Becoming a parent via surrogacy is truly a team effort.

Sometimes it takes more than two to make a baby.  You’ll need a village full of professionals to make your dream become a reality. Some team members are obvious: clearly, you’ll need a surrogate and fertility doctors. But escrow agents? Attorneys? Psychologists? Yep, you need them all.

The task of assembling your dream team can feel daunting, and we’ll be honest: it’s not something to take lightly. You’ll be working closely with all these individuals throughout the surrogacy process, so it’s important to do your homework and choose wisely.

First of all, who makes up your surrogacy team?

To some degree, this will vary depending on your unique circumstances. In all instances, though, you’ll need the following people to help you with your surrogacy journey:

Other professionals to consider:

All of these individuals, particularly the surrogate and the fertility clinic staff, will be people you interact with on a weekly or even daily basis throughout the process. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you take your time in selecting each professional. In many ways, the success of your surrogacy journey depends on it.

Factors to consider when selecting your surrogacy professionals.

Whenever possible, we highly recommend conducting in-person interviews before you choose any professional to work with. While credentials and experience are absolutely important, the rapport and general sense of ease you feel with them is crucial.

Here are some general questions to ask about when interviewing professionals for your team:

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure to do your due diligence and check all possible sources of information. Read all the fine print and request all terms up front.

We recommend checking reviews on social media, Google, Yelp, and more. Contact local business bureaus, and seek references from past clients. If there is a professional organization that provides credentials, certification, or licensing, verify that information directly through them.

Above all, trust your gut. If something sounds too good to be true or feels like a red flag, it probably is.

When you become a parent via surrogacy, it truly takes a team to make your dream come true.

For more help and guidance in this process, check out Surrogacy Roadmap, our comprehensive DIY guide for parents embarking on surrogacy.

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