Surrogacy - FAQs

Q: What are the qualifications to be a Surrogate Mother?

A: In order to be considered as a Surrogate Mother in Baby Miracles’ program, you must: 

  • currently reside in California or a surrogacy-friendly state and reside there during the entire pregnancy and for delivery
  • be between the ages of 23 and 36; exceptions made for repeat Surrogates
  • have easy, uncomplicated pregnancies and enjoy being pregnant
  • be healthy and free of sexually-transmitted diseases
  • not have smoked for at least 3 years and have never taken illegal drugs
  • not be alcohol-dependent and be willing to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages while pregnant
  • meet fertility clinic recommended guidelines for height/weight for gestational carriers (generally a bmi of 30.9 or less)
  • not be receiving public assistance
  • have a good support system, the full support of your husband/partner (if any), and have a stable, healthy living environment
  • exhibit a pleasant, cooperative attitude
  • be willing to self-administer hormone injections or have someone assist you if required by clinic protocol
  • have a sincere desire to be a Surrogate for reasons other than financial compensation
    • Q: I'm single and live alone with my children, can I still be a Surrogate in your program?
      A: We do not require our Surrogates be married as long as they have a stable and healthy home environment and a good, independent support system. We require that our Surrogates be of good moral character and have a healthy lifestyle.

      Q: I'm married but my husband doesn't want me to be a Surrogate. Do I need his consent?
      A: You absolutely DO need his approval and support to be a Surrogate. He will be required to undergo STD screening, sign the Surrogacy Agreement with the couple, and provide ongoing support and encouragement to you.

      Q: Can I be a Surrogate if I haven't completed my own family?
      A: Yes, although you need to be very sure that you and your husband/partner are in complete agreement to postponing adding to your family.

      Q: The state I live in is not surrogate-friendly, but am willing to relocate during pregnancy. Can I be considered for your program?
      A: Unfortunately, no. Our Surrogates must reside in a surrogacy-friendly state.

      Q: I've had a tubal ligation, can I still be a Surrogate?
      A: Yes, you would still be able to be a gestational surrogate as your ovaries would not be involved.

      Q: Can I choose the couple that I will be a Surrogate for?
      A: Absolutely! It is a mutual selection process. We will provide your profile to couples who most closely match your preferences and, when we have a couple who are interested in you, we will provide you with their profile and give you an opportunity to decide whether they might be a good couple for you.

      Q: How much contact will I have with the couple?
      A: As much as you and your couple desire. In your interview with Baby Miracles' we explore how much involvement you wish to have before, during, and after the pregnancy to ensure the couple to whom we provide your profile have the same desires and expectations. This will also be thoroughly discussed during your meeting with the couple.

      Q: Will I have to travel?
      A: Not if you don't want to. We work with both domestic as well as international couples, many of whom will choose a clinic close to where their Surrogate is located or if they are already working with a clinic, will request a Surrogate within driving distance. In some cases, the fertility clinic the Prospective Parents are working with is not geographically close to the Surrogate, in which case the Surrogate must travel to the primary clinic for 3-4 appointments and be seen at a monitoring clinic local to her for others. This is one of the preferences we consider when presenting profiles to Prospective Parents.

      Q: Do I have to take medications and, if so, for how long?
      A: Except in rare instances where the clinic will do a "natural" cycle, yes, you would most likely need to take supplemental hormones and certain other medications. Clinics have their own protocols with respect to what medications will be required and various means of administration which could include one or more of the following: injections, oral, patches, and/or suppositories. The means of administration is determined by the clinic, and neither the Surrogate nor the agency can typically alter the protocol.

      Q: What will I have to pay for?
      A: Nothing whatsoever. The Prospective Parents are responsible for all expenses such as medical fees, doctor fees, medications, attorney fees, etc. Occasionally you may incur an expense for which you will be reimbursed, such as doctor visit co-pays.

      Q: What if I don't have insurance?
      A: The couple for whom you are a Surrogate will pay for a policy for you and will pay all premiums, co-pays and deductibles relating to maternity care and delivery through their escrow account.

      Q: Will I be able to use my own obstetrician?
      A: Possibly; this is dependent upon a number of factors. If you have insurance but it excludes surrogacy and a policy is purchased for you, your obstetrician may not be a preferred provider under that policy. Additionally, some couples wish to participate in the selection of an obstetrician. These issues will be addressed up front during the matching process.

      Q: Is it likely that I would carry more than one baby?
      A: Likely, no, but it is certainly possible. Our goal is to have one healthy baby, however, in gestational surrogacy, generally one or two embryos are transferred, depending upon a number of factors. IVF technology has advanced much over the last few years and many clinics are able to transfer one embryo with a high rate of success. However, again, this is dependent upon a number of factors such as the age of the woman whose eggs are used to create the embryos, whether it is a fresh or frozen transfer cycle, the quality of the embryos, etc. This issue is explored thoroughly during your meeting with the Director as well as your meeting with the Prospective Parents. Whether a Surrogate is willing to carry more than one baby is a significant factor we look at when making a potential match. Your desires in this regard are extremely important as this could potentially impact you and your family more than a singleton pregancy.

      Q: How will I be compensated?
      A: The Prospective Parents will fund an escrow account prior to the embryo transfer in an amount sufficient to pay all compensation and expenses contemplated during your surrogacy arrangement for a singleton, uncomplicated pregnancy. Should additional funds be necessray to carry out the terms of the Surrogacy Agreement, the Prospective Parents will be required to make one or more supplemental escrow deposits.

      Q: How much contact will I have with Baby Miracles?
      A: You will have a lot of contact with the agency, your assigned Case Coordinator and the Support Coordinator. You will be guided each step of the process and we are available on a 24/7 basis to our Surrogates and clients.

      Q: Will I be able to meet other Surrogates?
      A: Absolutely! Baby Miracles has a Surrogate Support Program with monthly support group meetings. If there is no support group local to you, you may participate via internet chat such as Skype. It is our goal for you to have the very best surrogacy experience and sharing your experience with other Surrogates is a wonderful way to give and receive support.