Become a Surrogate in Los Angeles

Surrogacy is a remarkable path for individuals looking to help others fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Becoming a surrogate involves a deeply personal commitment to carrying a child for intended parents who are unable to conceive on their own. At West Coast Surrogacy, we specialize in gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate is not genetically related to the baby she carries.

Your Path, Our Guidance: West Coast Surrogacy Agency

At West Coast Surrogacy, we understand that deciding to become a surrogate is of great significance and compassion. Our agency has had the privilege of working with many surrogates throughout California, including Los Angeles. We offer comprehensive support and guidance to surrogates every step of the way. Experience the journey of becoming a surrogate in Los Angeles, California, with our expert guidance.

Why Surrogates Choose Us: The Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate with West Coast Surrogacy

West Coast Surrogacy is recognized as one of the most reputable surrogacy agencies in California. We offer a compassionate and caring approach that stems from our founder's personal experience as a former surrogate. Our team is dedicated to providing unmatched support and guidance, ensuring that both surrogates and intended parents receive the care and attention they deserve throughout the entire surrogacy journey. We are also one of the highest-paying surrogacy agencies in the United States.

“Emotional support is very important as a surrogate, and I feel like West Coast really provided that for me.”

The Surrogacy Process in Los Angeles

West Coast Surrogacy facilitates a seamless process for surrogates in Los Angeles and throughout California. As you consider this remarkable journey, here’s an overview of the surrogacy process:

1. Initial Application and Consultation

Fill out an application and meet with one of our case coordinators to discuss your interest and qualifications for becoming a surrogate.

2. Screening and Matching

Undergo medical, psychological, and background screenings. Once approved, you’ll be matched with intended parents.

3. Medical Clearance

Undergo medical evaluations and screenings to assess if you are physically and mentally prepared for the surrogacy process.

4. Legal Process

Work with attorneys to draft and finalize the surrogacy agreement, outlining rights, responsibilities, and compensation. West Coast Surrogacy has relationships with many experienced attorneys who specialize in surrogacy to guide you through this process.

5. Medical Process

Begin the medical process, including fertility treatments and embryo transfer, under the guidance of a fertility specialist.

6. Pregnancy

Once the embryo is successfully implanted, you’ll undergo regular prenatal care and monitoring throughout the pregnancy.

7. Delivery and Transfer

Give birth to the baby and transfer custody to the intended parents.

Throughout this journey, you'll receive support and guidance from West Coast Surrogacy, medical professionals, and legal experts to facilitate a smooth and successful surrogacy experience.

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Surrogate Requirements in Los Angeles

West Coast Surrogacy conducts a rigorous screening process to evaluate potential gestational surrogates before they can join our program. These measures are essential for promoting a healthy and fulfilling surrogacy journey. Some of these requirements include:

  • Being 21 - 40 years old
  • Having a healthy height and weight ratio
  • Having given birth to at least one child that you are raising
  • Having a healthy reproductive history without complications

Surrogate Compensation and Pay in Los Angeles

West Coast Surrogacy deeply admires and appreciates the selfless dedication of our surrogates. Surrogate compensation and pay is a token of our gratitude for their invaluable contribution. We are proud to be one of the highest-paying surrogacy agencies in Los Angeles and beyond. The table below outlines the basic compensation and pay structure for our surrogates in Los Angeles.

Employed Surrogate Compensation

Experienced Surrogate in Los Angeles
Base Pay - Covers Up to $10,000 in Lost Wages $92,000
Total Cash Compensation, can be up to: $104,000
First Time Surrogate in Los Angeles
Base Pay - Covers Up to $10,000 in Lost Wages $72,000
Total Cash Compensation, can be up to: $84,000

Non-Employed Employed Surrogate Compensation

Experienced Surrogate in Los Angeles
Base Pay $85,000
Total Cash Compensation, can be up to: $97,000
First Time Surrogate in Los Angeles
Base Pay $65,000
Total Cash Compensation, can be up to: $77,000

What is the highest-paying surrogacy agency in Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles, surrogacy compensation is generally higher than in other parts of the country due to the higher cost of living and high demand for surrogates. West Coast Surrogacy is known for offering one of the highest base compensations in the country, including Los Angeles. Our competitive compensation package reflects our appreciation for the invaluable contribution of our surrogates and is designed to fairly compensate them for their time, effort, and dedication throughout the surrogacy journey.

What factors determine the amount of compensation a surrogate receives?

The amount of compensation a surrogate receives is determined by several factors, including location, employment status, previous experience as a surrogate (if applicable), and any additional services or requirements, such as carrying multiples.

Are there any additional expenses or benefits that surrogates receive besides compensation?

In addition to base pay, surrogate compensation also typically includes allowances for medical and pregnancy-related expenses, as well as compensation for lost wages or other inconveniences. Surrogates also often experience a deep sense of emotional satisfaction from helping intended parents fulfill their dreams of parenthood, representing a significant non-monetary benefit of the surrogacy journey.

Surrogacy FAQ

What are the medical requirements for surrogates?

To qualify as a surrogate, you must meet several medical requirements, including being between the ages of 21 and 40, having a healthy height and weight ratio, and having a healthy reproductive history (having given birth to at least one child that you are raising). You should also have had all previous births occurring at 36 weeks gestation or later (unless a multiple pregnancy) without complications.

How long does the surrogacy process typically take?

The surrogacy process typically takes around 12 to 18 months from the time the intended parents and surrogate are matched to the birth of the child. This timeframe can vary depending on individual circumstances, such as the time it takes to find a suitable match, legal proceedings, and the success of the fertility treatments.

What support is available for surrogates during the process?

West Coast Surrogacy offers a wide range of support services for surrogates throughout every step of the journey, including counseling support, online support groups, a dedicated case coordinator, access to independent attorneys, and an insurance specialist to verify health insurance coverage and assist in obtaining a life insurance policy paid for by the intended parents.

Additionally, surrogates have the option to request services such as birth doulas, childbirth classes and education, lactation consultant services, as well as referrals for licensed acupuncturists, dieticians, and certified pregnancy massage therapists.

Why is Los Angeles a popular destination for surrogacy?

Los Angeles is a popular destination for surrogacy, primarily due to California’s surrogacy-friendly laws that protect the rights of both surrogates and intended parents. The state allows for pre-birth parentage orders, which means that intended parents can be recognized as the legal parents of the child even before birth. Additionally, California has a long history of supporting diverse family structures, making it a welcoming environment for surrogacy. Los Angeles also offers world-class medical facilities, experienced fertility clinics, and a diverse population.

What role does the surrogate play in prenatal care and decision-making?

During the pregnancy stage of the surrogacy journey, surrogates are responsible for attending regular prenatal appointments, following the medical advice and recommendations of their healthcare provider, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in support of the pregnancy. The surrogate may also be involved in decision-making regarding prenatal testing, birth plans, and other aspects of the pregnancy, in consultation with the intended parents and healthcare providers. Several decisions about prenatal care will be outlined early on in the surrogate contract, helping to avoid potential conflicts.

How are parental rights established in a surrogacy arrangement in Los Angeles?

Parental rights in a surrogacy arrangement in Los Angeles are typically established through a pre-birth parentage order. This legal document is issued by the court before the birth of the child and identifies the intended parents as the legal parents of the child born through surrogacy. The parentage order terminates any parental rights of the surrogate and her spouse or partner, if applicable, and establishes the intended parents as the legal parents from the moment of birth.

Why West Coast Surrogacy is the Best Agency for Surrogacy in Los Angeles

West Coast Surrogacy is the premier choice for intended parents and surrogates in Los Angeles. Founded by a former surrogate, our boutique-style agency understands the intricacies of the surrogacy journey and is dedicated to providing personalized support and guidance every step of the way. Our agency has garnered many happy testimonials and reviews from intended parents and surrogates alike, reflecting our reputation for excellence in the surrogacy community. Additionally, we offer high compensation for surrogates, recognizing the invaluable gift they provide to others. Choose West Coast Surrogacy for a surrogacy journey that is both rewarding and fulfilling.