Become a Surrogate
Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Process
Life changing. Fulfilling. Purposeful. These are just a few of the words surrogates use to describe their experience with Growing Generations’ gestational surrogacy program. We have facilitated the births of nearly 2,000 babies in our more than 20 years of existence, and you could be a part in helping even more individuals and couples seeking to build and grow a family of their own.
If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, there are several things you should know.
What does “gestational surrogacy” mean?
As a gestational surrogate, you will not be biologically related to the child or children you are carrying. To be accepted as one of our surrogates, you must have already had at least one healthy pregnancy, live in a state where surrogacy is legal, be a non-smoker and non-drug user and undergo a criminal history background screening check.
You will be impregnated with an embryo through the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF). This procedure is commonly referred to as an embryo transfer. In gestational surrogacy, the egg either comes from the intended mother or an egg donor who may be anonymous or known by the intended parents. The sperm is provided by either an intended father or a donor.
How do I become a surrogate?
When you decide to become a surrogate with Growing Generations, you will have a dedicated staff member assisting you throughout the entire process. You will be assigned one of our experienced admissions specialists to help you get started. Once you’re cleared to move ahead with our initial screenings, you will be transferred to a case specialist who will continue to provide support, guidance and counsel even after your delivery in your hometown. Your travel will generally be limited to two to five trips for your screenings and embryo transfers. Travel expenses for you and a companion will be paid for by the intended parents.
Key steps along your journey will include:
- Find out if you meet our requirements to become a surrogate by completing an online application. Some factors we will take into account during your initial screenings include your age, body mass index and state of residence. Matching preferences, medical history, reproductive history and mental health are also considered.
- A phone consultation to help you decide if this is the right step.
- Creating a profile about yourself for intended parents.
- Getting matched with intended parents with our highly personalized process.
- Visiting Los Angeles for screenings at our office and with an IVF doctor.
One of the most exciting parts of your surrogacy journey is when you’re matched with intended parents. Our agency helps you understand what is important in a match, and our professionals will ask thoughtful questions to ensure a personalized pairing that does not involve databases or computers. Once your profile is shared with intended parents and they agree on it, you’ll have a “match meeting” via video to get to know each other better. This encounter may happen before or after your medical screening.
How much compensation will I receive as a surrogate?
We offer a generous compensation package of up to $63,000 to allow you to pursue your passions while also helping a single parent or couple create a family. Compensation depends on your experience and state of residence, in addition to other factors such as the number of children you are carrying and whether you have a C-section or natural birth. Additional benefits are available for up to $40,000.
What is the medical process for gestational surrogacy?
Your medical process will include three main stages: a medical screening by an IVF physician, getting pregnant through embryo implantation at an IVF facility, and pregnancy and delivery care provided by your obstetrician in your hometown. Dr. Bradford Kolb discusses the medical screening, medication and embryo implantation protocols in this video:
- In-Person Medical Screening: Your screening will take place in Los Angeles and can happen as quickly as two months after you apply to our program. Expenses for you and a partner to travel to our office and meet with an IVF doctor will be covered. You’ll also have a physical examination and blood draw, as well as a psychological interview and testing.
- Getting Pregnant: Once we receive medical and psychological clearance and a match is confirmed, the legal phase begins. After contracts are signed between you and the intended parents, we will work with you and an IVF doctor to create a calendar with tentative embryo transfer dates. Your first pregnancy test will take place approximately 10-12 days after the embryo transfer. An IVF medical team will help ship your medications to your hometown and set up monitoring appointments at a doctor’s office or medical facility you choose. 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.
Are you ready to get started?
We have a quick survey that you can take to see if you qualify to be a surrogate with Growing Generations. Start the application process now.