Become a Surrogate in Temecula Valley

By carrying a child for those who cannot conceive or give birth on their own, surrogates help give life to people’s dreams of parenthood. This requires a remarkable commitment of both physical and emotional energy. At West Coast Surrogacy (WCS), we specialize solely in gestational surrogacy, in which the surrogate is not biologically related to the baby.

Your Path, Our Guidance: West Coast Surrogacy Agency

West Coast Surrogacy works with surrogates throughout California, including Temecula Valley. Our dedicated, compassionate team has years of experience, with our founder and other staff members having served as surrogates, egg donors, fertility patients, and/or fertility healthcare professionals themselves. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of support and care.

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

As a boutique surrogacy agency, WCS offers unparalleled attention and guidance. Our case coordinators work one-on-one with surrogates to help cultivate the best possible experience, while our network of birth doulas, childbirth educators, registered dieticians, and fertility nurses work in unison to facilitate a happy and healthy surrogacy journey. Independent mental health professionals, legal experts, and other medical experts are also available to address your every need and concern. We understand the unique effort involved in surrogacy and are therefore proud to be one of the highest-paying agencies in the country.

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

The Surrogacy Process in Temecula Valley

We aim to facilitate a smooth, seamless surrogacy process, with our caring, knowledgeable staff available at every step. A typical surrogacy process in Temecula Valley will include the following:

1. Initial application

After considering whether you’d be a good fit for surrogacy, you can apply on our website. After careful review of your application, WCS will be in touch to set up an in-person meeting to further discuss your interest and qualifications.

2. Prescreening and matching

If you move forward, we’ll then begin the prescreening process. This entails a home visit from one of our team members as well as an appointment with a maternal fetal medicine physician. Next, we can match you with intended parents.

3. Medical evaluation

Your medical records will be reviewed by an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) physician, and all necessary physical and mental evaluations will be conducted to assess your health and well-being throughout the surrogacy process. Someone from WCS will attend all medical appointments with you.

4. Legal process

You’ll have access to several independent attorneys specializing in reproductive and surrogacy law, and you’ll choose one to work with. They’ll review the surrogacy contract drafted by the intended parents’ attorneys and advise you on your rights and obligations.

5. Embryo transfer

After all screenings and legal matters have been completed, you can begin the embryo transfer cycle. This will involve multiple injections, blood tests, and ultrasounds. All prescribed medications will be reviewed with you in detail by your IVF physician.

6. Pregnancy

You’ll continue to see your IVF doctor once you’re pregnant. After about 10 weeks, you can begin seeing your obstetrician. We’ll continue to serve as a liaison between you and the intended parents and will attend any appointments they cannot accompany you to.

The team at West Coast Surrogacy will be present for all important milestones during your surrogacy, from the initial application through delivery.

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Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Surrogate Requirements in Temecula Valley

Certain requirements must be met to help evaluate the health, safety, and well-being of both you and the baby. A few of these important 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 pregnancy history

Surrogate Compensation and Pay in Temecula Valley

We design compensation packages to accurately reflect the deeply personal commitment involved in surrogacy, with every individual’s unique needs and circumstances specially accounted for. West Coast Surrogacy is proud to be among the highest-paying surrogacy agencies in Temecula Valley and beyond. Typical compensation packages are as follows:

Employed Surrogate Compensation

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

What is the highest-paying surrogacy agency in Temecula Valley?

Because every surrogacy case is different, overall compensation will vary depending on your needs and circumstances. For example, because both the cost of living and demand for surrogates are higher in California, surrogacy base pay is typically higher as well. West Coast Surrogacy offers one of the highest surrogacy base fees in the country, including within Temecula Valley.

What factors determine the amount of compensation a surrogate receives?

Several variables can affect the total amount of surrogacy compensation, including state of residence/cost of living, prior surrogacy experience, whether the pregnancy results in more than one child, whether a C-section is required, employment status, lost wages, and any unexpected or unique medical circumstances. We’ll take all factors into account to determine fair and competitive compensation.

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

Aside from base pay, surrogates often receive allowances for individual situations, as well as reimbursement for itemized expenses and non-accountable items such as maternity clothes. You’ll also be reimbursed for insurance premiums. At the end of the surrogacy journey, surrogates often have a feeling of immense fulfillment and satisfaction. This selfless, life-changing experience will likely leave a deep impression on you.

Surrogacy FAQ

Do surrogates have a relationship with the child after birth?

The extent of the relationship between surrogates and the child after birth varies depending on what the intended parents and surrogates agree upon in their arrangement. In some cases, intended parents may share occasional updates or photos, while others may continue to develop deeper personal relationships after the birth of the child or go their separate ways. These specific arrangements are typically outlined in the surrogacy agreement before the birth.

How is compensation determined for surrogates?

Typically, compensation covers the surrogate’s time, effort, and any discomfort associated with the pregnancy, as well as expenses such as medical bills, legal fees, and maternity clothing. The exact amount of compensation is determined by various factors, including the surrogate’s location, experience, and employment status.

What should I consider before becoming a surrogate?

Before becoming a surrogate, consider your physical and emotional readiness to carry a pregnancy for someone else. Understand the medical risks and potential impact on your lifestyle and family. Make sure you have a strong support system in place. Familiarize yourself with the legal aspects and your rights and responsibilities. Lastly, consider your motivations for surrogacy and whether you are comfortable with the intended parents’ expectations and the potential emotional challenges of the journey.

How long does the surrogacy process typically take?

The surrogacy process can vary in length but typically takes around 12 to 18 months from the time of matching with intended parents to the birth of the child. This timeframe includes the legal and medical screening processes, embryo transfer, pregnancy, and post-birth legal procedures. However, it’s important to note that the timeline can be influenced by various factors, such as the complexity of the case and any unexpected delays.

What happens if the surrogate miscarries or if there are pregnancy complications?

If a surrogate miscarries or experiences pregnancy complications, the specific course of action depends on the circumstances and the agreements outlined in the surrogacy contract. Intended parents and the surrogate typically work together to navigate these challenges, which may involve medical treatment, emotional support, and legal considerations. The surrogacy contract may outline financial arrangements in such situations, including whether the surrogate is entitled to additional compensation or support.

What happens if the surrogate wants to keep the baby?

Surrogates have no legal parental rights to the baby under the surrogacy agreement. In the rare event that a surrogate expresses a desire to keep the baby, the child would still be placed with the intended parents as planned. This situation is extremely uncommon, as surrogates typically understand and respect the agreement they have entered into with the intended parents. Furthermore, surrogates perceive the pregnancy as a meaningful journey to assist others, rather than as their own. They often feel fulfilled and joyful to see the intended parents embrace parenthood and embark on a new chapter in their lives with the baby.

Why West Coast Surrogacy is the Best Agency for Surrogacy in Temecula Valley

West Coast Surrogacy is the premier choice for intended parents and surrogates in Temecula Valley. Our agency was founded by Amy Kaplan, a former surrogate who has also been an egg donor and a fertility patient, and has worked extensively in IVF centers. Amy's personal journey has deeply informed the ethos of our boutique-style agency, where the majority of our employees are former surrogates themselves. This unique perspective allows us to understand and cater to the needs of both intended parents and surrogates, providing personalized support and guidance throughout the surrogacy journey.

West Coast Surrogacy 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.

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