What to Expect From Your Surrogacy Match Meeting

Embarking on the surrogacy journey is a deeply personal and life-changing decision. As intended parents take the first step towards building their family through surrogacy, the match meeting becomes a pivotal moment where intended parents and surrogates come together to discuss expectations, forge connections, and lay the groundwork for a successful partnership. In this guidebook-style article, we will explore what you can expect from your surrogacy match meeting, considering the important topics to discuss and the factors to consider, with the guidance of a surrogacy agency.

Introduction and Background

The match meeting will typically begin with introductions. Intended parents and surrogates, accompanied by their respective surrogacy agency representatives, will have an opportunity to share their stories, motivations, and backgrounds. This initial interaction sets the stage for building trust and understanding between all parties involved.

Establishing Expectations

At the match meeting, you and your surrogate will have an opportunity to share your communication preferences and expectations. This includes discussing the preferred methods of communication, such as phone calls, emails, or video chats, as well as the frequency and timing of interactions. By openly expressing your expectations and listening to your surrogate’s input, you can establish a mutually agreed-upon framework for communication that suits both parties.

Sharing Milestones and Updates

Throughout the surrogacy journey, there will be significant milestones, medical appointments, and updates that you will want to be informed about. Discussing how and when you would like to receive these updates can help ease anxieties and ensure you stay connected and involved in the process. Whether it’s through regular emails, phone calls after doctor’s visits, or sharing ultrasound pictures, finding a communication approach that keeps you informed and reassured is vital.

Handling Difficult Conversations

Surrogacy, like any significant undertaking, may present challenges or unexpected situations along the way. It’s essential to discuss how you and your surrogate prefer to address difficult conversations or potential conflicts that may arise. By establishing open lines of communication and a commitment to understanding and empathy, you can navigate such situations with respect and find mutually beneficial resolutions.

Involving Support Systems

During the match meeting, you may also want to discuss involving support systems, such as partners, family members, or surrogacy professionals, in the communication process. This ensures that everyone has a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and can participate in the surrogacy journey in a way that aligns with the preferences and boundaries established by all parties.

Respectful Boundaries

Communication preferences should also encompass setting respectful boundaries. Discussing what topics are appropriate to discuss, what information is confidential, and how to maintain privacy can help foster a healthy and respectful relationship. By establishing these boundaries, you create a safe space where both you and your surrogate feel comfortable sharing openly and can maintain a balance between involvement and personal privacy.  These boundaries may include social media use and the involvement of each party.

Flexibility and Adaptability

As you discuss communication preferences, it’s important to remain flexible and adaptable. Recognize that schedules and circumstances may change throughout the surrogacy journey, and what worked initially may need adjustments along the way. By maintaining open lines of communication and being willing to adapt as needed, you can ensure that your partnership remains strong and supportive as you navigate the various stages of the surrogacy process.

Next Steps and Timeline

Towards the end of the match meeting, you will discuss the next steps and establish a possible timeline for your surrogacy journey. This may involve medical evaluations, fertility treatments, and legal procedures. The surrogacy agency will provide guidance, outlining the various milestones and anticipated timelines, helping you understand what to expect as you progress through the surrogacy process.

Your surrogacy match meeting is a crucial milestone, where the foundation for a successful surrogacy partnership is laid. The surrogacy agency will guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth transition into the next steps of your surrogacy journey. With open communication and collaboration, you can embark on this remarkable path with confidence, knowing that you are supported every step of the way.  To learn more about becoming a surrogate or building your family through surrogacy please contact HERE.


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