What is an intended parent?
An intended parent is someone who uses a surrogate and/or egg donor in hopes of having a child. Intended parents can be single, married, heterosexual, homosexual, or transgendered.
What is a surrogate?
Surrogates are women who are gracious enough to carry a pregnancy for someone. They are healthy, young women who have already successfully delivered at least one child.
Are there different types of surrogacy?
Yes, there are two types of surrogacy, Gestational, and Traditional.
What is gestational surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby/babies that are not genetically linked to her. The pregnancy is achieved via in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, where embryos created by the egg and sperm outside the body are transferred into the surrogate’s uterus.
What is traditional surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby that is genetically linked to her, but will be given to the intended parents upon birth. The pregnancy with this type of surrogacy can be obtained using artificial insemination or through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Why do people use surrogates or egg donors?
There are many reasons why someone or a couple would use an egg donor, a surrogate, or both. For example, the intended parents may have a medical condition that prohibits conceiving a child, or events in their lives may have led them to surrogacy.
What is an egg donor?
An egg donor is a woman who provides her eggs to someone who wants to have a family. She can be known or anonymous to the person receiving the eggs.
Do you have an egg donor database?
Today, It’s Time Surrogacy does not have an egg donor database. We have relationships with several egg donor agencies and can help you locate a donor or simply direct you to an agency. We can also help you locate a donor and act as a surrogacy agency, if you desire.
Do you work with the LGBT community?
Yes. We do not believe that your sexual orientation or gender should stop you from becoming a parent. We have extensive experience working with LGBT families, and look forward to providing LGBT surrogacy to many more.
Do you work with single women and men?
Yes. Making the decision to face parenthood without a partner is a brave one. Our founder was raised by a single mother for a portion of her life. We wholeheartedly support single parent surrogacy and single men and women becoming parents.
Do you work with people who already have their surrogate, and/or egg donor chosen?
Yes. It’s Time Surrogacy can help you throughout your journey even if you already have located your surrogate, your egg donor, or both.
Do you work with international people?
Yes. We can work with people from all over the world. It is very common for people outside the United States to travel to the US to complete their families via surrogacy and/or egg donation.
How long does it take to find a surrogate?
The time required to find a surrogate can vary greatly. Sometimes a list of ready surrogates is available and the matching processes proceeds quickly. Other times it can take up to 90 days to find a surrogate. If you require a particular trait, such as a particular religion, race, or eating habit, it could take several months to locate a surrogate. It’s Time Surrogacy attempts to match intended parents as quickly as possible, while making sure the matches are appropriate and likely to proceed successfully.
Do I get to meet my surrogate?
Yes, you can meet your surrogate prior to moving forward with the match in any way. This initial meeting can be in person, by telephone, or via videoconference, depending on the locations of the surrogate and the intended parents.
Can the surrogate live in a different state?
Yes, several states allow for surrogacy, though the surrogacy laws change frequently. Prior to moving forward with an out-of-state surrogate, It’s Time Surrogacy will evaluate the laws for that state. If there is any risk of there being legal issues in her state, the surrogate will not be approved for the match. As a surrogacy agency we attempt to review the state laws in advance, but because the laws change with little to no notification it is possible surrogates outside of California may have unique legal issues.
What are the benefits of using an agency?
It’s Time Surrogacy can respond to this commonly asked question from the perspectives of an agency owner and also as an IVF coordinator in a fertility center. The surrogacy and egg donor journey is a very confusing one. It comes with a lot of emotions and questions. Having someone to guide you is best.
As a surrogacy agency, It’s Time Surrogacy is here to help you understand the process, and to move through the process as smoothly as possible. We will help you locate a surrogate, ensure the surrogate completes the proper screening, assist you in communicating with the different professionals that are involved, and do everything to make your experience as pleasant as possible. The most important role an agency plays is to be the middle person between intended parents and their surrogates.
Surrogacy typically is a 12-18 month process. During this time, many issues arise for which an accomplished advocate and middle person is essential. This includes having difficult conversations and avoiding potential problems. In our experience, no doctor, IVF coordinator, lawyer, or psychologist has recommended NOT using a surrogacy agency. A surrogacy agency is an important, essential tool for you to have.