Surrogate Mother FAQs
Q: How long does it take to be matched with intended parents?
A: Once you have completed the necessary paperwork and submitted your medical records to us for review, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a number of months to find a strong match for you. Our focus is to match you with an individual or couple based on your needs and desires, allowing you to have an experience that is both enriching and fulfilling.
Q: Does your surrogacy program work with single parents and gay couples?
A: Yes. West Coast Surrogacy believes that everyone has the right to be a parent, regardless of their age, marital status or sexual orientation.
Q: Can I be a surrogate if I don’t have health insurance?
A: 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.
Q: If I do have health insurance, will it be used for the surrogacy?
A: Provided that your policy specifically and clearly states there is coverage for a surrogate pregnancy, your plan may be used with your consent. Your monthly premiums, co-pays and deductible will be paid by the intended parents.
Q: Can I be a surrogate if I am a single parent?
A: Yes. West Coast Surrogacy believes single mothers are just as capable of being surrogates as a woman who is married. If you are single, it is very important that you have some type of support system in place prior to committing to any surrogate program.
Q: Is surrogacy legal in my state?
A: If you are uncertain about the laws in your state regarding surrogacy, please call our office to speak with a representative. You may also visit the following link: www.allthingssurrogacy.org
Q: What if I am still overweight from my last pregnancy?
A: Being overweight does not necessarily disqualify you from being a surrogate. The IVF physician that performs your medical evaluation will make this determination. If you are considered to be obese, you may not qualify. If this is a concern for you, please call our office and speak with a representative.
Q: Will there be any costs to me as a surrogate?
A: Initially, you may have expenses related to obtaining and mailing your medical records, and traveling to your testing and screening appointments if you live locally. All other surrogate mother costs and fees are covered by the intended parents. Once you have completed and passed the screening process, you will be compensated $500 to cover related expenses.
Q: Who pays for me to travel if I don’t live in California near the surrogacy agency or the intended parents?
A: The intended parents that you are matched with will pay any traveling expenses related to your surrogacy.
Q: Can I choose the individual or couple that I work with?
A: The decision to be a gestational carrier for an individual or couple is mutually agreed upon by you and the other party. You will be presented with profiles of available intended parents from our surrogacy agency that meet your criteria and you will choose which individuals you would like to meet in person. The relationship between you and the parent(s) you work with is of the utmost importance to us. We take the matching process very seriously and your role in this process is paramount.
Q: Can I go to my own OB once I am pregnant?
A: Yes, provided that your OB accepts the health insurance plan being utilized for the pregnancy. Together, you and your intended parents will decide upon the physician that cares for you during pregnancy. Many surrogates return to the physician that delivered their own children for the surrogate pregnancy.
Q: How are financial issues handled?
A: All funds related to your surrogacy will be held in a trust account that is managed by an independent attorney or an experienced escrow company, so that all monies due for your surrogate fees and reimbursement of related expenses are timely paid. All financial matters will be handled by the surrogacy agency, removing this component from your relationship with the intended parents.
Q: Why should I choose your agency over other surrogacy agencies?
A: Becoming a surrogate mother and choosing a surrogacy agency to align yourself with should be done with great care. West Coast Surrogacy distinguishes itself from the competition through the compassion, understanding and support we offer to each of our clients. Our agency began as a result of our founder’s experience having worked with infertile couples for most of her career, and having been a surrogate mother herself, experiencing a high risk multiple pregnancy that took her on an unexpected journey of triumph and joy. It is our mission to provide you with the resources to have the most rewarding, profound, and life-altering experience possible.