BECOMING A SURROGATE (GESTATIONAL CARRIER)
Whether you are looking to become a surrogate or are in need of a surrogate and hoping for an easy surrogacy match, Gifted Journeys can help you navigate this unfamiliar road. Let us help you find your way.
Becoming a surrogate (gestational carrier)
Becoming a gestational carrier is one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone who wants a child – whether that’s a single mother or father, a heterosexual couple or a gay couple. Your desire to help intended parents build their family through surrogacy is a noble one. The intended parents we work with, who come from all over the world, are so very grateful to this key person, their gestational carrier, who helps create their family. Our surrogates do this to give the gift of parenthood to someone else while helping their own families in the process. Both reasons are equally compelling and generous. We hope you will continue to research surrogacy further and consider this opportunity. After you give it some thought, feel free to complete our online surrogate application.
Why Do People Need Surrogates (Gestational Carriers)?
Reasons vary, but the most common are age, infertility, a history of miscarriages, same-sex couples or hysterectomy. Regardless of the reason, the families who need gestational carriers all want the same thing: a child or children to love.
A Review of Basic Criteria for Prospective Surrogates (Gestational Carriers)
Below are the initial requirements to becoming a gestational surrogate:
- You must have had at least one child of your own.
- You must live in CA, CT, DC, DE, ME, NH, NV, OR, RI, AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MN, MO, NC, ND, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WI, WV.
- You must be between the ages of 21 and 43.
- Absolutely NO smoking or drug use (this is required of those who live with you as well.)
- Not currently on government assistance or welfare.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- No criminal history. This includes both you and your spouse/partner.
- Must be willing to submit to medical testing.
- Not currently on psychiatric medication.
- Must have a family who supports your decision.
The Gifted Journeys Difference
We not only want to be there to help make this process enjoyable and rewarding with the family you help, but also want to become the place you, the surrogate, can rely on along the way. In addition to staff accessibility, we offer on-going surrogacy support groups that include an additional financial incentive. This allows you to form friendships and bonds with other surrogates, speak with licensed therapists who work directly in the field of surrogacy, and most importantly, never have a moment in which you feel alone. We also offer a Surrogate Benefit Packages, which include financial gifts for your children’s’ future, all expense paid “fun days” with your family, plus much, much more.
In addition to on-going support and our benefit packages, Gifted Journeys offers a unique program called Mindful Surrogacy. This is an on-going program created for surrogates to maintain a positive, empowered, honored and mindful experience before, during and after the pregnancy. The basics of this program are:
- Guided meditations
- Loving Communication
- Honoring Self and Intended Parents
- Body Image and Food Relationships
- Setting Emotional Boundaries
- Releasing Fear
- Postpartum healing
One of our surrogacy directors will oversee your case from the time you apply until the time you deliver. Being a gestational surrogate with us means you will be treated with dignity and respect and we are always aware that you are willing to give a life-changing gift to hopeful parents who would not be able to do this without you.
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Thank you for your interest! The first step is to complete our online surrogate application. If you have questions about the application, give us a call at 818-505-3026. We look forward to hearing from you and we hope that your time as a surrogate will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
FAQ’s for Prospective Surrogates (Gestational Carriers)
Q: Do I have to use my own eggs?
A : Definitely not. Gifted Journeys facilitates gestational surrogacy only, which means only donor eggs, or eggs from the intended mother will be used.
Q: How long will it take to find someone in need of a surrogate (gestational carrier)?
A: It’s always hard to say exactly how long it will take to match you with an intended parent as factors like timing, travel, etc. all play into the process, but generally speaking it shouldn’t take more than a month or two.
Q: How does this work with my insurance?
A: If you don’t currently have insurance, or your current insurance specifically does not cover surrogacy, a separate medical and life insurance policy will be taken out specifically for your surrogacy.
Q: What do I need to do to be approved as a surrogate (gestational carrier)?
A: Before we can start any part of the process, we must have your previous medical records for at least your last two births (or last birth if you only have one child). Once those have been approved, you will have comprehensive labs as well as an ultrasound performed when you are screened for the process. There will also be random drug testing before and during your pregnancy.
Q: Will all my expenses be covered?
A: There should be no ‘out-of-pocket’ cycle-related expenses to you, the surrogate, throughout your surrogacy journey.
Q: Will I need to take injections?
A: Yes. As a surrogate there is a series of injectable medications that you will need to take until the end of your first trimester of pregnancy.
Q: Does your surrogacy agency work with all types of families?
A: Gifted Journeys strongly believes that love makes a family. We do not feel that marital status or sexual orientation determines who makes good parents or who should have access to family building through surrogacy, rather we look to see who is capable of caring for and loving a child or children.
Q: Which type of medical facilities do you work with?
A: Gifted Journeys works with only the best IVF clinics and physicians in the country with extensive experience with surrogacy. We pride ourselves on good, open relationships with our doctors and staff so that someone is always there holding the surrogate’s hand throughout the surrogacy process.
Q: Will I have a background check prior to being accepted into the surrogacy program?
A: Yes. Gifted Journeys does a background check on all surrogates and any adults who live in the same home.