Carrying a baby to term for another is one of the most humane gifts a person can offer. A surrogate carrier generously shares her physical self, her personal time, her energy and dedicates herself entirely to a commitment that can take over a year to see through. For this reason, we value and appreciate each member of our surrogate team and recognize that on a surrogacy journey, they truly are the ‘stars of the show’.
New to the world of IVF and assisted reproduction? If you’re wondering whether you’re qualified to become a surrogate carrier and join our amazing team of candidates, we’re here to help guide you through the required steps for application.
We understand that surrogacy is a major life decision and one that affects all members of a household; we recommend you take advantage of our applicant support system and reach out to schedule an in-person meeting with one of our surrogate mentors.
For candidates experienced in surrogacy and up-to-speed on just how rewarding a journey can be, please complete the surrogate application form on our website www.beparentsurrogacy.com. You will be contacted shortly by our Be Parent team, but this doesn’t mean that your program will start immediately, depending on your circumstances it can be a month or two before you are ready for registration.
Eligibility requirements for Be Parent surrogate candidates:
- Must have delivered a child of your own, and currently parenting at least one child
- Must have completed successful pregnancy and birth, without complications, as documented by medical records
- Must be between 21-37 years of age
- In most circumstances, must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33
- Must have the support of your immediate family and agree to participate in family social screening
- Must be financially stable at the time of application
- Must enjoy leading a stable, responsible lifestyle
- Must not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcoholCandidates who meet the above qualifications, can proceed to the triple-screening phase of our registration process. Surrogate screening allows us to ensure that you are fully suited to carry a baby safely to term and that the journey ahead will be positive and successful for all parties involved.
Our Triple-Screening process consists of:
Social and medical history information: Social and medical history forms will be provided and you will be asked to submit detailed information about yourself, your family and your medical background. Medical records will be requested.
Physical examination and testings: Our fertility specialist will conduct a physical exam and lab work to ensure that your health can well support surrogacy.
In-home assessment: A social worker will visit you, at your residence, to assess your goals and motivation for pursuing surrogacy. This meeting helps us get to
know you better, as well as explain all the ups and downs along a journey so you have clear expectations from the onset.
Background check: You will need to consent to standard criminal record and background clearances.
Mental health evaluation: During this assessment, you’ll meet with a mental health professional who will help you understand the psychological and emotional implications of a surrogacy journey, so as to determine whether you’re mentally prepared to carry a baby for someone else.
Legal briefing: You will have a meeting with a legal expert who will explain the legal processes involved, as well as the contracts you’ll be confirming and the legal rights and obligations of all parties involved in a surrogacy journey.
Medical screening: You will be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, viruses, infections, toxic substances, as well as assessed for reproductive and general health. An ultrasound will be required to determine the stamina of your uterus.
Fertility training and treatments: Once you’ve successfully passed your screening and matched with intended parents, you will need to prepare for pregnancy achieved through fertility treatments. You will be given IVF training in advance so as to well understand the function of the medication being prescribed to you, how it should be administered and the effects it can have on the body. This includes birth control pills, injectables and other hormones, which will help to regulate your cycle and prepare you for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Embryo transfer: After fertility treatment, the intended mother’s (or donor’s) egg will be fertilized in the laboratory using the intended father’s (or donor’s) sperm. After an incubation period, the developed embryo will be transferred to your uterus. This is a quick and painless procedure.
Prenatal care: You will be required to make routine visits to the fertility clinic to receive regular blood tests and ultrasounds. Once a healthy pregnancy is confirmed and a steady heartbeat is heard, you can be transferred to your personal OBGYN. You will continue to receive prenatal care.
Through all of these processes, our surrogate team-members are diligently cared for by our experienced team. On-hand to provide weekly follow-up and assistance in any and all areas required, we are committed to ensuring our surrogates feel as supported as possible. Safeguarding our surrogate partners’ physical, mental, and emotional heath is our utmost concern as this defines a journey’s success and the growing baby and intended parents’ well-being.
Please reach out via our website or email us at [email protected] for more information on the benefits of a surrogacy journey with Be Parent.