For many intended parents, this is a critical question. Although it is important to know the estimated timeline to find a surrogate match and get to an embryo transfer, a short timeline typically should raise caution flags. U.S. surrogacy is in incredibly high demand, and finding a qualified surrogate match who meets your specific criteria and is genuinely motivated for the correct reasons takes time. A short timeline to find a match generally means:
- The level of surrogate qualification before matching is low, in which case the chance of future disqualification is higher;
- The program cost is high and can mean higher surrogate fees to attract more candidates who tend to be more financially-motivated or have higher insurance costs; and/or
- The risks related to newborn insurance or the legal process are higher.
You should certainly confirm the estimated timelines and that each step of the process is completely transparent, especially the waiting period and matching process. However, you should consider this information in addition to the other questions in our Comparing U.S. Surrogacy Agencies guide to achieve a clear, comprehensive comparison.
Based on your specific matching criteria, we will provide you with a matching timeline estimate during your free educational consult, which you may schedule here.
Please also see IARC’s Approach to a high-quality, cost-controlled process.