Surrogate screening and preparation

 

Our surrogate screening and preparation process is unique in the UK, designed to ensure our surrogates are safe, suitable and fully informed about what the process involves.

Preparation with our expert team

 

Our Surrogate Managers Tracey and Teresa (who are themselves experienced surrogates) work with our surrogates and their partners.  They give them as much time as they need to understand the surrogacy process, work through their questions, address any worries or concerns, and explore their motivations and preferences for their surrogacy journey.

We love getting to know our surrogates by telephone, video and face-to-face, and we always make a home visit too.

 

Background checks and references

 

We carry out criminal records checks for everyone we help.

We also speak to at least two personal referees to get an outside picture of our surrogates’ personality and communication style.  This helps us to match our surrogates with the best intended parents for them.

Psychological and medical screening

We are the only UK surrogacy organisation to carry out a full psychological evaluation. We work with a specialist clinical psychologist (himself a parent through surrogacy) who, through a detailed questionnaire and a face-to-face meeting, helps our surrogates to think about their motivations, personality style and how they might deal with any challenges along the way, as well as exploring any history of mental health issues.  His feedback helps us confirm that our surrogates can undergo the surrogacy process without risk to their mental or emotional health, as well as informing our matching decisions and the style of support we will provide.

We seek a detailed medical history from our surrogates’ GPs to confirm that a pregnancy will be as safe as possible and will not put any surrogate at excessive risk. We also have medical input from a member of our team who is a registered nurse.

 

What our surrogates had to say about psych screening

I was sceptical about the psychological evaluation as I didn’t think one meeting and one person would be enough to show my true character. But Jerome is very thorough and is good at reading people. The report he built about me was spot on and I have taken on board Jerome’s suggestions and concerns and made sure they are covered with my journey.

It is a very long process but Jerome is there to guide you through and answer any questions you might have. He automatically makes you feel at ease. I learnt my strengths and weaknesses. I am glad I had the assessment with Jerome as I learnt so much about myself. 

Surrogacy preparation counselling

 

We arrange a surrogacy preparation session with a counsellor (professionally accredited by the British Infertility Counselling Association) which helps our surrogates and their partners to explore the emotional implications of becoming a surrogate.  The counselling is confidential and we provide it to ensure our surrogates have had full and impartial support in thinking through all the implications before they become a surrogate.

Access to further counselling is available at later stages too. As standard we offer a counselling session before and after the birth, in order to help our surrogates work through their thoughts about the birth and to reflect on their journey. It is important that surrogates feel well supported throughout the process and afterwards.

Independent legal advice

 

We also arrange a legal advice meeting with an independent solicitor to explain the legal implications of becoming a UK surrogate and to answer any questions our surrogates have about how the law works.

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