How To Become A Surrogate Mother In Atlanta

Many Atlanta moms who want to help others become parents wonder how to become a Surrogate Mother to share a lasting gift and put more love into the world. So, in this post, we will explain how to help Intended Parents fulfill their dreams of having a baby when they otherwise could not. Surrogacy is the only way for some people to become parents, which is why Surrogates are so necessary for our area. This process requires women who are openhearted, healthy, strong, and giving. If you think that is you, continue reading on to discover how to become a Surrogate Mother in Atlanta.

Requirements For How To Become A Surrogate Mother In Atlanta

We will start by sharing what it takes to pursue being a Surrogate. Preparing and educating yourself about the process and requirements is very important, as it directly impacts you and your own family. Surrogate Mothers, also called Gestational Carriers, should be prepared to meet the physical and mental health criteria required to have a baby for someone else. Surrogate Mothers in Atlanta and the surrounding areas ultimately complete a plethora of blood tests, physical examinations, and psychological evaluations to prepare them as much as possible, and so the preliminary list of requirements can seem strict.

Family Makers follows the guidance and recommendations of top fertility clinics and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to choose our amazing group of Atlanta area Surrogate Mothers. The rewards of being chosen are lifelong and life-changing to both you and the couple you help.

At Family Makers, our Surrogates are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 21-39 years old
  • Have delivered a baby in the last 10 years without significant complications
  • Have had no more than 2 deliveries via caesarian section
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Consent to a background check for herself and all adults living in her home
  • Have a stable home life, strong support system, and reliable childcare
  • Not have a recent history of smoking or vaping
  • Be willing to refrain from any alcohol during pregnancy
  • Not take prescription medications recreationally or use illicit drugs
  • Financially stable
  • Not have had an endometrial ablation or the Essure® procedure
  • Not take medications that are labeled Category D or Category X
  • Not take antipsychotics, anti-anxiety or anti-depressants
  • Have flexibility for morning appointments
  • Understand that daily injections for up to 12 weeks may be necessary
  • Have no plans for international travel within the next 18-24 months

If you want more information on the requirements to become a Surrogate Mother in Atlanta, or you have any questions about whether or not you fit these requirements, please reach out to us today.

How To Become A Surrogate Mother In Atlanta: After Applying

If you believe you meet the requirements to be a Surrogate Mother in Atlanta with Family Makers, our team will reach out to you within 24 hours of receiving your application to schedule a call. This initial conversation is your chance to meet one of our experienced Gestational Carrier Case Managers to discuss all of the different aspects of Surrogacy. Our goal is to get to know you personally, understand and confirm your medical and social history, and introduce you to the amazing experience of being a Surrogate for someone. Lastly, this call allows you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the process so that you feel comfortable and prepared for the next steps.

The application process to become a Surrogate can be lengthy, but once approved you can typically be matched with a family immediately. Some moms have vacations planned, or may still be weaning, and so we are more than happy to accept applications from moms who want to start their journey a few months down the road too. The information gathered during several video call interviews with our staff in these call sessions will also help our team to match you with Intended Parents, create your compensation package, and match you with caseworkers. Once approved, you will complete appointments with a fertility doctor and psychologist to ensure that you are completely prepared and ready to change someone’s life forever.

How To Become A Surrogate Mother In Atlanta: Getting Paid

Helping someone have a baby is one of the most fulfilling and life-changing experiences a Surrogate can have. Beyond the moment when you will get to witness a New Parent meet their child for the first time, the financial rewards of being a Surrogate are also considerable. While we do not want financial reasons to be the only reason you want to be a Surrogate Mother, we understand that many women would not risk their bodies and time for free. Many Surrogates have used money earned during their journeys to go back to school, pay off loans, open their own businesses, and more.

At Family Makers, we create personalized and competitive compensation packages for all of our Surrogates based on who they are and what they want out of surrogacy. Milestone payments are rewarded to our Atlanta Surrogates prior to pregnancy, as you begin preparing for pregnancy and the IVF process. Generous payments then begin monthly once pregnancy is confirmed through delivery. Gestational Carriers can earn up to $55,000 worth of compensation and additional benefits depending on their experience, location, and existing health insurance.

Interested In How To Become A Surrogate Mother In Atlanta?

If you are a mom in the Atlanta area and still have questions about how to become a Surrogate Mother, our knowledgeable and compassionate team is here to answer any of your questions or concerns. You can call, email or reach out through our Facebook page to speak to our Agency Director or one of our case managers who have helped families achieve their dream of parenthood first hand. 

Testimonials from Surrogates

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.