INTERESTED IN BECOMING A GESTATIONAL SURROGATE ?
WHAT MAKES AN IDEAL SURROGATE?
One of the most important characteristics of a Surrogate is the genuine desire to help others. Our surrogates must be responsible and mature as we need to rely on you to make doctor appointments, take medication as instructed, understand and accept the risks of pregnancy: both mental and emotional. You will be undergoing one of the most amazing journeys and helping another couple achieve their dreams!
Throughout the entire process, our team, the parents medical team and the intended parents will be here to support you.
We can't wait to be a part of it!
FINDING YOUR MATCH
The first step is to complete our online application. A member of our team will contact you to set up an interview and go over your qualifications. We will go over the process and expectations and answer any questions you may have. If you are ready to proceed, we will assist you in creating a profile that will be presented to couples who are looking for their perfect match. We will also work with you to obtain copies of your medical records and your insurance policy. Once selected, you will be able to view a profile of the Intended Parents to see if you think they might be a good fit for you as well! Once a potential match has been identified, we will set up time for you to speak and/or meet in person after we have completed a background check on all parties.
We put a lot of effort in finding the right match the first time. There are many different factors that go into the matching process and we hope to connect you with a family that has the same expectations for the surrogacy.
Once a match is confirmed, we prepare the groundwork of your cycle by signing agency service agreements, contacting legal representation in regards to drafting an agreement between you and the intended parents (an attorney will be provided for you), and establish an escrow account which will hold all anticipated funds for your journey.
Once matched, we will initiate all medical and psychological testing required by the Intended Parents IVF Clinic. This consists of traveling to the intended parents clinic and undergoing the following screening:
- Physical and Pap Smear
- Infection Disease Testing
- Hysteroscopy: a procedure that will allow the doctor to look inside your uterus and examine the cervix using a thin, lighted tube.
- Psychological Evaluation & MMPI2
- Mock Cycle: You begin taking the same medications that would lead up to a normal transfer. This gives the doctor a understanding as to how you respond to the medication and they can make changes as needed.
The attorney representing the Intended Parents will draft a legal agreement that will clearly lay out all the fine details of your surrogacy arrangement. We will provide you with an attorney to go over the contract with you and will assist with negotiating any changes. Once signed, all funds needed for your cycle will then be transferred to the escrow account and you will begin receiving payments per your legal agreement.
Once we have medical & legal clearance to move forward, the clinic will design a calendar which will detail what medications to take/ when to take them. You will take medications for approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the embryo transfer and then typically through the first trimester to maintain healthy hormone levels for the babies development.
You will take a pregnancy test ten days following the transfer. If positive, you will likely have few additional blood tests over the next few weeks to confirm that the hormone levels are rising appropriately. There will typically be an ultrasound about a month following transfer to confirm pregnancy.
During your first trimester, your pregnancy will be monitored by the Fertility Clinic. Once you near the end of the first trimester, your care will transfer to your own physician and your pregnancy care will continue just the same as your previous pregnancies.
THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY
Your compensation typically is initiated once the pregnancy is confirmed and will continue throughout your pregnancy. Our team will administer those payments per your legal agreement with the parents (typically monthly installments) along with any appropriate expense reimbursement.
Throughout the pregnancy, you and the intended parents can enjoy as much communication as you wish. Often parents try to join the surrogate for medical appointments, or may just enjoy communicating with you to see how everything is going. As you near the end of the pregnancy, arrangements will be made for the parents to join you at the hospital for the arrival of their baby! It is an amazing gift- one that will change your lives!
Requirements to be a surrogate:
- Be a citizen of the US
- Be between the ages of 21-40
- Had a healthy pregnancy and delivered full term without complications
- Be both physically and mentally healthy
- Must obtain from drugs, alcohol, smoking (as well as second hand smoke) throughout the medical process and pregnancy
- Have a healthy BMI (under 33)
- Able to take injectable medications over the course of several months
- Not be on Government Assistance
- Able to pass a background check
- Valid Drivers License with reliable transportation for appointments
If you have a spouse/partner, it is also crucial that you have their full support before proceeding with the application. We will also need their participation in the medical and psychological screening.
The compensation listed below is an example. Each surrogacy contract is unique, and your specific compensation will be detailed in the legal agreement with the parents.
Base Compensation $25,000- $30,000 Surrogate Fee
The amount can vary. Experienced Surrogates can request a higher fee. If you do not have insurance or have a Surrogacy exclusion in your policy, it may be less as the parents will have to purchase a policy for you.
$200 Monthly Cycle Allowance
This allowance in is lieu of itemized reimbursements. This covers expenses related to your surrogacy, such as mileage reimbursement, co-pays, childcare for appointments, vitamins, and prescriptions.
$250 Payment for Mock Cycle
Paid at the conclusion of each Mock Cycle
$750 Payment for Embryo Transfer
Paid at the conclusion of each Embryo Transfer
$500 Maternity Clothing Allowance
Paid at the start of the second trimester. $750 if pregnant with multiples
$5,000 Multiple Fee
$750 Invasive Procedures
$1,500 Cesarean Section
$2,500 Loss of Uterus
Bed Rest Benefits
What is the difference between a Gestational and Traditional Surrogate?
A Traditional Surrogate is one that achieves pregnancy by going through IVF or artificial insemination with sperm from the intended father or donor sperm. The eggs utilized are those of the Surrogates and she is genetically related to the child.
A Gestational Surrogate achieves pregnancy by going through IVF cycle with an embryo that has no genetic link to the Surrogate (an embryo created using the intended mother/ donor egg and intended father / donor sperm). My Donor Connection only manages Gestational Surrogates.
What Physician will I see throughout the pregnancy?
Typically your pregnancy is managed by the intended parents clinic for the first trimester. Once you enter the second trimester, it is common for you to use a doctor near you (or one that you used for previous pregnancies). There is a chance the intended parents may request a specific doctor/ hospital in your area so that you have access to a NICU.
Where will I deliver?
You will deliver at a hospital local to you.
Will travel be required?
This depends on the location of the intended parents. While every effort is made to find a local match, your Intended Parents (or their IVF clinic) may reside outside of your state. In situations where travel is needed, you will travel once for a screening visit and again for the transfer. Typically you travel alone for these appointments. If you require childcare while you travel, you can be reimbursed for those costs. The specifics will be outlined in your legal agreement with the Intended Parents.
What is the matching process like?
After completing your application, we will present your profile to specific parents who we believe holds the same expectations of the pregnancy. Once you have been identified as a potential match for a couple, we will also share with you some personal information about the couple as well. You will have the opportunity to speak with or meet the parents in person prior to matching to determine if they are also a good fit for what you are looking for!
What will my relationship with the parents look like throughout/ after the pregnancy?
Each Surrogacy is different. You can decide with the Intended Parents how much contact you would like to have. This is something you can discuss with the Intended Parents during the match process. They intended parents may wish to join for doctor appointments and ultrasounds. They will need to be present at the time of birth (or shortly thereafter) and we will assist with making arrangements so they can stay at the hospital after the birth. Your relationship with the parents and baby after delivery will be decided between you and the parents.
What is the average compensation amount?
We allow our Surrogates to request a compensation that they feel is appropriate for this venture, within reason. We will discuss this with you during your interview to help you decide on an appropriate fee. Using a Gestational Surrogate is very expensive and your fee may determine how quickly you match, especially if your fee is higher than the normal range. While it is not common, we have women who decide to be a Gestational Surrogate without compensation so that they can help another family who may not have the financial resources to proceed otherwise.
How long will it take to be matched?
There are many factors to take into consideration for matching. We may be able to find a potential match immediately, while others may take a few weeks. Your compensation and expectations of the pregnancy will play a key part in finding you a match.
How long will the entire process take?
The process of matching until the first embryo transfer takes a minimum of 4-5 months, sometimes longer. Once a match is confirmed, we will get started on medical screening, legal agreements and the medical protocol that will lead up to the embryo transfer.
What type of medication will I be taking?
The Intended Parents clinic will provide detailed information and instructions regarding your medication. Surrogates typically start taking fertility medication several weeks prior to the embryo transfer. The medications will prepare your body for pregnancy. Medications can take the form of injection, pill, patch or intravaginal suppository.