Surrogate's FAQ

Journey of Giving

How long is the surrogate screening process?

The surrogate screening process, which includes background checks, home visit, and pscyhological and medical clearance usually takes between 1-3 months to complete.

Once matched, how long until I get pregnant?

From the time the S-IP match is made to the time of an embryo transfer and, if successful, a pregnancy is usually about 1-3 months.

Do I have a say as to which family I work with?

YES - As a surrogate you have a choice in deciding which family you do, and do NOT want to work with.

What if I don't get pregnant after my embryo transfer?

Most intended parents guided by their doctor's recommendations would attempt up to 2-3 embryo transfer procedures before considering other options, such as finding a different surrogate.

What are my responsibilities as a surrogate?

Surrogates agree to abide by their contract and to: complete paperwork accurately and promptly, follow-through appointments, heed doctor's orders, take medications as prescribed, maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep weekly communication with the agency, and provide expense reports.

How much do surrogates get paid for their service?

Reimbursement for surrogacy depends upon several factors, such as: regional cost-of- living, prior surrogacy experience, treatment course, and pregnancy details. Most  surrogates earn between $35,000 to $60,000 per term pregnancy or a smaller amount depending on how much of the process a surrogate completes.

What will my relationship be with the intended parents?

Surrogate - intended parent relationships vary from family-to-family. Some are more business-like and others are closer with frequent communications. The relationship dynamics are shaped by the individuals involved, so knowing your preference will help ensure the best S-IP match for you.

Can I be a surrogate if I am breast-feeding?

Since it takes time to go through the application and screening (1-3 months), you can submit your application and begin the screening process. However, you will have to wean from breastfeeding and have at least one normal menstrual cycle/period before finalizing a surrogate-intended parent match.

What kind of support will I have through the process?

Throughout the surrogacy process, you are provided regular guidance by your assigned case navigator, as well as regular psychological and other needed support services, such as nutritional counseling.