Becoming a Surrogate Overview
What is a Surrogate?
All babies develop and grow in a womb. A surrogate is a woman who offers to carry and give birth to another person’s baby. Surrogate’s do not generally contribute genetically to the baby, so they are not related to the baby they carry.
What is a Gestational Surrogate?
As a gestational surrogate, you will not be biologically related to the child or children you will be carrying. With gestational surrogacy, the egg comes from either the intended mother or an egg donor, and the sperm comes from either an intended father or a sperm donor. The embryo is created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and can then be transferred into a surrogate or frozen for future use. This procedure is commonly referred to as an embryo transfer. Your eggs are not used in the process.
Why Should I Become a Surrogate Mother?
Life-changing. Fulfilling. Purposeful. These are just a few words surrogates use to describe their experience with Growing Generations’ gestational surrogacy program. In our 20+ year history, we have facilitated the births of nearly 2,000 babies, none of which would have been possible without the women who chose to become GG surrogates.
You can play an integral part in helping even more individuals and couples build and grow a family of their own. Here are a few things you should know about surrogacy at GG.
How Much are Surrogates Paid?
Our surrogates are stellar which is why we offer a generous compensation package of up to $58,500 to allow you to pursue your passions while helping someone else create a family. Your surrogacy compensation depends on your employment status and state of residence. On top of your base package, there are additional benefits of up to $35,000 for other factors such as previous experience as a surrogate, carrying twins, lost wages, and C-section deliveries and $4,000 of your compensation will be paid to you prior to your first attempt at pregnancy.
How do I Become a Surrogate Mother?
Step 1: Complete a Surrogate Application (Up to 1 hour)
Take this quick survey to see if you qualify to be a surrogate with Growing Generations. Start the application process now! Remember, we are always here to help. If you have questions before beginning, please contact us and a member of our surrogate admissions team will be in touch with you directly.
See if you qualify!
Step 2: Review of Surrogate Application (1 day)
Once we receive your initial application to become a surrogate, we’ll get back to you within 1 business day to let you know if we’d like to move to the next step.
Step 3: New Surrogate Consultation (1 hour)
Next you will have a consultation with a member of our surrogate admissions team. They will spend time getting to know you, walking through what you can expect, and answer any and all questions you may have.
Step 4: Verifying Your Information (2 weeks but the pace is completely up to you)
After your phone consultation, we will ask you to sign some documents, provide previous pregnancy medical records, and provide a handful of other verifying documents.
Step 4: Preparing for Your Match (2 weeks but the pace is completely up to you)
Next, you will create a profile with photos and more details about you and your family. We provide an easy-to-use online interface to make profile creation simple and easy. At this stage, you will have a phone consultation with a maternal fetal medicine specialist (MFT) to review your pregnancy history and medical records. You and your partner (if you’re partnered) will also complete psychological screening.
Step 5: Matching with Intended Parents
Now the real fun begins, being matched with a family. Our matching process is highly customized to ensure the most positive experience for our surrogates and intended parents. We will send you a profile of intended parents, and if you think they are a good fit, we’ll share your information with them. Then we’ll schedule a facilitated video meeting, so you can all get to know one another. Once you and the intended parents confirm the match, it is on to the medical process.
What is the Medical Process for Gestational Surrogacy?
Your medical process consists of three main steps: a medical screening by an IVF physician, an embryo transfer at an IVF facility, and pregnancy and delivery care provided by your obstetrician in your hometown. Below is a summary of what to expect during the medical screening and embryo transfer by Dr. Bradford Kolb, one of the leading IVF physicians in the United States.
- In-Person Medical Screening: Your screening will take place with the IVF doctor your intended parents are working with and can happen as quickly as two months after you apply to our program. Expenses for you and a partner to travel to your screening with your IVF doctor will be covered up front. Medical screening consists of a physical examination, uterine ultrasound, and blood draw.
- Getting Pregnant: Once we receive medical and psychological clearance and your match is confirmed, the legal phase begins. After contracts are signed between you and the intended parents, we will work with you and your IVF doctor to create a calendar with tentative embryo transfer dates. Your IVF medical team will ship your medications to your hometown and set up monitoring appointments at a doctor’s office or medical facility you choose. Two days prior to your embryo transfer, you and a companion will travel back to your IVF clinic, and again, we’ll arrange and pay for your travel expenses. After the embryo transfer you will rest at your hotel for 1-2 days before traveling back home. Your first pregnancy test will take place approximately 10-12 days after the embryo transfer. Around 10-12 weeks of your pregnancy, you’ll be released to your personal obstetrician.
- Pregnancy and Delivery: To ensure you’ll never feel alone, we provide case specialists, who will know and understand your personal situation. From appointment reminders to payment coverage, we’ll help you through the practical and emotional sides of this process. You’ll always have access to our online resource center as well as to a private social media group to share your feelings, concerns, and stories. When your delivery date gets close, we will create a birth plan to send to your hometown hospital and the intended parents.
Why do Surrogates Choose Growing Generations?
At Growing Generations, our surrogates are more than just a number. You will have a dedicated staff member assisting you throughout the entire surrogacy. An experienced admissions specialist will help you get started and guide you through your entire surrogacy process. From admission to the program, including consultation, paperwork, profile, and screening to being matched with intended parents, you will have a case specialist who will continue to provide support, guidance, and counsel through the legal process, embryo transfer, pregnancy, and delivery. Our team focuses on getting to know you as a person to provide you with the most customized care possible. We have a unique and personalized matching process that takes your preferences into consideration. Everything we do is designed to ensure that your surrogacy is the most rewarding experience for you.
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FAQs - Surrogacy Questions & Answers
Becoming a surrogate is a big step. If you are considering taking that step, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
- Why should I choose to be a surrogate with Growing Generations (GG)?
We love our surrogates. Without you, none of what we do is possible. We consider every surrogate a client, and our client promise is to provide safety, quality, and service every step of the way. We require above and beyond industry standards for insurance coverage, coverage of all travel expenses upfront, unlimited psychological support, and a commitment to getting to know you, your needs, and working to fulfill those. You can learn more about what you can expect from Growing Generations here: The Values and Philosophy of GG.
- As a surrogate, will I get to meet the intended parent(s)?
With the help of technology, we facilitate most of our match meetings between our surrogates and intended parent(s) via video chat. Your case specialist will help arrange this meeting, and you can learn more about what to expect here. Most people go on to meet their intended parent(s) in person at some point during their surrogacy. We believe in listening to individual wants and needs and working to fulfill them.
- Do I have to stop breastfeeding before starting the surrogacy process?
Surrogates do not have to be finished breastfeeding their child before applying to be a surrogate. It is important to Growing Generations that your nursing bond with your child ends naturally. We’re happy to review your application and to talk to you more about the surrogacy process. Together we will make a plan for moving forward based on your nursing plans. You’ll need to be finished breastfeeding prior to your full medical screening just to ensure all of your hormone levels have returned to normal. You can learn more about how breastfeeding plays into your surrogacy journey here: Four Things That Can Delay Your Surrogacy.
- Do surrogates have to carry twins/multiples during surrogacy?
No, surrogates are not required to carry twins or higher order multiples. Given advances in reproductive medicine and a desire to maximize positive outcomes for surrogates, babies, and intended parents, more and more people hope for and try for singleton pregnancies. Of course, there is always the VERY unlikely possibility of one embryo splitting to identical twins, but we’ll talk through that with you to learn more about your feelings and proceed accordingly. There are some intended parents hoping for twins, and we work to match those intended parents with a surrogate who is like minded.
- What will my compensation or pay be as a surrogate?
Growing Generations is one of the highest paying surrogacy agencies in the United States. Our surrogate compensation package offers up to $58,500, and there are additional benefits available up to $35,000. You’ll receive up to $4,000 before your first attempt at pregnancy.
We’re also proud of our simple and straight forward payment structure. You’re a mature adult, and we’re going to treat you accordingly. We aren’t going to give you a monthly expense allowance or a maternity clothing allowance, but instead, our surrogates receive an overall higher compensation and get to decide how to use it.
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