Learn More About Surrogacy

Learn More About Surrogacy

Is Surrogacy Right For Me?
Carrying a baby for someone else is one of the most profound gifts a woman can give. If you enjoy being pregnant and are healthy, being a surrogate for a family that could not otherwise have a baby is likely to be a deeply rewarding experience for you.

As a gestational surrogate, you are not genetically related to the child. Instead, the egg is removed from the mom-to-be or an egg donor and fertilized with sperm to create an embryo. The embryo is placed inside the uterus of the gestational surrogate. Your healthy body is a temporary space for the embryo to grow.

Gestational surrogates are compensated for the risks they take on, but most surrogates find the emotional rewards to be much greater and deeper than they had ever imagined.

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Is Surrogacy Right For Me?

Who should apply to be a gestational surrogate with Forward Fertility?

The gestational surrogate is healthy, loves being pregnant, and wants to help others. Child's hand, surrogate's belly
Specific requirements include:

    • Good physical and mental health
    • Live in a stable environment, including financial stability
    • 21 to 40 years old, some clinics work with women up to age 45 or 50.
    • Be a parent to your own child or children
    • Having had healthy pregnancies
    • Having had no more than two previous C-sections
    • Having had no more than five previous deliveries
    • Being willing to take medications (oral, patches, vaginal and/or injections) for several weeks
    • Being a non-smoker and with no steady exposure to second-hand smoke
    • Being willing to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and make lifestyle modifications as requested
    • Healthy body mass index (BMI)

In addition, if you are in a relationship, your partner must be supportive of your decision, willing and able to complete infectious disease testing, psychological assessment, and sign legal contracts.

Which states can a surrogate live in?

states_imgmap3revEach state has its own law about whether a woman can legally deliver a baby as a surrogate.  Forward Fertility primarily works with surrogates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Surrogate candidates from the other states listed below will be considered on a case by case basis.   Laws surrounding surrogacy also change and are confirmed with an attorney prior to moving forward with a match.

  • Midwest: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio
  • South: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia
  • West: California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho
  • East: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

What motivates a woman to become a gestational surrogate?

  • Many women become surrogates after someone they know struggled with fertility. Seeing how difficult it can be, leads them to help others.
  • Most gestational surrogate applicants LOVED being pregnant, but are done with their own family. Why not help others?
  • Many women love being moms and want others to have the chance to experience parenthood, too.
  • For some women, gestational surrogacy is a way to earn supplemental income and stay home with their own children.
  • Some gestational surrogates want to help gay men become dads as an act of justice and equality.

What type of clients might need a gestational surrogate?

Dad holding newbornFor Parents to Be, surrogacy can be a gateway to a dream. It can also mean facing an incredible financial expense or the emotional struggle of not carrying your own baby.  Most clients using surrogacy fall into one of the following categories:

  • Women who have had repeat miscarriages.
  • A woman who has Asherman’s Syndrome, a condition characterized by having adhesions or scar tissue inside the uterus
  • Gay men or single men using an egg donor
  •  A woman with a previous hysterectomy or endometrial ablation
  • A woman who has a medical condition that is not compatible with pregnancy (clotting disorder, cancer survivor, some autoimmune disorders, etc.)
  • Clients who have had multiple, unexplained, failed IVF attempts

So far, I am interested in gestational surrogacy — what next?

If after reading all of the above, gestational surrogacy sounds like something you would like to explore further, click here to complete a short screening application. Or, review the Process for Surrogates or Common Questions from Surrogates pages.Begin the Gestational Surrogacy Screening Application »

The rewards of surrogacy are great. However, carrying a pregnancy for someone else comes with serious responsibility as well. Maturity, excellent communication skills, emotional stability and a flexible schedule that allows for required medical visits are all necessary. Being pregnant does have risks and you must be willing to accept those risks for you and your family. Being pregnant as a gestational carrier for other people has special emotional and psychological challenges and it is important for you to weigh these as well.

With each gestational surrogacy match, Forward Fertility strives to create the most optimal situation. Knowing yourself is a critical first step toward that goal.