Parents FAQ for Surrogacy

Frequently Asked Questions

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We always recommend to intended parents to pick a surrogacy friendly state . When working with a surrogate mother it is important to consider the state she is in. The best states for surrogacy are Florida, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Virginia, Washington. We will guide you through this process and connect you with a lawyer who is a third party reproduction expert.
If you are interested in meeting a surrogate, we will schedule an office visit or virtual meeting if you are located out of state or internationally. This meeting is for the purpose of you and the surrogate getting to know each other.

The cost with our agency averages $100,000 however it can be more or slightly less.  It also depends if there are additional costs such as a 2nd cycle, a drop cycle, etc.

Our package includes the following services: Matching, Cycle Management, Case Management and Rematching of a Surrogate.

You only reimburse the surrogate for her time while she is pregnant. If you wish to proceed with an additional transfer there are some monthly payments that will still be required to be paid. For example; insurance premiums, the surrogates’ pre pregnancy payments, etc.  These payments start when the new cycle starts.

Yes if the insurance is surrogate friendly.  If the insurance provider does not have a clause that says it cannot be used then the surrogate will be able to use it. There are many specifics associated with each individual or group plan. Therefore, we enlist specialists in the insurance field to review each policy as part of the pre-screening and will determine if the plan will cover any costs. You have to plan that you will probably have to purchase medical insurance for the surrogate. The only plan with zero risk is the Lloyd’s of London private surrogate policy.

Another option is to purchase medical insurance during open enrollment for the surrogate which is from November 1 to December 15th. Open enrollment varies from state to state so you will need to verify when it is available for your state. We can also attempt to purchase insurance in the open market throughout the year.  If you are matching during this time, you will be able to save money with affordable medical insurance by purchasing an individual plan for the surrogate if she does not have surrogate friendly insurance.  

It's important to note, that even if an insurance is surrogate friendly we cannot guarantee coverage or that the provider will cover every claim.  Although uncommon it can happen.

Intended parents are responsible for covering the monthly premium, co-pays, out of pocket maximums, deductibles and services denied related to the pregnancy and delivery.

The surrogacy process can take an average of over 15 months. Every intended parents timeline can be different. You can expedite the experience by working with a reputable fertility clinic and lawyer.

The Fertility Heaven screening process for surrogates includes clearance from her ob/gyn, her delivery records, a current pap smear, a criminal background check to include her spouse and a home visit.

Once she is matched with you, the medical screening with your fertility clinic will start with clearing her to be a surrogate.

When the clinic advises us that she is cleared, the psychological and legal agreement process will start.

The final step will be starting treatment and embryo transfer.

We understand that intended parents are worried about the surrogate keeping their baby. However, the surrogates have the same concern, that the intended parents will leave them with the baby. Surrogates have their own children they are raising. Her goal is to help you have your own child.

Surrogates become surrogates because they want to help a family and it is easy for them to carry a pregnancy. In addition, the financial aspect is appealing to the surrogate.

We will rematch you at no additional agency cost however you will have to cover the costs of the medical evaluation, psychologist and legal for the new surrogate.

The time to rematch you may be immediate or may take longer. Depending on your criteria for matching, it can take up to 4 months or longer for rematching.

Surrogates become surrogates because they want to help a family and it is easy for them to carry a pregnancy. In addition, the financial aspect is appealing to the surrogate.

Rematching applies prior to the embryo transfer.

If you decide to terminate your match with the surrogate after your surrogate is pending approval or has been approved by your doctor or did not pass the medical, you may elect to be rematched with a new surrogate at no additional agency cost. However, rematching may be immediate or may take time to replace your surrogate. It depends on your criteria among other factors. It will be important to remain patient during this time as replacing a surrogate is a delicate process with many layers and can be stressful.

Yes, you can and enjoy all those special moments during prenatal visits.

You will be able to be in the delivery room with the surrogate and cut the umbilical cord of your baby.

The baby will be able to stay in the hospital room with you and you will be able to take the baby home when the baby is released.

We will recommend attorneys that will be able to provide guidance at every step of your surrogacy journey to ensure all the paperwork is in order so that your parental rights to your baby are properly established.  Your attorney can assist with legal representation for your legal agreement with the surrogate and the parental process.  The parental process should start during the 2nd trimester.