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Experienced Surrogacy solutions for discerning parents

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IMA ART starts searching for surrogate candidates after there is a viable embryo. There are two trips for surrogacy and all steps are carefully managed by IMA ART:

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Surrogacy can be an emotionally demanding journey. The Surrogacy Maison works hard to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible for high-net-worth individuals.

The best surrogacy agency, with solutions for the LGBTQIA+ community, heterosexual couples, and individuals. Delivered through meticulous IMA ART attention to detail and interpersonal care

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From finding a surrogate to introducing world-class reproductive medical care, we at IMA ART Fertility are the best agency for luxury surrogacy solutions. We organize the entire surrogacy process, walking you through every step of the way so you can focus on your journey to parenthood.

In the State of California, surrogacy is an option for LGBTQIA+ couples and singles looking to build their families. The laws in most countries around the world prohibit the LGBTQIA+ community and singles from creating happy families. IMA ART Fertility welcomes everyone to Beverly Hills to begin their journey to parenthood. We are here to help you conceive. We create heirs.

A “surrogate mother” is a woman who carries and delivers a child on behalf of intended parents. We specialize in gestational surrogacy, where a fertilized egg either from one or both of the intended parents — or sperm and egg donors — is implanted in the surrogate’s uterus and carried to delivery. Unlike traditional surrogacy, in gestational surrogacy the surrogate is not biologically related to the child.

Our professional surrogate selection & matching process, explained

We aim to find the best surrogates for your selection. Wait times for a match may be less than three months, thanks to our unique Luxury Surrogacy model. 

All women who are accepted into IMA ART's Surrogacy Maison, meet the following critical pre-screening requirements & steps.

i. IMA ART Surrogate Questionnaire

Surrogates also adhere to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines:- 
 

  • Resides in a state where surrogacy is legal, and where parental rights are protected — see our Surrogacy Law map

  • Has had at least one full-term uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery 

  • Is raising her own child/children

  • Between the ages of 21 and 42 with a healthy BMI 

  • Financially secure and is not on government assistance

  • Not being treated for/is not on medication for depression or anxiety 

  • Is not a smoker

  • No current use or history of drug or alcohol abuse

  • Agrees to defer to the Parents’ decisions on the important pregnancy issues

  • No felony convictions

  • Have transportation to and from surrogacy appointments


IMA ART Fertility Surrogacy candidate questions goes into tremendous detail about a candidate’s life. We include questions related to their medical history, family, education, opinions and views on pregnancy and surrogacy. 

IMA ART asks the candidate what she hopes for from the parents during the pregnancy, and how much she wants Parents involved. 

We ask difficult pregnancy questions, including terminating a pregnancy due to genetic abnormalities or selective reduction. The answer to all of these questions are an integral part of a successful matching process. 

ii. IMA ART Surrogate’s Medical Records

For candidates who respond favorably to all the questions in pre-screening, the next critical step is submitting their detailed pregnancy and delivery records from their OBGYN. These records specify past complications or anything important to note in the candidate’s history, such as gestational diabetes managed without medications, or an abnormal pap smear result. Her Obstetrician visit records also indicate whether she followed through with appointments and OBGYN recommendations during her own pregnancies or previous surrogate pregnancies. 

In addition to the past pregnancy records, we may ask the surrogate candidate’s OBGYN for their opinion on whether their patient may be a good fit to serve as a gestational carrier (surrogate). Previous attending OBGYNs may be invited to talk about the candidate’s medical records as well as anything else the Doctor feels is pertinent. The written document is sent directly to IMA ART by the OBGYN. 

All gestational carrier candidates will undergo a second medical screening by the attending IVF specialist, as well as a clinical psychological review by IMA ART’s PhD. This is done prior to the execution of the Surrogacy Agreement.​

iii. Memorandum of Understanding

IMA ART asks the applicant (and her significant other if she has one) to electronically sign a Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledging that should she match with an IMA ART client, IMA ART will facilitate her surrogacy journey, although we are not her legal counsel. 

At this point, the surrogate candidate can also choose to opt into our IMA ART Fertility Exclusivity Program, meaning that she would forgo working with other surrogacy agencies and exist exclusively on our surrogate roster for your selection. 

iv. Surrogate Criminal Records Check

Criminal records check is completed for every gestational carrier candidate and for any adults living in her home.​

v. Surrogate Reference Checks 

Gestational Carrier candidates are required to provide contact details for a reference (Family, Friend or Co-Worker), who are willing to receive video calls from IMA ART. 


IMA ART may make video contact with the reference and asks a number of questions concerning the candidate. IMA ART asks about her support system, her home environment, and her reasons for pursuing this opportunity. We also reach out to a professional reference, who can share more about the surrogate candidate’s responsibility, trustworthiness and stability.

vi. Curated Surrogate Profile

A surrogate profile is created by IMA ART. We also ask for an initial green light from the designated IVF clinic. (Please note this is not a guarantee she will pass medical screening, but it is an initial approval to move forward, based on the fact that there are no disqualifying medical flags in her application or medical history.) 

Parents may decide if they would like to move forward with the surrogate candidate, and meet with the surrogate candidate via a video call.

 

vii. The Introduction on IMA ART's exclusive app

Parents are introduced to their pre-selected surrogate candidate via our exclusive IMA ART app. Read more about this first meeting in Surrogacy First Meeting: Essential Dos and Don'ts.

If one of the parties is not comfortable with the other party, IMA ART will endeavor to understand why and match Parents with a surrogate candidate that better aligns with their wants and needs.

Assuming both parties are interested in moving forward, the surrogate candidate will undergo Psychological Assessment and then Medical Screening (refer to section viii & ix. below) and parents will speak with our clinical psychologist, PhD. 

 

The entire process from the introductory video call to embryo transfer is approximately 4-6 months. If there are already viable embryos, the process can be as short as 3 months. 

viii. Surrogate Psychological Assessment    

IMA ART Fertility’s dedicated clinical psychologist interviews the surrogate and administers either the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) or the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) assessment. The Inventory (PAI or MMPI) is the most widely employed and researched clinical assessment tool used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental health disorders. This scored personality index and the interview are used to understand the surrogate candidate’s personality. 

Depending on where the surrogate resides, interviews and PAI or MMPI may be done in person or through a HIPAA compliant telectronic platform. 

Evaluations in line with ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), SEEDS (Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy) and APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines in terms of administration, scope and content typically take a couple of hours. The clinical psychologist will spend a few hours reviewing notes and analysing the assessment. 

At the conclusion of the interview and PAI or MMPI, the clinical psychologist will make a final recommendation on whether Parents and their preferred surrogate should move forward together.

ix. Surrogate Medical Screening   

Following the psychological assessment, the surrogate candidate undergoes medical screening at the selected IVF Clinic. This screening will check the surrogate’s uterus to ensure she can carry the baby. The surrogate candidate will also undergo bloodwork to ensure good health in the lead-up to the embryo transfer. IMA ART will coordinate between the parties, keeping each side fully informed of the progress.

x. Parent Psychological Preparation     

Parents undergo psychological preparation for the journey. This is usually done through a video meeting with IMA ART Fertility’s clinical psychologist. Areas of discussion include the relationship with your gestational carrier and your expectations during the pregnancy. 

Our Fertility Governance protocol also includes a one-hour professional joint consultation between you and your surrogate, conducted by our experienced clinical psychologist. This joint consultation talks about important psychological issues involved in forging this new and unique relationship. It endeavors to put together the various pieces of this complex puzzle and to ensure that everyone is on the same page. 

xi. Insurance Plan Overview      

For protection of our parents, the surrogate and the newborn, IMA ART Fertility requires 6 different types of insurance; to cover the surrogate's embryo transfer, surrogate’s pregnancy and delivery, surrogate’s accidental death insurance and insurance to cover the new-born baby. IMA ART Fertility’s insurance expert will review the policies with Parents and any necessary details will be added into the Surrogacy Agreement. 

xii. Surrogate Home Visit

A critical last pre-approval step. This may be performed by IMA ART or licensed and experienced social workers.

 

The home visit includes looking at the physical conditions inside and outside the home and meeting the people living with the surrogate candidate to understand whether she has a strong support network to help her throughout the pregnancy. 

If home visit is performed by IMA ART, we ask many of the same questions we previously asked, and cross-check the answers for consistency. ​

At the conclusion of the home visit a report is written and pictures are taken.

xiii. Surrogacy Agreement Drafting & Final Execution      

The Surrogacy Agreement is drafted by lawyers specializing in Reproductive Law. If Parents don’t already have a lawyer, IMA ART can refer Parents to our network of carefully curated lawyers working at the forefront of reproductive law. This lawyer represents the Parents is critical to ensuring a smooth journey and understanding of the roles and responsibilities between parent and surrogate.

 

This Surrogacy Agreement states that the parents shall be considered the legal parents for all purposes and that the surrogate is not the parent of the child and does not have any legal claim to or financial responsibility for the child. 

Parents are advised to consider any requests they might have throughout the pregnancy and delivery in advance, as these requests will be included into the Surrogacy Agreement. 

The Surrogacy Agreement is extremely detailed and articulates in clear terms each of the party’s roles and responsibilities before and during the pregnancy, as well as at birth. 

IMA ART Fertility will coordinate closely with Parents and their lawyer during drafting, questions and execution. 

Upon completing the draft Surrogacy Agreement, Parents' lawyer will send a copy to the lawyer representing the surrogate.​

What happens next after the surrogate selection process

i. Embryo Transfer and Preparation       

Prior to the embryo transfer, your surrogate will consult with your selected fertility specialist. These consultations include blood tests and ultrasounds. Your surrogate will start taking prescribed medications to prepare her uterus to receive the embryo. The fertility specialist will transfer the embryo at the moment the uterus wall has reached the correct thickness and blood test results are optimal. ​

ii. Pregnancy        

Your surrogate usually consults her personal OBGYN during pregnancy. If mutually agreed and entered into the Surrogacy Agreement, other arrangements may be made. 

The Surrogacy Agreement may include terms governing your right to attend certain OBGYN visits — such as ultrasounds — and to be kept fully informed on the development of the pregnancy. 

In cases where the single embryo splits into 2 embryos, a second medical doctor will be added to the team. This second doctor is a specialist in high risk pregnancies, including in the case of twins. 

When there is a confirmed pregnancy, IMA ART Fertility coordinates with the insurance company to underwrite the newborn policy. 

iii. Perinatologist       

A perinatologist, also known as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, is an obstetrician who specializes in prenatal care of women who are at high risk of having a complicated pregnancy. 

According to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), “A Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist is an OB/GYN physician who has completed an additional two to three years of education and training. MFM specialists are high-risk pregnancy experts. For pregnant women with chronic health problems, MFM specialists work to keep the woman as healthy as possible while her body changes and her baby grows. 

iv.  Pre-Birth Order        

The legal process commences during the second trimester of your surrogate’s pregnancy. This is when we begin implementing the legal parentage strategy. The objective is to ensure you are declared the sole legal parents of your child. 

This protects your surrogate as well, because she wants you to have all of the legal responsibilities for your child. The Surrogacy Agreement will specifically relieve her of any putative responsibilities. 

v. Pre-Birth Preparation        

Prior to the gestational carrier giving birth to your baby, we will contact the hospital staff and introduce the parties and procedures for the delivery and hospital stay. The objective of this preparation is to ensure the hospital medical and administrative staff understand the parents are legally recognized as the legal parents. With this legal recognition, you have the right to make medical decisions for your baby.​

vi. Birth       

Congratulations on the birth of your child! With this, you’ve completed the last steps of the surrogacy journey. In the days and weeks ahead, IMA ART Fertility will assist the parents in applying for the Birth Certificate and Passport.

Egg donor & surrogate solutions

While female infertility is on the rise, the need for egg donors extends to gay couples, single men and heterosexual couples. There are two options for egg donation: the use of frozen eggs, which are stored for future use, or the use of fresh eggs for immediate use. In either case, for gay couples the eggs are fertilized with sperm cells from one member of the couple or from a donor.

IMA ART Fertility follows the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommendations for practices utilizing gestational carriers and has constructed an extensive network of specialists at the forefront of surrogacy work.

What is the cost of surrogacyContact us to privately discuss the costs of your surrogacy journey.

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We are committed to fulfilling your dream of a family — the gift of life

Surrogacy timeline

Once we’ve confirmed the health and viability of your chosen eggs and sperm, IMA ART Fertility begins the search for the best candidate to carry your child. Intended parents typically make two trips to our Los Angeles County home office, and all steps are carefully managed by IMA ART.

The below timeline is an estimate - each surrogate journey is a little different and we will tailor ourselves to your needs.

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Medical pre-screening, and FDA and carrier screening.

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Eggs and sperm are retrieved during the first 14-day trip to beautiful Beverly Hills.

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An in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory fertilizes the eggs to create embryos and perform pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT).

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After viable embryo(s) are confirmed approximately two to three weeks after PGT, IMA ART Fertility starts searching for surrogates that match the clients’ criteria.

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We will conduct a background check and extensive screening of surrogates’ criminal record, financial situation, and physical aptitude including her medical history, as well as social factors, before presenting her to clients.

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After being matched, the surrogate candidate will need to pass further tests by our Fertility Specialist and Clinical Psychologist to determine her medical and psychological suitability to be a surrogate.

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Once confirmed, both the gestational surrogate and the client (intended parents) will engage attorneys to draft a Surrogate Agreement. The surrogate will use insurance provided through our network to ensure it covers all needs related to surrogacy.

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IMA ART Fertility will arrange for an insurance provider to explain the detailed terms of the insurance policy and the underwriting process.

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Next, the contract will be executed by both parties. The surrogate starts by taking IVF medications and undergoes frozen embryo transfer at an IVF clinic in our prestigious network.

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Once pregnancy is confirmed, clients and attorneys evaluate the need for newborn insurance and pay a premium when the fetus heartbeat is confirmed.

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During the pregnancy, the surrogate is monitored by her OBGYN and Clinical Psychologist.

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At around 28 weeks of pregnancy, IMA ART Fertility works with our Reproductive Law attorney to obtain the Parental Court Order.

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At 36 weeks pregnant, clients will travel to birth city to pick up the newborn baby and go back to their home city or country as a family. (This trip may be four to five weeks.)

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Where is surrogacy legal?

We work exclusively with surrogate candidates who reside in surrogate-friendly states. 

The vast majority of U.S. states legally protect the rights of parents seeking surrogacy. They do this through statutes and case law regarding family building. This ensures an easy transition when your child is born. IMA ART Fertility will not engage a surrogate in a state where the parents rights are not fully protected and legal issues could arise.

Matching you with the perfect surrogate

IMA ART Fertility will match you with surrogates who are healthy, excited, and meet IMA ART’s requirements as well as the ASRM guidelines.

Our surrogates are educated, sincere, motivated, and excited to help create families. Surrogates are thoroughly vetted and examined to ensure a safe, stable lifestyle, good health, and a successful pregnancy and birth history. Parents may expect approximately 15 to 24 months from the initial application to the arrival of their baby.

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Finding a Surrogate

The IMA ART matching team takes the necessary amount of time to assess our surrogate applicants to ensure we provide you with a wide array of high-quality surrogates to consider. For this reason, wait times for a match may be three months or less.

Our surrogacy candidates undergo extensive interviews about their lifestyle and support systems. We ask about their medical history, current medical conditions, support system, education, views on the surrogacy journey, and whether they have successfully carried a pregnancy to term in the past.

We ask potential surrogates important questions, including whether they are willing to terminate a pregnancy due to genetic abnormalities or selective reduction. Their answers to these questions are critical to an effective matching process.

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