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What are the prerequisites to be a surrogate?

You must meet minimum requirements, which include:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a history of healthy pregnancies
  • Must have given birth to and have raised or be raising a child of your own
  • Must be a non-smoker and non-abuser of drugs and alcohol
  • Must be in good health and have BMI < 33
  • Must have medical insurance

What's the next step?

If you meet the above prerequisites, the next step is to complete an application.  Use the Request Info tab on our homepage to contact us, and we will then send you an email and mail an Info Packet to you.  We are happy to answer your questions as you fill out the application forms.  Once we receive and review your application, we can determine whether you are a good match for our program. If approved, we’ll start the screening process and ask you to:

  • Send us your medical records as they relate to previous pregnancies
  • Provide us with a copy of your health insurance plan
  • Send in photos and paystubs

Once these supporting documents are reviewed, we’ll schedule an in-person interview at our office and arrange for you, and your husband or partner, to undergo a psychological evaluation at our office.  Our psychologist is a huge asset to our program; she spends hours with you to help you feel prepared for the emotional and social aspects of surrogacy, and coaches you on things like how you can talk to your own children about what you are doing.  

How am I matched with intended parents?

Once you are approved, you are ready to be matched. There are over a dozen matching factors that we take into consideration.  Some of them are objective, such as type of insurance, age, willingness to travel, and interest in a subsequent surrogate pregnancy in the future (a "sibling project").  Others are more subjective, such as interests and hobbies, personality traits, and desired level of involvement. We factor in your views on critical decisions that may need to be made during pregnancy, and we will match you with a Intended Parents who have compatible views. We take great pride in finding a team that will work well together, whether that means just for the duration of the pregnancy or for many years afterwards.

What if someone has asked me to be their surrogate?

There is no downside to you working with an agency but there are significant advantages.  Gestational surrogacy is an extremely complex process that typically spans 18-24 months. You may only be thinking about carrying a baby but likely don't fully understand the medical, legal and financial aspects of the journey. Having an agency handle these other details enables you to focus on the pregnancy and the relationship with the intended parents. If the parents you are considering working with are people you know and trust, then our Coordination Services Option would be perfect for you. As long as you meet all of our program requirements, our agency fee will be cut in half, yet we will still provide all of you with the security, guidance and support through to the end of the legal parentage process.   In no case do we recommend self matching with strangers due to the many risks involved.  

What is the specific meaning of Gestational Surrogacy?

In Traditional Surrogacy,the woman carrying the child is also the genetic mother of the child because the embryo was created using her egg. Years ago, Traditional Surrogacy was the norm but that is no longer the case because it is more complicated both legally and emotionally. In Gestational Surrogacy, the woman carrying the child is NOT the genetic mother of the child. The embryo she carries was created using the Intended Mother's egg or donor egg. The Surrogacy Center handles Gestational Surrogacy only because it is safer and less complicated, both legally and emotionally, for everyone involved. For our purposes, the terms Gestational Carrier (or GC, for short) and Surrogate are interchangeable.

Are there any costs to me?

There are no costs to you. Intended parents cover all the costs of the surrogacy including your personal fees, your legal fees and any uncovered medical expenses.  You will receive payment above and beyond expenses to compensate you for the risk that you bear in carrying a child.  We will provide you with a Fee & Expense form template and give you guidelines/ranges to help you complete it. If you are a person who prefers not to discuss money with the Intended Parents, then you may choose to use our Deposit & Disbursement account and we'll handle all of that for you.

Why should I choose The Surrogacy Center?

Because we have been doing this since 2002 and will take care of you. Our program is specifically designed to keep you safe and protected. You can rely on us to think of details that you never would have thought of. You focus on one thing – your pregnancy. Stay healthy. Keep in touch with the Intended Parents. Be happy. The rest of the process – the paperwork, legal contracts, fees – we’ll navigate it with you. We have had quite a few surrogates return to our program for a second (or even third) journey, which is the best compliment of all. We can connect you with an experienced surrogate if you'd like to ask questions of someone who has worked through our program.

How will this experience affect me?

The best way to answer this question is to share part of an email sent to us by a former surrogate: "I think it's funny that I signed up with The Surrogacy Center because it was a way I could make a difference in someone else's life.  Little did I know what a difference it would make in my own life.  It's hard to explain the reward of seeing the look on a parent's face when they see their baby for the first time.  It's hard to explain how carrying a child for someone else makes you appreciate your own children even more. It's hard to explain the amount of trust the parents placed in me, and the way I had to be humble in accepting help and support from family and friends throughout the pregnancy.  I am a better person because of all these things."