Here’s a step-by-step guide to the surrogacy process with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices for intended parents, and a surrogacy timeline to help you see how long it takes to have a baby through surrogacy:

Consultation & Sign-On


  • Consult with agency
  • Sign agreement for services
  • Intro video call
  • Match with egg donor (if needed)
  • Create embryos

1-3 months – This first step in the surrogacy process is one of the biggest ones – making the decision to grow your family through surrogacy and choosing an agency. Once you’ve signed on with an agency, you will have your intro video call with the Journey Coordination team who will support you throughout your journey. You will also match with an egg donor (if needed) and create your embryos (if needed). The timeline for this stage is approximately 1-3 months.


Matching with your Surrogate


  • Matching process & approval
  • Intro video call with surrogate
  • Start journey to pregnancy

3-6 months, approx. – The matching stage is one of the most exciting – you will be finding the amazing woman who will help you grow your family! Our Matching Team will find you the perfect surrogate match based on criteria such as: personality fit, legal fit and your views on termination. A match will be presented to both the surrogate and the intended parents. If both parties are interested, they will have an introductory video call. If after that call everyone says “YES!”, you will be officially be matched!


Medical & Legal Requirements


  • Surrogate medical screening
  • Legal contracts written
  • Medications & monitoring
  • The transfer!
  • Beta tests

1-2 months – During the medical & legal phase, there are many mini milestones of your journey. First, your gestational carrier will go to your IVF clinic for her medical screening. From there, she will receive her protocol and begin her medications and monitoring at her local clinic. You will also be working with your lawyer to draft your surrogacy contract, while your carrier works with her own lawyer. When the time is right, your surrogate will go to your IVF clinic for the embryo transfer. Many intended parents attend this milestone in person and spend time with their surrogate. Once she returns home, she will continue to go to the local clinic for her beta tests until there is a (fingers crossed!) confirmation of heartbeat.


Surrogacy Pregnancy


  • Ultrasound check-ins
  • Create birth plan
  • Establish parental rights
  • Hospital and delivery prep
  • Your baby’s birth!

9 months – The pregnancy stage is usually the longest step in your surrogacy journey. During this milestone, you’ll continue to develop a strong bond with your surrogate as she updates you on the pregnancy and your baby. She’ll be released to her own OBGYN and will continue with ultrasound check-ins. The 20-week ultrasound is a big milestone that many intended parents attend in person. It’s also a good time for intended parents to tour the hospital where their baby/babies will be born. Intended parents will be working with their lawyer and local counsel to establish their parental rights. Parents will also be preparing for their baby’s arrival, packing and booking travel. You’ll plan and plan and before you know it, your baby will be here!


If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, have you read the eligibility requirements?

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