When you sign on with WSS, you’ll submit two very important documents: the Intended Parent(s) Profile and the WSS Comprehensive Retainer. At sign-on, you’ll also pay the first half of the agency fee ($14,000).You will immediately meet your case manager who will initiate ongoing communications with you.
If you haven’t chosen one yet, now is the time to find the fertility clinic that’s right for you. In the meantime, our team will begin the search for a right-fit surrogate based on your one-of-a-kind preferences and experience.
Start learning about the ins and outs of the journey ahead. A licensed social worker conducts an information session to discuss topics you may encounter before, during, and after you surrogacy journey.
Once we find a potential match, you’ll receive your first surrogate profile for review. If you're interested, our team will discuss in-depth details about the candidate with you so you can make an informed decision. If you are not interested, your case manager will continue showing you surrogate profiles.
When you and your chosen surrogate candidate mutually approve of each other’s profiles, we will set up a Skype, call, FaceTime, or in-person meeting (if desired) so you can get to know each other.
If the introductory meeting goes well and all parties decide to move forward, it’s officially a match! At this point, the second-half of the agency fee is due ($14,000) as well as the initial escrow deposit of $16,000.
An initial contract will be drafted and sent to you for review. Upon approval, the contract will be sent to the surrogate for review and approval. Negotiations take place, then the contract is finalized and executed.
In order for the escrow account to be fully funded, you will need to fund your surrogate's base compensation plus an additional $25,000. (Note: This is in addition to the initial funding of $16,000 from Step 6 when you officially matched.)
Once the contracts are signed and escrow has been fully funded, legal clearance will be sent to your fertility clinic. Their team will then get in touch with your surrogate to set up a testing appointment.
Your clinic will contact both you and your surrogate to proceed with screening, including a medical examination of your surrogate in addition to blood work for her spouse, live-in partner, or significant other. (We’ll arrange travel for your surrogate if you request it.)
After the testing, the clinic will notify everyone of the final clearance and provide a medical calendar that outlines your surrogate’s medical protocol, ultrasound dates, etc., as well as the dates for the medication regimen in preparation for the embryo transfer.
After the embryo transfer, our team will continue to monitor and supervise progress of your surrogacy journey to ensure everything is going smoothly, answering any and all questions along the way.
During the pregnancy, our team will coordinate the pre-birth or post-birth order with the attorney in the state where your surrogate resides. We’ll also coordinate all legal matters surrounding the birth certificate to establish your legal parentage.
Our team will notify the hospital where your surrogate will be delivering that it will be a surrogacy birth. (We highly recommend arranging a tour of the hospital so you can get an idea of what to expect on the big day!) We’ll be on call for questions during the delivery and birth.
There is no greater joy in life outside of meeting your child for the first time. Once your surrogate delivers, you’re ready to start life with this miraculous new addition to your family!