Surrogate mothers share over a year of their lives in order to give Intended Parents a chance at having their ideal family. This experience is unforgettable, for both the surrogate mother and the future parents. In this blog post, Family Creations will share with you some frequently asked questions that are common among surrogates.
As our candidate database grows larger each year for those eager to become surrogate mothers, we do have some specific character traits that we look for in a candidate.
- What are some general qualifications that you look for in your surrogates? We look for a number of things, as we screen our candidates closely and carefully. Being a healthy women between the ages of 21-42, having a non-smoking and drug free history, Having a BMI (body mass index under 33, and you must have at least one healthy, non-complicated pregnancy with the child in your care. We also collect your full, OBGYN, pre-natal and labor and delivery records to be sure there were no pregnancy complication which pose a risk to you as a surrogate or the baby.
- How much do surrogates get paid for the process? Our base compensation starts at $35,000, is negotiable and goes up based on experience, location and more. It’s not uncommon for our experience surrogates to have a base compensation of $45,000-$65,000. On top of the base compensation there is a full benefits package. You can view the full benefits package on our site at https://www.familycreations.net/surrogacy/payment_schedule.php
- How does the medical process work? This is a great question. You will complete screening with a fertility clinic. This screening includes a full physical including infectious disease screening, drug and nicotine screening and a full psychological evaluation. Once you have been medically cleared you will take a series of fertility medications to prepare your body for an embryo transfer. The embryo transfer procedure is non-surgical and outpatient. The entire procedure actually takes less than 5 minutes. A catheter is inserted vaginally and the embryo(s) are placed in the uterus. Approximately 10 days later you will have a pregnancy test. If a pregnancy has been achieved you will continue your routine appointments with the fertility doctor for the first 10 weeks or so of the pregnancy. After 10 weeks you will be released to a standard OBGYN for routine maternity appointments- the pregnancy at that point becomes very routine in terms of care, labor and delivery.
- Will the child have any of my genes? 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.
To get started, you can fill out our application online to qualify! Our specialists will contact you shortly if you do, and we can get started on the process!