If you have thought of becoming a surrogate, but you wondered about surrogacy during a pandemic, we are excited to tell you that there is no further reason for delay!
It’s been a challenging year, but we’re excited that things are returning to normal and we can start new adventures. After a busy summer of vacations, reuniting with family and friends, and getting back into a routine with our families, now is the perfect time to consider becoming a surrogate! In this post, we will answer the top questions that many surrogates ask as they make their decision to become a surrogate to help someone else start a family.
Are there travel restrictions?
While there will always be some restrictions to travel for a surrogate (like travel to Zika hot-spots and any out-of-state or international travel during the third trimester), there are no further travel restrictions due to COVID-19. This means that, once you match with intended parents, you will be able to travel to wherever their IVF clinic is located. You would travel once for your medical screening and then later for the actual embryo transfer. All of your travel will be arranged by your team at Circle Surrogacy and paid for through the Intended parents’ escrow account.
How long does it take to become a surrogate?
Our favorite scenario is when a surrogate passes her medical screening, moves quickly to the embryo transfer, and achieves pregnancy on the first try … and indeed, this is the story for a great many surrogates! However, sometimes it takes more than one try, or there may be other hiccups that slow the journey down, such as waiting on paperwork or appointments. However, if you apply to be a surrogate this winter, are accepted into our program, and are ready for matching within a month or two, you are guaranteed to be matched with intended parents within two months! Learn more about the surrogacy process timeline on our site.
How does insurance work with a surrogate?
This is a common question asked by women who are interested in becoming a surrogate mom. You do not have to have your own insurance for the surrogacy process. If you do have insurance and if our legal team reviews your policy and determines it to be appropriate for use during the journey, then there is an extra $5000 added to your surrogate base pay. However, if you do not have insurance or your insurance is denied for use in the journey, your team at Circle Surrogacy will purchase a maternity insurance policy at no cost to you.
What steps do I take to become a surrogate?
If you believe you meet the surrogate requirements, then your next best step is to fill out the surrogacy application. Once you submit your application, a member of the team will reach out to you for a full discussion and to answer any further questions that you have.
Why is right now a good time to apply to be a surrogate?
We have a waiting list of parents who are anxious to be matched, so your journey can begin in earnest before the end of 2021. Part of the Circle Promise is that we guarantee, once you’re cleared to match, that you’ll be matched in 60 days or we’ll give you $1,000. Within that 60 days, the holidays have ended … that makes now the perfect time!
Why should I choose Circle over other agencies?
The decision to become a surrogate is a big one! At Circle Surrogacy, we promise exceptional support, experienced surrogates on staff, guaranteed compensation, no liability for medical bills, and a superior matching process to ensure you are matched with parents with whom you can have the perfect journey experience.
Do I have to pay to be a surrogate?
No! In addition to the fee that is paid to you for your emotional, mental, and physical dedication, all of your other expenses will be covered 100%. These expenses include travel, lost wages, bed rest, child care, housekeeping, and all of the surrogacy-related medical bills. If you’d like to know what your surrogate pay would be, you can use our surrogacy calculator.
Will applying to be a surrogate put an end to my holiday season?
No! As an example of the timing, if you apply on Dec 1, begin gathering your paperwork, and complete your surrogate consultation, all of which is done at home on your computer and on your own time, you will be matched with intended parents one month later. By then, the holidays are over, and your kids are back in school. You would likely not travel for your medical screening until later in the winter.
We are so excited for you to be taking this step. A gestational surrogacy journey can be one of the most profound and empowering experiences of your life, and we would be thrilled to have you join the Circle family in 2021.
Interested in applying to become a surrogate? Fill out our application today!