Surrogate FAQs

Why are surrogates needed?

Women need Surrogates because they cannot complete a pregnancy because they may have frequent miscarriages, or they may have no uterus, or a mal shaped uterus, or they have some kind of immune system problem or blood disease problem that will deform the baby.

Sometimes a single man or a same-sex couple (two men or two women) need Surrogates to carry their child.

Should I have delivered a child of my own?

Yes. We will only accept woman applicants who have delivered at least one full-term child.

How much will I be paid for the work of being pregnant?

The current surrogate fee is $40,000 for a first time Surrogate. If you carry twins (the maximum number of children a surrogate can carry) your fee is increased by $5,000. Repeat Surrogates can receive $50,000.

The current payment schedule is as follows:

  • $1,000 at embryo transfer.
  • $2,000 at ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy.
  • A monthly service fee of $2,000 every 4-weeks after ultrasound confirmation until delivery of the child (ren).

Balance of fee paid within five days of delivery of child (ren).

Are my expenses covered?

Yes!

Reimbursable expenses are mileage (at the current IRS standard), bridge tolls, parking, childcare, notary/fax/postal fees, gross lost wages (take-home-pay) minus state disability insurance payments, maternity clothing allowance, housekeeping (if bed rest is prescribed), toll call charges, insurance premiums, co-payments and deductibles, attorney fees and travel/hotel/meal expenses if overnight stay is required for the transfer.

There are limits on reimbursable costs, as outlined in the IVF/Gestational Surrogacy Contract and receipts must be attached to the expense report for a full and timely reimbursement.

If you do not have maternity care coverage as a paid Surrogate, we refer you to an insurance broker to help you apply for adequate coverage. Intended Parents will pay for all monthly premiums in addition to co-pays and deductibles. Any out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed to you until your medical and hospital bills are paid.

Will I be genetically related to the child I am carrying?

No, as a Surrogate Carrier you host the baby; the baby is not made of your genes. The child you carry will be from the Intended Mother’s eggs or a donor’s eggs, not your eggs.

Do I have to be married to be a surrogate?

No. However, we do ask that if you’re not married you be either single with no partners or in a committed, monogamous, relationship.

If you are married but separated (not yet legally divorced) you may need to ask your estranged husband to sign certain documents. If you are legally divorced be prepared to provide filed copies of the Dissolution of Marriage.

Do I have to have my spouse or partner's consent?

Yes. Your spouse or live in partner needs to sign the IVF/Gestational Surrogacy Contract, and the Parentage Order (the documents that revoke all your parental rights and give them to the intended Parents). Your spouse/partner must also complete infectious disease and psychological testing.

Will I meet the couple I am helping?

Yes. We will facilitate a meeting so both parties can discuss whether or not they want to work together.

Will I see the child after I deliver?

Yes. It is written into the contract that you and your immediate family (those living with you during the pregnancy) will be given the chance to say goodbye. Sometimes Intended Parents and Surrogates exchange annual Christmas cards and/or have occasional visits.

How long is the transfer cycle?

From the time you and your Intended Parents agree to work together, it usually takes 3-4 months until the transfer. During these months you will be busy completing: psychological evaluation, infectious disease testing, maternity care coverage application, contract review with your attorney, and medical exams at the IVF clinic.

Will I be taking injections?

Yes. You will be taking some injections as directed by the IVF physician. After the initial injections you will wear a hormone patch as prescribed.

Where are the IVF Clinics Located?

We work with IVF clinics in the SF Bay Area, You will be travelling to the IVF clinic for 4- 6 appointments during the initial stages of your transfer cycle and pregnancy. About the eighth (8th) week of gestation, the IVF physician will transfer you to your local obstetrician. You must deliver in California.

How many trips are necessary?

All potential Surrogates are required to come to our office for two meetings – one with us and one to meet the prospective Intended Parents, then to meet the therapist for the psychological evaluation.

After approval of your psychological evaluation, you will meet the IVF physician. The remaining trips to the IVF clinic varies from 4-8 including the transfer and follow up appointments.

Do I have to live within the SF Bay Area?

No, you only need to live within California. We work with Surrogates from Eureka all the way to Modesto. You MUST have your own, reliable, vehicle in order to maintain the appointments in the San Francisco area.

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Disclaimer – Please Read

Jackie Gorton, Nurse Attorney and her staff are not medical providers and therefore recommend discussing all potential risks and side effects with the IVF physician in charge of your retrieval. We provide educational information and this should not replace any information received from the IVF physician. It is very important to ask any and all questions of the medical provider.