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Become a Surrogate

Becoming a surrogate is a selfless act that allows an individual or a couple the opportunity to start or grow their family when they otherwise may not be able to do so.

Becoming a Surrogate

There are numerous situations in which potential parents may require or desire a surrogate. Many LGBTQ+ couples, for instance, may be unable to carry a child. Some intended parents fear potential complications due to fertility conditions, including a history of recurrent pregnancy loss. These factors are personal, and you may not always be privy to the history behind a couple’s decision to use a surrogate. Regardless of why the intended parents require a surrogate, when you carry their child, you are helping them realize their dream of starting or expanding their family.

Requirements to Become a Surrogate

Had a Successful and Smooth
Pregnancy & Delivery Before

Between the Ages
of 21-39

Healthy Height and
Weight Ratio

Live a Healthy
Lifestyle

Pass Psychological
Evaluation

Does Not
Smoke

Does Not
Drink Alcohol

Have Reliable
Transportation

Responsibilities

Some of the responsibilities of a surrogate mother are to

  • Maintain household income stability
  • Not receive state financial assistance (welfare)
  • Not having been arrested
  • Not having participated in a substance abuse treatment program
  • Pass a background and criminal record check (both you and your spouse/partner).
  • Fill out the application form accurately and completely.
  • Review and sign all consents and contracts promptly
  • Pass infectious disease screenings
  • Pass drug tests
  • Pass a psychological clearance from a psychologist
  • Pass evaluation of the uterus and pap smear
  • Be available for an in-home interview with a member of our staff
  • Attend all meetings scheduled by Options in Family
  • Attend mandatory meetings and appointments
  • Be punctual for every appointment and consultation.
  • Comply with all of the physician’s instructions (medication and injections).
  • Call us when you go into labor
  • Attend one post-partum meeting

The Surrogacy Process

Prior to becoming a surrogate, you will have a phone consultation with a member of our staff who will explain the program and address any questions or concerns you may have about the process. After deciding to become a surrogate, you will fill out an application and submit family and individual photographs.

When your initial surrogacy application is approved, our surrogacy coordinator will do an in-home interview with you and your spouse to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding surrogacy. You will next need to request a clearance letter from your OB that will be submitted to the fertility clinic. In addition to requesting your pregnancy and hospital delivery information at this time, we will also conduct a background check and criminal record check. After all of your records have been submitted and approved, we will begin the process of matching you with the intended parents. When you’ve been matched with the intended parents, an appointment will be set up so you can meet.

The next step in the process will include medical screenings and a psychological clearance. Once you’ve completed and passed these screenings, the intended parents will acquire insurance to cover your surrogacy journey. You will next be required to schedule a legal consultation with an attorney to review the legal contract that outlines your rights and responsibilities. After signing the contract, you will begin the surrogacy process.

The fertility clinic will first supply you with a calendar specifying the start of your injections, preparing your body for the embryo transfer. The embryo transfer will be performed in the physician’s office and will last roughly 15 to 20 minutes. Two days of mandatory bed rest at home will precede the embryo transfer. Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, we will guide you through the remainder of your journey until delivery.

Surrogacy Compensation

Options in Family surrogates receive generous compensation and benefits for the time they commit to carrying a child for a family. The compensation and benefits vary based on a multitude of circumstances and are paid at various times throughout the pregnancy. The intended parents are responsible for all expenses related to surrogacy, including but not limited to surrogate base compensation, medical clearance, and any legal representation required. You can submit your application to become a surrogate by filling out the form below.

Sign Up & Become a Surrogate