How soon can I get matched after the application?
At our agency, we are dedicated to finding the perfect match for you. However, the time it takes to find a suitable match can vary due to several factors, including location, willingness to pump breast milk, and carrying multiples, among others. Our matching process considers the preferences of both Intended Parents and our gestational surrogates. Typically, a successful match can be achieved within a few weeks to a few months. Rest assured, we are committed to making this process as smooth and efficient as possible.
Are there any risks as a surrogate?
Our requirements are strict in order to protect the health of our potential surrogates and the newborns that they will give birth to. The risks associated with being a surrogate are typically the same risks as those associated with a traditional pregnancy.
Do I have to use my own eggs?
No. We only work with gestational carriers and not traditional surrogates. Being a gestational carrier means the Intended Parents use their own eggs or another donor for the eggs. A fully created embryo is transferred into to your uterus for you to carry and nurture for the next 9 months. There is no genetic or biological linkage to you and your genes.
How much do I make from being a surrogate?
Our surrogates are well compensated. First-time surrogates will receive a base compensation of $45,000-50,000, and experienced surrogates can make as much as $80,000. Besides the base pay, there will be a number of standardized items such as monthly allowance, maternity clothing allowance, plus reimbursable items such as lost wages, childcare and on. For more information on surrogate compensation, please visit our compensation page which offers complete details./compensations/
Is it possible to become a surrogate for a family member or friend?
Yes this is possible. We can manage the surrogacy arrangement if you’re matched with a family member or friend.
Can I become a surrogate if I am a single mom?
Yes, being a single mom does not necessarily disqualify you from becoming a surrogate. Surrogacy agencies and intended parents may have different requirements and criteria for selecting surrogates, but being a single mom is not an automatic disqualification.
The primary considerations for becoming a surrogate usually include the following:
Health and Medical History: Surrogates need to be in good physical and mental health to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery.
Previous Pregnancies: Having had successful pregnancies and deliveries in the past is often preferred, as it demonstrates the ability to carry a child to term.
Support System: While being a single mom is not a barrier, having a strong support system, such as family or close friends, can be helpful during the surrogacy journey.
Emotional Readiness: Surrogacy can be emotionally demanding, so being emotionally stable and ready to commit to the process is essential.
Legal Eligibility: You must meet the legal requirements for surrogacy in your country or state.
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, it’s a good idea to research surrogacy agencies and discuss your situation with them. They will be able to provide you with specific information about their requirements and whether being a single mom poses any challenges in the surrogacy process. Each agency may have its own policies and guidelines, so it’s important to find the one that aligns with your situation and preferences.
What medications will I have to take as a gestational surrogate?
Each fertility clinic is different and requires different protocols. Each surrogate will be required to follow a cycle calendar specifically for their transfer. The typical medications taken are Pre-Natal Vitamins, Birth Control, Lupron, Progesterone, and Estrogen. Some medications are taken orally and others are in the form of self-injections.
Can I use my own OBgyn?
Yes, once you are released from the fertility clinic which is around 11 weeks, you will be able to meet with and use the OB/GYN of your choice. You are able to use the doctor that you know and feel comfortable with.
Will all of my expenses be covered?
There are no out of pocket expenses to our surrogates. If so, they are usually minor and you are always reimbursed for them. All necessary expenses for the transfer are covered. Should you need travel accommodations there is no out of pocket for that either. You will also receive a $250-300 monthly miscellaneous fee in order to assist with miscellaneous fees that you incur due to the surrogacy.
What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy refers to a surrogacy agreement in which the surrogate is the biological mother of the baby, whereas in a gestational surrogacy agreement the surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby.
In which states is it legal to become a surrogate?
Each state has its own laws regarding third party reproduction. Certain states have clear laws that permit compensated surrogacy, whereas others only allow solely altruistic surrogacy to occur. Currently, FTS is accepting surrogates in: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Though other states do allow for surrogacy, our agency chooses to work with states whose laws allow the intended parent’s names to appear directly on the birth certificate.
Can I become a surrogate even without medical insurance?
Yes. If you do not have health insurance, a surrogate-specific medical plan may be purchased for you by the intended parents for the duration of your pregnancy.