Once you’ve decided to become a surrogate, the next step after getting all of your medical paperwork to SAI is to create your profile. This is where you talk about your family, and your likes and interests, but also when you decide who you feel called to carry for in your surrogacy journey. This step is arguably the most important step in the surrogacy process. The entire rest of your journey, the good and the bad hinges on this choice.
You are given options like “International, Stateside, or local couples?” “Couples or Single IPs?” “Gay/Lesbian or Straight?” “English speaking or use a translator?” “Interracial couples?” “First child, or sibling journeys?” Your answers to all of those choices will narrow your SAI matches to find you the perfect journey that fits and is in line with what you hope your surrogacy experience to be. You can change your answers with each journey as well to find intended parents that fit with your expectations.
When I went through my first surrogacy experience, I carried a singleton for an international straight couple. My second journey I carried twins for a gay couple that lived only 45 minutes away from me. There are so many possibilities, and the matching process is one of the most exciting phases of the entire experience, second only to birth in my opinion.
One other thing that you would need to consider next are the emotions that come across when meeting your couple or the first time. This is when you really decide if you would like to continue on with them. This decision relies heavily on your gut instinct. Does the conversation flow easily, do you feel comfortable in the room together, or over the phone? Some of those experiences can’t be explained, only felt.
It is important to remember that this surrogacy journey is as much for you as it is for your Intended Parents. You are a very important part of this experience, and your happiness and joy as you proceed is important to SAI. We are here to make sure we match you with the best couple for you!