What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an arrangement between a surrogate mother and intended parents,  where the surrogate mother becomes pregnant and carries the baby for the intended parents. Surrogacy is done through artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization/embryo transfer and other advanced reproductive technologies.

Explain the difference between a genetic/traditional and gestational surrogate.

In genetic or traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother donates her egg and is usually artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm. 

The most common surrogacy arrangement is a gestational surrogate, who has no genetic connection to the baby. Eggs that are harvested from the intended mother or an egg donor are fertilized with sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor and transferred to the surrogate. 

New Fertility only works with gestational surrogates.

Why should I work with an agency?

When you work with an agency, like New Fertility, we will take care of all the details so you can enjoy the experience. You will have no need to be concerned about disputes over costs, escrow accounts, doctors, lawyers, and scheduling appointments. These details can be overwhelming to deal with and have the potential to cause a rift between the surrogate and the intended parents.

What are the requirements to become a surrogate?

Click HERE to view the current surrogacy requirements.

What is the usual compensation for a surrogate?

First-time surrogates typically receive compensation of $45,000 with the possibility of an additional $6,000 in benefits. Higher compensation may be paid to repeat surrogates, depending on experience. You may review the details of the compensation package with your coordinators.

How will I be compensated?

Before you start your medical protocol, an escrow account will be funded by the intended parents. You will receive a monthly expense allowance and compensation for the embryo transfer and injectable medication fee prior to the pregnancy confirmation. Following confirmation of the heartbeat, you will receive pregnancy compensation beginning on the first weekday of each month

Will I receive additional compensation for carrying twins or triplets?

Yes. An additional $2,000 is paid to our surrogates who carry twins. We also provide compensation for triplets, which you can discuss with your coordinator. Our priority is focused on safe, healthy pregnancies.

How long does the surrogacy matching process take?

The first step to becoming a match is completing our admissions process. How long it takes is largely dependent on how quickly you complete your surrogacy profile and phone or Skype interview and submit the necessary documents and photos. Once you become searchable, we cannot guarantee a match, but surrogates are typically matched within 1-3 months. We encourage you to keep your profile current, keep pictures up-to-date, and submit a brief introduction video about  yourself. 

The factors that are taken into consideration during the matching process are any personal preferences you and the intended parents may have, followed by age, background, marital status, BMI, and previous childbirth history. 

Once matched, it may take another 1-3 months to complete the medical screening, psychological evaluation, and legal contracts. Embryo transfers typically follow the 3-4 weeks after the legal contracts are completed, then, as long as there are no complications, a normal pregnancy term will follow.

Am I required to have medical insurance to become a surrogate?

We will assist you in evaluating your insurance status and instituting the appropriate policy at the time of match. You may use your own insurance when you join the program, and all our surrogates have insurance in advance of starting medications. The cost of the insurance is the responsibility of the intended parents.

What does the medical screening process entail?

In order to determine that you are in good health and that it is safe for you to proceed as a surrogate, there are several medical tests and procedures involved in the surrogacy screening process. While each physician may have a different protocol, they may perform any of the following: blood tests for various diseases, vaginal ultrasounds, hysterosalpingogram/HSG, Hysteroscopy/HCG, and gynecological exam. To ensure  there are no infectious diseases that may be transmitted to you, blood tests may also be required of your spouse or partner.

Can you explain the embryo transfer procedure for surrogates?

The IVF doctor will perform the transfer procedure to insert the embryo(s) into your uterus, in some cases, with the aid of ultrasound as a guide. This relatively quick and painless procedure often requires no anesthesia, but a mild sedative may be used. You will remain in the recovery area for 30-60 minutes after the embryos have been safely inserted. Depending on the doctor’s protocol, 1-5 days of bed rest will be required as soon as you get home from the procedure–or back to the hotel room, if you are not local.

Am I able to choose which intended parents I work with?

Yes. Upon completion of the admissions process, future parents will be able to view your profile on our secure database. We will schedule a meeting in the office or via video chat when parents have expressed interest in your profile. Both you and the parents will have the opportunity to decide if you would like to proceed and be matched.

What will happen after I am matched with intended parents?

The first step is to complete your medical screening with their IVF doctor and psychological evaluation with a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. If you are cleared to proceed, the contract will be drafted, which will be reviewed by all parties. Upon legal clearance, the IVF physician will proceed with your medications for your transfer.

Is there travel involved?

It will be necessary to visit the IVF clinic several times for medical checks and transfer. We will take care of all the travel arrangements for you and your companion (if required). Travel expenses including airfare, car service, hotel reservations, and per diem allowances are all included in your surrogate benefit package.

If I have to travel, am I allowed to bring my spouse/partner/companion and/or children?

Travel and accommodations for you and a companion (if required) will be paid for by the intended parents. There are no children allowed at the IVF clinic, however, financial assistance will be provided for childcare. You will attend the medical screening appointment on your own, and a companion will be required for the transfer. Keep in mind, your companion does not need to be from your local area. After the transfer, most doctors require a baby/child-free bed rest period, but you can discuss this with your coordinator. Children may be approved to travel with you in rare cases, but only with your doctor’s and the agency’s approval.

How much contact can I expect to have with the intended parents?

Both you and the parents will decide how much contact you will have. At least one meeting will be required during the match-making decision. After that, you and the intended parents can make arrangements at your discretion.

Will I have to take medications?

Yes. Medications will be required during the surrogacy process in preparation for the transfer and pregnancy. Medications you may be required to take may include oral medications, vaginal suppositories, and intramuscular injections. You will be provided with detailed instructions regarding how and when to take the medication.

What are my financial obligations?

All reasonable and necessary expenses you incur in connection to the surrogacy will be paid for by the intended parents. This includes all uninsured medical expenses, legal fees for evaluating and negotiating the surrogacy agreement, and any necessary counseling expenses. Surrogates may incur some fees, which will be submitted for reimbursement through the surrogacy coordinator.

Does New Fertility work with all types of couples?

Yes. New Fertility works with couples and individuals of all types and does not discriminate based on age, ethnic background, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Will you stay in contact with me during the surrogacy process?

Absolutely. We will always be available to you to answer your questions and address any concerns. You can count on our staff to be here to help you every step of the way, from the time you are accepted into the program all the way through the birth of the baby.

As a surrogate, what are my responsibilities?

You will be responsible for completing your application and other necessary paperwork, upholding the terms of the contract, attending all scheduled appointments, following your physician’s orders, taking all medications according to the calendar, keeping a monthly expense report for reimbursement, and staying in weekly  communication with New Fertility about your appointments and any issues that may arise. Every surrogacy experience is different, and there are many issues that will need to be communicated with the future parents and New Fertility, which we will discuss with you.

What happens after the pregnancy is confirmed?

You will be in the care of the IVF physician for approximately 12 weeks after your pregnancy confirmation. You will then be released to your chosen OB/GYN, where you will continue your care until your delivery at a hospital, which will be covered by your medical insurance. Decisions regarding your pregnancy will be discussed and agreed upon ahead of time as part of the legal contract process. After each appointment, you will need to sign HIPAA forms and provide regular updates to New Fertility and the intended parents.

Can I stay in contact with the baby and the parents?

It all depends on your agreement with the intended parents. Before you ever agree to work with intended parents, you will discuss and agree to your expectations. We strive to match you with intended parents who have similar expectations about contact with the baby.

Can I speak with other surrogates and/or intended parents you have worked with in the past?

Yes. We are happy to provide you with references, upon request.

We’ve had many women who enjoy being surrogates so much, that they’ve had multiple successful journeys.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our surrogacy program or the process involved.

We look forward to hearing from you!