How to Choose the Best Surrogacy Agency for Your Family-Building Journey
The journey to creating a family via surrogacy is an emotional, costly journey for Intended Parents, and like all family building, the journey is long. With that in mind, the process of choosing the best surrogacy agency is highly important.
Finding an agency that understands firsthand what you are going through is key. This will help ease your journey and bring you comfort. Pay close attention to the company’s mission statement and reviews. Look for firsthand reviews from Intended Parents who have expressed their appreciation for the agency and whom you relate to.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the agency and ask for their staff's experience in the industry. This will show that they have a true understanding of surrogacy, not only from a technical perspective but also a caring one.
Be sure to inquire about the prospective agency’s screening measures for their surrogates. You will want to do your own research and be sure that their standards are aligned with the ASRM guidelines. Some areas of importance you will want to inquire about include criminal background checks, interview procedures, medical screening questions, BMI standard, and previous pregnancy limit. If you already have a fertility clinic that you are working with, it is a good idea to ask them what their requirements for surrogates are and cross reference that list when speaking with a potential agency.
The importance of communication should be a main priority as well. Did the prospective agency promptly respond to your initial inquiry? Will your case worker be readily available when you have questions or concerns? What method of communication will the agency and surrogate use to communicate with you on a regular basis? These are questions that you as an intended parent need to ask both yourself and the agency. Communication is key to making your relationship with your surrogate work and to having a smooth journey.
The matching process. This is the heart of the journey, and it is vital that the matching process is handled with the utmost care and foresight. You will want an agency that involves you in the matching process and allows you to interview your potential surrogate and visa versa. The happiness of both the surrogate and the IPs is essential to making the relationship work and keeping complications to a minimum.
Now it is no secret that surrogacy is expensive, but you do not want to seek out a “cheap” surrogacy agency. Keep in mind it is quality care, knowledge, and protection that you are paying the agency for. This in mind, you do want to find an agency whose prices are aligned with industry standards and that you can afford. If your journey is going to require financing, be sure to mention this in your initial inquiry to see what options are offered.
Above all, you want to find an agency that will provide you with support and guidance every step of the way. This is the primary purpose of a surrogacy agency and thus needs to be a core value of the company.
For more information visit;
American Society for Reproductive Medicine