Frequently Asked Questions about Surrogacy

Once I am pregnant, where will I receive medical care and deliver the baby?

Typically, you are able to see your current OB doctor during your pregnancy. If you need a new OB doctor we can provide you with a recommendation. You will be able to deliver at a hospital that is local to you so long as it’s approved by your insurance provider; this will most likely be where you delivered your own children.

Where is the IVF clinic I will be using located?

We work with IVF clinics in various cities in California. Most of the clinics we work with are in San Diego or Los Angeles. If long distance travel is required, you will be compensated for your travel expenses. If traveling, you will only be making these trips during the initial stages of the fertility treatment and pregnancy. Once you are near the completion of the first trimester, the IVF doctor will release you to your local OB doctor.

Will my husband’s and my names be on the birth certificate?

In California through a pre-birth judgment the Intended Parents have full parental rights to the child and their names go on the birth certificate and not the Surrogate or her spouse.

Will I have any genetic relation to the child(ren) born?

No, as a Gestational Surrogate you will be using the eggs from either the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor. You will have no genetic relation to the child(ren).

Is there anything required of my spouse/partner?

Your spouse/partner will be required to participate in the medical screening process by providing the clinic with blood and urine samples. If married, your spouse must be included in your legal contract. It’s important that your spouse/partner be in agreement of your becoming a surrogate and is willing to support you throughout the process.

I had my tubes tied. Can I still serve as a Gestational Surrogate?

Yes, in achieving a pregnancy through the IVF process the embryos are placed directly into the Surrogate’s uterus so the fallopian tubes are not used.

How much am I paid?

Surrogate’s compensations varies by experience. Most Surrogate’s receive $50,000-$65,000. We will provide you with a detailed list of all the compensations.

Does this cost me anything?

No. The Intended Parent(s) are responsible for all expenses incurred as a result of the surrogacy.

What if the Parents decide they do not want the baby/ies?

This is a common question from Surrogates. There are many reasons why Intended Parents are choosing Surrogacy, but what they all have in common is the sincere longing to have a child. Most IPs worry the Surrogate will want to keep the child, so both of those concerns cancel each other out. Worst case scenario (which we have never seen) we will help find an amazing family to adopt the baby/s.

How will I be compensated?

Once you sign your legal agreement (contract) with your Intended Parent(s) you will be paid in monthly installments. You will be required to turn in a reimbursement form by the 20th of each month and you will receive your payments due to you per your legal agreement between the 1st – 5th of the following month.

What is the medical process involved with being a Surrogate?

The first step in the medical process is your screening with the IVF doctor. On this day, the IVF doctor will perform blood and urine tests on you and your spouse/partner, if you are in a relationship. You’ll then undergo a pelvic exam, an ultrasound and a consultation with the doctor where he/she will explain the IVF process in detail.

Once you have signed your legal contract and cleared to proceed, you’ll then move forward with your IVF cycle. You will receive your medications and specific instructions will be given by a medical professional at your fertility clinic. The medications will cause your cycle to be synchronized with the Egg Donor’s or Intended Mother’s menstrual cycle and help your uterine lining thicken in order to accept the transferred embryos. After the embryos have been transferred, you’ll be required to be on bed rest for 24-72 hours depending on your fertility clinic’s requirement. Your pregnancy test will occur 10-12 days after the transfer through a blood test. Once you are pregnant you will continue your medications to ensure that the pregnancy will continue to grow. It’s extremely important during this time that you follow your medication instructions exactly as instructed. Once the pregnancy is stable, which is near the end of the first trimester, you will be instructed by your IVF clinic to stop the medications and you will see your personal OB doctor for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Can I be a Surrogate if I don’t have health insurance?

Yes. If you do not have health insurance, a medical plan will be purchased for you by the Intended Parents for the length of your pregnancy.

How do I know my IPs can afford the costs involved?

ISC does not hold the IPs money for the Surogacy process. The IPs can either open an escrow account or have their attorney manage their funds. ISC requires the Intended Parent(s) to fully fund their trust account before the transfer. This guarantees us and the Surrogate that there will not be issues with the Surrogate receiving her compensations due to her during the Surrogacy process.

Do I get to choose the Intended Parent(s) that I work with?

Yes, it is a mutual decision. Once the Intended Parent(s) reviews your profile and shares an interest in working with you we will then share their profile with you. If you are interested in working with the Intended Parent(s), we will then set up a skype/meeting for you. After speaking/meeting with the Intended Parent(s), both parties will let ISC know if they wish to work together. If both parties agree, you will be considered “matched”.

What is the timeframe to become a Surrogate?

We do our best to match our Surrogates as quickly as possible. It typically takes a couple weeks to 2 months to become matched. Once you are matched, the screening process and the legal process generally take 2 months. Once you have been cleared to start your IVF cycle, you are typically on medications for 4-6 weeks before you have an embryo transfer.

Why should I go through an agency vs. going independently?

Discussions over cost, escrow accounts, doctors, lawyers and scheduling appointments can overwhelm and stress the relationship between the Intended Parent(s) and the Surrogate Mother. Having an agency there to manage the process and handle the details allows the Intended Parent(s) and the Surrogate Mother to relax and enjoy the pregnancy.

What is Surrogacy?

A Surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a child(ren) for another person or couple. There are two types of surrogates: Traditional and Gestational.

A Gestational Surrogate, which is the most common, (most of our Surrogates are), is a Surrogate who is not genetically related to the child(ren) she is carrying for the Intended Parent(s). The eggs are retrieved from the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor, are fertilized with the Intended Father’s sperm or Sperm Donor, and then transferred to the Surrogate’s womb.

A Traditional Surrogate is a Surrogate who also donates her egg and has a biological link to the child(ren) she is carrying for the Intended Parent(s).