If you’re considering becoming a surrogate mother, you probably have a lot of questions, and you may feel a bit overwhelmed. We understand, and we want to make sure you have all the facts you need to make the right decision for you and your family. 

Below, you’ll find the answers to our most commonly asked questions. 

1. How long does it take to become a surrogate?

This varies from person to person, and it largely depends on how quickly you return the requested information and your flexibility to attend appointments. 

After completing a pre-qualifying phone interview, we’ll invite you to complete your profile on our online portal and we’ll start requesting records from your previous pregnancy(ies) and delivery(ies). Then, we’ll coordinate a time for a video interview to review the entire process and set up an appointment for your psychological screening. 

From your initial inquiry to being matched with intended parents, it can take around 30 days if the steps described above are completed quickly. However, if you want to slow down the process a bit, we are happy to accommodate you. 

2. Is the baby genetically related to me?

No. With gestational surrogacy (the type we specialize in), the intended mother’s egg or a donor egg is fertilized with the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm, and the embryo is implanted in the surrogate’s uterus using in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this case, there is no genetic relation between the surrogate and the baby.

3. Where do the intended parents live and how involved will they be?

At SPS, we work with intended parents who are located around the world, but most live in the U.S.

During the matching process, it’s important to be honest about your expectations and desires for the relationship with the intended parents. For example, would you prefer intended parents that are local and want to attend every appointment with you? Or would you rather have a more long-distance type of relationship where they check in weekly? 

At SPS, our founder and president, Cristie Montgomery, personally guides the matching process and this is one of the factors she takes into account. 

 4. Why should I use a surrogacy agency? 

Working with a reputable, full-service surrogacy agency can make the process much easier and significantly less stressful. Why? 

  • Agencies coordinate every aspect of the surrogacy process, ensuring that each step is completed. 
  • They are experts at matching surrogates and intended parents, and strong matches reduce stress for both parties and help make the process more gratifying and successful. 
  • They connect you with trusted professionals, such as medical professionals and surrogacy attorneys. 
  • And, they provide support to both parties throughout the entire process. At SPS, you have a case manager who is available to you 24/7.    

5. How do I get started?

If you’ve done your research, talked with your family, and decided that surrogacy is right for you, then we would love to hear from you! 

Not quite ready to move forward? No problem. Whether you have questions about surrogacy or want to learn more about SPS, then please feel free to reach out to us. 

There are several ways to reach us. You can call (949) 363-9525, text (949) 838-7147, or email info@surrogateparenting.com. We’ll do a quick phone call to ask some pre-qualifying questions about your pregnancy and delivery history and lifestyle questions to make sure you’re a good candidate for surrogacy. 

Learn More About Becoming a Surrogate with Surrogate Parenting Services 

Surrogate Parenting Services is proud to celebrate over 30 years of helping to bring dreams to life! Founded in 1990, Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is a full-service surrogacy program that offers both parties an exceptionally supportive environment throughout the surrogacy relationship. We’re passionate about creating ideal matches between surrogates and intended parents, so the journey is fulfilling for both sides and the future child is brought into this world in the best possible circumstances.   

Learn more about our Surrogacy Program online or by calling (949) 363-9525.