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A Surrogate's Story:
Tina

I started working with Alternative Reproductive Resources in 2005. The process to become a surrogate was more complicated than I had expected and I'm not going to lie, at first it was stressful. Luckily, ARR held my hand through the entire process. You see, I was a surrogate twice. The first time, the embryo transfer didn't take, which was not only hard for me, but for the couple I was trying to help. Due to health issues, the couple had to focus on other needs. Nevertheless, that experience made me stronger and more motivated to help another couple. ARR introduced me to another couple. This experience was very different – not only was I working with new parents, but a different team of doctors. In May 2007, the embryos were transferred and took. I was pregnant with twins. The feeling was overwhelming. Throughout the pregnancy, the intended parents, ARR and my family were very supportive and I was able to give the couple two very precious gifts.

FAQs

What is gestational surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries someone else's embryo in her uterus. The surrogate does not have a genetic tie to the child. Surrogacy may be needed when a woman can produce viable eggs but cannot maintain the pregnancy. In other situations, when the intended parent has neither healthy eggs nor is able to carry the embryo, an egg donor and a surrogate are used.

What are the requirements?

Gestational surrogates must be between 21 and 38 and have given birth to at least one healthy child. There are also medical, psychological, and health insurance requirements.

Do you have a waiting list for gestational surrogates?

It varies. However, there is a steady demand for women who qualify by age, medical and emotional readiness, and family support network.

Are gestational surrogates pre-screened?

All surrogates are screened by an OB/GYN to determine medical clearance and ability to proceed with a pregnancy. Additionally, a board certified licensed clinical psychologist performs a comprehensive psychological screening on the surrogate and her husband or significant other.

How long does it take to be matched as a surrogate?

Once the medical and psychological screenings are accomplished, the matching process follows immediately. Arrangements are then made to meet with the intended parents. If all parties are in agreement, the process continues and ARR will facilitate the relationship.

Do surrogates need to have insurance with maternity benefits?

Surrogates must have private major medical coverage. Maternity coverage may be purchased at the intended parents' expense.

What is the compensation for a gestational surrogate?

Our range of compensation is anywhere from $30,000 to $38,000. Compensation may vary due to circumstances such as a multiple pregnancy, cesarean sections or other situations.

Interested in becoming a surrogate?

There's a huge demand for gestational surrogates. Is it right for you? Complete our online questionnaire and find out!

 

 
 
 
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