OUR PATHWAY TO PARENTHOOD
Catherine Tucker | Co-Founder
"As parents ourselves via assisted reproductive technologies, Mike and I both bring that perspective to our roles at Surrogacy Pathways. We understand what you are going through because we have been there ourselves. We use our own experiences to take you step-by-step through the surrogacy journey."
We are a full-service surrogacy agency. We walk you through the entire surrogacy process, from your initial consultation until you go home with your baby. We will guide and support you every step of the way along your pathway to parenthood. Our comprehensive services allow you to focus on the pregnancy and your new baby. We are committed to providing these services under the highest ethical standards.
Our New Hampshire based team is located in the most surrogacy friendly legal environment in the country. We have developed relationships with IVF clinics, egg donor programs, surrogacy insurance specialists, and lawyers that allow us to streamline the process for you. We draw from our 10+ years of experience with assisted reproduction to help you navigate this complex journey with ease.
We have more experience with assisted reproduction than any other New Hampshire based surrogacy professional. We are proud of our thought leadership that has been translated into laws and policies that have positively impacted family building via surrogacy. One of our founders co-authored New Hampshire’s updated surrogacy law and developed the New Hampshire standard for the issuance of pre-birth parentage orders. Her work has been used as a model in other states seeking to reform their surrogacy laws.
We consider our surrogates the most important part of our family building team. All surrogates in our program must have a history of healthy, full-term pregnancies and also must be financially and emotionally stable. The women in our program truly enjoy being pregnant and are committed to the health and well-being of your baby. All prospective surrogates must pass a preliminary screening with our agency prior to being introduced to intended parents. Our surrogate screening standards exceed the minimum requirements set by law, in order to ensure that our surrogates are highly qualified to embark on this journey.
We maintain the highest ethical standards in the industry. We are committed to ensuring our clients are protected by complying with best practices guidelines. We are also active members of the Society For Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy (SEEDS) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and we regularly collaborate with other surrogacy professionals to help define industry professional standards. As we walk with you on the pathway to parenthood, every step we take will be guided by our high standards.
Why New Hampshire?
New Hampshire offers the ideal location for a surrogacy journey, with favorable laws as well as access to excellent medical care for both the IVF process and the resulting pregnancy. In New Hampshire, any adult can become a parent via surrogacy, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. And New Hampshire surrogacy contracts are presumed enforceable under the law, if all the legal prerequisites have been met. In addition, all intended parents are eligible to have their names listed on their child’s initial birth certificate in New Hampshire.
Step 1. Matching
You will be offered a potential match with a surrogate who has passed our prescreening process. Your match will be based both on criteria that you have identified as well as legal considerations. A match meeting will be scheduled, either in person or via videoconference. After the match meeting, you will have the opportunity to decide whether you wish to move forward with that surrogate.
Step 2. Screening
The surrogate (and her spouse) will travel to your selected IVF clinic for screening. If you don't have an IVF clinic, we can assist you in selecting a clinic.
Step 3. Legal
If your surrogate is approved by your IVF clinic, then your match will move to the contract phase. Your attorney will work together with the surrogate's attorney to develop the surrogacy contract which will govern your surrogacy journey. One the contract is signed, the embryo transfer can proceed.
Step 4. Pregnancy
Once pregnancy is confirmed, your surrogate will be released to her local OBGYN for prenatal care. During the pregnancy, you will be able to attend medical appointments and to speak directly to the doctors providing prenatal care. You will have the opportunity to be present at the hospital when your baby is born.
Step 5. Birth Certificate
We will work in coordination with your legal team and the delivery hospital to obtain a birth certificate that lists only your names as the parents, and does not contain the surrogate's name. The baby will leave the hospital with you, when the baby is ready to be discharged.