Common Questions About Surrogacy

Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering surrogacy, you may have some questions. Let’s answer some questions about surrogacy and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. From the types of surrogacy to the legal process involved, we’ll answer all your inquiries and help you understand the ins and outs of surrogacy.

  • Between the ages of 21-43
  • Carried and parented at least one child
  • Maximum of five uncomplicated pregnancies
  • BMI under 35
  • Nicotine and Drug free

Guided Surrogacy Solutions works with all types of couples and individuals who wish to become parents. We do not discriminate against age, ethnic background, marital status or sexual orientation. It is required to have a consent from an IVF clinic to pursue surrogacy.

Typically, surrogates can anticipate a starting base compensation of $50,000. Learn more

Base Compensation refers to the minimum fee paid to the surrogate for fulfilling her surrogacy agreement, excluding any additional payments tied to milestones or contingencies. This payment begins at heartbeat confirmation and is separated into monthly payments throughout the pregnancy. Learn more

At our agency, we define the Base Compensation Package as not just the Base Compensation amount, but also the additional payments that a Surrogate is entitled to receive upon completing specific milestones outlined in her surrogacy agreement. These milestones may include the start of medication, embryo transfer, and non-accountable monthly allowance. However, it’s important to note that the Base Compensation Package does not include any Contingent Compensation payments. We believe that by providing a transparent and clear compensation package, we can better support our Surrogates as they embark on this amazing journey of helping others create a family. Learn more

Contingent Compensation is a term used to describe additional payments that may or may not be paid to the Surrogate depending on certain conditions. It can include a range of contingencies, such as doctor-ordered bed rest, lost wages, cesarean section, loss of reproductive organs, invasive procedures, miscarriage, multiple gestation. Learn more

It is possible to use your current OBGYN and delivery hospital when it comes to surrogacy and giving birth. However, to ensure that everything goes smoothly, the chosen hospital should have a NICU, and both the OBGYN and hospital must be in network for your health insurance.

It’s important to have your IUD removed before we match you with intended parents. We can help you plan for this and work with your OBGYN to schedule the removal.

Because your eggs are not used during the process to create embryos, you can still become a surrogate if your tubes are tied. There is no biological relationship between you and the child you are carrying.

We welcome breastfeeding moms to apply, and we’ll work with you to find a timeline that suits your needs.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of both the surrogate and the child is of utmost importance during pregnancy planning. One crucial aspect of this is the assessment of vaccine titers, which is conducted during medical screening. In line with best practices, most IVF clinics require surrogates to be vaccinated for rubella, varicella, tdap, and flu. Additionally, some clinics may also recommend the Covid-19 vaccine to further safeguard the health of the surrogate and the child. It is worth noting that these measures are taken solely to promote a healthy pregnancy and to minimize any potential risks.

To be eligible for surrogacy, you must not currently be receiving state medical assistance. In case you do not have health insurance, an ACA plan will be purchased to cover the cost of the surrogacy pregnancy. Alternatively, if you already have health insurance, it may provide coverage for surrogacy, subject to the terms of the policy. Our insurance specialist will carefully review your insurance plan’s coverage to determine the available coverage.

While divorce does not disqualify someone from becoming a surrogate, we recommend that individuals going through the process of divorce or separation hold off on pursuing surrogacy at this time.

As a surrogate, you’ll need to travel to the Intended Parent’s fertility clinic twice – once for the Medical Screening and another for the Embryo Transfer. And if you live within commuting distance of the clinic, you’ll need to head there for lab work and ultrasounds up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. But don’t worry if you don’t live nearby! Special arrangements will be made to have your labwork and ultrasounds monitored at a fertility clinic near you.

Sharing the gift of surrogacy to your children is a wonderful way to include them in your journey. We have many resources available on our blog that you can share with your children.

IVF clinics set BMI guidelines and vary from clinic to clinic. These guidelines are not only for health reasons but also to ensure that your body responds well to the necessary medications during the process and to reduce the rate of miscarriage. It is recommended that your BMI be below 35 to become a surrogate.

We understand that having a support system is crucial when going through a surrogacy journey. All surrogates must have the full support of their spouse/partner or a designated support person. If you are not currently married, we encourage you to identify someone who can be your primary support person such as a friend or parent.

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