Financial Policy on Checks

Managing the finances of surrogacy can be an overwhelming undertaking. The Growing Generations finance team is made up of highly organized people whose goal is to make the process as streamlined and simple as it can be. One of the questions we hear most often from our surrogates is, “Why do some checks come on their own, while others require action from me?”

Some checks, like those received after medical/psychological clearance, legal clearance and medication start will come automatically. This is because these checks are issued based on a timeline calculated by your journey/pregnancy. For example, your compensation checks will begin coming on the 1st day of the seventh week following embryo transfer. As these funds are released on a schedule, you do not need to take any additional action.

Other funds, usually reimbursement funds, are not scheduled on a timeline and will require action from you before they can be released. Things like childcare costs during screening, transfer and birth  and OB office co-pays require that you fill out a form and submit for payment.

All of the forms that you’ll need are in your financial handbook and able to be printed out at home. If you have additional questions about fees, reimbursements, or checks please contact your financial specialist.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters.