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Is Surrogacy Right For You ?
Here are answers to some fo the most common questions about surrogacy .
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the process by which a woman carries a baby for a parent or couple who is unable to carry a child on their own.

Are all surrogate pregnancies the same?

No.  A gestational surrogacy utilizes the process known as IVF or in vitro fertilization.  Here, the eggs come from either the intended mother, or an egg donor, and sperm can come from either the father or a sperm donor - or any combination of the two.  In this instance the surrogate is said to have only a  biological link and no genetic link to the child.
A Traditional Surrogate pregnancy is one in which the surrogate becomes pregnant via artificial insemination, using  her own eggs and either the father’s sperm or the sperm of a donor.  In this instance the surrogate is said to have both a biological and a genetic link to the child.

What does surrogacy cost?
Arranging a surrogate pregnancy usually involves the surrogate fee, the agency fee, the clinical package ( including any necessary fertility treatments), clinical costs for the pregnancy itself, and attorney fees. Depending  on where your agency is located charges can run from $40,000 up to $100,000 or more,  with centers on the east coast and the west coast usually costing the most.  What also makes a difference is the medical necessary both before and during the pregnancy - including the cost of fertility medications , fertility treatments,  or high risk obstetrical care which can be necessary in the case of twins or triplets.

How much money does the surrogate make?
Fees for surrogates can range from $0 ( often the case from friends and family members are the surrogate) up to $100,00, though the national average is approximately $20,000 for first time surrogates and between $35,000 and $40,000 for what are known as “proven surrogates” - those who have had one ore more previous successful surrogate pregnancies.

Why are proven Surrogates paid more?

Because they are experienced, they know what to expect of the entire process, which in turn can make it much easier on everyone involved, but particularly for the intended mother.  Many intended mothers report that their anxiety is greatly lessened when the surrogate has some experience and has successfully delivered a child for other parents.

What advantages does Surrogacy have over Adoption?
Adoption is a wonderful opportunity for loving couples or singles to open their homes and their hearts to children who desperately need their love.   But for many couples, the biological link to their children is important - and for many surrogacy is the only  way to standing.

Will the Intended Parents have to adopt their own child?

That depends  on the state in which the surrogate delivers  the child.  In some states, a court proceeding  wherein the judge if offered proof of the surrogate arrangement  allows the intended parents names to be automatically placed on the child’s birth certificate.  In other states, a legal adoption procedure is necessary in order to assume legal parenting rights.

What is the difference between a surrogate agency and a matching service?
For the most part a matching service simply brings together a couple and a surrogate - and their involvement ends there.  An agency  screens candidates, makes the introductions, arranges legal counsel, and is involvedin all aspects of the surrogacy experience

What are the requirements for being a Surrogate?

The best candidates are between the ages of 21 and 39, enjoy being pregnant and have a desire to help others have a family.   Ideally she should be a non-smoker living a healthy lifestyle and willing to abstain from alcohol during her pregnancy.  Body mass index should be healthy as well, and ideally she should have a history of at least one full term pregnancy and no history of miscarriage.  Many agencies also require that the surrogate be financially stable, have a safe home environment and not be on welfare or other assisted living fees.