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Surrogacy Evaluations

The purpose of a surrogacy evaluation is to assess a candidate’s motivation for surrogacy, as well as the individual and spouse’s understanding of the risks and benefits of this journey. The purpose of the psychological screening is to determine if a potential donor or surrogate meets the requirements for being a donor/carrier. The screening and psychological evaluation is one of many factors that will be considered by agencies and medical personnel in determining appropriateness. This evaluation consists of a clinical interview, psychological testing (PAI or MMPI) ,and a report that is prepared for the referring party or agency.

Additional Resources:





Ehrensaft, Diane. (2005). Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. Guilford Press. Highly comprehensive book. Written for both a professional and a general audience.


Friedman, J.S. (2007-2nd edition). Building Your Family Through Egg Donation – What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Aspects, Bonding, and Disclosure Issues. Jolance Press. Available through the author.


Glazer, Ellen S. and Sterling, Evelina W. (2005). Having Your Baby through Egg Donation. Perspectives Press. Available through


Griswold, Zara. (2006). Surrogacy was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories. Nightingale Press.


Lorbach, Caroline. (2003). Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years. Jessica KingsleyPublishers.


Lorbach, Caroline. (2009 – 2nd edition). Experiences of Donor Conception: Parents, Offspring, and Donors Through the Years. New Zealand: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Mundy, Liza. (2008). Everything Conceivable: How the Science of Assisted Reproduction is Changing our World. Anchor Books.


Zeigler, Stacy. (2004). Pathways to Parenthood: The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy. Brown Walker Press.

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