Frequently Asked
Questions by
Intended Parents

Why should I choose surrogacy?

Sometimes, for one reason or another, you cannot have a successful pregnancy, but wish to have a child genetically related to you. Surrogacy can make this happen. The science of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) continues to advance, and the improvement in technology is resulting in higher success rates for pregnancy. Our gestational carriers (“carriers”) are healthy, motivated women with a history of successful pregnancies and a desire to help others experience the joy of parenthood. We have helped many couples and individuals complete their families.

What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?

In traditional surrogacy, the child is conceived with the egg of the woman who carries the child. Thus, the carrier is also the genetic mother. Over the years, with the success of IVF, gestational surrogacy has become safer and much more common. In gestational surrogacy, the woman who carries the child has no genetic relationship to the child, rather the egg and sperm that create the embryo are those of the intended parents or a donor. All of our surrogacies are gestational surrogacies.

What are at the first steps to begin our surrogacy journey?

Call or email us here. We offer a free consultation. We will answer your questions and help you understand the surrogacy process.

How long does it take until we have a baby?

In most cases, you go home with your baby in about fifteen to eighteen months.

What kind of relationship will we have with the woman who carries our child?

That will depend on you and what makes you comfortable. You will receive information about your carrier before you are officially matched. If something about the match makes you uncomfortable, we will send you information about someone else. When you and your prospective carrier decide to move ahead together, you will attend a match meeting where you can get to know your carrier and her husband or partner, if she has one. Many people develop a good relationship with each other and share in the pregnancy; others are less involved.

Can I work with your program if I am not married?

Yes. We work with couples, both opposite sex and same sex, and individuals.

Do you accept intended parents from other countries?

Yes. We have worked with intended parents from many countries. We are experienced in the issues that international couples experience. We have a network of attorneys in other countries to make sure things will go smoothly when you get home. Your baby will have a United States birth certificate and passport, which we will help you obtain.

How much does surrogacy cost?

There are many factors that determine the overall cost of surrogacy, which are outlined in our cost matrix estimates here. The main categories of fees are:

  • Payments to our program
  • IVF clinic fees
  • Legal fees
  • Payments to your carrier
  • Any supplemental insurance costs, if applicable

Does insurance cover any of the costs?

You will need to pay the costs associated with the IVF. Most of our carriers have medical insurance which may cover the costs of the pregnancy and birth. Unfortunately, insurance companies are increasingly beginning to exclude surrogacy as a covered benefit. If that applies to your carrier’s coverage, we can refer you to providers of supplemental surrogacy insurance that will cover costs beyond those of a normal delivery should there be unfortunate circumstances causing the need for additional medical care.
Please refer to our Resources page for more information.

Is financing available?

We can refer you to possible sources of financing. There are companies which provide unsecured financing for surrogacies. Other options are securing a home equity loan or receiving financial assistance from family members. We will work with you to help make your dream of parenthood come true.
Please refer to our Resources page for more information.

What happens if we need to be matched with a second carrier?

Sometimes, there is a need for intended parents to be rematched. While this is the exception, it can occur for a variety of reasons, such as if the carrier develops medical problems. If this happens, The Surrogacy Center does not charge the intended parents another match fee. We will rematch you at no additional cost.