Meeting your surrogate.
Fertility Heaven’s goal is to help you have a successful relationship with your gestational surrogate. Prior to you selecting your surrogate, we will arrange for you to meet with her as many times as necessary. This is part of our process to make you feel comfortable with your decision.
Surrogacy Process FAQs
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.
The average cost of gestational surrogacy ranges between $110,000 and $150,000. The cost may vary depending on the number of cycle attempts, surrogate compensation and expenses, singleton or twin pregnancy, and medical insurance. California surrogates have a higher price range.
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 you and the surrogate getting to know each other.
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’ monthly allowance, etc.
Our fee does not increase if you wish to have twins. However, the costs for other aspects of the surrogacy do increase accordingly. For example; the surrogate’s living expenses, clothing allowance and monthly allowance just to name a few. Your main concern should be the medical bills associated with a twin pregnancy and birth. Pregnancies with more than one baby are considered high risk and preterm delivery is often the result. The babies will need insurance, which is another cost to take into consideration. We will recommend companies that will assist with insurance.
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 your 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 to verify when it is available for your state. If you are matching during this time, you will safe money with affordable medical insurance by purchasing an individual plan for the surrogate if she does not have surrogate friendly insurance.
The surrogacy process can take an average of over 12 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.
The legal agreement will cover the terms of the surrogacy to protect both parties involved. It will specify who are the legal parents of the baby, compensation for the surrogate, medical insurance, doctor appointments, delivery and post care for the surrogate. The surrogate agreement is very thorough and covers a lot of information.
During the 5 month of pregnancy, your lawyer will draw up another legal agreement for the birth order to claim pregnancy. Everything is taken care of before the baby is born.
Yes you can. You can go to as many appointments as you are able to. If you can not attend an appointment, you can attend virtually and have the same experience.
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.
Questions? Contact Fertility Heaven.
If you have more questions about the surrogacy process contact Fertility Heaven.