Surrogacy in Richmond [The Complete Guide]

The 7 Steps of the Richmond Surrogacy Process

If you’re an intended parent or a hopeful surrogate looking to start the Richmond surrogacy, you might feel unsure of where to start. But with the help of this guide, you’ll find all the information that you need to know.

Here’s what it’s like to start the surrogacy process in Richmond, and the 7 steps that you’ll go through. 

Step 1: Choose surrogacy.

This might sound like the simplest step of all, but there is a lot to consider when before you decide to move forward with surrogacy in Richmond. While surrogacy is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling way to build a family, it’s important to make sure that this is the right option for you. Take some time to consider the pros and cons, look at Virginia surrogacy laws and reach out to surrogacy professionals to get more information.

If you’re having trouble deciding, or if you’re just looking for someone to talk to about your options, don’t forget that we’re always here to help.

Step 2: Choose the type of surrogacy and your professional.

When you’re considering surrogacy in Richmond, Virginia, there are a few big questions that you’ll need to ask yourself. Is it better to choose a gestational surrogacy or a traditional one? Would you rather work with an agency, or is it better to go independent? The choices that you make will determine the outcome of your Richmond surrogacy experience.

No matter what path you decide, we’ll be able to help you complete the required legal steps of the Richmond surrogacy process.

Step 3: Complete the screening processes.

Before you can move forward with a match, you’ll need to go through the Richmond surrogacy screening process. The requirements you’ll need to complete will largely depend on the individual professionals you work with. Here’s what the screening process will commonly include for both parties:

For intended parents:

  • An in-home assessment, which is decided on a case-by-case basis
  • An interview
  • Background checks

For surrogates:

  • An in-home assessment
  • Background checks
  • A medical and psychological evaluation
  • A surrogate social medical history form

Step 4: Find a match.

After completing the screening process, it’s time to find a match. Some intended parents and surrogates will already have a match. In which case, you’ll likely only need a Richmond surrogacy attorney to help complete the required legal process. If you don’t have a match in mind, here’s how to find one:

You can either work with a matching program (surrogacy agency) or you can pursue independent surrogacy (without an agency). If you choose to work with an agency, they’ll screen potential matches for you and then support you throughout the Richmond surrogacy process, all the way to completion. If you try independent surrogacy in Richmond, you will be responsible for finding your own potential match, screen them yourself and manage the entirety of the process.

No matter how you find your match, we’ll be there to complete the necessary legalities and ensure your legal protection. When and if both parties are ready to move forwards, then the process to legally solidify the match for your surrogacy in Richmond will begin.

Step 5: Create your contract.

Once everyone is ready to move forwards, it’s time to start drafting the legal contract. Both the intended parents and the surrogate will each have their own Richmond surrogacy attorney. They’ll meet separately to make sure they’re being represented fairly and equally. If you need a referral to a secondary surrogacy attorney in Richmond, we’re happy to provide a referral to trusted local representation.

After everyone agrees to the terms and language in the contract, and the attorneys have had a chance to review and approve everything, the contract will be signed and finalized. And after that, it will be time for the next, and perhaps most exciting, stage of the Richmond surrogacy process.

Step 6: Complete the medical process.

Once you’ve completed your legal contract, you’re ready to start the embryo transfer process, which will be handled by an agreed-upon fertility clinic.

If the intended parents don’t already have frozen embryos that they’ll be using, either the intended mother the egg donor taking medication to help develop eggs. Once that’s done, the egg retrieval process will begin, where the egg will be taken to a laboratory to be fertilized and create an embryo. Then, the embryo will be transferred to your surrogate.

All of this and more will be carefully detailed within the contract we help you to establish.

Step 7: Welcome the baby.

The last step of the Cheasapeake surrogacy process is, of course, the birth of the baby and the completion of the last few legal steps. This is an exciting day for everyone involved. Most of the time, the intended parents will be there to welcome their newborn at the hospital for this life-changing experience. After the baby is born and the surrogate is ready to be discharged, everyone will head home with their lives forever changed.

Jennifer or Catelyn will guide you through those last legal steps, and ensure that your Richmond surrogacy has been completed correctly.

 

Why You Need a Richmond Surrogacy Attorney

A Richmond surrogacy, while emotionally rewarding and fulfilling, is still a complex legal process. That’s why, no matter how you choose to complete your surrogacy, you will always need the services of a Richmond surrogacy lawyer experienced in assisted reproductive law and Virginia surrogacy laws.

With the help of Jennifer or Catelyn as your Richmond surrogacy lawyer, we’ll make sure that you understand your local surrogacy laws and regulations, help you create your legal contract and make sure that your rights are protected during every stage of the process. To learn more about how a Richmond surrogacy attorney, like Catelyn or Jennifer, can help you get started, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax