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These people were amazing!

After my cousin suffered through years of IVF, I learned about surrogacy but honestly knew nothing about it. These people were amazing in not only teaching me, but supporting me and my Intended Parents from day one. It was a fantastic adventure, it was so incredibly humbling, and it is something I would do again given the opportunity. If anyone deserved to be parents, it was the couple I was blessed to help!

Courtney, Surrogate from North Carolina

I always felt informed, respected, and supported.

As an L&D nurse, I didn't think there was anything in this world like witnessing someone meet their child for the first time. Being the person to make that happen? THAT was one of the most amazing moments of my life. Family Makers listened to everything I said wanted in a match. I was never a number to them and the family I helped was a perfect match. I always felt informed, respected, and supported. It was truly one of the most profound experiences of my life!

- Sarah, Surrogate from Georgia

My surrogacy journey was a beautiful experience!

I definitely researched surrogacy before jumping in but still felt a little green on certain details. But Family Makers was always  there for both myself AND my intended parents! They are a great judge at HOW MUCH support you need. They were  always available for at chat, day or night which was very helpful. My surrogacy journey was a beautiful experience. It's bittersweet that its over, but maybe I'll be back for another!

- Kim, Surrogate from New Hampshire

Family Makers has been great!

Family Makers has been great! This was my second journey, and my first was independent. I was nervous about going through an agency. I like to typically handle things myself. They understood this and let me handle the things I wanted to, but stepped in when we needed help. The whole process went very smooth!

- Amanda N.

Highly recommend Family Makers Surrogacy for your next journey whether as an IP or surrogate.

At the very beginning, I was highly impressed with how quickly they collected all of my medical information from the two separate hospitals and three different OB’s I had used for previous deliveries. I was thankful for the opportunity to match with a couple that had the same views on termination which was a major matching point for me. Overall, their matching process made me feel heard and that what I was looking for mattered. They listened intently and matched me with a couple who desired the same on all major matching points. During the entire journey, I never felt like a bother or burden but my coordinator, Ashley, was always available for questions and support the entire journey. I was very pleased with how the owner, Ashlee, handled delivery during a pandemic by personally calling the hospital and figuring out what that would look like and guiding my IPs and I through that new expectation of labor & delivery. After delivery, I felt incredibly loved and honored by the way the owner herself messaged me to check on me along with my coordinator, Ashley. Financially, I love that they use SEAM for their escrow as all bills have been paid promptly within one day of submitting. I am officially retired from surrogacy but would highly recommend Family Makers Surrogacy for your next journey whether as an IP or surrogate. Family Makers attention to detail in every aspect of the journey made the entire process seamless.

- Jessica G.

I’ve completed my first surrogacy with Family Makers Surrogacy and couldn’t be more pleased.

I've completed my first surrogacy with Family Makers Surrogacy and couldn't be more pleased with working with Ashlee. No matter what was going on, Ashlee was always there to answer any questions I had and resolve any issues. I really have absolutely nothing negative to say.

- Tonya H.

I highly recommend Family Makers. All around great experience!

I completed my journey June 2019. My coordinator was Ashley Hackenmiller. She was always attentive and responded proptly to email and text. If she didn't know something, I'd get a call from Ashlee Hammonds (owner) and my issue would be resolved. I had a few issues with the ips. They were so sweet but often flakey and hard to get ahold of. Me, I'm a planner. So when things were not going as needed and I couldn't get ahold of ips the agency always helped me get a plan b. They were extremely supportive and I knew if anything happened they would be right there with me. After delivery, they constantly checked up on me. I was pumping and another employee from Family Makers reached out for pumping assistance if I needed it. I highly recommend Family Makers. All around great experience!

- Nicole G.

Family Makers was absolutely amazing.

I worked with family makers as a gestational carrier after “breaking up” with another agency due to a poor experience. Family Makers was absolutely amazing the entire time. They were on top of everything, they made sure things were constantly moving since the starting process requires so much leg work, and they were always supportive. I set my own fees, I chose my own lawyer as did my intended parents, and a third party escrow company was used. Anything I needed was done even if it was just verbal support. Reimbursements were paid quickly bills were paid on time it was a perfect journey from start to finish. I highly recommend family makers for both surrogates and intended parents as there are both surrogates and intended parents working for the agency so they can really understand both sides of the journey.

- Ashley L.

Family Makers Surrogacy is a solid agency.

I just finished my first surrogacy journey on April 3, 2019! I was, and still am, impressed, at how fast and informative she was with the whole experience! Ashlee's knowledge of surrogacy and IVF is very extensive and that put me at ease instantly. But Ashlee always seemed to be there for both myself AND my intended parents! She also is a great judge at HOW MUCH support you need. I didn't feel like she was "bothering" me with texts or emails. I never felt rushed or "pushed" into anything. There were weeks where it felt like we spoke every day and then weeks where we wouldn't but her support in our journey was still there. Any issues we had she was right there for help and support. She was also always available for a chat, day or night which was very helpful in those times of confusion or what have you. My surrogacy journey was a beautiful experience. It's bittersweet that it's over but maybe I'll be back for another ;) Family Makers Surrogacy is a solid agency. If you're looking for strong support and rich knowledge in the surrogacy world definitely reach out!

- Kimberly Ann J.

Our experience was nothing short of stars aligning.

The founder of this company is just like you. I can say that because I am her previous gestational carrier. Our experience was nothing short of stars aligning. I owe that greatly to her attention to detail and naturally caring demeanor. We went through an independent match with a few hiccups all normal things we made it through as family. She is uniquely qualified to this tackle this new feat. She has been in many of your shoes as a previous IP. She KNOWS the struggle, investment, loss, and disappointment, but the other side of that is she KNOWS the little joys and triumphs moving forward with your dreams and sigh of relief when over. She is dedicated to everything she invests herself in. I have no doubt in my mind this will be a huge success and bring her as well as others much joy.

- Rebecca T.

Best choice ever to go with Family Makers Surrogacy.

From the start, Ashlee was amazing. She always answered any question I had. She was very quick with following up. Everything has gone smoothly. Ashley my coordinator was amazing too, she always checked in and made sure I never needed anything. During my short pumping journey, Ashley helped me with some great pumping tips etc. No issues, No complaints. This was my 2nd journey and 1st with Family Makers Surrogacy, best choice ever to go with Family Makers Surrogacy this 2nd time.

- Micha K.

You won’t find a more compassionate, kind, professional than Ashlee.

You won't find a more compassionate, kind, professional than Ashlee. Intended Parents and surrogates, etc. should be honored to use her agency. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to highly recommend her.

- Tammi D.

I recommend them 100%.

This agency could not have possibly made my journey as a surrogate more smooth. Ashlee specifically was available anytime I needed her and was amazing to work with. I appreciated her different perspective as an Intended Parent, and I ran several things by her during my journey when I wanted her advice on things that made the relationship with the family I worked with stronger. They were super diligent about making sure I understood what I was getting myself into and helped set realistic expectations. It really feels like I've got a close friend walking me through my journeys and really can't think of anything but amazing things to say about them. Ashlee is well known in the community for being a great educator and resource, and I recommend them 100%.

- Emma St. C.

I knew right away that this was the agency for me.

I am almost 6 weeks pp so here is my agency review. I matched with Family Makers Surrogacy in July of 2018. I had talked to other agencies before deciding and when I talked to Ashlee the owner of Family Makers I knew right away that this was the agency for me. I was matched in September 2018 with amazing like minded IPs. Ashlee was amazing taking care of things when we had issues with insurance. We had our transfer in January 2019 and I delivered a healthy baby boy September 27, 2019. I had some issues after delivery and the agency was amazing. They made sure I was taken care of in every way. Throughout the pregnancy, I was checked on but never felt like I was being micromanaged. If I could I would do it all again.

- The Cole Clan

I would strongly recommend Family Makers Surrogacy to anyone thinking about becoming a surrogate.

I completed my first surrogacy journey at the end of January helping a wonderful couple become parents to a beautiful little girl. I do not think I would have been able to do this without the help of Ashlee. She was there EVERY single step of the way from the beginning until the end. She has become a dear friend of mine and my husband and I cannot wait to work with her again in the future. I never realized how much would be involved throughout the process and Ashlee was very knowledgeable throughout every step. I would strongly recommend Family Makers Surrogacy to anyone thinking about becoming a surrogate.

- Katie G.

I highly recommend Family Makers for both surrogates and intended parents.

I worked with family makers as a gestational carrier after "breaking up" with another agency due to a poor experience. Family Makers was absolutely amazing the entire time. They were on top of everything, they made sure things were constantly moving since the starting process requires so much leg work, and they were always supportive. I set my own fees, I chose my own lawyer as did my intended parents, and a third party escrow company was used. Anything I needed was done even if it was just verbal support. Reimbursements were paid quickly bills were paid on time it was a perfect journey from start to finish. I highly recommend Family Makers for both surrogates and intended parents as there are both surrogates and intended parents working for the agency so they can really understand both sides of the journey.

- Jennifer H.

Intended Parents’ Success Stories

Very successful journey with Family Makers.

Very successful journey with Family Makers. They are extremely hands on and honest. I highly recommend.

- Danielle T.

We are forever grateful for Family Makers.

My story began 15 years ago when I finally decided to consider surrogacy as a way to having a family. As each year rolled by I found out that the fertility journey is not easy. I discovered the road was pretty complicated and super expensive. I faced several disappointments in searching for a surrogate and went through a significant amount of savings. I was about to give up but my desire for a family kept me searching and I found Family Makers. What was amazing was their affordability and that they would not only find a suitable surrogate but they would handle all the legal and personal details throughout the journey through the birth of our child! Family Makers exceeded our expectations in their very personalized service and dedication. What had taken me 15 years to find an appropriate surrogate, happened in about four months! Finally, we had our surrogate! Once they found our surrogate, the agency managed the entire process through to the birth of our baby girl! Our minds, hearts and nerves were put at ease throughout the journey because Ashlee and her team at Family Makers was there for us taking care of everything! We are forever grateful for Family Makers and their commitment to making miracles and happy families around the world! Thank you Family Makers!

- Dianne S., Anthony M., and Baby Girl Destiny

Both surrogates … loved working with Family Makers.

Ashlee was available to answer any questions or concerns pretty much day or night. She suggested ways for us to save money, and helped us make a financial plan so that we could prepare as much as possible. Four months after bringing home our baby, we got a phone call saying that insurance had come back and denied all claims despite having written verification that the policy should have covered everything. I am so thankful that we had someone to help us navigate all that, help us refile all the claims, and for all the followup it took until it was taken care of even though that first journey had been long over. I understand that a lot of people don’t need so much support, but infertility and surrogacy is a very lonely and difficult experience sometimes for me and it’s nice to just be able to pick up the phone or send a text and feel like I have someone who “gets me” to talk me through whatever is happening. I think it says a lot when an agency is there through not just good times, but difficult ones too. I know both surrogates we have worked with have told me over and over how much they loved working with Family Makers as well.

- Jennifer H.

You absolutely won’t regret putting your journey in Ashlee’s capable hands.

Ashlee is an extremely knowledgeable and highly respected member of the surrogacy community. She is smart, compassionate, professional, and incredibly dedicated to helping intended parents and surrogates have amazing journeys together. Ashlee has firsthand experience as an intended mother, so she understands the struggles that many of us have faced with infertility, she knows what we need on the road to parenthood, and she knows exactly how to help intended parents and surrogates have the best experience. Ashlee is one of the few people I would trust completely to handle my delicate journey to motherhood, and I would highly recommend her to any surrogate or intended parent who is also looking for help. You absolutely won't regret putting your journey in Ashlee's capable hands.

- Carly S.

Ashlee was there for us and our Gestational Carrier every day and every step of the way.

I cannot thank Ashlee and Family Makers enough for my wonderful baby boy. Ashlee was there for us and our Gestational Carrier every day and every step of the way. She even answered all of my stupid questions and there were hundreds.

- Danielle K.

We are eternally thankful for our surrogate and Family Makers Surrogacy!​

Family Makers was instrumental in helping us fulfill our dream of completing our family! Not only did we get matched with the perfect surrogate for us, but Ashlee was also always there when we needed her, providing guidance and answering any and all questions we had. We are eternally thankful for our surrogate and Family Makers Surrogacy!​

- N & J

Frequently Asked Surrogacy Questions

A Surrogate is a woman who successfully carries and delivers a baby for someone who cannot carry themselves. Surrogacy is a process that is complex, both logistically and legally. More than 40 states are considered surrogate friendly, meaning that Intended Parents and Surrogates entering into legal contracts for the purposes of surrogacy are protected.

Gestational surrogacy is now the most common form of surrogacy in the United States, in which a woman carries a baby created from an egg that is not biologically hers.  IVF is required in order to use a gestational Surrogate because the egg must be fertilized in a lab, grown until it becomes an embryo, and then transferred to the uterus of the Surrogate.

In gestational surrogacy, the Surrogate is not biologically related to the baby.  She understands that at the end of the process, she is not giving up a baby.  She is giving back a baby to its parents.

Before in-vitro fertilization (IVF) became mainstream, traditional surrogacy was the first and only type of surrogacy.  In traditional surrogacy, the Surrogate is carries a baby created using her own egg.  Traditional surrogacy is much less common now due to the legal and psychological components of it, but is still performed under the supervision of a physician using intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

It is common for some people to pursue traditional surrogacy without proper research, medical supervision or legal contracts – whether trying to save money or simply not understanding the process fully before beginning.  Because of this, many states do not permit traditional surrogacy and will not recognize the Intended Parents as the baby’s legal parents without considerable frustration or legal costs after the baby is born.

In order to utilize a Surrogate, Intended Parents must have a medical reason they are unable to have a baby themselves.  Whether there is a history of infertility, pregnancy loss, a medical diagnosis making it unsafe for someone to carry a baby, a same-sex male couple, or a male pursuing fatherhood alone, there are a host of reasons why someone may need a gestational surrogate.  Gestational surrogacy would not be possible without in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Eggs are taken from a woman, then fertilized using the sperm of a man.  Once fertilized in the fertility lab, they become embryos.  The embryo is then placed into the uterus of a gestational surrogate, who is not biologically related to the embryo.  The surrogate then carries the baby until birth.  The surrogate is not considered an employee or paid worker, nor treated like one.  It is a respectful partnership with a team effort approach, and in most cases a close relationship forms between she and her Intended Parents throughout the process.

Most states do not currently have laws specifically permitting gestational surrogacy.  Some states specifically restrict it, some have statutory language addressing surrogacy, and others are silent on the topic completely.  Many times, it is up to each individual judge on a county level to determine enforceability of surrogacy contracts and establishment of parentage.  Because of this, it is extremely important to have legal representation from an attorney experienced in surrogacy and familiar with each courts’ preferences and requirements.

The following states are considered to be Surrogate friendly, meaning that for most Intended Parents a pre-birth order or post-birth order will be granted putting their names directly on the baby’s birth certificate:  Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.   There are varying restrictions in a few states listed, depending on the biological connection and relationship status of the Intended Parents to their baby.

The Surrogacy Contract, also called a Gestational Carrier Agreement, is a lengthy document outlining all of the terms agreed upon by the Intended Parents and the Surrogate.  The contract should be drafted by an attorney experienced in surrogacy that understands all of the complex issues that commonly occur in surrogacy arrangements.  The Surrogate should also have independent legal counsel representing her best interests who can ensure that the terms are balanced and fair.

The contract is one of the most important components of the process because it clearly outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties.  The intention of outlining every detail possible is to minimize misunderstandings and conflicts during the journey, while protecting everyone involved.  It addresses compensation and benefits owed to the Surrogate, the Surrogate’s medical risks and responsibilities throughout the process, agreement on issues pertaining to medical decisions such as termination and selective reduction, and even expectations regarding communication during and after the process.

Whether you are an Intended Parent or Surrogate, having an experienced surrogacy attorney throughout the process is a requirement.  Fortunately, there are more than 40 states that support gestational surrogacy and that is because capable attorneys specializing in artificial reproductive technology (ART) law have created a healthy environment within the local judicial courts for it.  Because surrogacy laws vary by state, experiences and ease of the process vary depending on location and judge.

It is also imperative that the surrogacy contract cover everything that needs to be addressed in order to protect both parties in a fair and balanced way.  The contract will also address any state specific statutes and processes required if pregnancy occurs.  In some states, Pre-Birth Orders and Post-Birth Orders are easily granted because the laws support it, and the judges hearing the cases are familiar with surrogacy.  Experienced surrogacy attorneys understand what to include in a surrogacy contract to protect everyone involved, and also know exactly what to include in an Order so that the request for parental rights will be granted.

Supporting documents will include affidavits from the fertility specialist who oversees the IVF process, in addition to affidavits by the Intended Parents and Surrogate.  A hearing is not usually required, but your attorney will let you know if he or she expects that you will need to appear before the judge at any point.  Because the legal process of obtaining parentage is performed in the state that the Surrogate resides in, it is important that you choose an attorney in that state to discuss the process with you.  Any restrictions, special hearings or anticipated delays with filing can be discussed with your attorney so that you can be prepared.

Because some countries do not permit commercial surrogacy, the United States has become a destination for Intended Parents across the world looking for the legal protection and ethical standards the surrogacy community here is known for.  Altruistic surrogacy is still a very large percentage of total surrogacy journeys worldwide, in which the Surrogate does not accept payment for carrying a baby for someone.

Some countries like Australia and the UK only allow altruistic surrogacy, forcing many Intended Parents to pursue commercial surrogacy in other countries if they wish to have a child.  Because of the potential medical risks associated with pregnancy, most altruistic Surrogates volunteer for close friends or family.  When Intended Parents are not fortunate enough to find someone willing to volunteer, then that is when most pursue commercial surrogacy.

Some Surrogates are considered “low-compensation Surrogates,” meaning that they typically request $10,000 – $20,000 in compensation payments throughout the pregnancy to carry a baby.  However, most Surrogates request an average of $35,000 – $45,000 plus additional costs to help someone.  Compensation begins after pregnancy is confirmed, not before, and is paid in installments on a monthly basis until the baby is born.  Family Makers can provide a detailed outline on expected costs and benefits typically paid during the process.

There are numerous pros and cons to Surrogacy, however in most cases the pros far outweigh the cons.  For Intended Parents, Surrogacy ensures that they can be part of the process from beginning to end.  Not only are they encouraged to form a strong foundation of respect and friendship with their Surrogate, but many are able to attend prenatal appointments and be present for the birth of their child.

This allows everyone to experience all of the milestones and excitement of the pregnancy together as much as possible, while also giving Intended Parents the opportunity to know the provider and hospital overseeing medical care of the Surrogate and baby.  Success rates using a Surrogate are far above that of in-vitro fertilization for infertile patients.  Because Surrogates have a history of uncomplicated pregnancies and excellent health, they will typically have a higher chance of getting pregnant and carrying the baby to term.

For some Intended Parents, gestational surrogacy is their only chance to have a biological child.  Those who have overcome significant health issues like cancer or infertility, as well as LGBTQ parents, have the opportunity to grow their families thanks to science and Surrogates who want to help them.  Unlike adoption where the biological mother has the option to change her mind after delivery, Intended Parents are legally protected if the Surrogate lives in one of 40+ U.S. surrogacy friendly states.  Unfortunately, there are also downsides to pursuing Surrogacy.

For some Intended Parents, the cost of the process makes surrogacy unreachable for many.  Many Intended Parents save for years and live below their means in order to afford a single journey.  Those that wish to have multiple children face slightly reduced costs for subsequent journeys.  Trusting a stranger to carry a child takes an extreme amount of trust, which can be especially difficult for those who have experienced a pregnancy of their own.  Staying informed through frequent and open communication with your Surrogate and Family Makers minimizes anxiety associated with this loss of control for most Intended Parents we work with.

Most of us have friends or family who have pursued fertility treatment in order to have a baby.  In fact, 1 in 8 people in the United States struggle to have children, and many of those spend countless dollars and time only to still need a Surrogate after failed attempts themselves. In Gestational surrogacy, an egg is fertilized with sperm in a lab and grows to become an embryo.

Once it has matured, it is placed into the uterus of a Surrogate during a very specific day and hour.  The procedure is called an “embryo transfer” and is painless, usually lasting less than 10 minutes. Because the embryo is placed directly into the uterus using a small catheter, even women who have had their fallopian tubes tied can be Surrogates.  The embryo is not biologically hers, yet she has a very special role for the next nine months if the procedure is successful.

The Surrogacy process begins by creating embryos.  Whether using the eggs and sperm of the Intended Parents, or that of a donor, embryos are created at a fertility clinic and frozen.  The next step is matching one of our amazing Gestational Surrogates (also called Surrogate Mothers) with deserving Intended Parents.  Family Makers will discuss all of the qualities you would like to have in a match and then present profiles to you for consideration.

Once you have selected your match, the fertility clinic will perform medical and psychological testing on the Surrogate and Intended Parents to ensure everyone is physically and mentally prepared to begin.  Legal contracts are drafted and each party’s attorneys review all of the important issues you will agree to with one another for the duration of your journey.  Once contracts have been signed, the fertility clinic will perform in-vitro fertilization and transfer the Intended Parents’ embryo into the Surrogate.

If she becomes pregnant, she will be overseen by her OB or midwife throughout pregnancy and ultimately deliver at a nearby hospital.  If possible, the Intended Parents will plan to travel to where the Surrogate lives prior to delivery so that they can be there to witness the birth of their child.  Once born, the hospital staff will submit all the necessary paperwork to Vital Records so that the Intended Parents’ names will go directly on the birth certificate.

Family Makers works with Intended Parents throughout the world, but only works with Surrogates in the U.S. from surrogacy friendly states.  The State of Georgia, where Family Makers is headquartered, is one of more than 40 states in the United States where surrogacy is legal and contracts are enforceable.  Georgia is a fantastic state for surrogacy as it permits both traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy, with no restrictions for Intended Parents based on sexual orientation or marital status.

Georgia courts grant Pre-Birth Orders, which is a legally binding document that assigns parentage of the baby before it is even born.  Among other things, a Pre-Birth Order affirms how the baby was conceived, who the legal parents are, and instructs Vital Records that the Intended Parents are to be named on the baby’s birth certificate.  There is never a question of who the baby belongs to.

A common phrase people will see when researching surrogacy is “surrogacy friendly insurance.”  The term seems to imply that there may be insurance policies available that will pay for anything and everything related to surrogacy.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  When we discuss policies that “cover surrogacy,” what we mean is that the insurance policy covers pregnancy claims just like any other pregnancy.

The insurer does not care how the baby was conceived, and will therefore cover any claims related to prenatal care and delivery.  Because the Surrogate does not have an infertility diagnosis, any medical screening and IVF costs pertaining to her care under a fertility specialist are not typically covered by any insurance policy.  Each year, more and more insurance carriers have started excluding pregnancy as a covered benefit when the person is serving as a Surrogate.  In 2014, approximately 80% of policies nationwide covered maternity claims for Surrogates.

In 2019, approximately 60% of Surrogates with Family Makers have insurance policies that cover it.  Because of this alarming trend, Family Makers has partnered with a global insurance carrier that offers health insurance that specifically covers pregnancy as a Surrogate.  This policy can be purchased throughout the year, allowing Intended Parents to begin their journey any time of the year, rather than waiting for Open Enrollment each November to purchase one.

Surrogacy attracts a lot of attention these days due to the rapid increase of Intended Parents worldwide using Surrogates, and the varying practices in each country where it is allowed.  In some countries, surrogacy is used as a way to exploit underprivileged women who will endure pregnancy for very little pay to help their families.

While there are not yet any federal laws that regulate surrogacy in the United States, professional organizations such as the Americian Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Ethics in Surrogacy and Egg Donation (SEEDS) sets the standards many agencies like Family Makers follows.   Standards outlined and emphasized from both organizations include, eliminating coercion by either party involved, involvement by mental health professionals, oversight by qualified attorneys, and complete disclosure to all parties of the risks and responsibilities of the process.

There are significant differences between adoption and surrogacy, many of which are misunderstood by the general public and by those looking to grow their family.  In adoption, there are no legally binding contracts to say who the parents of the baby will be.  The birth mother can change her mind after the baby is born because it is her legal right to do so.  In gestational surrogacy, everyone understands prior to conception that the surrogate mother will have no legal rights to the baby.

A legally binding contract signed prior to conception through IVF and Pre-Birth Order during pregnancy ensures that there is no question as to who the baby’s parents will be upon birth.  Adoption involves a lot of uncertainty, and so many parents who are looking for more control over the process and a certainty of bringing home a baby find the surrogacy process to be more comforting.

Being involved in prenatal care, forming a long-term relationship with their Surrogate throughout the pregnancy, and knowing their baby’s genetic history are also other reasons people choose surrogacy instead of adoption.  Surrogacy is not guaranteed though.  There is a small chance that the Surrogate does not become pregnant after several IVF attempts, so the significantly higher costs of surrogacy compared to adoption may deter many from pursuing it.

Family Makers is proud to share many amazing success stories for the families and Surrogates who have worked with us!  One of the first questions Intended Parents ask is us what our success rate is for bringing home a baby.  Because we work with a variety of clinics with a variety of success rates, we cannot take credit if a journey is successful.  What we can do is ensure that the Surrogates we work with have the highest qualifications and criteria for helping families who depend on them.

We are proud to say that 80% of our Surrogates get pregnant and have a live birth from their first transfer attempt.  20% of the women we work with are experienced Surrogates, while the remaining are doing it for the first time.  We have not experienced a difference in success rates between those who have had previous journeys and those who are first-time Surrogates.  Check out testimonials from those who have worked with us throughout our website, on our Google business page, and on Facebook!