you submit these forms, we will review your application to see if you meet all of VIVO Surrogacy’s basic requirements. Then, Dr. Sharon Moayeri, one of our founders, will thoroughly review your medical records. Once she reviews, we will let you know if your application was accepted!
VIVO Surrogacy conducts a background check on all potential surrogates and their spouse/partner (if applicable) as well as any individual(s), 18 years of age or older residing in the same home or property.
A case manager or social worker will visit your home and neighborhood to confirm that you are living in an environment that is safe, stable, and clean.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) specializing in Third Party Reproduction will meet with you and your spouse/partner in order to assess your suitability for surrogacy. If distance is an issue, we can arrange for video conferencing.
VIVO Surrogacy will arrange for your lab tests and an ultrasound. These are typically performed at OC Fertility in Newport Beach, CA. However, if you do not reside near this location, your Case Manager can arrange for these tests to be performed at a fertility clinic closer to you. Regardless of your location, results will be sent to us for review. Following review, we will notify you if you are accepted into our surrogate program!
FIND A MATCH
- We will present you with intended parent profiles and you can select who you believe might be a good fit. Intended parents have the opportunity to do the same.
- Once both parties indicate that they would like to proceed with a match, the Case Manager will schedule a “match” phone call. During the match phone call, you and the intended parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other better. Your Case Manager will be on the call to make sure that you and the intended parent(s) cover the important topics.
- If both parties would like to proceed, an in-person meeting will be arranged. If distance is an issue, we will arrange for a video-conference.
After your match is mutually agreed upon, the legal process can begin! We will refer you to independent lawyers with expertise in surrogacy, or you may choose your own. However, any lawyer you choose must be an expert in surrogacy law and be licensed in the state where the embryo transfer will occur.
EMBRYO TRANSFER PREPARATION
- With the legal documents in place, we proceed with the IVF process led by the intended parents’ Reproductive Endocrinologist.
- A personalized IVF protocol calendar will be created for you.
- Next, you will begin fertility medications (depending on the protocol, it may be in the form of pills, patches, vaginal suppositories, or injections).Medications Commonly Used During Surrogacy
- Embryo Transfer Procedure: The embryo is placed in your uterus during an outpatient procedure done while you are awake. The experience is similar to a well-woman PAP exam.
- The physician may order bed rest for a few days immediately following the procedure.
- You will take a pregnancy test (typically a blood draw) 2 weeks after the embryo transfer to see if the procedure was successful.
- If the pregnancy test is negative, you will stop the medications and you will get a period/menses within a few days. The intended parents and treating physician will determine the next steps.
- If the pregnancy test is positive, you will be closely monitored during the first trimester (10-12 weeks gestation) with regularly scheduled fetal viability ultrasound exams and/or blood tests to evaluate hormone levels and fetal development.
- At the end of the first trimester, surrogates can choose to transfer care to their own OB/GYN, or one that has been mutually agreed upon.
- In most cases, your pregnancy will progress routinely until giving birth.
- Throughout the pregnancy, you will attend regular medical appointments to monitor the health and safety of you and the baby.
- Depending on whether you have a c-section or vaginal delivery, recovery generally takes 4-8 weeks.
- If you are willing, some parents may ask that you pump breast milk for the newborn. These expectations would be established during the matching phase and are coordinated by VIVO Surrogacy.
- After the baby is born, your relationship with the parents and newborn will proceed according to the terms of your previous agreement.
- Doctors recommend that you wait approximately one year from giving birth before considering another pregnancy/surrogacy. This will give your body time to completely recover and limits risks to future pregnancies.