Surrogate Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions for Surrogates

Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Becoming a surrogate mother can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Many women make the decision to carry a child for intended parent(s) based on their strong desire to share their own experience and blessing. A surrogate mother is someone that truly wants to allow someone else to experience what it means to be a parent. Surrogate mothers are unique and special women. Statistics state that one of every six couples of childbearing age struggle with infertility. Many couples and individuals spend years going through infertility treatment before making the decision to choose surrogacy. At Creative Love it is our goal to take care of you and be your advocate throughout your surrogate journey so that you can focus on what is important, the best possible pregnancy. Our program coordinator, Julie Harris is a 4x gestational surrogate. Julie will help guide your throughout your journey answering any questions that you may have. She will walk you through the medical aspect of your journey, legal contract phase to ensure that your rights are protected and proper insurance coverage is in place.

What is Gestational Surrogacy?

The gestational surrogate has no genetic relationship to the child that she is carrying. The intended Mother goes through a traditional IVF cycle to create embryos using the sperm of the intended Father or from a sperm donor that will then be transferred to the surrogate. In some case an egg donor might be needed. A women who agrees to serve as a gestational surrogate must sign a gestational surrogate contract prior to engaging in the surrogacy. The gestational surrogate must agree to medical evaluation and treatment during her participation in the program. If at least one member of the commissioning couple is the genetic parent of the child, the commissioning couple are presumed to be the natural parents of the child gestated by the surrogate.

What is the difference between Traditional Surrogacy and Gestational Surrogacy?

In a traditional surrogate arraignment the surrogate is genetically related to the child(ren). This process is done via artifical insemination with the surrogate using her own eggs and the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor. In a gestational surrogate arraignment the surrogate has no genetic link to the child(ren) she is carrying. This process is done via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), where fertilized eggs from the intended mother or egg donor are transferred to the surrogates uterus.

Can I be a surrogate if I haven't had a child of my own?

No, you must have given birth to at least one child and raising that child. One reason is that you need to show proven fertility along with your OB/GYN medical records.

I've heard negative things said about agencies. Why should I work with an agency when I can find intended parents myself?

If you are starting on your first surrogate journey or even your last journey many topics must be covered in order to have a successful journey. It’s not just a matter of meeting an intended parent(s). Once you are matched there are many detailed subjects that need to be covered that you might not be comfortable discussing directly with an intended parent(s)  from compensation, legal, insurance, payment schedule. Creative Love is your liaison throughout your journey! We are a professional agency here to guide you, educate you and protect you through areas that you might not be very familiar with.  From making sure that your legal contract protects you. Making sure that insurance matters are fully in place and explained to you so that no medical bills are ever left to you. Working with an agency can protect you from many unforeseen disappointments and frustrations.

How long does the process take once I've been accepted into your program?

So many things can vary in a gestational surrogacy. Location, insurance coverage, willingness to terminate due to health of baby. Some of our surrogates are matched right away. Some of our surrogates can take up to several months to match. Your willingness to travel to the intended parents clinic for the medical work-up and embryo transfer can expedite your match quicker.

How will I be matched with intended parents?

We work to match our surrogates and intended parents based on similar values and personalities. You will be asked to complete an in-depth questionnaire as well as the intended parents. After reviewing your questionnaire and your interview with us we will work to match you with an intended parent(s) with similar morals, values and beliefs. Once we feel we have a match for you we will share your non-identifying profile with them. We will share their non-identifying profile with you. Once both parties feel that there is a potential match we will arrange a meeting in our office or via Skype.  Through the journey of surrogacy you are giving intended parents the most wonderful gift. Expect to make a life long friendship with your intended parents as well as Creative Love Surrogate Agency. We will stand by your side throughout your journey to give you the caring support you deserve.

How much contact can I have with the intended parent(s) once I'm matched?

When you complete your application process with Creative Love you can let us know exactly the type of relationship you would like with your intended parent(s) so we can match you with your perfect individual or couple. We encourage friendly relationships with an open line of communication between our intended parent(s)s and surrogate mothers.

It’s also important to know what type of relationship you would like after the birth of the child(ren).

Will I use my own eggs?

No! Creative Love Surrogate Agency only works with gestational carriers. You are not genetically related to the child you are carrying in anyway.

Can I use my own OB/GYN?

In most cases yes you can. This needs to be mutually agreed between you and the intended parents and insurance coverage needs to be reviewed.

How many embryo will they transfer?

This is something that is discussed before you are matched with intended parents. Many factors go into this. A mutual desire for twins, and embryo quality. Most clinic are conservative on embryo transfers and this will be discussed with you and the intended parents at the time of transfer and all parties need to mutually agree on how many embryos are transferred.

Who will cover all of the expenses related to the surrogate journey?

All expenses are covered by the intended parents from the medical, insurance and miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses. All monies are held in an FDIC insured account and paid out through an attorney escrow account. Creative Love Surrogate Agency works closely with the escrow attorney to ensure that all payments are paid in a timely fashion with no delays to you.

What will my compensation be?

Creative Love Surrogacy Agency understands firsthand that compensation is not your primary reason to become a surrogate mother. We do feel that you should be well compensated for your time and effort put into your journey. We have set base compensation guidelines, however; your requested compensation is entirely up to you.

Firs time surrogate mother $25,000 base compensation.  Experienced surrogate mother $28,000 – $30,000 base compensation.

You will also be compensated a monthly allowance, maternity clothing allowance and possibly other miscellaneous compensation fees. Please see compensation fees.

Why would I not be accepted into our program?

After a full review of your past Ob/Gyn medical records if there are any issues that could harm the outcome of a successful surrogate journey this could disqualify you from our program. Your past records must not show any serious medical or psychological complications. You past pregnancy must be full-term healthy delivery!

Your records must show no gestational diabetes/diabetes, Pre-Eclampsia, Placental Abruption, Preterm Labor/Delivery, Post Partum Hemorrhage,Interuterine Growth Restriction. 2 or more c-sections and 4 or more pregnancies.

Where do I begin to join the agency?

Your first step would be to complete an application on-line with us. Once we review your application a Surrogate Coordinator will contact you to first conduct a telephone interview. We will then forward you a detailed application questionnaire. If you are located within 75 miles of our office we would setup an in person interview.

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