Frequently Asked Questions

Egg Donors

How old do I have to be to participate?

The clinics we work with require that you be between the ages of 21 and 32. You can also read more about the medical requirements here.

How long before I am chosen or matched with a recipient?

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.

Do I have to live in New Jersey to work with your agency?

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.

How many eggs will be retrieved?

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.

Does this affect my future fertility?

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.

What testing is required prior to and during the donation?

There will be blood work, a background check, urine drug and nicotine screening, and transvaginal ultrasounds of your ovaries.

How long does the donation take?

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.

How many appointments do I have during the donation process?

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.

What compensation do I receive?

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.

What kind of medications do I have to take?

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.

Will I know or meet the recipients or will they know anything about me?

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.

Gestational Carriers

How much do I receive for compensation?

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.

Do I need to have health insurance?

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.

How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be between the ages of 21 and 40 in order to become a gestational carrier. You can also read more about the medical requirements here.

Do I need to have my medical records from my previous pregnancies and deliveries?

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.

Do I have to have been pregnant before?

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.

How long does the matching process take?

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.

How many appointments will I have?

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.

What kind of testing is done?

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.

Will the child be genetically related to me?

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.

Do I have to live in New Jersey to work with your agency?

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.

Intended Parents

What is the total cost?

It is very difficult to give a general ballpark if we do not know any information about your case. There are many variables that can affect the total cost such as the location of your gestational carrier, whether she has her own insurance, her compensation, etc. However, for the fees associated with our services and the gestational carrier’s fees, usually we tell our parents that it can be anywhere around $40,000 to $60,000. That is not including and IVF charges to your IVF clinic. It also does not include the fees for pre-birth orders or post-birth adoptions.

Do you offer any financing?

We do not offer any financing through our agency, but if you request, we can help you find some resources for medical financing.

How long does the matching process take?

It really depends on what type of gestational carrier you are looking for. We do have some ready and available gestational carriers that are waiting on our database. You can log on and check if any of the candidates interest you. If there are none that you would like to pursue, then you can sign on with our retainer program. We agree that we will recruit and find you a gestational carrier in no longer than 6 months or you will be refunded your retainer fee.

Does it matter what state the gestational carrier lives in?

Yes, depending on your specific case. There are certain states that we do not accept carriers from since surrogacy is illegal in these states. Those states are Washington D.C., Michigan, Nebraska, New York, and Washington. Also, the laws are more favorable in certain states to same sex couples that are married or not, parents that are not from the United States, heterosexual couples that are not married, or even heterosexual couples that are married but using an egg or sperm donor. If you have more specific questions, we suggest speaking with our office staff and possibly an attorney that we refer you to.

Do I need to obtain my own attorney?

No, not unless you prefer to use your own attorney. We work with several attorneys that draft agreements and are available to represent you. They will draft the legal agreement for you and will represent your interests. We can also help you to find an attorney that will do the pre-birth order or post-birth adoption for you. This attorney must be in the state that the gestational carrier will deliver.

Does my carrier need to have health insurance?

Yes. If the carrier does not have her own health insurance plan, then one will need to be purchased at your cost. Usually, in that case we will ask the gestational carrier to go down slightly on her fee to compensate for that cost. If the carrier did not have health insurance in place, the prenatal care and the delivery would cost many thousands of dollars.

Do I need to purchase health insurance for my baby(ies)?

Yes. The baby(ies) will be under your insurance, not the gestational carrier since she is not the mother. You can purchase an insurance plan for the baby(ies) on their own or you can add them to your current health insurance plan once they are born. The only exception is if you are not a United States citizen. Then, unfortunately you cannot purchase a plan for the baby(ies) and you will have to work out a deal with the hospital for self-pay charges for the delivery.

Recipients

What is the total cost?

It definitely depends on the donor that you choose, but we usually estimate that it can be between $15,000 and $25,000. That also does not include any IVF charges to your actual IVF clinic for the egg retrieval itself.

Do I meet or talk to my donor or do they know anything about me?

Unless it is mutually agreed by both you and the egg donor, everything remains completely anonymous. You do not know each other’s names, locations, etc. You would only be known to each other by a code name. If you decide that you might like to have a phone call or meet with your donor, we could ask the donor if they feel comfortable and we could help arrange that meeting.

Do I need to pay to view your online database of donors?

Absolutely not! Access to our online database is absolutely free of charge and simple to register. Simply click HERE and you can create a username and password of your own.

Do you offer any financing?

We do not offer any financing through our agency, but if you request, we can help you find some resources for medical financing.

How long does this process take?

It really depends on your particular case. However, the actual egg donation cycle for the egg donor usually takes about 6 weeks. The matching and testing process can take up to a couple of months after you have chosen a donor.