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Q. Why should I become a Surrogate with Family Creations?
A. With our years of experience in this field, you can be assured that every aspect of your surrogacy experience will be treated with the highest degree of professionalism, sensitivity, and care. Family Creations offers the highest compensation in the field. We also (unlike many agencies) utilize the service of bonded escrow companies to hold your compensation securely prior to distribution. This ensures that you get paid. We also offer around the clock service by providing every Surrogate with their case manager's cell phone number.
 
 
Surrogates are encouraged to pick up the phone anytime a question or concern arises. We are here for you every step of the way!

Q. What are the qualifications to become a Surrogate?
A.
 
Some qualifications include:
 
  Must be between the ages of 21-35
  Must have a BMI under 35.
  Must be non-smoker and must not use drugs.
  Must live in California, Texas or Colorado
  Must have had at least one easy pregnancy with no complications.
  Must not be receiving any type of government assistance.

You must be amenable to carrying twins, as multiples are very common with this process. Because of the high percentage of multiple pregnancies, Surrogates must also be willing to undergo selective reduction.

While woman are able to carry twins without complications, anything more than that can be dangerous to both the fetuses and the carrier. The decision to selectively reduce is not taken lightly and is carefully deliberated by the physician and parents.

Q. Will I be genetically related to the child I am carrying?
A. This is a common question, and the answer is no. There are two types of surrogacy arrangements, Traditional and Gestational. Family Creations only works with Gestational Surrogates, which means you will not be related to the child.

Gestational surrogacy takes place with a process called In-vitro fertilization. (IVF) IVF is a procedure where fertilization takes place outside of the woman's body. The Intended Mother's eggs (or donor eggs) are combined with the Intended Father's sperm (or donor sperm) and then fertilized in a dish before placing them through the carrier's cervix into her uterus.


Q. How do you match the Surrogates with the Intended Parent(s)?
A. Family Creations believes that the Surrogate and Intended Parent(s) must be comfortable with each other before moving forward in a match. Once you have been approved as a Surrogate, Intended Parents have the opportunity to view the online profile that you have created.

If a good match is anticipated by the Intended Parent(s), then meeting is arranged. A staff member from Family Creations will be involved in these initial meetings. If both you and the Intended Parent(s) are comfortable moving forward after the initial meeting, then a match is made.

Q. Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses throughout the process?
A. No. The Intended Parent(s) will cover any and all surrogacy-related expenses throughout the process. Please see payment schedule for more information. (link to payment schedule page)

Q. Where will I go for my prenatal care and delivery of the child?
A. Once the doctor chosen by the Intended Parent(s) releases you from his/her care (usually about 10 weeks into the pregnancy), you are able to been seen by your own OB, or an OB that has been mutually agreed upon by you and the Intended Parent(s). You will deliver at a hospital in or near your community.

Q. What if I do not have health insurance? Can I still be a Surrogate?
A. If you do not have your own medical insurance that covers the surrogacy, the Intended Parent(s) will purchase a plan for you that does.

Q. How often will I be in touch with the parents throughout the pregnancy or after the delivery?
A. The level of contact you desire is something that we will discuss with you before you are matched. This is a factor that is extremely important when introducing you to prospective parents. The amount of contact you have with parents is something that is decided on prior to moving forward.

Usually, parents will want to attend all or some of your doctor's appointments and will certainly want to be there when their baby is born. Some parents like to go out socially with the Surrogate and her family and others prefer the process to be more of a business-like relationship.

After the delivery, parents usually want their time with the child before engaging in a relationship with their Surrogate. Most parents will send yearly pictures of the child, or even meet for dinner every so often if proximity allows. Other parents are more comfortable ending the relationship after the child is delivered.

Q. Am I in any kind of agreement with the Intended Parents?
A. Absolutely. Once you are in a match, your case manager will refer you to an attorney that specializes in reproductive law. The Intended Parent(s) will also have legal representation. The attorney for the Intended Parent(s) will draft an agreement for both parties to sign.

This agreement is in place to protect the interests of both you and the parent(s). Your attorney will review the contract with you to make sure that all parties are in agreement. All attorney fees are covered by the Intended Parent(s).
 
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