How soon can I get matched after the application?
We work hard to make sure you have the right match. We cannot specify how long it will take you to get matched. There are many factors that can attribute to the match such as location, willingness to pump breast milk, willingness to carry multiples, etc… Our matches are based on preferences of the Intended Parents as well as our gestational surrogates.
Are there any risks as a surrogate?
Our requirements are strict in order to protect the health of our potential surrogates and the newborns that they will give birth to. The risks associated with being a surrogate are typically the same risks as those associated with a traditional pregnancy.
Do I have to use my own eggs?
No. We only work with gestational carriers and not traditional surrogates. Being a gestational carrier means the Intended Parents use their own eggs or another donor for the eggs. A fully created embryo is transferred into to your uterus for you to carry and nurture for the next 9 months. There is no genetic or biological linkage to you and your genes.
How much do I make from being a surrogate?
Our surrogates are well compensated. First-time surrogates in California are compensated $35,000-45,000, all other states are compensated $30,000-35,000, and experienced surrogates can earn as much as $60,000, or even more. For more information on surrogate compensation, please visit our compensation page which offers complete details.
Is it possible to become a surrogate for a family member or friend?
Yes this is possible. We can manage the surrogacy arrangement if you’re matched with a family member or friend.
Can I become a surrogate if I am a single mom?
Yes. FTS works with single mothers as long as she is approved by our team. If you are single, it is very important that you have some type of support system in place prior to committing to our program.
What medications will I have to take as a gestational surrogate?
Each fertility clinic is different and requires different protocols. Each surrogate will be required to follow a cycle calendar specifically for their transfer. The typical medications taken are Pre-Natal Vitamins, Birth Control, Lupron, Progesterone, and Estrogen. Some medications are taken orally and others are in the form of self-injections.
Can I use my own OBgyn?
Yes, once you are released from the fertility clinic which is around 11 weeks, you will be able to meet with and use the OB/GYN of your choice. You are able to use the doctor that you know and feel comfortable with.
Will all of my expenses be covered?
There are no out of pocket expenses to our surrogates. If so, they are usually minor and you are always reimbursed for them. All necessary expenses for the transfer are covered. Should you need travel accommodations there is no out of pocket for that either. You will also receive a $250-300 monthly miscellaneous fee in order to assist with miscellaneous fees that you incur due to the surrogacy.
What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy refers to a surrogacy agreement in which the surrogate is the biological mother of the baby, whereas in a gestational surrogacy agreement the surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby.
In which states is it legal to become a surrogate?
Each state has its own laws regarding third party reproduction. Certain states have clear laws that permit compensated surrogacy, whereas others only allow solely altruistic surrogacy to occur. Currently, FTS is accepting surrogates in: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Though other states do allow for surrogacy, our agency chooses to work with states whose laws allow the intended parent’s names to appear directly on the birth certificate.
Can I become a surrogate even without medical insurance?
Yes. If you do not have health insurance, a surrogate-specific medical plan may be purchased for you by the intended parents for the duration of your pregnancy.