How to Become a Surrogate
Becoming a surrogate is to give the gift of love by helping create a family. From the application process to matching with intended parents and navigating the legal requirements, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. Apply to become a surrogate today!
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Is Surrogacy Right for You?
By becoming a surrogate, you are offering your most precious resource, yourself, to help make a family’s dreams come true. Surrogacy is both an act of grace and an act of service. In fact, many surrogate mothers find it to be one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives.
Every woman’s reasons for pursuing surrogacy are personal and unique. And sure, some are initially drawn to surrogacy by the compensation. But this should not be your main driver to become a surrogate. You should also feel a strong desire or calling to help another couple build their own precious family.
It’s also important that you are comfortable with being pregnant. If you didn’t enjoy your own pregnancies, chances are low that you’ll enjoy the surrogacy process.
The best surrogates are the ones motivated by generosity, and a desire to be of service to others. A good candidate for surrogacy enjoys pregnancy, and will be comfortable with the various stages and changes she will experience with her bod
How Does Gestational Surrogacy Work?
In the gestational surrogacy process, the surrogate mother agrees to undergo IVF procedures in order to be implanted with a fertilized egg from another couple. Once the procedure is complete, the surrogate carries the couple’s baby to term and then gives birth.
As soon as the baby is born, he or she becomes the legal child of the couple who hired you. As part of the surrogacy agreement, you will receive compensation for your role as a surrogate, plus coverage of medical expenses and other costs.
But the truth is, most women do not embark on this journey for financial reasons, becoming a surrogate is about more than that. Many women who have done this before say surrogacy feels like a calling. They prayed on it, and felt their hearts open to the thought of being able to give such an amazing gift.
What is the Surrogacy Process?
The surrogacy process, while exciting, can also seem a little overwhelming at first.
Why Choose Surrogacy by Faith To Become a Surrogate?
Surrogacy by Faith operates in a completely different way than any other agency out there. We are a Christian based company that involves God on a daily basis. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
With God on our side, who can stand against us? Even though we are believers, not all journeys are easy but we have faith knowing we are doing God’s work.
Because we want to make the matching process as stress free as possible for the patient’s parents, we complete the background check, psychological evaluation, drug tests and a home or Skype visit with all surrogates BEFORE they are able to be matched.
This guarantees that we won’t set up a match, get everyone excited, to find out over the next month that the surrogate wasn’t able to pass all the requirements. There’s really no reason for this… Surrogacy by Faith takes pride knowing we have the best surrogates available that are ready to start immediately! Our hearts are in this for a loving reason, not a business reason. We are simply doing God’s work. We also believe that this circle of giving shouldn’t stop with our agency. Intended parents give to the surrogate, the surrogate gives to the intended parents and our agency gives 5% of the agency fees to any charity of the patient parents’ choice.
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28
Frequently Asked Question
As you do research into the surrogacy process, you will no doubt see lists of surrogate requirements on pretty much any agency’s website. These lists might look intimidating, but the qualifications are in place for a reason.
It’s optimal for everyone involved that any woman who wants to become a surrogate can physically and mentally handle an IVF pregnancy and delivery.
This is why every hopeful surrogate must undergo a medical screening to determine their overall health. Learn more about surrogacy requirements.
Once you have decided to join our agency, the whole process takes less than 30 days if your schedule allows for all the appointments.
Since our process at Surrogacy by Faith is different from every other agency out there, the matching process may take longer than a traditional agency. Southern California surrogates tend to get matched quicker than most surrogates. It is our hope that God provides a match within 4 months of completing the screening process.
The decision to work with an individual or couple is mutually agreed upon by you and the other party. You will be presented with profiles of available intended parents that meet your criteria and you will choose who you would like to speak with. The relationship between you and the parent(s) you work with is of the utmost importance to us. We take the matching process very seriously and your role in this process is paramount.
Yes, provided that your OB accepts the health insurance plan being utilized for the pregnancy. Together, you and your intended parents will decide upon the physician that cares for you during pregnancy. Many surrogates return to the physician that delivered their own children for the surrogate pregnancy.
All funds related to your surrogacy will be held in an escrow account that is managed by an independent attorney or an experienced escrow company, so that all monies due for your surrogate fees and reimbursement of related expenses are timely paid. All financial matters will be handled by the agency, removing this component from your relationship with the intended parents.
Initially, you may have expenses related to mailing your medical records, traveling to your testing and screening appointments and obtaining health insurance. Once you have been matched and contracts are in place, you will receive compensation to cover all related expenses.
The intended parents that you are matched with will pay any traveling expenses related to your surrogacy.