Surrogacy Journey Timeline
Patience is a virtue in any surrogacy journey. On average, it takes between 12-18 months from the initiation of a surrogate search to bringing a baby home (but it can also take a lot longer!).
Aside from the pregnancy itself which takes 9 months, it can take weeks or months to find a surrogate, settle contracts (lawyers are notoriously slow), and schedule an embryo transfer at the fertility clinic.
If everyone is lucky, only one transfer is needed, but many times, the first transfer fails, and another one needs to be scheduled (adding months to the timeline). Not to mention the time it takes IPs to create the embryos for transfer.
Step 1: Creating Embryos
In gestational surrogacy, embryos are either created by...START LESSON
Step 2: Finding a Surrogate
IPs can find a surrogate within their own network...START LESSON
Step 3: Medical and Psychological Clearance
The individual fertility clinic medically clears a woman...START LESSON
Step 4: Legal Clearance
Lawyers are required for 2 important aspects of the journey...START LESSON
Step 5: Embryo Transfer
If you made it all the way to this step Congratulations!...START LESSON