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Apply to be a surrogate, earn a $500 screening payment!

When you apply to become a surrogate mother, you have the opportunity to earn a $500 expedited screening payment paid to you before you are pregnant. It's our way of saying 'thank you' for applying and partnering with us in the prescreening and screening process in a timely manner.

 How the surrogate spring expedited payment works.

How the surrogate spring expedited payment works.

You can earn our expedited screening payment of $500 within the first two months of applying to become a surrogate.

In order to qualify, you must apply to become a surrogate mother with us and the following steps need to happen:

• Circle receives all required paperwork (including previous Prenatal and Delivery records)
• Circle receives your medical pre-approval
• You and your primary support person complete your Social Work Screening within 3 weeks of submitting your application.

In order to receive this payment, you must complete the above within 3 weeks of submitting your application, and match with intended parents in our program. Of note, this amount is deducted from your base fee, but will be deposited shortly after matching, prior to receiving any other surrogacy payments.

How do I qualify to be a surrogate mother?

Circle Surrogacy follows the guidelines put in place by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to ensure that every surrogate mother is mentally, physically and financially ready to support a surrogate pregnancy.

Surrogate mother requirements indicate that an applicant:

• Must have delivered a child of her own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
•Must have completed successful pregnancy and birth, without complications, as documented by medical records.
• Must be between 21-41 years of age.
• In most circumstances, must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
• Must be a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
• Must not participate in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing and section 8. All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Must live in a surrogate-friendly state in the United States (we are very sorry but we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in Nebraska, Louisiana, Michigan, New York).
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Must have the support of her family. If married or partnered, the surrogate must have her partner’s support. Also, the surrogate and her partner/primary support person must agree to participate in a social work screening.
• Must be financially secure.
• Must lead a stable, responsible lifestyle.
• Must be willing to travel to a fertility clinic for the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Please note, often these trips include overnight stays.
• Must not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol.

In additional to the requirements above, surrogates will work closely with an experienced carrier during her application process, and participate in social work and psychological screenings.

How much will I get paid a surrogate mother?

How much will you get paid to carry a baby for someone? Surrogate mother compensation is determined by the state you live in, whether or not you have insurance, and if you are an experienced surrogate.

Surrogate mothers can earn between $50,000-$60,000.

Surrogacy payments are paid throughout the journey, and include a base fee that is paid monthly in nine installments beginning with the confirmation of heartbeat, which occurs around six weeks gestation. Surrogates receive monthly payments that she can use as she sees fit.


Receive $2,200 before you are pregnant:

  • $500 Expedited Screening Payment. You are eligible for the Expedited Screening Payment if we receive all required paperwork (including previous Prenatal and Delivery records), medical pre-approval and you've completed Social Work Screenings within 3 weeks of submitting your application.
  • $250 Signing Fee
  • $500 Medical Screening Fee
  • Paid travel expenses to IVF clinics, plus lost wages or childcare added to your base fee
  • $200/mo for Miscellaneous expenses when you begin cycle medications added to your base fee
  • $750 per transfer added to your base fee

Surrogate compensation after you become pregnant includes:

  • $200 / mo Miscellaneous Fee ($3,000+ total)
  • $500 or $750 multiples Maternity Clothing
  • $400 Housekeeping during last month of pregnancy
  • $1,200 (vaginal delivery) or $2400 (C-section)
  • Post-birth Recovery
  • Social Work Support
  • Independent Legal Counsel
  • Complications Insurance
  • $250,000 Life Insurance Policy
  • Medical and Financial Billing Assistance
 Becoming a surrogate: what is the process?

Becoming a surrogate: what is the process?

If you feel a little intimidated by the surrogate mother process, you're not alone! It's completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed. There are many steps and milestones to the surrogacy process.

From your first interaction with Circle you'll be speaking with our surrogate intake team, all of whom are experienced surrogates. They share their own experiences with prospective gestational carriers every day, and can explain the process in a way that's easier to understand.

Circle has many intended parents hoping to grow their families through surrogacy. Because of this, surrogate mothers who are accepted into our program have a fast matching time with intended parents.

Here's an overview of the surrogacy process to help you understand how long it takes to become a surrogate, and how long you will be a surrogate mother once in the program:

PreScreening, 1-2 weeks
• Fill out application
• Connect with prescreening coordinator
• Medical records review
• Evaluation and background checks

Screening, 1-2 weeks
• Skype call with social worker
• Phone call with primary support person/spouse

Matching, 1 week - 1 month
• Profile exchange with intended parents
• Video call with intended parents
• Matched!

Medical screening & legal contracts, 2-3 months
• Medical screening at IVF clinic (overnight trip)
• Contract negotiation and finalization with attorney

Monitoring appointments & embryo transfer, 3-4 weeks
• Begin medications
• Attend local monitoring appointments
• Embryo transfer (3-7 day trip)

Pregnancy, 9+ months
• Beta test at local clinic
• Ultrasound at 6-7 weeks for confirmation of heartbeats(s)
• Routine appointments
• Develop your relationship with your IPs an share updates
• Delivery day!

Apply to be a surrogate with us.