The Matching Process for Surrogates: Finding the Right Intended Parents for You

July 29, 2022

Matching with intended parents is a big milestone in the surrogacy process, and there is a lot that goes into finding the right one. When matching surrogates and intended parents, our team looks for that ideal combination of abstract and concrete qualities. We strive to find your best match.

We have an extensive and exceptional history with the success of our matches between our surrogates and intended parents. This article for surrogates will introduce how we find the perfect match for you at Hatch Egg Donation & Surrogacy.  

The Matching Process for Surrogates

Finding your intended parent match is an important start to your surrogacy journey. Before you can be matched, you will work closely with your Match Specialist to discuss what you are looking for in your surrogacy journey. Your social fit is our top priority.

At Hatch, your surrogacy coordinator will work closely with you to understand your wants and needs so we can recommend the most compatible matches. For your safety and peace of mind, everyone involved—from surrogates to intended parents—is pre-screened extensively prior to matching.

In the next section, we will explain the comprehensive pre-screening process that Hatch performs prior to a match.

Pre-screening for Intended Parents

At Hatch, we focus on inclusively making families possible and we review all intended parents thoroughly. Our surrogacy team is made up of several experienced surrogates; they are the best in connecting with every surrogate applicant to talk through their answers on her application and answer any questions that they might have. These conversations will help to reduce the risk of future match breaks and disappointment for any parties involved.

Along with screening our surrogates, we also screen all our intended parents prior to matching them. 

The pre-screening process for intended parents includes:

  • Understanding their reason for needing the help of a surrogate
  • In many cases, determining if they have embryos frozen prior to matching with a surrogate
  • If needed, connecting them to resources for egg or sperm donors for their embryo creation
  • Consulting with our team about their unique circumstances to best understand their needs
  • Clearance from a Licensed Mental Health Provider to proceed with surrogacy
  • Criminal background check
  • Ensuring the egg and the sperm are carefully screened and tested for diseases so that the process is as safe as possible
Once the surrogate and intended parents mutually agree on the match, a video match meeting will be facilitated by our coordinator to allow for a proper introduction. Our coordinator will then check in separately afterward to confirm that you are all comfortable moving forward and address any additional questions.

What Are the Matching Criteria?

Social fit:

This is composed of two criteria: compatible personalities and compatible desires for your journey. Our matching team reviews the potential match to ensure good personality fits, our goal is to make sure that both parties have a comfortable relationship throughout the entirety of the journey.

Medical fit:

This is determined by the intended parent’s IVF physician. The IVF physician will review the surrogate’s previous OBGYN and delivery records, after the match is confirmed, the surrogate will also go through a comprehensive in-person medical screening.

Legal fit:

In the United States, each state has its own laws regarding surrogacy. Some states are more compatible than others for a specific match, and Hatch only works with surrogates located in surrogacy-friendly states. Additionally, each country we assist has different requirements and laws regarding surrogacy. Therefore, our legal team ensures that the laws of the surrogate’s home state (where the delivery will take place) complement the laws of the intended parents' home state/country. We will make sure that every match is a safe legal fit.

Financial fit:

Costs vary for each surrogacy journey, which is determined by several variables. We align financial needs to accommodate both parties.

How Long Does It Take to Be Matched With Intended Parents?

The time it takes for surrogates to match with intended parents will depend on each unique case. At Hatch, the surrogate matching process takes an average of 3 months. As we mentioned in the previous section of this article, we also do all the pre-screening for you.

If you are interested in additional information regarding the surrogacy experience and how Hatch can help you in your journey, please reach out to us here.

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