Yes, you will require an insurance policy that is usable for surrogacy. As part of your screening with Family Makers, your insurance will be reviewed. If it is not usable, we will discuss other options with you and your Intended Parents.
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.
Absolutely! The Intended Parents want to support you, and be as involved in the journey as everyone is comfortable with. Surrogates often send the Intended Parents photos and videos of their growing belly. Intended Parents may attend appointments and will be at delivery.
No, you will never pay any out-of-pocket costs associated with surrogacy. Your health insurance will cover the prenatal and delivery costs. The Intended Parents will pay for any associated co-pays and the IVF costs.
Yes, you will need to take medications to prepare for the embryo transfer. Not every protocol or every medication works the same way for each person. What may work for one Surrogate may actually cause problems with another. Once we know what Intended Parents a Surrogate will be matched with, Family Makers reviews what medications will likely be required with the Surrogate so that she feels adequately prepared for what to expect. The medications often include birth control pills, estrogen, Lupron and progesterone.
Yes, you will be represented by your own attorney during the legal process and drafting your gestational surrogacy agreement with the Intended Parents. The Intended Parents pay for your representation.
Yes, you will need to plan to travel for screening and the embryo transfer. Typically each of these appointments is 2 days. As always your travel expenses and lost wages are paid for by the Intended Parents.
Intended Parents will also meet with a psychologist prior to pursuing surrogacy to discuss all of the mental health considerations in the process. Your gestational surrogate agreement will also explicitly note in legal terms that the parents are required to take home their baby and that the surrogate is not legally responsible. You can rest assured that Intended Parents have been waiting for delivery day, often for years, and cannot wait to bring home their baby.
Sometimes, although it isn’t very common. Intended Parents and surrogates may live in the same state, within a few hours drive, or a quick plane trip away. Family Makers finds that no matter what the distance is, if everyone is open to developing an organic relationship the journey will be amazing. No matter how far apart Intended Parents will always be present for delivery. Family Makers also only works with Intended Parents in the United States.
In rare circumstances you may be asked to terminate a pregnancy due to health complications or a risk to your own health. Prior to matching with Intended Parents, it will be discussed with you, and the Intended Parents to be sure everyone is on the same page and has the same beliefs when it comes to termination. While we hope that nobody is ever in this position, Family Makers will guide all parties through a difficult decision like this along with the health care professionals.
Absolutely! Surrogacy utilizes the process of IVF for the embryo transfer. Your eggs are never used with gestational surrogacy and the embryo is implanted directly into your uterus.
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 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 promptly 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.
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.
My surrogacy journey was a beautiful experience!
For 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
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
Surrogacy Info Recap
Surrogates earn up to $55,000 in compensation
Family Makers offers custom compensation packages
Dedicated one-on-one support with a Case Manager
All Intended Parents based in the United States
Quick matching time with Intended Parents
An experience of a lifetime, changing lives forever