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“We absolutely loved our experience with Hatch. They helped us put each piece of our puzzle into place so that we never felt lost or alone. Infertility is emotionally draining enough. Trying to find a suitable donor felt like a daunting voyage into completely uncharted territory. But beginning with our first call to Hatch, we were in competent, professional hands. Not only were they great at what they do, they were warm, caring, and empathetic. We never felt like they were processing a transaction but, rather, that they cared about us and wanted to see us be able to have a family. They sincerely care about their donors, surrogates, and intended parents. Thank you Hatch, for making our journey so wonderful!!”
Receive full support from knowledgeable, empathetic doctors and staff members—including experienced surrogates themselves—available to answer any question. The same holds for egg donors and surrogates. They can even join support groups with women who are going—or have gone—through their same journey. Feel secure in knowing that you and your donor or surrogate will receive the support you need when you need it with our after-hours emergency support. We’ve even been known to come to the rescue in the middle of the night and provide assurances at all hours.
In our 30 years of practice, intended parents like you have come to Hatch for one thing: a successful match. Because our donors are among the top five percent in the country, you can feel confident that we’ll help manage a successful journey. Join the 3,300 intended parents who have welcomed a happy, healthy baby into their new family. Most of our egg donors are pre-screened with bloodwork or ultrasounds before they are presented for matching, so you can match with confidence.
Navigating your family building options can be overwhelming and stressful. At Hatch, you'll have access to comprehensive fertility programs with a proven 99% success rate. All to give you a positive journey that ends with your happy, healthy baby. Read about how two intended parents created their family with Hatch.
You’ll have access to the top 5% of surrogate candidates. Your coordinator will guide you throughout every step of this process and address your every question so you get the right match the first time. We measure our success not by time to match, but by time to pregnancy.
Select an egg donor from the top 5% of candidates in the country. All are thoroughly screened on attributes of health, attractiveness, intelligence, athleticism, and more. On many of our egg donors we do bloodwork or ultrasound screenings when they join our database so you can match with confidence.
Just as our surrogates and egg donors undergo screening, you’ll be guided through the necessary steps to assure a smooth and safe journey for everyone involved. Our hands-on approach will set you up for the best possible outcome.
Timeline: Immediately - 1 month
Taking this first step in your journey toward parenthood is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make throughout this process. At Hatch, you’ll always feel welcome and at home.
Once you’ve completed your initial consultation with our program director, you’ll have your initial introductory meeting with your coordinator who will support you throughout your entire journey. You’ll also need a therapist or clergy letter from a third-party to clear you socially, and then undergo a background check.
Finally, if you’re proceeding with surrogacy, you’ll write your “Dear Surrogate” letter: a note for your potential surrogate that introduces yourself to the surrogate and her family. This is an essential tool for the surrogate matching process, as this will give her a feel for who you are and what your lifestyle is like.
What to expect:
Timeline: 1 - 2 months
After you’ve met the Hatch team and written your surrogate letter, the next step in your journey (if necessary) will be to identify and match with your egg donor.
You’ll be able to navigate our online network of the top five percent of egg donor candidates in the country, all of whom have been screened thoroughly. The Hatch egg donor database provides personalized profiles, so you’ll recognize your dream egg donor when you see her. The database is also immediately updated, so every featured egg donor you see is currently available.
Once you have chosen your ‘superdonor,’ you can choose to schedule a staff-guided virtual meeting with her, if both you and the egg donor are comfortable with this arrangement. If either of you would prefer to keep the donation anonymous, then the IVF procedure will simply begin by your egg donor taking fertility medications for the egg retrieval. Once the donor egg(s) are retrieved, they’ll be fertilized to create embryos.
What to expect:
Timeline: Immediately - 4 months
Once you’ve established a relationship with your coordinator at Hatch, the next step will be identifying the right surrogate. What's most important during this step isn't that you match quickly, but that you match with the right surrogate the first time. We measure success by the time it takes to reach a pregnancy, not the time it takes to match.
The coordinators at Hatch will assess criteria including personality, legalities, and preferences to find the right match for both you and your potential surrogate. Most surrogates and intended parents at Hatch match within three months of qualification, yet some extenuating circumstances or special requests can extend this part of your journey.
Once you and your potential surrogate feel good about the match, you will meet via an introductory video call to further determine if it feels right. If both you and the surrogate feel confident and excited in this relationship, you will be officially paired!
What to expect:
Timeline: 1-2 months
During this stage of your journey, you’ll undergo a background check with Hatch to ensure that you’re ready to become parents as intended. This is for the safety of the surrogate, baby and yourself.
Additionally, you’ll need to work closely with your lawyer to draft the surrogacy contract as your surrogate works with her own lawyer. If you’re using an egg donor, you’ll also need a legal contract with this donor to solidify her responsibilities and expectations. This is essential to determining parental legal rights and your surrogate’s comfort level during this process. For your protection, you’ll work with a third party lawyer--not a lawyer employed by Hatch--to guard against any conflicts of interest.
To pass the financial screening aspect of your journey, you’ll need to ensure you have a fully-funded escrow account before the IVF cycle begins. This is essential to compensating and covering the necessary services throughout your journey at Hatch.
What to expect:
Timeline: 1 - 2 months
Once you and your surrogate have passed the necessary screenings, your surrogate is ready for the IVF cycle. For her cycle, she’ll receive her medication and begin monitoring at a clinic.
When your surrogate is ready for the embryo transfer, she will return to your IVF clinic and undergo this procedure. Many intended parents choose to attend this milestone in-person, to experience this moment and share the memories with their surrogate.
Once your surrogate returns home after the transfer, she will continue to be monitored at her local clinic for her beta test to confirm pregnancy and continue care under the IVF clinic until graduating to OB care.
What to expect:
Timeline: 9 months
The longest stage of your journey will be the time you strengthen your bond with your surrogate as she carries your baby throughout the pregnancy. Your coordinator will be checking in frequently to monitor and provide support, so you will also be supported during this time.
Your surrogate will be released to her own OBGYN after the first trimester, and continue with ultrasound check-ins. The 20-week ultrasound is a milestone you may want to consider attending with your surrogate, as you can find out your baby’s sex, take pictures and assess health.
Additionally, you should be working with your lawyer and support system to establish parental rights, prepare for your baby’s arrival, booking travel, and plan for any other necessary pre- or post-pregnancy needs.
What to expect:
Timeline: 1 month
Preparing for a new family member is an emotional journey, and finally holding your baby is an amazing feeling. When your child is released from the hospital, you will take your baby home and start this next chapter of your life! U.S. parents usually travel home shortly after release, whereas international patients may choose to stay in the U.S. for two to four weeks after the birth to finalize travel and obtain the necessary paperwork.
Visiting with your surrogate before returning home is a wonderful way to complete the journey. Many families choose to keep in touch with their surrogate and her family after returning home. Traveling home with your new child can bring a whirlwind of emotions, and leaning into your support systems post-birth is just as important as during the pregnancy.
Enjoy this new chapter of your life. At Hatch, we’re always honored to support your dreams and make your family a reality.
Considering a sibling journey? Many intended parents who form deep connections with their surrogate choose to undergo a sibling journey with the same surrogate. Because you’ve been through the process once already and have an existing relationship with your surrogate, we encourage you to consider this possibility if you’re interested in raising and loving multiple children. When rematches are not possible, we’re happy to support you in finding a new wonderful match.
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Being a surrogate is one of the biggest most rewarding accomplishments of my life! Watching a couple become a family and giving them the gift of life is unexplainable...it’s so fulfilling!
Making the decision to become a surrogate was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. With help from the Hatch staff, I was matched with two of the most deserving people I have ever met. We quickly became like a family.
I had known, in my heart, for a long while that I always wanted to be a surrogate. Working with Hatch has been nothing short of amazing. This agency has some of the best, if not THE best people on board for this special line of work.
“As a previous surrogate, I’m personally invested in the success of our intended parents and surrogates. I’ve proudly been a surrogate for an incredible gay couple, giving them a healthy baby boy in 2019. I have been a member of this league of extraordinary women serving the infertility community for over five years.
I came from an accounting background with Sutter Health in Northern California, which translates nicely to my current position at Hatch! I feel fortunate to be a part of a team that helps families in such a profound way. It’s a blessing to work with this team of individuals, who are not only intelligent and driven, but also passionate in helping build families through the surrogacy process. I feel very fortunate and am so thankful to come into work each day at the program.”
Don't wait any longer to bring your dreams to life. Contact our team of egg donation and surrogacy specialists, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.