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If the surrogate changes her mind, at what point is it ok to walk away?

If the surrogate changes her mind, at what point is it ok to walk away?

Posted: 02/27/20

This question is a challenging question to answer. A surrogate is usually allowed to walk away from a match at any point in the process as long there is no viable pregnancy. The decision to break a match should never be made lightly, same as the decision to make a match. Worst case scenario, if […]

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How many embryos are usually transferred?

Posted: 02/27/20

This is a case by case discussion and agreement between both the Intended Parents and their Surrogate during the matching phase. It is always a good idea to never agree to transfer more embryos than babies you are willing to carry. For example, if you are only comfortable with carrying one baby, it is wise […]

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What are the benefits of using an agency?

Posted: 02/27/20

You have a team designed to help YOU!  As an agency, we are here to support, advocate, and educate you on the process of being a surrogate. We are here to ensure all your questions are asked, you are cared for, to advocate/mediate if needed, just to be an extra person to help you navigate […]

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How do I help my children understand what I am choosing to do?

Posted: 02/27/20

The best advice we can give is to keep it sweet and simple. Children tend to understand better when you put it into terms they understand. There are several children’s books to explain that this is a way to help a Mommy or Daddy that cannot have a baby on their own. Children of surrogates […]

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How involved will my significant other need to be?

Posted: 02/27/20

During the medical and psychological screening, some clinics do require the surrogate’s partner to undergo a blood test and participate in the psychological evaluation. This is not always the case based on the clinic’s requirements, but it is only to ensure that the surrogate’s partner is disease-free as to not transmit anything to the baby […]

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What if I’m a single mother? Can I still be a surrogate?

Posted: 02/27/20

Absolutely! It is not a requirement to be married in order to become a gestational carrier. There are numerous single mothers that pursue surrogacy without a spouse or significant other. If you have a good support system in place, you can be a surrogate!

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How much travel is involved?

Posted: 02/27/20

Depending on where the IVF clinic is, you may have to take 2 or 3 trips to them throughout a cycle. This depends on what each clinic requires of their patients. Usually, the first trip is for medical screening and the second one for embryo transfer. There could be an additional trip for a mock […]

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Do you get to meet the parents?

Posted: 02/27/20

Yes! Surrogacy is the mutual agreement between the carrier and the Intended Parents. You will likely read about each other in your profiles well before ever meeting in person or over video conference. In the beginning, you may feel like acquaintances that met through an agency, but by the end of the pregnancy, you will […]

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How much input will the surrogate have over the pregnancy?

Posted: 02/27/20

For the most part, the surrogate has a very large say in the pregnancy. The Surrogate and Intended Parents should be in agreement with each other over factors like home birth vs hospital, vaccinations during the pregnancy vs no vaccinations, and having optional testing done throughout the pregnancy. Both parties should always go into surrogacy […]

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Is there anything you’re not allowed to eat or do during a surrogate pregnancy?

Posted: 02/27/20

You are allowed to eat and participate in normal low-risk activities as you usually would during any normal, healthy pregnancy per your OBs guidelines. Unless there is a specific agreement between the carrier and her Intended Parents to avoid certain items, she may carry on per her doctor’s recommendations. Obviously, the usual substances like nicotine, […]

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What is the typical compensation for a surrogate?

Posted: 02/27/20

The typical compensation range is from $35,000 to $50,000+ and is completely based on the surrogate’s experience as a carrier, her insurance status, what state she resides in, and if she is working with International or Domestic Intended Parents.

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Do you really get paid to be a surrogate?

Posted: 02/27/20

You do not get a paycheck since surrogacy is not a job, but you are compensated for the time and effort during the process. The compensation amount can vary from contract to contract. This is a private agreement between the Intended Parents and their carrier. The agreed-upon compensation is not guaranteed since the achievement of […]

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What are the medications like to become a surrogate?

Posted: 02/27/20

The medications to become pregnant as a gestational carrier can vary depending on the clinic’s protocol. Some clinics require patients to give themselves injectable medications while others may not require any injectables at all. It is always best to prepare yourself for the possibility of having to administer shots at home, but this is something […]

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How long does it take to find a match?

Posted: 02/27/20

This can vary for each candidate. Once your profile is complete with medical records and background checks are done, it could take a couple of weeks to several months before you are officially matched. This fully depends on not just one but several factors. The right match is a process that is definitely best not […]

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What is it like to give the baby up after delivery?

Posted: 02/27/20

A gestational carrier would not be “giving the baby up”. She’d be giving the baby back to the parents that had chosen her to carry for them! There is no genetic connection between a gestational carrier and the surrogate baby/ies she carries. Sometimes people aren’t aware of this fact, but it definitely helps the carrier […]

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