There is no exact timeline for when you will be matched. There could be absolutely no wait and you might be matched right away, or it could be a few months before anyone expresses interest. There are many variables that affect when you would be possibly chosen by a recipient and therefore, unfortunately there is no way to predict how long that process may take.
Absolutely not! We work with donors all over the country and you may or may not have to travel at the cost of the recipients. For more information on how that works, you can speak with our staff.
That really depends on how many follicles in your ovaries grow to maturity, with the aid of stimulation medication, during your cycle. However, these are all eggs that you would have lost normally on that cycle anyway. Most commonly we have seen between about 7 and about 20 eggs retrieved per cycle.
No, it does not. The doctors are only retrieving eggs that you normally would have lost during your normal cycle anyway. They only give you medication to make sure that those eggs grow to be bigger and better quality than they would on their own.
There will be blood work, a background check, urine drug and nicotine screening, and transvaginal ultrasounds of your ovaries.
The actual donation process takes about 6 weeks in total. There is some time beforehand that you will be involved in testing. Overall, from start to finish you are usually involved for about 2 - 3 months in total depending on your cycle schedule and the recipient’s cycle.
Including the screening beforehand and your ultrasounds during the cycle, you will need to be available for at least 5 and up to about 10 appointments. Most times these can work around your school or work schedule and all of the appointments will be local to you. However, the day of the actual egg retrieval you will need to take off work or miss classes. If you have to travel for your donation, you (and an adult companion) would need to be available to be away for about 3 to 7 days.
As a first time donor, you would receive $6,000 for your time and efforts of going to your appointments and taking these medications. If you decide, like many others, to donate again, then your compensation would raise for each successive donation. $7,000 for a second donation, $8,000 for a third, and $8,500 for your fourth and following donations.
You may start with a simple birth control pill which will sync you to the recipient’s cycle. The second type of medication you would take would be a stimulation medication to ensure that your eggs would grow to maturity. Also, you will take a suppression medication to ensure that you do not release those follicles containing your eggs before the doctor is ready to retrieve them. Lastly, you will take a hormone “trigger shot” that will make your body release your eggs at the correct time so that they can be retrieved by the doctor.
Unless it is mutually agreeable by both parties (meaning you and the recipient), then everything will be kept completely anonymous. The most that the recipients will know is what you look like from the pictures you provide and the code name that we use for you. You will also provide family health history on our applications. If you decide that you would like to meet the recipient, or speak with them by phone, let the staff know and we can see if the recipient would be comfortable with that arrangement. Most of the time, both parties remain anonymous.
You are able to decide what you feel comfortable with for your compensation. We provide a guideline of what the standard in the industry looks like if you do not know where to start. As a base compensation fee, most first time carriers receive between $20,000 to $25,000. There will also be compensation for any mileage driven, childcare, copays, etc.
No, you do not need to have your own health insurance in order to participate. We can help purchase a plan for you at the Intended Parents’ expense. If you do have your own health insurance, that is a plus and it may mean that you are matched sooner, but it is definitely not necessary.
Yes, the clinics will need to view your records of your previous pregnancy(ies) and delivery(ies) in order to gauge whether there were any complications and whether they can consider you as a candidate for surrogacy.
Yes, definitely. You have to have a full term pregnancy and successful delivery in order to qualify to become a gestational carrier. Unfortunately, this is non-negotiable. If you have not been pregnant before (for whatever reason), then no clinic will consider you.
This depends on a few variables and therefore, we cannot give an exact timeline of how long it may take. Some carriers are matched almost immediately and some wait on our site for quite some time. This does not mean that you are not a great candidate. It may mean that something simple like your location does not work for our intended parents that are currently searching.
You may have anywhere from around 5 to around 10 or so appointments to go to during your screening process. This depends on what the doctor orders. This is before the embryo transfer. After the transfer, you will have an ultrasound approximately every two weeks until you are discharged to your own OB-Gyn. Then your care and appointments depends on your own doctor.
You will do some blood work, urine drug and nicotine screening, a background check, ultrasounds of your uterus, a uterine evaluation, psychological testing, and cervical cultures.
No, not at all. You are carrying the baby only. Your genetics plays no role in the uterus and therefore the baby is not related to you. The baby will be related to either the intended mother, if she uses her own eggs, or an egg donor and the intended father or sperm donor.
Definitely not! We work with gestational carriers from all over the country. There are only several states where surrogacy is illegal. If your legal address is in one of these states, then unfortunately we cannot use you as a gestational carrier. These states are Washington, D.C., Michigan, Nebraska, New York, and Washington.