Becoming a Surrogate - Common Questions
Q: Are there age limits to being a gestational surrogate?
A: Yes. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, gestational surrogates need to be between 21 and 44 years of age.
Q: I had my tubes tied. Can I still be a gestational surrogate?
A: Absolutely! A pregnancy in a gestational surrogate is accomplished through in vitro fertilization (IVF). In IVF, the embryos are placed directly into the surrogate’s uterus, so the surrogate’s fallopian tubes and ovaries are not used at all.
Q: Will I meet the intended parents?
A: Yes, you will meet them via Skype for the match interview. During the pregnancy, you will be in contact them via Skype or phone. If financially and logistically possible, they may be with you for the transfer or travel to you to attend prenatal appointments. Either way, they will for sure be with you during the delivery.
Q: Is there anything required of my husband (partner)?
A: Your husband or partner must agree to participate in medical screening (HIV, Hepatitis B and C, CMV, and any other sexually transmitted diseases or disorders), nicotine, and drug testing. The same request must be made of any person with whom you have had sexual contact during the six months prior to applying as a surrogate mother. For married surrogates, husbands must agree to and sign the contract and must cooperate with all provisions of the contract. The intended parents ordinarily ask to meet the surrogate’s husband, fiancé or partner.
Q: Are my medical bills paid?
A: Yes! When you are seen at the fertility clinic, the clinic will bill the intended parents directly. But once you move over to your OB’s office, the OB will bill you. You simply send all the bills to the escrow account and they will pay them for you.
Q: What if I have already found the intended parents I want to help? Can A Host of Possibilities help us navigate the process?
A: Absolutely! We are happy to assist those surrogates and intended parents with their contract needs, contract administration, and finalizing the parent and child relationship after delivery. Our agency fees for helping in this way are reduced accordingly. If you are a surrogate who has already found a family you want to help, call us at (208) 297-5189. We will be glad to answer your questions and further describe how we can help you and your couple.
Q: I don't have health insurance or my insurance has a surrogacy exclusion, can I still be a surrogate?
A: Yes! If you have an insurance policy that excludes surrogacy or you do not have insurance, the intended parents will purchase a health insurance policy for you that will be in place before the embryo transfer up to your postpartum appointment.