It is an amazing journey for both, you and the Intended Parent(s).
Upon a successful matched, the Surrogate will undergo the following steps during the surrogacy:
Upon a successful match you will be scheduled for your psychological screening with a psychologist depending on the state you live. You will also be scheduled for a medical screening appointment where you will meet the Intended Parent’s physician for a pelvic exam, ultrasound, and blood work.
You will be given lab orders for your partner if applicable, to also have blood work screening if he cannot make it to the appointment.
You will be scheduled to review the legal contract between yourself and the Intended Parent(s).
Upon agreeing to all terms you will sign and notarize the final draft. This is paid by the Intended Parent(s).
This is paid by the Intended Parent(s).
A cycle calendar will be provided to you with important dates and prescription medications.
The physician´s office will go over in detail the names of the medications, instructions on the use, and side effects if any.
Never hesitate to ask any questions if you do not completely understand the instructions.
Most physicians´offices will instruct the Surrogate to be on bed rest for the first 24-48 hours following the transfer.
Depending upon the location of the Surrogate, this can either take place at the Surrogate´s home or hotel accommodations will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be prepared by your case manager.
Two weeks after the date of the embryo transfer, a blood pregnancy test will be completed to determine whether the Surrogate Mother is pregnant.
Once the pregnancy is confirmed, you will continue to see the physician for follow up ultrasound and blood work to monitor the pregnancy and to evaluate the embryo transfer resulted in a singleton or twin pregnancy.
After ten weeks´s of pregnancy, the Surrogate will then be released to her own OBGYN for the remainder of the pregnancy and delivery.
If you need assistance in finding an OBGYN please let us know.
Payments are disbursed directly to the Surrogate by an escrow holding company. The surrogate will receive a check in the mail. This will begin upon execution of legal clearance. The surrogate will receive the monthly allowance, and applicable expense reimbursements.
Once pregnancy is confirmed your pregnancy compensation will start based on the terms of your contract. Reimbursable expenses need to be communicated immediately to your case manager for reimbursement to be disbursed.
Explained in Details:
The surrogate compensation will be paid in monthly installments during the pregnancy, beginning upon confirmation of pregnancy via heartbeat ultrasound.
Once legal contracts are signed and fully executed by both parties, you will receive this amount on the first of the following month. This payment will continue throughout your pregnancy. The purpose of this allowance is to cover expenses such as mileage, postage, lost wages prior to pregnancy, telephone calls, faxes, and misc. expenses related to the surrogacy process.
You will receive this payment for two months following a vaginal delivery or three months following a C-section.
This fee is payable to you the 1st of the following month of starting medications for the cycle, in preparation for the embryo transfer.
This fee is paid to you on the first of the month following you embryo transfer. This fee is to compensate the surrogate for the time associated with medical preparation for the transfer and bed rest.
This maternity clothing allowance will be a one time payment at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
You will receive $100 to attend a monthly support group. This can be done by phone or person and instructions will be sent by your case manager depending on where you live. THIS IS NOT MANDATORY.
This allowance is paid for your spouse/partner’s time to be with you during embryo transfer and delivery. This is a flat payment for your support person for missing time from work.
The payment of $100/day (2 days for embryo transfer, delivery: 2 days for vaginal birth and 5 days for C-Section).
This fee is paid to you if you are confirmed pregnant with more than one fetus at heartbeat ultrasound. It is payable at $1,000 per month, in addition to your pregnancy benefit payment, on the first of the month following the 20th week of pregnancy.
If you begin injectable medications, and the cycle is canceled, at no fault to you, you will receive this fee on the first of the month following cancellation.
If your OB doctor deems it necessary that you deliver by C-section, this fee will be paid to you following your delivery. This fee is for pain and suffering associated with the C-section, added risks, and longer recovery.
If your doctor places you on bed rest during any period of your pregnancy (excluding mandatory bed rest for embryo transfer).
If you agree and your intended parents request breast milk, you will be compensated for your time and effort to pump milk. Your intended parents pay for all the supplies.
This fee will be paid to compensate for the trauma associated with the following procedures: amniocentesis, D & C, early termination, fetal reduction, operative hysterectomy (in hospital or outpatient facility) or ectopic pregnancy.
Loss of uterus up to 6 months postpartum
If the surrogate has a medical insurance that covers surrogacy she needs to provide proof of insurance, including carrier’s name and policy information to run a surrogacy exclusion review. If a surrogate is uninsured, Elite Women Surrogacy will assist the intended parents in acquiring the appropriate coverage.
There will be a $250,000 one year life insurance policy issued to the surrogate paid by the intended parents.
The more you know, the better
Yes, if you are between the ages of 21 and 37, have enjoyed pregnancy before with no major complications, are height and weight proportionate and have a healthy life style.
After the profile and application process has been completed your profile will be accessible to potential Intended Parents for review. Careful consideration is given to your personal preference on what type of Intended Parents you are willing to be matched with. Depending upon the Surrogate and Intended Parent location, a conference call or in person meeting will be scheduled to decide whether both parties are interested in moving forward.
Your surrogate coordinator will give you instructions in downloading apps if we choose to meet over Skype/WeChat.
During the fertility treatment cycle, you will take various medications. In some instances, you may be required to administer intramuscular injections.
Each physician´s office has a different medication protocol. The particular physician´s office that you will be working with will explain in detail your medication, side effects if any, and what will be expected of you. If you have any questions, please ask!
You will start receiving a $300 monthly allowance upon receiving legal clearance. Once a pregnancy is confirmed by the 2nd week blood test you will start receiving monthly installments the first of the following month, until delivery takes places. The balance, if any, will be due to you upon delivery.
The doctor´s office, together with the Intended Parents, will decide how many embryos will be transferred. This will depend on factors, such as, quality of the embryos, age of the egg provider (either a donor or the Intended Mother herself), and number of embryos available to transfer. The average number of embryos transferred is from 1 to 3.
No, all reasonable and necessary expenses that are incurred during the surrogacy cycle will be paid for by the Intended Parents. Examples of these expenses include, but are not limited to; legal fees, psychological evaluation, lost wages, medical appointments, medications directly related to the surrogacy cycle, and child care reimbursements. These items and those not listed are covered in your surrogacy contract that is reviewed with the attorney who will represent you. Please be sure to review your contract entirely before signing.
There are hundreds of FAQ’s related to a surrogate journey. We at EWS want you to feel comfortable and confident about the journey you are about to embark on. We encourage you to be part of groups, ask questions that have to do with you, and be as informed as possible on every step of the journey.