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Become A Surrogate FAQ2018-11-02T12:51:58+00:00
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Become A Surrogate FAQ

WHAT IS A SURROGATE?2018-07-20T22:39:01+00:00

A surrogate is a woman who carries a child on behalf of an infertile person or couple, who are usually referred to as the “intended parents”. The intended parents must have a documented medical need to work with a surrogate, such as lack of a uterus or other medical conditions that would prevent the intended mother from getting pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy. The ideal surrogate is a relatively young woman who has previously carried a pregnancy without complications and does not have any habits (e.g., smoking, alcohol, drug use) or medical disorders (e.g., diabetes) that could risk her health or the health of the fetus during a pregnancy. Surrogates are also called “gestational carriers” or “gestational mothers.”

There are two different types of surrogacy. The first is often known as “traditional” surrogacy. In a traditional arrangement, the surrogate donates her egg and is usually artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm. The most common type of surrogacy for many years, traditional surrogacy is seldom seen today because the surrogate must surrender her own biological child.

The second type is known as “gestational” surrogacy. In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, the intended parents create their own embryos through an IVF process, and one or two of the resulting embryos are transferred to the surrogate’s uterus. With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate has no biological relationship to the child she is carrying.

SSA only provides gestational surrogacy arrangements. An SSA surrogate will never be asked to carry her own biological child.

HOW DO I BECOME AN SSA SURROGATE?2018-07-20T22:39:41+00:00

The basic steps are initial screening, application, psychological assessment/counseling, meeting the intended parents, home visit, medical evaluation, legal contract, the IVF medical process and, finally, pregnancy and delivery.

After you have submitted your application, an SSA counselor will call you for a detailed clinical interview. We like to see you while talking with you so these interviews are conducted by videoconference (e.g., Skype, FaceTime, Viber). If that goes well, we will schedule a time for you to complete the clinical interview by taking the Personality Assessment Inventory, which is a one hour psychological test that consists of true/false questions. If married or living with a partner, you and your spouse/partner will also complete a brief joint counseling/interview session.

Once a potential match has been arranged, you will meet the intended parents in a mediated meeting either at one of our offices or by videoconference depending on everyone’s location. This gives you a chance to get to know the intended parents and have your questions answered. An SSA facilitator will be there to explain the surrogacy process and guide everyone through the important decisions and choices in an arrangement. Both you and the intended parents are then given a day or two to decide whether you want to move forward. If everyone likes each other and feels it would be a good match, then you will go to the IVF physician for medical clearance and, later, legal contracts will be prepared.

WHY SHOULD I WORK WITH SSA RATHER THAN GOING INDEPENDENT?2018-07-20T22:40:32+00:00

EXPERIENCE
In business for 25 years, SSA is the oldest and most experienced surrogacy and egg donation agency in Texas and the southwest and is among the five oldest agencies in the nation. With licensed counselors and attorneys on staff, you have the comfort of knowing that your arrangement is in the hands of professionals.

CONVENIENCE
By the time you meet with them, the intended parents will already have completed a detailed application and shown their commitment to the process by retaining us. SSA will have discussed with them the issues that may arise in a surrogate arrangement and will have presented them with our standard compensation package. The advantage to you is that this minimizes the potential for delays and “false starts”. Surrogates in independent arrangements often spend significant amounts of time dealing with a couple only to find that the couple is also meeting with other potential surrogates at the same time. In other cases, the couple may not be prepared (emotionally or financially) to move forward. With SSA you know that the intended parents you are meeting with are ready and able to proceed and are focused only on you.

PROTECTED RELATIONSHIP
In an independent arrangement, you must raise all the issues directly with the couple. This can lead to tense times, hurt feelings, and a damaged relationship. In an SSA arrangement, you have a trained counselor involved who can discretely raise and resolve issues without damaging your relationship. Your counselor also acts as a neutral “sounding board” for both you and your couple to help avoid misunderstandings. The end result is a more enjoyable arrangement for everyone.

SECURITY
In most independent arrangements, the surrogate must rely entirely on the intended parents to make payments called for by the agreement. In an SSA arrangement, your compensation and certain other amounts are held for your benefit in an attorney managed trust account at a federally insured bank. We also provide next day direct deposit of your fees and reimbursements.

ONGOING SUPPORT
Surrogacy involves emotions and can be stressful. An SSA counselor is always available to help you with questions or concerns at no cost to you.

IS SURROGACY LEGAL?2018-07-20T22:41:09+00:00

SSA only provides arrangements in states where surrogacy is legal. For example, under Texas law, qualifying surrogate arrangements are both legal and enforceable by the court. The intended parents go directly on the original birth certificate and you will have no legal responsibility for the child. The same applies for states like Colorado and Utah. In an SSA arrangement, your couple will have gone to court before you deliver for a pre-birth order and will have assumed full legal responsibility for any child.

WHAT STATES DO YOU ACCEPT SURROGATES FROM?2018-07-20T22:41:34+00:00

SSA accepts surrogates into our program who live in any “surrogate friendly” state. We prefer surrogates living in Texas, Georgia, Colorado, or Florida. We do not currently accept applications from surrogates living in New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, Washington, Michigan or Louisiana.

WILL I BE PAID?2018-07-20T22:41:54+00:00

You will receive financial compensation for carrying the pregnancy and for the time, inconvenience, and risks involved. We offer first-time surrogates base compensation of $35,000 plus a monthly expense allowance and benefits package that can bring your total compensation to $40,000+. You will be reimbursed for all medical, travel, lost wages and other expenses. Health insurance will be provided if you are not already covered. Experienced surrogates are usually paid $5,000 more – the amount depends on a variety of factors.

WILL I EVER BE CARRYING MY OWN BIOLOGICAL CHILD?2018-07-20T22:42:18+00:00

Never. Any child you carry as an SSA surrogate mother will either be the biological child of the intended mother or an egg donor. SSA does not provide traditional surrogacy services (where the child is the surrogate’s biological child).

WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?2018-07-25T23:07:22+00:00

Your first step is to contact us or fill out our brief qualifying questionnaire by clicking here. Our coordinators will then guide you through the application process.