The decision to build one’s family via third-party reproduction can be overwhelming, and oftentimes the Intended Parent(s) struggle as to where to begin. There are many important decisions to consider, such as where to find their gestational carrier and the legalities and medical aspects.
Family Source Consultants and American Fertility Services have helped hundreds of Intended Parents around the globe utilize third-party reproduction to build their family. It is both FSC and AFS’s goal to provide professional and personal experience to create the family of your dreams.
Parents “A&H” from China
and their Family Building Experience
“I always had a dream that I would have a whole family. There are two fathers and two lovely children in this family. It’s a luxurious dream. Not only because of money, but also the need of many people’s help in the process I realized. I am very glad that I met FSC and AFS. They have amazing staff there who gave us a lot of help. Family Source Consultants helped us find the perfect surrogate. She is our family now, and AFS has provided us with fantastic medical help. With the help of a surrogate mother, our twins were born at 38 weeks. It’s awesome and wonderful. Thank you to all who helped us. Thank you for helping us and making our dreams come true. Now we are extremely happy, our life is very complete..” -Parents A&H, China
Abbie’s Surrogacy Experience
Shortly following delivery: “They (Parent’s A&H) are coming over tonight from China. We are having pizza and playing games outside in our backyard. I am so happy and blessed to have been matched with them. Not only are they a great couple to be matched with, it’s been great how much we have been able to see each other and will continue to talk when they leave. My heart is definitely overflowing with joy and love beyond measure. I am beyond happy that I was able to give them the gift of their precious boys. Words can’t describe how happy I am for them. They are such great dads! The way they look at them when they hold them, how sweetly they talk to them, and how attentive they are to their needs.” – Abbie, Surrogate
Q: What made you decide to choose your Intended Parents?
“I fell in love with their story and profile, I loved the fact that they were wanting to keep in touch afterward.”
FAQ on Third-Party Reproduction
Who can be a gestational carrier?
The ideal gestational carrier (commonly referred to as a surrogate) is a healthy woman between the ages of 21 and 43 who has had a successful term pregnancy and has a supportive family environment to help her cope with the added stress of pregnancy. The carrier should have no more than five previous vaginal deliveries or three previous cesarean deliveries. Prior to becoming pregnant, the surrogate should discuss the risks of pregnancy with her healthcare provider.
What type of medical tests does a gestational carrier need to have?
The surrogate should have a complete history and physical examination performed to ensure that there are no reasons for her to avoid pregnancy. This examination also will identify patients at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends that all carriers be tested for viral infections, including HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and cytomegalovirus.
Are gestational carriers compensated?
A surrogate is compensated for her time and effort involved in fulfilling this role. Family Source Consultants will share profiles of available candidates which will include the surrogate’s compensation, incidentals, and other financial information that is relevant during the journey. The Intended Parent(s) must fully fund an escrow account with the surrogate’s compensation and incidentals prior to the surrogate beginning injectable medications to prepare for the embryo transfer.
How should an intended parent in China begin their surrogacy journey?
Our team includes International Coordinators who speak fluently in Chinese. Peter Li and Ben Xu are parents through surrogacy themselves and will be happy to discuss our international surrogacy program with you!