Surrogacy provides additional biological options for intended parents, including gender selection. Most often the embryos are tested for genetic issues/abnormalities to ensure the best possible chances at a successful pregnancy. That being said, the sex of the embryo is often known and parents can generally select which embryo they want to transfer to the surrogate.
To be eligible for surrogacy you must:
Have had one or more easy pregnancies and deliveries.
Be between the ages of 21 and 40.
Be a California resident.
Be willing to be vaccinated against Covid.
Have at least one child of your own living with you.
Be a non-smoker.
Have reliable transportation.
Be financially stable.
Have a desire to help another in a special way.
…And you must love being pregnant!
You can potentially be a surrogate mother many times! Many intended parents consider a previous surrogacy to be a welcome sign and a valuable characteristic to look for. However, medical professionals recommend that you have no more than 5 previous pregnancies.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate doesn’t share DNA since the egg and the sperm are not hers.
In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate and the child do share DNA, because the surrogate’s own egg is used in creating the pregnancy.
SPS is a gestational surrogacy program.
In case of a miscarriage, surrogates are paid as they achieve specific milestones during the surrogacy journey. If you experience an unforeseen event like a miscarriage during your surrogacy journey, you will be compensated up to that point.
The way surrogate mother get pregnant depends on the type of surrogacy: gestational carrier or traditional surrogate.
A gestational carrier will in most cases carry the egg and sperm of the future parent. The egg or the sperm may come from an intended donor. But in all cases it does not involve the surrogate’s eggs. Pregnancy is achieved through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
A traditional surrogate donates her own egg and carries the pregnancy for the future parent. The pregnancy is usually achieved through intrauterine insemination (IUI) with sperm from the intended father. Sperm donors may also be used.
SPS is a gestational surrogacy program.
Yes, the surrogates get paid. As the surrogate, don’t pay any of the legal or medical fees. Instead, you’re compensated for your service. At Surrogate parenting services, our surrogate mothers benefit from a very generous compensation program.
Our surrogate compensation begins at $60,000 with an additional $10,000 in guaranteed extras. Additional compensation add-ons are available.
For the age limit, we follow the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) guidelines. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that surrogates be between the ages of 21 and 45.
But ultimately it is the Intended Parents fertility doctor who will approve their surrogate to work with them.
Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction in which a woman, called a surrogate mother, carries and gives birth to a baby for another person or couple, called the “intended parent(s).” Surrogacy enables people who cannot successfully carry a pregnancy to have a baby.
We cover a wide range of cities in the state of California.
Unlike other programs, we do not offer an online list of our available Surrogates. Our matching process is very personal and unique. Cristie Montgomery personally matches each Surrogate with the Intended Parent(s), and this is based on many factors, including personalities, personal values, location, what each is looking for in the other, etc. Once each party reviews each other’s profile and photograph, SPS schedules a meeting between the Surrogate and her partner (if applicable), the Intended Parent(s), the Case Manager and Cristie. The majority of the time, the match is successful and the Surrogate and Intended Parents proceed to work together.
We may be more expensive than some, and less expensive than others, but the experience you will have at SPS will prove to be worth every penny. At SPS, we stay with you every step of the way, from the moment you engage our services to the day you bring your child home. We give you hands-on, personal service throughout the process. Some programs charge less, but provide fewer services, leaving many details to the parents.
No, there are no guidelines. However, we find it best for the Surrogate, the Intended Parents and SPS to form a team, all working together and supporting each other toward a very special and mutual goal.
No, the surrogate won’t want to keep the baby. The Surrogate and the Intended Parents develop a close relationship throughout the pregnancy. Our experience has been that the Surrogate is excited for the new parents to experience parenthood, with her help, which results in a positive experience for everyone.
Due to the high demand of surrogates in California, it takes approximately 4 months to be matched with a surrogate. SPS works exclusively with surrogates in California due to the state legislature.
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