Surrogacy During COVID-19

Family Makers Surrogacy understands that you may have questions or concerns about starting your surrogacy journey during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. This is an unprecedented time in our country’s history and Family Makers is continuing to support surrogates and Intended Parents during COVID-19.

Can I still apply to be a surrogate with Family Makers Surrogacy during COVID-19?

Yes! Since the surrogacy screening process takes time, you can complete your application whenever you feel ready to move forward, even during the coronavirus pandemic. A Case Manager will reach out to you within 24 hours (often much less!) once your application is received to go over the next steps.

Can I still be matched with Intended Parents during the pandemic?

Absolutely. There are always Intended Parents waiting to be matched and waiting for the dream of becoming parents to come true.Typically you can expect to have a match meeting about 4-6 weeks after you complete your application.

Has COVID-19 affected the screening process for surrogates with Family Makers?

Family Makers screening process has always been done virtually with each surrogate candidate. You will meet with a Case Manager to review your application by phone within 24 hours, and have a video meeting with our Agency Director as part of your screening with Family Makers. In addition, you will always be able to reach your Case Manager by email, phone or text anytime you have questions. There is no need to travel to our offices, or for one of our Case Managers to visit your home in person during the screening process.

Is it safe to travel for clinic screening appointments during COVID-19?

Family Makers requires all surrogates follow CDC guidelines whenever traveling for clinic screening appointments and IVF transfer including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing. In addition, IVF clinics may have additional guidelines that must be followed. Your Case Manager, along with the IVF Clinic and Intended Parents will go over all guidelines that must be followed for travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Many IVF Clinics have allowed for local monitoring during the pandemic to decrease the number of times a surrogate must travel to the clinic.

What are the risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy and for newborns?

While the overall risk for COVID-19 is low during pregnancy, the CDC says that women are at an increased risk for severe illness compared to women who are not pregnant.

The CDC recommends pregnant women take precautions to limit their potential exposure to coronavirus including:

  • Limit interactions with people who may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Practice frequent hand washing
  • Clean surfaces you touch often with soap and water
  • Consider a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to you

Much is still unknown regarding coronavirus and newborns however, the CDC does state the following regarding COVID-19 and newborns:

  • COVID-19 is uncommon in newborns born to women who had COVID-19 during pregnancy.
  • Some newborns have tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after birth. It is unknown if these newborns got the virus before, during, or after birth.
  • Most newborns who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild or no symptoms and recovered. However, there are a few reports of newborns with severe COVID-19 illness.

It is important to speak with your Case Manager, Intended Parents and doctors during the process to understand all of the information regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic as it becomes available.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe if I am pregnant or planning to become a surrogate?

The CDC, ASRM and the American Gynecological and Obstetric Society all recommend women receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are considering becoming pregnant or are currently pregnant.

While there is limited data, based on how the coronavirus vaccine works in the body, the experts feel that it is unlikely to pose a risk for women who are pregnant. There is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in women.

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