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“Thank you for helping me make
my dreams come true in life. I
am very lucky to have Dylan.”
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Why choose surrogacy?

People choose surrogacy to build their families because it is so successful.  As the science of IVF continues to improve, and single-embryo transfer becomes more common, surrogacy has become safer for everyone.  Our carriers are healthy women with a record of uncomplicated pregnancies and a desire to help people who cannot conceive.  People also look to surrogacy because their baby can be a genetic offspring of one or both of the parents.  Adoption is another alternative, but we hear from our clients that they feel they have more involvement and control in the surrogacy process.

Who are your surrogates?

Our carriers are healthy women and mothers who have an intrinsic desire to help someone achieve the dream of parenthood.  Most of them are married, and many of them work outside the home. They love being pregnant (and they know they are good at it!) but typically their own families are complete.  Many of them have a friend or family member who has struggled with fertility issues, which has raised their awareness and sensitivity.  We look for women with a good support system who are mature, stable and committed to going through the medical procedures, pregnancy and delivery.

Where do your surrogates live?

Our carriers are from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

How do you screen potential carriers?

Countless hours go into screening surrogate candidates, and most drop out before even completing the full application process.  Many women who would like to carry a baby for someone else underestimate the work required to apply, the extent of the time commitment required, and the serious legal nature of the process.  Education is a big part of our role!  

A potential surrogate 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 her own
  • Must be a non-smoker and non-abuser of drugs and alcohol
  • Must have medical insurance
  • Must be in a stable living situation, with adequate support
  • Must pass background checks
  • Must pass psychological evaluation

Our staff reviews each extensive Gestational Carrier application that is received.  Our next step is to make a phone call to learn even more about the candidate.  She is then asked to submit photos, her medical records as they relate to previous pregnancies, and her health insurance plan.  Once these documents are reviewed, we schedule an in-person interview and arrange for the surrogate, and her husband or partner, to undergo a 4-5 hour psychological evaluation, including testing, in our office.

Why Gestational Surrogacy only?

In Traditional Surrogacy, the woman carrying the child is also the genetic mother of the child because the embryo was created using her egg. 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. 

How will we be matched with a carrier?

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 take great pride in finding a team that will work well together.  We factor in your views on critical decisions that may need to be made during pregnancy, and we will match you with a carrier who has compatible views.

What will our relationship be with the surrogate?

All intended parents meet their surrogate in person at our office at the Match Meeting, and they all attend the 20-week ultrasound and participate in the birth.  Beyond that, it is up to you because our carriers will follow your lead.  Some parents choose to keep in casual contact (sending emails and photos) with the carrier throughout the child’s life. Other parents are very involved during the pregnancy and in the delivery room, but the relationship ends there. This is a matching point that we will discuss with you when we meet.

What if I have someone in mind to be my surrogate?

If the woman you are considering working with is someone you know and trust, then our Coordination Services might be perfect for you. As long as she meets all of our program requirements, our agency fee will be cut in half, yet we will still provide you with the security and safety of our tried-and-true screening and matching process, as well as guidance and support through to the end of the legal parentage process.  Alternatively, if you are contemplating working with a woman who is attempting to self-match online, then we recommend extreme caution. Working with an agency brings security and convenience to the process so you should ask yourself why she is working independently. In our experience it is often because she wouldn't meet agency requirements. 

How long until we are matched and have a baby?

Most carriers and intended parents are matched very quickly. On average, it takes approximately 15 to 18 months from applying to our program to holding your new baby. Once we get to know you, and learn about your priorities and preferences in the match, we are able to provide a more specific estimate.  Also, we make sure you understand which factors increase the wait time, giving you some degree of control.

What are the legal issues in Wisconsin with which I need to be concerned?

Surrogacy involves constitutionally protected parental rights and reproductive freedoms, so a detailed surrogacy agreement between your carrier and you, the intended parents, is critical. Surrogacy agreements are valid and enforceable in the State of Wisconsin (this is not true in many other states).  In all cases, we require parents and carriers to be represented by independent counsel. We are happy to refer you to attorneys experienced in handling gestational surrogacy matters.  In many cases, we refer clients to The Law Center for Children & Families based on the depth of their experience and their membership in AAARTA (a national association of attorneys committed to best practices in the field of assisted reproduction).

Why should we come to Wisconsin?

There are emotional and legal reasons to come here. Our surrogates are friendly, open, honest, salt-of-the-earth women who genuinely want to help others.  Although we have admittedly cold winters, Wisconsinites are known for the warm welcome we give people.  Our staff will guide you through the process, from beginning to end, with personal attention and professional advice. Knowing that surrogacy agreements are valid and enforceable in Wisconsin gives you greater peace of mind.  Finally, at the end of your journey, Wisconsin law allows you to be named on your child’s birth certificate.

Is financing available?  

U.S. clients of The Surrogacy Center have access to unsecured financing through either Prosper Healthcare Lending or New Life Fertility Finance. Interest rates are determined by the credit history of the applicants.  For more details from Prosper, call the Client Success Team at 800.625.7412 x2, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For New Life, email Donna Arias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Funds disbursed can be used for any element of the surrogacy process, including medical costs, payments to the surrogate, legal costs, and our agency fee.  As an alternative, some of our clients obtain home equity loans to help spread out the costs associated with surrogacy.

Do you help gay parents?

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