Surrogate FAQ’S

1. What is IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)?

It varies and can take from 3 to 4 months from the start of the process until frozen embryo transfer day. Once the embryo transfer is complete and a healthy embryo implantation is achieved, the length of a normal pregnancy up to delivery of baby(ies).

2. How long is the surrogate process?

It varies and can take from 3 to 4 months from the start of the process until frozen embryo transfer day. Once the embryo transfer is complete and a healthy embryo implantation is achieved, the length of a normal pregnancy up to delivery of baby(ies).

3. What are the Requirements to be a Surrogate?

  • Ages 21-38
  • Healthy weight
  • Have had one or more uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries; must provide OB medical records of your pregnancies and obtain your OBGYN clearance to be a gestational surrogate
  • Have reliable transportation to attend doctor appointments
    Does not use tobacco, illegal drugs, or excessive alcohol
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident, must provide documentation
  • Have not been convicted of a felony
    Must have family support or significant other’s/spouse’s support
  • Must be financially secure/stable
  • Must have a stable lifestyle

4. What are the risks to be a Gestational Carrier?

The risks of being a Gestational Carrier involves the same medical risks as any common pregnancy. 

 

5. What is the Compensation with Family Formers?

At Family Formers we have a generous compensation that starts at $35,000 for first time GCs to $42,000 or more for experienced GCs, plus other miscellaneous reimbursements (including mileage, health & life insurance, additional compensation for multiples, wage loss compensation, and help with childcare and housekeeping expenses.)

6. Who pays for all Medical expenses?

All medical expenses will be paid by the intended parents.

7. Will I have a life insurance policy?

Yes, the intended parents will purchase a policy for you for the length of your contract.

8. What documentation do you need from me?

  • Previous prenatal and birth records for all your pregnancies from your OBGYN and hospital
  • A medical clearance letter from your OBGYN, stating you are cleared to be a gestational surrogate
  • Proof of health insurance, if you have one (provide photo of front & back of your card & Eligibility of Coverage document – usually a PDF 100 pages long)
  • Authorization to run a criminal background from you and your significant other

9. Will I meet the Intended Parents?

Usually, you will meet them through a Zoom meeting the first time. If the Intended Parents are local, you will have an opportunity to meet them prior to the Embryo Transfer.

10. Do I need to travel?

Yes, you will need to travel but only in the state of Florida (unless there is a special circumstance and travel out of state is required). Mileage reimbursement is one of the package benefits included in your contract.

11. Can I use my trusted OB or Midwife during pregnancy?

Yes, you can use the OB or Midwife that provided prenatal care during your previous pregnancies.

12. How quickly can I be matched with Intended Parents?

As quickly as you would like, we always have Intended Parents waiting for a gestational surrogate. It would be helpful if you are open minded about the type of parents you would like to work with are, such as a heterosexual, LGBTQ+, international, local couples, or single parents.

13. How much contact should I expect to have with the Intended Parents?

As much as you and the Intended Parents are comfortable with. You can communicate with them on a weekly basis or when you have appointments to give them an update on the progress of the pregnancy. We require all of our Intended Parents to attend the birth of their baby(ies).