From the Business
The Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. (CSP) pairs surrogate mothers with intended parents to help create families for those who cannot have children. CSP was founded in 1980 by Bill Handel. This agency has been bringing surrogates together with potential parents ever since. Surrogate mothers pass an extensive screening process. The surrogates are then able to choose profiles of prospective parents they would like to help. When a match is made between prospective parents and a surrogate mother, a counselor facilitates a meeting. This process ensures that the surrogates and families are paired very carefully. There are no blind matches made with CSP. Every party involved in the process must be comfortable with who they are working with for the surrogacy to proceed.
There are many options available for third party reproductive services which allow one or both parents to be biological parents of the child. Couples can use in vitro fertilization with gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization with egg donation or artificial insemination with traditional surrogacy. Counseling and support group meetings are available to the surrogate mothers throughout the surrogacy process. This helps ensure that the mothers are coping well with the process and have all of the assistance and support they may need. The couple and surrogate stay in close contact throughout the pregnancy with contact at least every two weeks. Most couples will attend the ultrasound and some will go to regular doctor’s visits. After birth, new parents take their child straight home once released from the hospital.