How To Become a Surrogate in Georgia
If you are looking for information on how to become a surrogate in Georgia, you’ve come to the right place. Unlike any other surrogacy organization, we’re not just here to tell you about the law, the requirements, the compensation, etc… we’re also here as a support system and a team of experts providing free consultation because we’ve gone through the surrogacy process ourselves.
Why surrogacy in Georgia?
Georgia is one of the best states for surrogates and intended parents. You can call it a “surrogacy-friendly” state because the courts make the process very smooth and seamless. We’ve worked with surrogates in Atlanta, Birmingham, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Alpharetta, Marietta, and more!
Learn how we can help you make the most of your surrogacy journey.
What you will learn
Hear surrogates talk about the myths and misconceptions they’ve encountered in their journey to be life-giving supermoms.
Hear Sunshine tell the story of her first surrogacy journey that changed her life forever!
How We Can Help You Become a Surrogate in Georgia
After becoming surrogates for the first time we found out that a lot of other moms are willing to help couples start a family by becoming a surrogate, they just didn’t know how to start. Knowing that becoming a surrogate in Georgia is not a cut and dry process and that there are a lot of scammers out there, we had to step in.
Our process is simple. If you want to become a surrogate or even just curious about surrogacy in Georgia, take our quiz and we will walk you through the process and connect you with the best surrogacy agency.
Ready to fulfill a couple’s dream?
Requirements of becoming a surrogate in Georgia
While the basic requirements are the same across the board, some agencies will have their own preference to match with their intended parents. Some have stricter age, BMI, health and lifestyle requirements than others.
The variety of requirements is another reason why you’d want to work with us if you want to become a surrogate in Georgia. We took away the hassle of filling out multiple forms from different agencies only to end up getting rejected by some, and not knowing which agencies are right for you. And agency applications can be looooooong.
With us, you simply fill out our 8-minute quiz, schedule an appointment w/ an experienced surrogate to answer any questions you have and help you find the agency where, not only would you be a good fit for, but more importantly, one that meets YOUR needs, too!
Ready to change the lives of a hopeful family-to-be while leveling up your family in the process?
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- Age requirement – most surrogacy agencies will work with moms aged 21-40, with some exceptions up to age 42.
- Pregnancy requirements:
- Delivered at least one healthy child.
- No more than 6 normal deliveries.
- No more than 2 C-sections (3 with a clearance letter from your doctor.)
- No deliveries before 35 weeks unless in case of twins.
- No major complications in prior pregnancy.
- Health requirements
- Willing/able to provide complete medical records for prenatal and delivery.
- Willing to undergo psychological exam.
- BMI between 19 to 30 (or up to 34 in some cases).
- No history of serious mental illness (mild situational anxiety/depression, or mild postpartum anxiety/depression are acceptable in some cases).
- Not under significant medication.
- No cancer.
- No prior chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- No history of substance abuse.
- Financial requirements – Must be financially stable and not a recipient of any Government financial assistance. (State funded insurance, Food stamps, WIC, Housing, AFDC)
- Other requirements
- Access to reliable transportation.
- Access to reliable childcare for appointments.
- No criminal record (Both surrogate, spouse or partner, and any other adults in the home).
- U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
- Willingness to undergo strict screening and counseling.
- Ability to follow IVF protocol without errors.
Benefits and Compensation for Surrogates in Georgia
Compensation is great and life-changing. To give you an idea, Sunshine was able to put up a down payment for a new home and was able to take her family on vacation to Maui all through her compensation as a surrogate.
Surrogate compensation packages range from $40,000 to $65,000. Surrogates are generously rewarded because, if you think about it, helping a couple start a family that they’ve been dreaming of for years is actually priceless.
Other benefits that you will receive if you become a surrogate in Georgia
- Medication Start Fee.
- Allowance for maternity clothes.
- Allowance for monthly expenses.
- Allowance for travel.
- Reimbursement for lost wages and childcare expenses for appointments.
- Health Insurance coverage or reimbursement for existing policy premiums.
- And more!
Benefits and compensation are agreed upon before any commitments are made. Experienced surrogates and those who are carrying twins or multiples receive more.
Surrogacy Laws in Georgia
Georgia does not have a specific law that addresses surrogacy but has one of the most efficient legal process when it comes to surrogacy making Georgia one of the best states for surrogates and intended parents alike.
One of the many benefits of working with us is we are familiar with the ins and outs of surrogacy in Georgia and our partner agencies are well versed as far as legalities are concerned.
You will also get support from amazing moms who have gone through the surrogacy process multiple times. This is one thing that many surrogacy agencies in Georgia cannot provide.
How To Avoid Inexperienced Surrogacy Agencies in Georgia
Sadly, there are many inexperienced and unqualified individuals who start surrogacy agencies without really understanding the ins and outs of how to effectively manage the journey. Whether they naively or innocently cause harm, or they are simply trying to make a buck by taking advantage of intended parents who are desperate to start a family and don’t do the proper due diligence to vet the agency, these are entities to be avoid.
One of the easiest ways to spot an unqualified or unscrupulous agency is if the compensation and benefits are too good to be true.
- Educate yourself. Researching and reading content about surrogacy will give you an idea about the industry, the process, the compensation, and other important aspects. The more knowledgeable you are about the subject, the less likely you are to fall for scams.
- Ask questions.
- Check out their social profiles. Social media makes it easier to spot scammers. Check out their profiles, ask questions, look for reviews, engage and get a feel for how they respond.
- The owner of the agency should be proudly and clearly identified on the agency website. If this information is buried or missing, it’s impossible to tell who is accountable for the promises the agency is making.
What Are The Next Steps To Becoming A Surrogate in Georgia?
- Take the Quiz.
- We’ll take it from there. 🙂
Yes. Georgia is a surrogacy friendly state, and there are no restrictions for gestational surrogacy.
A surrogate going through our program in GA can expect a compensation of $45k-$75k, not including additional benefits, etc. That’s about 20% higher than a surrogate going through an agency directly.
Surrogates can be as mature as 42 years old, under the right circumstances, but in most cases, a typical age limit is around 39.
The maximum number of deliveries (surrogate or otherwise) per ASRM guidelines is 6, with no more than 3 C-sections (or 4 with OB clearance)
The base compensation for surrogacy is typically broken into 8-10 monthly payments, with the first payment beginning after heartbeat confirmation. If the surrogate miscarries after payments have begun, she is entitled to keep any payments she has received up until that point, however, future payments will stop. If any procedure such as a D&C is required as a result of the miscarriage, the surrogate will be entitled to a fee for that. If both parties decide to proceed with another attempt, the base compensation will start again for the next pregnancy.
The amount varies depending on the agency ranging from an additional $5,000-$10,000 per fetus.
Yes, the base compensation is divided into monthly payments starting at heartbeat confirmation (around 6 weeks of pregnancy)
Every health insurance policy is different, with some policies having exclusions for surrogate pregnancy. The intended parents will be required to pay for the premiums, co-pays and deductible for an insurance policy that will cover the surrogate during pregnancy and for a short time after delivery. If the surrogate has an existing policy that is surrogate friendly, the intended parents will reimburse her for premium costs.
About Surrogacy Is...
Hi, we are Sunshine and Casey and we’ve been surrogates 3 times and 2 times respectively. We founded Surrogacy Is with a single purpose in mind. Help amazing supermoms, just like you, find the surrogacy agency here in Georgia that will take good care of you and provide the best compensation.