Sur­ro­gacy made sim­ple

SIM­PLE SUR­RO­GACY HAS BEEN HELP­ING LGBT PEO­PLE RE­ALISE THEIR DREAMS OF PAR­ENT­HOOD SINCE 2002. DIREC­TORS KRIS­TEN HANSON AND STEPHANIE SCOTT TALK TO PRIDE LIFE ABOUT THE SER­VICES THEY OF­FER

Pride Life Magazine - - SPONSORED FEATURE -

When was Sim­ple Sur­ro­gacy founded and where are you based? Sim­ple Sur­ro­gacy was founded in 2002 to as­sist cou­ples and in­di­vid­u­als with the de­sire to achieve a fam­ily through third-party as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion. We were founded on one sim­ple prin­ci­ple: to pro­vide our clients with the high­est stan­dard of care in the sur­ro­gacy and egg do­na­tion in­dus­try at an af­ford­able price. Our team of pro­fes­sion­als con­sists of Par­ents through sur­ro­gacy, cur­rent and for­mer Sur­ro­gate Moth­ers and Egg Donors, and coun­sel­lors. While we are based in Dal­las, Texas, we match and fa­cil­i­tate tra­di­tional and ges­ta­tional sur­ro­gacy and egg do­na­tion ar­range­ments with Sur­ro­gate Moth­ers re­sid­ing through­out the United States and Canada. What ser­vices do you of­fer same-sex cou­ples who are want­ing to start a fam­ily? Sim­ple Sur­ro­gacy is a full ser­vice Agency offering our clients ev­ery ser­vice they will need to get them to the de­liv­ery of their baby. Our ser­vices in­clude pro­vid­ing a crim­i­nally and psy­cho­log­i­cally screened Sur­ro­gate, match­ing with beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent egg donors, then send­ing those in­di­vid­u­als to screen­ing at the clinic of your choice. We are happy to pro­vide re­fer­rals to ex­cel­lent re­pro­duc­tive clin­ics with high rates of suc­cess. We also re­fer you to ex­perts in the field of re­pro­duc­tive law for your con­tracts, es­tab­lish an in­sured es­crow ac­count, and man­age all es­crow ser­vices. Per­haps the most im­por­tant thing that we do is be there for our clients and Sur­ro­gates to en­sure smooth com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween all par­ties, so clients can re­lax and enjoy their preg­nancy. How are Egg Donors and Sur­ro­gates screened and what cri­te­ria must they ful­fil? Ges­ta­tional Sur­ro­gates un­dergo a thor­ough screen­ing process even be­fore they are pre­sented to clients for a po­ten­tial match. Each Sur­ro­gate must fill out an ex­ten­sive de­tailed pro­file, and sub­mit to a crim­i­nal and fi­nan­cial back­ground check. Once those are cleared, we col­lect med­i­cal records from all of her pre­vi­ous preg­nan­cies, and have them re­viewed by a re­pro­duc­tive en­docri­nol­o­gist. The Sur­ro­gates also have to pass a psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion. Once they are through that ini­tial cri­te­ria, which less than 20% of our ap­pli­cants pass, they are pre­sented to In­tended Par­ents for match­ing. Af­ter match­ing, the Sur­ro­gate will be sent to the Par­ent’s choice of clinic for thor­ough med­i­cal screen­ing by their clinic. Donors also have an ex­ten­sive pro­file to fill out, com­plete with test­ing scores, grades, and fam­ily med­i­cal history span­ning all known ge­netic con­di­tions. The donors also sub­mit pho­to­graphs, span­ning from child­hood through to adult­hood. Once cho­sen, donors go in for fur­ther screen­ing at the Par­ent’s clinic of choice. This screen­ing usu­ally in­volves test­ing to en­sure egg sup­ply, and psy­cho­log­i­cal test­ing for suit­abil­ity as a donor. How long does it take on av­er­age to find a suit­able Sur­ro­gate? That de­pends on the clients. We have clients who match in less than a week, and we have some who take longer to match be­cause they have par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments. The av­er­age time is three months from sign­ing to match­ing. How­ever, SPAR (a pro­gram that en­ables HIV­pos­i­tive men to use their se­men for an IVF preg­nancy) clients and those with spe­cial re­quest may take longer. Are In­tended Par­ents also screened and what cri­te­ria should they ful­fil? Yes, In­tended Par­ents are also screened. They must pass a back­ground check to en­sure there is no crim­i­nal history that would im­pede their le­gal process, they also pass a psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion to en­sure they are suit­able to be Par­ents. At their clinic, they will have med­i­cal test­ing and sex­u­ally-trans­mit­ted dis­ease test­ing as well.

“We do see many sin­gle

fa­thers who sim­ply aren’t pre­pared to wait

for their per­fect hus­band and want a child of their own”

What suc­cess rate does Sim­ple Sur­ro­gacy enjoy? More than 90% of our Par­ents leave our pro­gram with a child or chil­dren, and we have a 35% rate of re­turn clients. We will never give up on you hav­ing a baby, we will keep work­ing to achieve your dream of fam­ily as long as it takes. Are they any things which LGBT peo­ple must par­tic­u­larly take into con­sid­er­a­tion when choos­ing sur­ro­gacy? Legally, they must en­sure that they are matched in a state that will give them the nec­es­sary out­come. To make sure that they are, they need to part­ner with an Agency whose un­der­stand­ing of the laws na­tion­wide in the United States is ex­cel­lent. They also need to en­sure that they have cho­sen a LGBT fam­ily clinic and Agency, as some are friend­lier than oth­ers. Is there a typ­i­cal LGBT per­son who makes use of your ser­vices? We do see many sin­gle fa­thers who sim­ply aren’t pre­pared to wait for their per­fect hus­band and want a child of their own. We also see of­ten cou­ples who have tried other ways to have a child be­fore (for ex­am­ple, In­dian or Mex­i­can

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