As a mother, you have nurtured your own children and it is difficult to imagine your life without them. Consider what it would mean to give this same gift to another couple!
Not everyone is able to be a surrogate, so it is important to know the general requirements, risks involved, and for you to understand all the contractual ins-and-outs. We will walk you through the entire process so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family.
WHAT IS SURROGACY?
Surrogacy is a process in which a woman, often called a "gestational carrier" or "gestational surrogate" carries the embryo (created through in vitro fertilization) of another couple for the purpose of creating a family for them. Some arrangements are compensated, and others are altruistic (usually for a friend or family member). But all of these journeys are amazing.
Our goals are two-fold - (1) a healthy baby to go home with the new parents and (2) a healthy YOU to go back home to your family. Because of this, we have certain requirements that must be met for a candidate to become a surrogate. You can find out how to become a surrogate, including our list of requirements, in the files below.
The matching process is also very important - we want you to feel comfortable with the family you are working with. You'll be asked a series of questions so that we can present the couples that would be the best match for you. Some things to consider are location (in-state, US, international), LGBT+, heterosexual, or single parents, your feelings about medically necessary termination, as well as number of embryos you are comfortable carrying.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A SURROGATE?
As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS), we follow the guidelines that infertility clinics and other industry professionals use to determine if a candidate is eligible to be a surrogate with our company.
Company requirements include (but are not limited to):
Individual infertility clinics will also have their own requirements; some medical requirements include:
Part of the surrogate application process includes a psychosocial evaluation. Some of the psychological requirements include:
Each gestational surrogate will have independent legal representation throughout the contract phase of the journey. Some legal requirements include:
HOW MUCH DO SURROGATES MAKE?
Compensation for surrogacy depends on a number of variables, including the experience of a surrogate, where in the US she lives, among others. Although we do have a suggested range for base compensation of first-time surrogates, we do not set a surrogate's compensation, as we feel this is a personal decision for each candidate.
As a surrogate working with The Surrogacy Consultant, you will have easy access to us through phone, email, texting, video conferencing, and even in person. We want you to be educated about the process and feel confident and secure as go through this journey.
Ready to apply? Please be sure to read through the requirements. Click on this link to apply.