How does OSO
Our Surrogates go through an evaluation process. We require a medical note, police record check, references and if the surrogate is local we will do a home visit. We want to make sure she has support around her. If she has a spouse we speak with them as well. Only about 14% of the surrogates who enter into our program are accepted. Additional medical and psychological testing is performed at the clinic of the intended parents.
Are surrogates paid in Canada?
Surrogates cannot be paid in Canada. However, they can be reimbursed for their expenses related to the surrogacy. OSO will provide spreadsheets to the surrogate and information on how to keep track of the expenses to ensure the process runs smoothly.
How much contact can we
have with the surrogate we
The amount of communication you have with your surrogate depends on the comfort levels of all parties. Communication level prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy should be discussed prior to entering a Surrogacy Agreement with each other.
What happens if there is an
unsuccessful transfer or
When you complete your Surrogacy Agreement, you will have agreed with your surrogate the number of attempts. In the event of a miscarriage it will depend on how the surrogate heals and the recommendation of the attending physician on when it is safe to try again.
If I am an international intended
parent, how many trips to
Canada will I have to make?
Your initial contact with a surrogate can be done via phone, skype or email unless you choose to meet her in person first. Contracts also can be done via the same methods. You will however need to travel to Canada for a clinical appointment as well as delivery of your child(ren). Although some IP’s choose to visit during the pregnancy.
We are an international couple.
How long do we need to stay
in Canada after the birth?
The average stay in Ontario is 6-8 weeks after the birth, this allows enough time for all of your documentation to be completed and the baby’s passport to be issued. Other provinces vary it depends on where your surrogate in located.
Where will the surrogate
The surrogate will choose where she will deliver. Typically it is with her previous OB/GYN or Midwife at her local hospital or at home. These issues will be discussed and set out in your Surrogacy Agreement
Do we have to use a fertility
clinic that OSO selects?
No, we work with most clinics across Canada. If you already have a clinic that is great. If not we can recommend clinics to you that have the best outcome.