Is Surrogacy Safe?
What is the Surrogacy Process?
How Long will the Process Take?
How to Get Started
Every woman considering being a Surrogate Mother should ask herself 5 simple questions: Am I healthy enough for surrogacy? Do I meet Surrogacy requirements? Am I ready to commit to the Surrogacy Process? Do I have a strong surrogacy support system? Why do I want to be a Surrogate?
Giving the gift of parenthood to a loving couple can be the most rewarding experience to a Surrogate Mother. You are helping Intended Parents, suffering from the disease called Infertility, have a beautiful child of their own. The joy that you bring into this person or couples life is amazing! In addition, you are compensated generously for your time and commitment to the process.
"If you enjoy being pregnant and you are a caring, reliable and empathetic mother with a child of your own, then may enjoy being a Surrogate Mother!"
Do You Qualify?
Are you between the ages of 21-35?
Non smoker, no tobacco use & no recreational drug use
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
No major complications during previous pregnancies or deliveries
No criminal history
Live in a surrogacy friendly state (contact us to find out)
Are you in a healthy and stable environment?
Why Work with DFS Agency?
A waiting list of Intended Parents so we may match you quickly and with the right Intended Parent
Very personable Case Managers to support you every step of the way
Quality service in every aspect
An agency representative available 24 hours a day
Special events for you and your family to attend (optional)
Special Surrogate weekends that you can attend (optional)
What Compensation will You Receive?
We understand that your decision to be a Surrogate Mother is about more than just money. You want to help but also want to be appreciated for your commitment and sacrifice to helping others. When you work with DFS, you become a part of our family and surrogacy community. Together we are building a relationship based on trust, reliability and support. This extends to every step of your surrogacy process including the compensation package that you receive while helping a loving couple or single parent have a baby. Your compensation package will range between $50,000.00-$75,000.00 and is customized to fit your specific needs and requests. In addition to the generous base pay that you will receive every month, you will be provided housekeeping services during your pregnancy, childcare services, food allowance, and Spa and Well-Being Packages to pamper you throughout your pregnancy and post birth. We arrange all travel and payment for medical bills so there are no out of pocket expenses to you. You will receive support from our experienced Case Managers and support from our licensed Counselors whenever you need. We work toward matching you with Parents-to-Be that are compatible to you which helps to facilitate a smooth and stress-free relationship throughout your pregnancy. We also match you with licensed, reputable and safe IVF clinics located within the USA.
Screening and Matching Pay ( in addition to and not deducted from your base compensation pay).
The first step is to APPLY and complete the application and initial screening process for which you will receive $1,000. You will then receive another $1,500 when you sign your Legal Match Agreement with you Parents-To-Be and will also begin to receive a monthly allowance to use at your discretion for things like pre-natal vitamins, or for gas/transportation to local appointments. You will be enrolled in health insurance if you don't already have your own. For more details about compensation, we invite you to contact us directly and so we may answer your questions directly: (888) 569-7790 or info@DiversityFertility.com
A Gestational Surrogate, which is the most common, is a Surrogate who is not genetically connected to the child(ren) she is carrying for the Intended Parent(s). The eggs are retrieved from the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor, are fertilized with the Intended Father’s sperm or Sperm Donor, and then transferred to the Surrogate’s womb.
How Do I Become a Surrogate?
How Long Does it Take to Become Matched?
We do our best to match our Surrogates as quickly as possible. It typically takes 1-3 months to become matched. Once you are matched, the screening process, including the legal process, usually takes 1-3 months. Once you have been cleared to start your IVF cycle you are typically on medications for 3-4 weeks before you have an embryo transfer.
What are My Responsibilities as a Surrogate?
As a Surrogate Mother it requires a certain level of responsibility while providing this wonderful gift. You must acknowledge and understand the importance of keeping your appointments and being on time. Listen to and follow the instructions given to you by the professionals you will work with through your surrogacy journey. Keep open communication with your Intended Parent(s) and our agency at all times… and have fun!
"helping a deserving couple expand there family can be a most rewarding experience"
Do I get to choose the Intended Parent(s) that I work with?
Yes. Once the Intended Parent(s) reviews your profile and shares an interest in working with you, we will then share their profile with you. If you are interested in working with the Intended Parent(s), our agency will then arrange a phone call or video chat meeting followed by another video chat in person meeting. You are "matched" once both you and the Intended Parent(s) agree to work together.
How much contact will I have with the intended parents?
The amount of contact depends on the wishes of both the Surrogate Mother and the Intended Parent(s). Typically, the relationship and communication happens naturally as you go through the process.
What fertility doctors/clinics do you work with?
We work with clinics throughout the United States. If long distance travel is required, your travel will be arranged and pre-paid by our agency. You will receive a travel stipend for food and miscellaneous expenses. If traveling, you will only be making these trips during the initial stages of the fertility treatment and pregnancy. Once you are near the completion of the first trimester, the fertility doctor will release you to your local OB doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Surrogacy?
A Surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a child(ren) for another person or couple. There are two types of surrogates: Traditional and Gestational.
Why should I go through Diversity Fertility vs. going independently?
In addition to thoroughly screening both our Intended Parents and Surrogates, we quickly provide you with loving Intended Parents so you more choice and control when selecting the Intended Parent you wish to work with. Discussions over cost, escrow accounts, doctors, lawyers and scheduling appointments can overwhelm and stress the relationship between the Intended Parent(s) and the Surrogate Mother. Having an agency there to manage the process and handle the details allows the Intended Parent(s) and the Surrogate Mother to relax and enjoy the pregnancy.
How much am I paid?
Surrogate Mother’s compensation varies by experience. Most Surrogate Mothers receive a compensation plus additional benefits and stipends averaging $45,000-$75,000. We will provide you with a detailed list of your base compensation and all of the additional compensations you will receive throughout the process. Starting with $1,000.00 just to complete the initial screening process which you can begin by answering 12 short Screening Questions. You also receive additional compensation if you carry multiples.
How will I be compensated?
Once you sign your legal agreement with your Intended Parent(s) you will be paid in bi-weekly or monthly installments. You will be required to turn in a reimbursement form by the 25th of each month and you will receive your payments due to you per your signed legal agreement by the 5th of each month.
Does this cost me anything?
No. The Intended Parent(s) are responsible for all expenses incurred as a result of the surrogacy. These expenses include Surrogate Mother compensation plus stipends, medical expenses, attorney fees, and travel expenses.
Will I miss work?
The amount of work you miss will depends on how your appointments are scheduled with the IVF clinic you are working with. You will have more frequent appointments in the initial stages of the IVF process, typically weekly appointments. Once you are pregnant and released by your IVF physician you will see your OB doctor just as you would with your own pregnancy.
What are the health risks as a Surrogate Mother?
A surrogate pregnancy has no more risks then a regular pregnancy. It is important that the Surrogate Mother consult with your OB doctor to discuss the risks of pregnancy.
Can I be a gestational surrogate if my tubes are tied?
Yes, in achieving a pregnancy through the IVF process the embryos are placed directly into the Surrogate’s uterus so the fallopian tubes are not used.
Will I take injections?
Most IVF clinic’s protocols require you to do daily injections to prepare your uterus for embryo transfer. Once you have had your transfer and are confirmed pregnant you will continue the injections until your IVF physician instructs you to stop. This typically happens near the end of the first trimester. It’s critical to the pregnancy that you follow your IVF physician’s instructions exactly as instructed.
Is there anything required of my spouse/partner?
Your spouse/partner will be required to participate in the medical screening process by providing the clinic with blood and urine samples. If married, your spouse must be included in your legal contract. It’s important that your spouse/partner be in agreement of your becoming a surrogate mother and is willing to support you throughout the process.
Will I have any genetic relation to the child(ren) born?
No, as a Gestational Surrogate you will be using the eggs from either the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor. You will have no genetic relation to the child(ren).
Will my name or my spouse/partner's names go on the birth certificate?
With States that allow a Pre-birth order, the Intended Parents have full parental rights to the child and their names will go on the birth certificate. Neither the Surrogate Mother or her spouse/partner's name will go on the birth certificate.
Once I am pregnant, where will I receive medical care and deliver the baby?
Typically, you are able to see your current OB doctor during your pregnancy. If you need a new OB doctor we can provide you with a recommendation. You will be able to deliver at a hospital that is local to you so long as it’s approved by your insurance provider; this will most likely be where you delivered your own children.
How long will the process take?