Do I have to use my own eggs?
No. As a matter of fact The Surrogacy SOURCE only works with Gestational Carriers and not traditional Surrogate Mothers. Being a Gestational Carrier means the Intended Parents use their own eggs or another donor for the eggs. A fully created embryo is transferred into to your uterus for you to carry and nurture for the next 9 months. There is no genetic or biological linkage to you and your genes.
How soon will I be matched?
We work hard to make sure you have the right match. We can not specify how long it will take you to get matched. There are many factors that can attribute to the match such as location, willingness to pump breast milk, willingness to carry multiples, etc… Our matches are based on preferences of the Intended Parents as well as our Surrogate Mothers.
What medications will I have to take as a Surrogate Mother?
Each Fertility Clinic is different and requires different protocols. The Surrogate Mother will be required to follow a cycle calendar specifically for their transfer. The typical medications taken are Pre-Natal Vitamins, Birth Control, Lupron, Progesterone, and Estrogen. Some medications are taken orally and others are in the form of injections.
Can I use my own OB?
Yes, once you are released from the Fertility Clinic which is around 11 weeks, you will be able to meet with and use the OB/GYN of your choice. You are able to use the doctor that you know and feel comfortable with.
Will all of my expenses be covered?
There are no out of pocket expenses to our Surrogate Mothers. If so, they are usually minor and you are always reimbursed for them. All necessary expenses for the transfer are covered. Should you need travel accommodations there is no out of pocket for that either. You will also receive a $200 monthly miscellaneous fee in order to assist with miscellaneous fees that your incur due to the surrogacy.
How much do surrogate mothers make?
At The Surrogacy SOURCE, surrogate mothers are well compensated. First-time surrogate mothers are compensated $30,000 and experienced surrogate mothers can make between $32,000 and $40,000. For more information surrogate compensation, please visit our page which offers complete details on surrogate mother compensation.
What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy refers to a surrogacy agreement in which the surrogate mother is the biological mother of the baby, whereas in a gestational surrogacy agreement the surrogate mother has no genetic relationship to the baby. Please visit our page on the subject for a full explanation of the differences between traditional and gestational surrogacy.
Is it possible to become a surrogate mother for a family member or friend?
Yes, this is possible. As stated above, The Surrogacy SOURCE works with surrogate mothers in both traditional and gestational surrogacy agreements. Please note that the compensation may vary depending on the type of agreement.
In which states is it legal to become a surrogate?
Each state has its own laws regarding third party reproduction. It is important to check with your surrogacy agency in order to determine what types of surrogacy agreements are allowed within your home state. Certain states have clear laws that permit compensated surrogacy, where as others only allow solely altruistic surrogacy to occur. Currently, The Surrogacy SOURCE is currently accepting surrogates in: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. Though other states do allow for surrogacy, our agency chooses to work with states whose laws allow the intended parent�s names to appear directly on the birth certificate. For information about a specific state and its laws regarding surrogacy, please contact our Director of Operations Tricia Howard.
What are the requirements to become a surrogate mother & how do I apply to be a surrogate in The Surrogacy SOURCE surrogate program?
For a list of the basic surrogate mother requirements, please visit out Surrogate Mother requirements page. If you find that you are able to meet all of the basic requirements, please fill-out the initial surrogate mother application.
Are there any risks associated with being a surrogate?
The Surrogacy SOURCE�s requirements are strict in order to protect the health of our potential surrogate mothers and the newborns that they will give birth to. The risks associated with being a surrogate mother are typically the same risks as those associated with a traditional pregnancy. For more information about risks associated with being a surrogate, or if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact The Surrogacy SOURCE.