Intended Parent FAQ

  • Explain the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy

    With gestational surrogacy a fertilized embryo is implanted in the surrogate and she has no genetic relationship to the embryo. With traditional surrogacy the surrogate is utilizing her own eggs, so she is genetically related to the embryo.

  • What type of surrogacy does Journeys’ coordinate?

    Journeys only works with gestational surrogacy.

  • How much time will the process take?

    Each case is unique in terms of time frames and depends on several factors. Generally, intended parents should expect somewhere between one and a half and two years from start to finish.

  • Does Journeys work with singles?

    Journeys works with a diverse population of people which includes singles and couples, married or not.

  • How does Journeys’ screen surrogates?

    The screening process involves applications, in home interviews (when possible), psychological screenings and medical screenings at an IVF clinic. We also evaluate her partner (if applicable) with medical and psychological screenings and an interview and review her support system, run a criminal background check and credit rating.

  • How does a match work?

    Once a surrogate is accepted into the program our attorney, social worker, and family specialist all review various factors, including the personal interviews and taking into account her criteria we then show her profile to intended parents, based also on their criteria. Once a match is mutual you will meet. Prior to the meeting no identifying information is given.

  • What kind of contact will there be with the surrogate?

    You will agree on the amount of contact you want and it will be mutually agreed upon. We encourage contact so a solid relationship can be developed. Generally, there is some type of contact several times a month.

  • Where will the child be delivered?

    It is likely that the child will be delivered in a hospital near the surrogate’s home or she will travel to give birth at a recommended hospital. We encourage the inclusion of intended parents at the labor and delivery. The baby will remain in the nursery or a room assigned to you but cannot be discharged until the surrogate has been discharged.

  • Do I need a will?

    Yes, you will need to have a will that specifies a guardian to take care of your child/ren in the event of your death.

  • Do I need an attorney?

    Yes, Journeys will give you a list of attorneys experienced in surrogacy matters. Once you have been matched the Journeys’ attorney will prepare a draft contract which you can take to y our attorney for review. You will also pay for the surrogate’s attorney who will review her contract.