How much does surrogacy cost?
The process of surrogacy includes many costs, including the cost of the agency fee, the compensation paid to the surrogate, the surrogate’s medical expenses, attorney fees, possible travel fees, the cost for IVF treatments and more. Visit our Surrogacy Fees page to learn more.
How do you match parents with surrogates?
We continually grow our database of quality surrogates who meet our high qualification standards. After meeting with you, we will review our database for an available surrogate. We then make a recommendation based on a number of factors, including both the parents’ and surrogate’s personalities, preferences, and location. When we have a recommended match, the parents and surrogate will meet to introduce each other and make sure all parties are comfortable moving forward. Only once the parents and surrogate have agreed to the match will the process move forward.
How do you choose/qualify surrogates?
We seek out surrogates who are interested in more than just a financial gain. Oftentimes these women see surrogacy as a way to help a family in need. These are strong, caring, and reliable women! All of our surrogates and their spouses/partners must pass a criminal background check before we even consider them for surrogacy. Someone from our agency will also interview them and their partner/spouse in their home to ensure that the surrogate has a stable and healthy home life. Our surrogates are also all mothers who have a proven ability to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. For more information on our surrogate requirements, please visit our Surrogates page.
Do you work with gay partners?
Yes, we are a judgment-free surrogacy agency and are happy to work with gay, lesbian, and transgender couples, partners, and individuals. Central Oregon is a great option for gay couples considering surrogacy to grow their family. Our surrogacy-friendly state allows both parents to put their name on the baby’s birth certificate so that one parent does not have to adopt the baby after its birth.
Do you work with single or unmarried individuals?
Yes, we are happy to work with an individual regardless of their relationship status.
Do you work with international parents?
Yes, we are definitely willing to work with international parents. We understand that many countries around the world do not allow surrogacy or make it difficult for couples to safely pursue surrogacy. We can provide you with a culturally sensitive surrogacy experience. International parents face some specific challenges when working with a surrogacy agency overseas, but we are well-versed in overcoming these challenges. To learn more, please visit our International Parents page.
What happens if the surrogate wants to keep the baby?
Many intended parents worry about a scenario wherein the surrogate wants to keep the baby that she is carrying for the couple. This circumstance is extremely rare. We only choose surrogates who have full custody of their own biological children, which means that they already have their hands full with their own offspring. However, if this situation were to occur, Central Oregon law provides full legal protection to you, the baby’s rightful parents. When you first begin working with us, we will help you find a qualified attorney to draft an ironclad contract. We will not move forward with the surrogacy process until both the parents and the surrogate fully understand and sign these documents.
Will I get to meet and choose my surrogate?
We prefer to make surrogate recommendations to parents based on our experience and our knowledge of the surrogates in our database. You will definitely get to meet and approve your surrogate before we move forward with the surrogacy process. We strongly encourage you to continue communicating with your surrogate throughout the pregnancy. If you live close to the surrogate or are willing to travel, you can even go to major appointments together and certainly be present at the birth. Many of our surrogates and parents become lifelong friends.
Can I use my eggs/sperm for implantation?
Yes, you can choose to harvest your own eggs or sperm for IVF treatment. We are happy to refer you to a state-of-the-art fertility treatment facility in Central Oregon. We can also direct you to agencies where you can choose egg or sperm donors if you prefer.
Will you help us find an egg/sperm donor?
At this time we do not offer services related to finding egg and sperm donors. However, we have many qualified contacts in this industry and are happy to refer you to a great agency in Central Oregon that can assist you in this capacity.
Do you handle all of the legal paperwork related to the surrogacy process?
When you decide to move forward with the surrogacy process, we will require you to sign a legal contract with your surrogate and with our agency to protect yourself and the surrogate. We are not licensed attorneys, and you will be required to pay for the services of an attorney to create the required paperwork. We are happy to recommend several highly qualified attorneys that we have strong relationships with.
What is the chance of our surrogate successfully conceiving a pregnancy?
Fertility treatments continue to advance in sophistication and yield improved success rates. When you are working with a healthy surrogate under the care and supervision of an experienced fertility clinic, the chances of a successful pregnancy are quite high. However, every situation is different, and we cannot give you definitive numbers. Most fertility agencies can provide you with the percentages of successful implantations they achieved.
Can I use my own chosen surrogate?
Yes, if you have a sibling, close friend, or other pre-chosen individual whom you would like to serve as your surrogate (and who agrees to act as the surrogate), we are willing and able to accommodate your preference.