How wonderful to hear from other surrogates and IPs! I am 5 weeks pregnant with my surrobabe(s??). We transferred two frozen embryos and we have our first ultrasound next week to see if there is one or two.
My biggest recommendation is to go slow. It is SO exciting to get started, but it is worth the wait to find the perfect match. Do not compromise your beliefs- you need to think about things like termination and selective reduction and find IPs who feel the same. You cannot compromise on these issues.
There is TONS of screening to go through, and the process can be really long. I signed contracts last November, had our first (failed) transfer in January, and here we are almost a year later, finally pregnant. I have gone to countless crack-of-dawn appointments, driven 8 hours in one day for a 20 minute appointment, and I am currently on week 7 of huge needle injections. My butt is black and blue! It is NOT a way to make an easy buck!!!!
If you decide to work with an agency, they do not need to be local to you. I found my IPs independently, and we all had laywers and we use an escrow agent as well. The process was not very complicated.
I find amazing information and support on surromomsonline.com/support