Hear from real women, like Megan, who've changed lives through surrogacy.

A healthy pregnancy is rarer than you might think, and if you’re able to use your super power to help a hopeful family-to-be, you can bring home a life-changing amount of money in the process…

…$40,000 – $70,000 on average.

0 +

surrogates found their extra perfect journey with help from Surrogacy Is…❤️

🤔A lot of women worry about C-sections disqualifying them from surrogacy. The good news is, If you have had a previous c-section you can still be a surrogate with proper recommendation from your OB! 💜🙌

#surrogacy #surrogacyis #proudsurrogate #surrogatelife
...

20 1

We are beyond proud to support and uplift surrogates across the country!

🌟 As the owners of Surrogacy Is, we have firsthand experience as surrogates ourselves - a combined total of 5 incredible journeys between us! However, we understand that not all surrogates have had the best experiences with their agencies.

That’s precisely why we founded SurrogacyIS, to be that extra layer of protection and unwavering support that every surrogate deserves. We are here to ensure that your journey is filled with compassion, guidance, and empowerment every step of the way.

Surrogacy is an extraordinary act of love, and we are dedicated to making it an even more positive and fulfilling experience for all involved. Together, let’s create a community where surrogates feel valued, celebrated, and supported. 💛✨

#SurrogacyJourney #EmpoweringSurrogates #UnbreakableSupport #SurrogacyIS #Surrogacy #SurrogacyIsLove
...

27 1

✨We are so honored to walk with you on your journeys through surrogacy. We strive to provide the most excellent service to every woman who trusts us to see them through surrogacy. Our hope is that you will feel empowered, heard, encouraged and loved! 💕

#surrogacyis #surrogacy #surrogatejourney #surrogacyislove
...

18 2

🌟 Sharing your expectations with your agency about the relationships you desire with your intended parents is a must! It allows them to find the perfect match that aligns with your vision. Building relationships with intended parents takes effort and commitment from both sides, but the rewards are priceless.

✨ Embrace open communication and mutual understanding to create a deep and meaningful connection throughout your surrogacy journey. Together, you have the power to make this experience truly special, filled with love, trust, and joy. Embark on this incredible journey, hand in hand, and create lifelong bonds! 💛

#SurrogacyLove #BuildingConnections #SurrogacyIS #Surrogacy #SurrogateJourney #SurrogacyIsLove
...

33 0

🎗️ October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 🎗️

Did you know that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer? Early detection is our strongest weapon! Remember to self-examine, schedule regular check-ups, and be mindful of your risk factors.

Here are some tips for early detection:

🎗️Perform regular breast self-exams to become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts. Look for any changes, such as lumps, dimples, skin changes, or nipple discharge. If you notice any unusual changes, consult a healthcare professional.

🎗️Mammograms are essential for detecting breast cancer in its early stages, often before symptoms appear. Discuss the frequency and timing of mammograms with your healthcare provider.

🎗️Understand your personal risk factors for breast cancer. These may include family history, genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2), age, hormonal factors, and lifestyle choices.

🎗️If you notice any breast changes or experience unusual symptoms, such as persistent pain, lumps, or skin changes, seek prompt medical attention. Early evaluation and diagnosis are essential.

Remember, early detection is your best defense. Share this information with your loved ones to spread awareness and save lives. 💖

#BreastCancerAwareness #Pinktober
...

13 1

Q: Should I only match with the IP’s who have their embryo tested?
🤔 A: There are some situations where testing is less important, for instance, if the embryos were created using young healthy donor eggs and healthy sperm. Also, if the goal is to give the embryos a shot knowing that both IP and Surrogate don’t want to terminate the pregnancy for any reason.

🧬 Testing can rule out a lot of things, but not everything so having tested embryos can also give us a false sense of security that everything will be fine but failed transfers, miscarriage, and complications are still a possibility even with tested embryos.

👣 We sign up to take on such a huge burden for our IPs so doing what you feel most confident with is key. While having tested embryos may bring a sense of comfort, it’s a personal decision and one that you should choose after doing your research and talking to those who are there to help you through your journey.

#SupportingSurrogates #EmpoweringJourneys #SurrogacyIs #ChangingLives
...

22 2

✨The entire surrogacy process can take anywhere from 15-20+ months. You can expect the time from filling out your application to embryo transfer can take 8+ months. 🩵💜

#surrogacyis #surrogacytimeline #changinglives #surrogatelife
...

19 2

🗣️Let me tell you, embarking on a surrogacy journey can bring about countless unexpected opportunities! Just like Kim shared, it’s not only an amazing experience, but it also opens doors to forming meaningful friendships with like-minded individuals.

Surrogacy brings together incredible women who share a common bond, a deep understanding of the journey they’re undertaking. As you navigate this path, you’ll have the chance to connect with others who have walked a similar road, offering support, guidance, and friendship along the way.

These newfound friendships can become a source of strength, comfort, and shared experiences. Imagine having a network of compassionate individuals who truly understand your surrogacy journey and provide unwavering support.

So, get ready for more than just an amazing adventure. Embrace the opportunity to forge beautiful connections with like-minded friends who will walk by your side throughout this extraordinary journey of love and selflessness. You’re about to embark on something truly special! 🌟💕

#SurrogacyJourney #UnexpectedOpportunities #LikeMindedFriends #SharedExperiences #EmbraceTheConnection #SurrogacyIs
...

18 3

✨Embarking on a surrogacy journey isn`t just a path you walk – it`s an incredible transformation. Through selflessness and love, you`re giving life in ways that forever shape your heart. As you nurture the dreams of others, you`ll discover a depth of compassion and joy that`s truly unparalleled. Get ready to embrace a journey that will fill your life with newfound purpose and endless positivity. 🌟👶❤️

#SurrogacyLove #WorthTheJourney #IncredibleExperiences #BraveWomen #JoyfulDestinations #surrogacyis
...

28 0

💕We are incredibly grateful to receive such kind words! At Surrogacy Is, our utmost priority is to support and empower every woman we have the privilege of working with. Surrogates deserve unwavering support, and we are here to provide just that!

We are dedicated to creating a nurturing and uplifting environment for surrogates, where their needs and well-being are valued. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that you feel supported every step of the way. Your incredible selflessness and commitment to helping others build their families is truly inspiring.

Remember, you are never alone on this journey. We are here to offer guidance, answer your questions, and provide the support you deserve. Together, let’s make this surrogacy experience an empowering and fulfilling one. Your strength and compassion are changing lives, and we are honored to be a part of your remarkable journey! 🌟💕

#SupportingSurrogates #EmpoweringJourneys #SurrogacyIs #ChangingLives
...

25 3

✨Let me tell you, every woman we’ve had the privilege of working with has truly embraced and cherished the surrogacy journey! It’s been incredible to witness their experiences unfold.

Sure, there may have been some bumps along the way, but guess what? They all say the same thing in the end—it was absolutely worth it!

It’s amazing to see how their initial concerns and challenges transformed into joy and fulfillment. These brave women have shown incredible resilience and strength throughout their journeys. They’ve inspired us with their determination and unwavering love for making dreams come true.

So, if you’re considering surrogacy, remember that the road may have its twists and turns, but the destination is undeniably worth it. You’ll be part of an extraordinary journey that brings immeasurable happiness to others. Trust in your heart, and embrace this remarkable path that has brought so much joy to countless women. You’ve got this! 💪❤️

#SurrogacyLove #WorthTheJourney #IncredibleExperiences #BraveWomen #JoyfulDestinations #SuroogacyIs
...

30 4

The amount of travel required during your journey depends on where the IPs fertility clinic is in relation to you.

You will need to travel to their clinic at least two times, for things such as medical screening and embryo transfer. You may be able to attend monitoring appointments at a clinic closer to you, if the IVF doctor allows.

.✈️ None of the parents our agencies work with have clinics internationally (except for a rare view with embryos in Canada) but in most cases, all travel will be domestic

💸 All costs associated with travel will be paid for by the intended parents, including airfare, hotel, ride service, and meals!

#surrogacyis #surrogate #surrogatelife #travelingsurrogate #surrogacyislove
...

27 0

Surrogacy is a remarkable journey that transcends boundaries of faith and embraces the values of love, compassion, and selflessness.💕 Many religions support surrogacy as a means to fulfill the deeply cherished desire of parenthood. It’s a testament to the inclusive and accepting nature of faith.

When it comes to surrogacy, it’s important to listen to your heart and your God. Let go of judgment and embrace understanding, empathy, and acceptance. Each individual’s path may be unique, but what remains constant is the power of love and the desire to create families.

So, let your faith guide you and remind you of the profound teachings of compassion and kindness. Celebrate the diversity of families and the miracles that surrogacy brings. Together, let’s support and uplift one another, as we listen to our hearts and our God on this extraordinary journey of love and hope. ❤️🌈

#SurrogacyAndFaith #EmbracingDiversity #ListeningToYourHeart #LoveAndCompassion #SurrogacyMiracles #SurrogacyIS
...

56 6

👶👩‍⚕️ Happy National Neonatal Nurses Day! 👶👩‍⚕️
Today, we shine a spotlight on the incredible neonatal nurses who bring hope and healing to our tiniest warriors. Your dedication to caring for premature and ill newborns is nothing short of extraordinary. Through your expertise, compassion, and unwavering support, you create a lifeline for fragile lives and their families.

In the NICU, your hands are a source of comfort, your knowledge a beacon of guidance, and your care a testament to love`s power. Your tireless efforts make a world of difference in the journey of these precious infants and their families.

On this special day, we honor you – the neonatal nurses who provide a lifeline to the smallest of patients. Your commitment, resilience, and nurturing touch light up the path to health and hope. Thank you for your incredible work, your boundless compassion, and your remarkable impact. Happy National Neonatal Nurses Day! 🌟👶🏥❤️

#neonatalnurse #neonurse #NICU #Nursesday #thankyou #surrogacyis
...

20 0

Within your surrogacy journey lies a carefully orchestrated legal process, ensuring a sturdy foundation for the dreams of both intended parents and surrogate. 💫

If you don’t have an attorney on stand by (like most of us) don’t worry, your agency will give you a list of possible attorneys that can help you review your contract for the journey. Furthermore, the attorney will not come at a cost to the surrogate, as this is already taken care of between IPs and agency. 💼

When it comes time to jump into legal clearance make sure you ask questions and have a full understanding of your surrogacy contracts. Your attorney is there to walk you through the entire contract and answer any questions you may have. 🤝

#SurrogacyIs #surrogacyIsLove #Surrogacy #SurrogacyAttorney
...

39 1

A reminder to check in on one another, share support, and promote mental well-being. Let`s create a world where asking "Are you OK?" makes a positive difference. 💚 #AreYouOKDay #surrogacyis ...

25 2

Let’s talk about what’s important to you when choosing the family you want to support as a surrogate. Your preferences matter, whether you desire a close relationship or more freedom during the journey. Understanding what truly matters to you is key. Are there specific things you’re willing to do or not do during pregnancy? These details hold significance when selecting the perfect family.

✨ Now, it’s time to identify what resonates with you and find intended parents who are on the same page. Your agency will be there to help you navigate this process and ensure your values align with those of the prospective parents. Remember, part of this journey is about finding the right match, where both parties share a deep connection and understanding. Your preferences matter, and we’re here to support you in finding the perfect fit. Let’s make this surrogacy experience truly remarkable for you and the intended parents! 🌟

#ChoosingTheRightFamily #SurrogacyPreferences #SharedValues #RemarkableJourney #SurrogacyIs
...

24 4

Surrogacy is truly heartwarming and life-changing! Whether you`ve experienced it firsthand or you`re just curious, surrogacy is an incredible journey that`s packed with emotions, challenges, and beautiful outcomes. ✨

👶 Making Parenthood Dreams Come True: Imagine not being able to carry a pregnancy yourself, but still being able to become a parent. That`s the magic of surrogacy! For those who thought their dreams of holding their own little one were impossible, surrogacy can turn those dreams into reality.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Creating Unique Families: Families come in all shapes and sizes, and surrogacy makes it even more special. Whether you`re a same-sex couple, a single parent, or anyone facing fertility challenges, surrogacy opens up a world of possibilities to create a family that`s just right for you. It`s like designing your own storybook!

💪 Empowering Surrogate Superheroes: Can we take a moment to salute the amazing women who step up to be surrogates? These incredible souls carry the hopes and dreams of others, and that`s a superpower on its own! The feeling of helping someone else experience the joy of parenthood is beyond words.

📖 Stories That Inspire: Oh, the stories that come out of surrogacy journeys! They inspire us to think outside the box, embrace diversity, and celebrate the unique paths we take to become parents. These tales become a part of our legacy, reminding us of the love that brought us together.

🌟 A Legacy of Love: The gift of surrogacy isn`t just about bringing a new life into the world. It`s about creating a legacy of love, sacrifice, and boundless joy. Children born through surrogacy grow up knowing they`re cherished beyond measure.

So, there you have it, moms! Surrogacy isn`t just about babies; it`s about creating families, fostering connections, and embracing the beauty of unconventional journeys. Whether you`ve embarked on this path or are simply intrigued, surrogacy is a real-life fairytale that proves love truly knows no bounds. 🌹✨

#SurrogacyIs #surrogacyIsLove #SurrogateLife #Surrogatelegacy #Surrogacy #surrogatesuperheros
...

33 4

Let’s address the misconceptions and shed light on the worth and value of surrogacy compensation. Surrogates make incredible sacrifices and dedicate their time, energy, and love to help create families. 💖 The compensation they receive is a testament to the immeasurable value they bring to the surrogacy journey.

🌈 Not only are they helping other families fulfill their dreams of having children, but they are also helping their own families thrive. As Alyssa wisely put it, “it’s a win-win situation for everyone!”

🙌 It’s time to show appreciation and support for the deserving surrogates who make dreams come true. Let’s celebrate their amazing contribution! 🎉

#SurrogacyIs #surrogacyIsLove #SurrogateLife #SurrogateSupport #Surrogacy
...

34 5
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
Error: Cannot retrieve posts for this hashtag.

Surrogacy stories from

Real-Life Supermoms

Kay, Experienced Surrogate

We are true

surrogate advocates

Kay, Experienced Surrogate

A surrogate advocate is a person or group who truly advocates for the brave, amazing moms who decide to become surrogates.

We take being surrogate advocates very seriously. Being a surrogate advocate isn’t a marketing gimmick. It’s not a side-hustle. It’s everything.

Surrogates, in our eyes, are the most important piece of this equation.

While most agencies say they “advocate” for the surrogate, do they really?

If you think about it, the perspective many agencies have comes down to human nature. Most agencies are intended parent focused, because that’s the ultimate client they’re designed to serve. And that’s okay! We serve intended parents, too!

After all, the purpose of a surrogacy agency is to help intended parents achieve their dream of having a baby, and we think that’s an absolutely noble purpose. It’s our purpose, too!

But far too often, the surrogate’s interests can be dismissed, so a true surrogate advocate helps balance that equation.

We’re not looking to tip the scales, just balance them.

No, we don’t think so. If someone truly advocates for surrogates, the interests and experience of the surrogate should be the mission of the company. Their organization should be surrogate focused first & foremost.

That doesn’t mean that intended parents aren’t a focus, as well. But it’s our philosophy that, a well-prepared, well-informed, well-supported surrogate is the cornerstone of the most successful surrogacy journeys.

How we serve intended parents is by taking great care of the surrogates who make the surrogacy journey possible.

And we’re not talking about creating surrogacy divas here. We’re talking about ensuring equal support, and mutual respect. We believe that, if the end goal is for the intended parent(s) to bring home their sweet baby, and for the surrogate (and her family) to have their lives changed in the most positive way, this is how it’s done.

Here’s what’s important to know about us. We’re surrogate advocates first. That’s how we started, and that’s what we’ll always be.

Every surrogate that goes through our process gets the following things that most (all?) agencies don’t offer:

  • Choices between several other agencies
  • A surrogate advocate who supports you through your journey 100% free
  • Most surrogates who find us end up working with our amazing partner agencies. We think that’s great! No agency is a perfect choice 100% of the time, even us!

Most surrogacy agencies have long lists of intended parents waiting to be matched with their perfect surrogate. If an advocacy group is owned by an agency, it might be difficult for them to truly encourage any surrogate who enters their process to consider all of her options when they really want her to work with their agency—regardless of whether that’s the best fit for her.

By remaining independent, we don’t have any motivations to show a surrogate candidate one agency over another. We simply allow every surrogate to have options and make fully informed decisions on what’s best for her!

And here’s what’s important for you to know about working w/ Surrogacy Is… occasionally, we can be an “agency” option for you. What this means is, we can be an option for you to choose. But the choice is always yours. Whether we manage your journeys or one of your other agency choices, we know you’ll be in good hands.

And no matter what, you’ll always have a surrogate advocate in your corner. 100% free.

“OK, I know you’re surrogate advocates, but you said you can sometimes be an agency option for me, too? If you are surrogate advocates, how can you sometimes be an agency? Doesn’t that go against everything you just said?”

No, not at all. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. 

We started off as surrogate advocates, and we’ll always be surrogate advocates first and foremost. 

We’re not an agency that starts a “surrogate advocate group” as a marketing gimmick. If you’re already an agency, why not just advocate for surrogates as an agency, if you truly care about advocating for surrogates?

And there are agencies that truly do this for surrogates, don’t get us wrong. For example, the agencies we provide as options for you are agencies who truly advocate for surrogates.

So, if anything, we’re surrogate advocates that started an “agency” to better serve our surrogates. If we can be the best option and fit for what you need in your journey, then we may be an option for you as an “agency.”

You’ll always receive choices of the best agencies we can find, whether or not we’re on the list.

Can you see the difference?

So, if you haven’t yet, take our 8-minute quiz, then schedule a 1-on-1 call with a surrogate advocate (they’re experienced surrogates, too!) and they can walk you through what surrogacy could look like for you and your family!

(The content above has been updated to better fit our definition of what a surrogate advocate is. To see our original copy, click here.)

Evie, Experienced Surrogate

Real Surrogates. Real Stories.

Kristina’s surrogacy story

Kids talk about surrogacy

Cheyenne’s surrogacy story

Morgan’s surrogacy story

Real Surrogates.

Real Stories.

Yamilet’s surrogacy story

Sunshine’s surrogacy story

Sam’s surrogacy story

Casey’s surrogacy story

We understand

every surrogate is unique.

Brittany, Experienced Surrogate

The journey of surrogacy is an amazing, life-changing experience.

Moms get to help another family get started while bringing herself the opportunity to do the things she’s always dreamed of for her own family.

Every single woman who volunteers to take on this journey to help another family become whole, does so with lots of different ideas, expectations, and motivations.

Whether you’ve seen first-hand the struggles of infertility for someone you love and care about, or you are simply exploring the idea out of curiousity, it’s important that you are informed about the process, the risks, and the rewards of helping someone else in such a tremendous way.

As much as intended parents have ideas about who they want their surrogate to be, and how they imagine her lifestyle and values while caring for their unborn child, surrogates also have expectations and hopes for the type of family they want to share this journey with. It’s our goal to connect amazing moms with the right surrogacy agencies to bring their dream to life, too.

We believe with all our hearts that surrogacy is family, sisterhood, strength. Surrogacy is… Love.

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.

So... what's it like

to be a surrogate?

We’re looking for unicorns like you

You may not realize it, but your body’s ability to create a healthy baby AND bring it into the world isn’t just amazing — it’s rare.

You may not have felt special as you struggled to see your feet and you stopped fitting into your bras, but we promise: you really are so, so freaking special.

And we need moms just like you to bring joy to a family in the making and to your family as well.

Take our short 8-minute quiz!

Are we the real deal?

Check out more stories on Insta!

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes, it takes a village to have a child.

Real Surrogates. Real Stories.

Would you still be a surrogate...

without Surrogacy Is?

Frequently

asked questions

Take our short 8-minute quiz now.

Surrogacy is a process where a woman carries and delivers another person or couple’s child. This pregnancy happens through in vitro fertilization (IVF), which means this woman does not have any biological connection to the baby.

The surrogate is the ‘gestational carrier;’ this means she is providing the womb to carry the embryo for the Intended Parents (IP’s).

In surrogacy, there are Intended Parents, agencies, and surrogates.

The Intended Parents (IP’s) are the individuals looking to build their family or bring a baby into the world. The agencies work directly with the IP’s, helping them find the right surrogate candidates, coordinating with attorneys, helping with logistics (insurance, psychologists, contracts, etc.) and supporting them in the decision-making process. This way the IP’s can focus on developing a relationship with the surrogate! And the surrogates are the incredible mamas who help make it all happen!

Yes, but more. 😉 First & foremost, we’re Surrogate Advocates who support amazing moms in their surrogacy journeys. That’s how we started our first 3 years… solely working with surrogates. We’ve been helping amazing moms choose from vetted, ethical surrogacy agencies who are motivated to do their best work for our candidates.

We’ve taken all that experience and created what we like to think is the ideal agency for the amazing moms who choose to be surrogates, and the hopeful parents-to-be that are waiting for their bundle of joy.

We’re like your experienced surrogate best friend, who can guide you through this process… w/ no pressure ever.

Throughout our first 3 years solely working w/ surrogates as advocates, we’ve realized something:

There aren’t as many agencies who truly advocate for surrogates as we’d like… trust us… we’ve searched. And searched. And searched.

So we decided to start an agency of our own.

There’s no one perfect agency, but we’re dedicated to becoming yours.

We offer a quick (free!) quiz to help you see if you’d be a good candidate for surrogacy. Click here to take it now!

There are several requirements for surrogates (in order to protect the health of both the surrogate and the baby). You can find them on our requirements page.

Here are a few:

–        having at least one successful, full-term pregnancy

–        being within a recommended age range

–        having a ‘healthy’ BMI

–     free of tobacco and recreational drugs

–    having a strong support system 

To be honest, some of these requirements can be confusing (or, frankly, feel a bit limiting). So, once you take the quiz, if you have questions, feel free to reach out to us! We’d be happy to explain, provide clarity on your qualifications, or work with you on the next steps in your journey.

We put ‘healthy’ in quotes for a reason—because what’s considered ‘healthy’ is so different for each person! And, depending on a myriad of other factors, you may not need to fall exactly within this range.

However, a BMI between 18-32 is recommended because this is what is considered medically healthy for a surrogate undergoing IVF and other treatments along the journey.

A BMI that falls under the range may be too low for a safe pregnancy and delivery. It may also point to underlying health conditions for the surrogate. A higher BMI can impact the effectiveness of the IVF treatment, how your body responds to the medication, and ovarian function in general. A higher BMI can also lead to pregnancy and birth complications, too, which is why this requirement is set–not only for surrogates but at all fertility clinics. 

In short, the BMI range is all about ensuring the healthiest pregnancy possible. 

First of all congratulations! Only 4 out of 10 women who take the quiz meet all of the requirements, so it’s super rare to have both the heart and the health history to qualify as a surrogate! 
The next step after passing our 8-minute quiz is to schedule a Q&A with one of our awesome surrogate advocates. They’re experienced surrogates, too! They’ll walk you through the whole process, help to build your profile, determine your ideal compensation, and match you with the best agency out there specifically to match your unique wants, needs, and personality. 

Yes! You can become a surrogate if you’ve had tubal ligation.

Tubal ligation is a surgery that involves cutting and tying the fallopian tubes (which prevents an egg from entering the uterus or sperm from passing from the tube to the egg).

In surrogacy, pregnancy happens through IVF—where the fertilized egg/embryo is transferred directly to the uterus—which doesn’t involve the tubes at all! So, in short, you can still bring your IP’s baby into the world even after tubal ligation.

  • Typical compensation packages for surrogacy consist of a base compensation ranging from $45,000 – $75,000, based on several factors plus additional payments for milestones leading up to and throughout the pregnancy, such as medication start, embryo transfer, maternity clothing at second trimester, and more.
  • All expenses are paid for the surrogate to meet with the parents’ IVF doctor for an in-person medical evaluation. If travel is required, those expenses are paid for as well as a per diem for meals and expenses.
  • Compensation and Benefit Packages typically start once legal contracts are signed and a trust account is fully funded with the entire surrogate compensation and expenses. 
  • Surrogates receive their base compensation in monthly installments throughout the pregnancy. 

Read more about surrogacy compensation: https://surrogacy.is/compensation/

No, your eggs won’t be used in the surrogacy process.

There are two types of surrogacy—traditional and gestational—and with gestational surrogacy (the type of surrogacy we focus on!), the IP’s eggs and sperm will be used.

So, in short, the surrogate will not be biologically related to the baby at all.

Although it might seem strange that your significant other needs a background check, this is a requirement in place to protect all aspects and all individuals in the surrogacy journey.

A background check (both for the surrogate and her spouse) helps to ensure the safety of the environment for surrogate and baby during pregnancy and birth.

(Don’t worry, the Intended parents undergo a background check too!)

Yes, you can’t have more than 2 C-sections (or 3 with a clearance letter from your OB) or more than 6 live births.

There are a few required vaccinations for surrogacy: TDAP, Varicella (chickenpox immunity), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Others, for example flu and COVID are flexible.

Some IP’s may have specific requirements for their surrogate to ensure safety during pregnancy and delivery, or to match their lifestyle and values.

It’s best to first take our short quiz to see if you qualify as a surrogate candidate. When you take the quiz, you’ll be able to see and understand the basic requirements.

From there, we will connect with you to learn your goals, perspectives, and values—and connect you with an agency  that honors your choices.

Typically, 21-40. We’ve had cases up to 45 get approved by an IVF clinic, but it’s rare. 

Every prospective surrogate must be at least 21 years old before she can be approved for surrogacy. This minimum age requirement is set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, based on what experts have identified as the best indicators of success for a gestational carrier.

But most importantly age restrictions exist only to protect the surrogate and the baby’s health and give the best chance for successful outcomes! 

For us to help you become a surrogate, you need to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Yes! You absolutely can be a single mom and a surrogate. You just need to make sure you have a good support system. You might need emotional support or potentially someone to be with your kids while you are attending appointments or delivering your intended parents’ magical, miracle baby.

No. All medical expenses are covered by insurance or the intended parents/agency. All expenses are paid for the surrogate to meet with the parents’ IVF doctor for an in-person medical evaluation. If travel is required, those expenses are paid for as well as a per diem for meals and expenses.

Also, before surrogate pregnancy, typical benefits & compensation can include:

  • Monthly non-accountable allowance starting at $250+ per month throughout the journey
  • Mock Cycle Fee starting at $500+
  • Medication Start Fee starting at $500+
  • Signing and other bonuses starting at $1000+
  • Embryo Transfer Fee starting at $1000+
  • Health Insurance Monthly Premium (actual cost)
  • Legal Counsel (actual cost)

Parents that have decided to choose surrogacy have already been through a lot! The couples that I carried for had already fallen in love with the EMBRYOS before they transferred them to my uterus. They knew the sex of the future baby, and that they had all the normal chromosomes they should have.  They knew for a decade before trying surrogacy that they would find a way to bring those embryos to life. And that’s the story of a lot of those couples. They have invested so much time, hope, tears, and resources to make it possible for their children to be born. They will never change their mind about it!  But if they did (which they won’t!) there are fully enforceable legal contracts in place, as well as a fully funded trust account that has your entire compensation and medical expenses in it before you even begin IVF medications. The legal contract even has provisions in place for a next of kin, should anything happen to the parents before the baby is born, so there is someone ready and able to take them home and love them when they are born. When you get to the matching stage and hear the parent’s stories, you will see. Intended parents love their children just as much as we love our own.

A gestational surrogate becomes pregnant via IVF. The embryo is created in a lab, where the intended mother or donor egg is fertilized with the intended father or donor’s sperm. The embryo is then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. With this method, the surrogate is not related to the baby. The majority of surrogacy arrangements are gestational these days. 

At first glance, it would seem obvious that a surrogate would get attached to the child, right?!

But as a surrogate, you go into the process with eyes wide open to the fact that the child you are caring for is not your own.There is not that sense of yearning you have when you’re carrying your own child, wondering if it will have your eyes or your husband’s nose. You are not choosing the baby’s name. You’re not imagining all of the big moments the way you do with your own sweet babies!

You go into the pregnancy in a very non-romantic, science-based way, and you know that this kid’s parents loved her before she was ever conceived, and fought so hard to make her life a reality.

In fact, you probably will feel more attached to the intended parents, and not the baby.

Nope! We partner with agencies all over the US, who work with surrogates, intended parents, and hospitals all over the US.
If you prefer a local match or less travel, we will help you find agency options that meet your needs, but geography won’t hurt your ability to become a surrogate.

Once we review your agency options with you and you choose your ideal agency, you’ll complete their intake process until you’re cleared to match. There are a lot more intended parents than surrogates, so matching is usually fairly quick for surrogates. From the time you complete the intake process to match, it takes about 30 days on average. 

💯 you do! We work hard to find you the right agency who has the type of intended parents you want to help. We have a great relationship with our agencies, and they know how important it is to us that they find you the intended parents you’re hoping for!

While there are very few companies who call themselves surrogate advocates, we’re definitely not all the same. For example, Surrogacy Is…❤️ is founded and privately owned by experienced surrogates whose singular focus is to advocate for other women entering this process, in the way we wish we’d had when we were starting out.

At Surrogacy is… being a surrogate advocate is not a “gimmick” or a sales pitch. It is in the DNA of each member of our organization, and our sole purpose for existing. 

While there are others out there who call themselves “surrogate advocates” most are owned or funded by agencies whose interest is to recruit surrogates into their program, whether or not it’s the right and best fit for each surrogate.

But wait, didn’t I hear you say that you’re an agency, too?

We’re a surrogate advocate group who created an agency to provide more choice to our surrogates. That’s very different than an agency who creates a “surrogate advocate” group to refer people to their agency. 

Take our short 8-minute quiz now.

Here’s a question we hear a lot: How many times does a surrogate need to travel to their IPs’ IVF clinic?

As a surrogate, you should plan to travel to your IPs’ clinic at least twice. The first trip will be for your medical screening and the second will be for the transfer.
However, each clinic is different and some clinics may require you to travel for a mock cycle before transfer. Also, if a transfer doesn’t take the first time (which is sometimes the case, by no fault of anyone) then a surrogate would travel back to the IPs’ clinic for more attempts.

If your IPs live close by, trips to their clinic aren’t that big of a deal. If your IPs live out of state, special travel arrangements will be made for clinic visits. This can sometimes be a fun excuse to get away for a couple of days to explore a new city. Sometimes it even allows you to spend some extra quality time with your IPs if they happen to live near their IVF clinic.

It’s kind of fun to think about how the journey begins with you making a trip to the IPs’ IVF clinic and it ends with your IPs making the big trip out to you for the delivery. 🤗

Do you have any other questions about traveling for surrogacy? Ask away, we’re happy to answer!

#SurrogacyIs #SurrogacyIsLove #SurrogacyJourney #SurrogacyAgency #Surrogacy #SurrogacyIsAgency #SurrogacyScreening #SurrogacyJourney #IPs #Surrogate #IVFclinic #medicalscreening
...

12 0

Get ready to be inspired! 💖 Casey, our fierce co-founder, shares her incredible journey from being a proud mom to becoming a surrogate superhero.

She turned her passion for helping others into helping co-found Surrogacy Is, an advocacy group that’s all about educating and empowering women and families.

Check out her story and learn why picking the right agency can make all the difference on this magical journey! 🌟

🔗 (See stories for clickable link!) https://voyagela.com/interview/inspiring-conversations-with-casey-bojorquez-of-surrogacy-ia/
...

9 0

We’re so excited about our latest podcast episode because it’s one you don’t want to miss.

In it, we sit down with Joey Guzman-Kuffel, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to discuss the importance of building support systems during a surrogacy journey—for both surrogates AND intended parents.

Joey brings his professional expertise and personal experience as an intended father to discuss why clear communication is so important, how to handle tough conversation topics, and what an intended parent psych consult and support should look like.

There is so much good information in this episode. Anyone who’s about to navigate a surrogacy journey (or knows someone else who is) should give it a listen. 👂

🔗 SurrogacyIsAPodcast.Buzzsprout.com

#SurrogacySupport #MentalHealth #IPSupport #SurrogacySupportSystems #surrogacyis #surrogacypodcast #surrogacy #SurrogacyPodcast #SurrogacyIsAPodcast #IVFJourney #SurrogacyRequirements #SurrogateFAQs #SurrogacyTalk #SurrogacyIs #SurrogacyIsLove #SurrogacyJourney #SurrogacyAgency #Surrogacy
...

19 3

Kay, one of our amazing surrogates, always felt drawn to being a surrogate and really wanted to help a woman who was struggling with infertility. She had a beautiful journey and says she wishes she would have done it even sooner.

To hear more about Kay’s journey, and hear other inspiring surrogacy stories visit our Youtube channel at youtube.com/@Surrogacyis

#SurrogacyIs #SurrogacyIsLove #SurrogacyJourney #SurrogacyAgency #Surrogacy #SurrogacyIsAgency #SurrogacySupport
...

5 0

What’s an important personality trait of surrogates?

You guessed it: being patient. (Don’t worry, if patience doesn’t come naturally to you, you can still be a surrogate, just know beforehand you’ll be required to practice it throughout your journey).

The surrogacy process is a lengthy one. You have to be cleared by your OB/Midwife ➡️ get a psych evaluation ➡️ go through matching ➡️ get cleared by their IVF clinic ➡️ do a med screening ➡️ and go through legal clearance before even arranging the embryo transfer.

The process might be longer than you expected, but like Alyssa said, it’s definitely still worth doing it.

Do you have any questions about the surrogacy process? Drop them in the comments below and we can help answer them for you.

#SurrogacyIs #SurrogacyIsLove #SurrogacyJourney #SurrogacyAgency #Surrogacy #SurrogacyIsAgency #SurrogacyProcess #SurrogacyStages
...

11 0

Hey Dads, we wanted to share a post to show some love for you this month too!

You`ve heard other parents say that the moment they became parents they felt that swell of love in their hearts? But, have you ever heard someone say they felt that swell of love in their blood? 🤔

No, right? So, here’s your reminder that fatherly love comes from the depths of your heart and isn’t determined by the blood that flows through your veins.

You’ve got the best heart, Dad and your little one can feel that. 🩵

Tag or share this post with a special Dad.

#SurrogacyIs #SurrogacyIsLove #SurrogacyJourney #SurrogacyAgency #Surrogacy #SurrogacyIsAgency #Dad #DadbySurrogacy #IntendedFather #IF
...

8 0

let's meet...

Sunshine & Shelly

They’ve each been surrogates 3 times…

…and they’re going to walk you through the initial process to make sure your journey is a success. 

Shelly is creative, ambitious, and next-level kind. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at FIDM by 19, before becoming a mom and has had a thriving career in the fertility space. Her huge heart and advocacy for gay parents led her to become a surrogate for two sets of dads, a couple in Norway and another couple in LA. 

Sunshine is fiercely independent, pragmatic and resourceful. As a teen mom, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from CSULB and went on to teach High School English, empowering students who needed to feel seen and heard by teaching them the art of written expression. 

It was Shelly’s example that inspired Sunshine to go out on a limb and try something as “crazy” as surrogacy and it absolutely changed her life for the better. 

Shelly and Sunshine have helped to bring seven babies into the world, completing four families, across three continents, not including their own!

Now they are using their voices to advocate for and support women in realizing their dreams of creating the most beautiful life they can for their families.