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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?

ARR's detailed attention given to every surrogate during our screening process is one of the reasons we continue to have tremendous success with our matching process. We follow the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines when screening potential surrogate candidates. To start, 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. During our initial call, we will discuss how surrogacy will work with you specifically as well as review your eligibility and answer all your questions. Start the conversation. Complete our Prescreening Questionnaire.

Can you work with my location to become a surrogate?

Yes! ARR works with all surrogate friendly states. We have established a community of trusted fertility centers, medical professionals, and attorneys throughout the country to allow surrogacy to fit your daily life. Benefits include, but not limited to, local monitoring as well as local OB-GYN care and delivery in your area. We discuss how surrogacy works specifically with you and your location during our initial call.

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?

We devote all our time and energy into gaining a 360 understanding of our surrogates and intended parents. The thoroughness of our vetting process is what sets us apart. Our Mindful Matching process is the reason for our high success rate. Once the medical and psychological screenings are accomplished, the matching process follows immediately. We will commence the search for a potential match, based on your criteria in comparison to our intended parents' criteria. When a potential match is found, we provide you with the intended parents' biography for your review and they will have similar information, so the match is mutual. You will each determine whether you want to meet. If so, we plan an in-person meeting between you, your significant other (if applicable), intended parent(s), and psychologist to discuss all expectations and preferences directly with each other. With almost 30 years of experience and personalized matching, let ARR make your first match the best match!

Do surrogates need to have insurance with maternity benefits?

Surrogates must have private major medical coverage. An evaluation of your insurance policy is completed by an independent insurance agency who specializes in surrogacy. This review is to assess whether a surrogacy pregnancy is covered or not. Should there be any exclusionary language for surrogacy, ARR guides intended parents on supplementary insurance options for the surrogacy pregnancy and delivery.

What is the compensation for a gestational surrogate?

It is important to discuss and understand the surrogacy compensation and benefits in detail before deciding to move forward. Our base compensation starts at $40,000.00 for first time surrogates. Compensation may increase due to circumstances such as experienced surrogates, a multiple pregnancy, cesarean section, etc.

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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