Here is everything you need to know to apply to become a surrogate mother in North Carolina. Circle works with gestational carriers from all over North Carolina, from Raleigh to Durham, Asheville, Charlotte and everywhere in between. North Carolina is a great place to live if you're interested in becoming a surrogate.
Circle adheres to the set of requirements put forth by IVF clinics and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) when determining if a woman qualifies to be a gestational carrier.
If you're thinking about applying to become a surrogate mother in North Carolina, here is a list of surrogate requirements that you must meet:
• Has delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
• Has had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
• Is between 21-41 years of age.
• Typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
• Is 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.
• Does 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.
In addition to meeting the surrogate requirements above, all surrogate applicants will participate in social work screenings and psychological evaluations.
Q: Why is Circle so strict with their requirements?
A: Circle follows these guidelines from ASRM to ensure we are working with only the most qualified surrogate mothers who have the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and smooth journey. This includes evaluating their emotional, physical and mental states. We want both surrogates and parents to succeed on their journeys.
Surrogate mothers who live in North Carolina can expect to be paid up to $55,000 for a surrogacy journey.
The factors that determine how much you will be paid as a surrogate mother are:
1. the state you live in
2. whether or not you have insurance
3. if you are an experienced surrogate (experienced surrogates generally earn more)
Surrogates will be paid surrogacy payments 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.
As a surrogate mother, you will receive some of your compensation before you are pregnant. These payments include:
• $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
Once pregnant, payments and benefits can include:
• $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
Read our full list of payments and benefits.
When you first start looking into becoming a surrogate, the surrogacy process can be a little confusing and overwhelming.
Your overall surrogacy journey can be between 14 months and 24 months+ depending on the circumstances of your journey. No two journeys are alike!
Looking at the surrogacy process broken down into 6 steps makes it easier to see what to expect, and how long each stage of the journey can take. Your first few steps move relatively quickly, so we like to tell surrogates that apply to be ready to move through the surrogacy process!
1. PreScreening. This step lasts about 1-2 weeks and consists of filling out your surrogate application, connecting with a prescreening coordinator, having your medical records reviewed, and having your evaluation and background checks completed.
2. Screening. This step lasts about 1-2 weeks. During this stage you'll have a video call with your social worker, and your spouse/primary support person will have their screening call as well.
3. Matching. This step takes about 1 week to 1 month. You'll have a profile exchange with intended parents, and a video call with them if they are a good fit. If both parties agree after the video call, it's a match!
4. Medical screening & legal contracts. This milestone lasts about 2-3 months. During this time, you'll have your medical screening at the IVF clinic (overnight trip), and you'll do your contract negotiation and finalization with your attorney.
5. Monitoring appointments & embryo transfer. It takes about 3-4 weeks to begin medications, attend your local monitoring appointments and have your embryo transfer.
6. Pregnancy! This stage lasts around 9 months, during which you'll attend your local clinic for beta tests, have an ultrasound at 6 weeks for the confirmation of heartbeat. You'll continue with routine appointments with your OB, all the while developing your relationship with your intended parents that lead up to...delivery day!
Circle Surrogacy was founded in 1995, and since then has brought more than 2,000 babies into the world! Circle's staff is passionate about all things surrogacy and growing families through third party reproduction.
The surrogate intake team, specifically, are all experienced surrogates, some of the women have completed three journeys! They are able to answer any and all questions prospective surrogates may have. They can help you understand the surrogacy process, the differences between other surrogacy agencies, and what to expect from a surrogacy journey.
Plus, Circle has built long-standing relationships with industry experts in reproductive law and medicine, and we'll connect you with them when needed. For instance, when it’s time for you to review legal contracts, we’ll recommend an attorney who we’ve worked with previously, and who has a strong working knowledge of Assisted Reproduction Technology law. It’s just one more way we can clear the path for you and make the entire surrogacy program as seamless as possible.
Circle's experienced staff will help you navigate the screening process, ensure you match you with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guide you through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.
Agency location vs. agency experience: which is more important?
Agency experience all the way! The location of your surrogacy agency does not matter! Circle works with women all over the country! All of your communication is done online, on the phone and though video chat. There is never a need for you to physically go to your agency. You should select a surrogacy agency based on their experience and how you "click" with them, not where they are located.
Even before you apply to be a surrogate with us, we can answer questions you have. Just email us and ask away!
Our extensive and thorough matching process ensures you're matched with parents with whom you can develop a strong bond; after all, a surrogacy journey is one of the most intimate experiences you can embark on!
We match surrogates and parents based on 3 criteria:
1. Legal fit
2. Personality fit
3. Views on selective reduction
Your surrogate coordinator – the person at Circle who knows you best – will work with the legal team and the parent team to determine which intended parents would be the best matches. You'll review profiles, see photos and even have a video call. From there you can determine if you think they're a good fit. If not, we'll find you another great match!
Surrogate mothers from North Carolina are in a geographically favorable position. Circle works with intended parents on the east coast, who may work with local clinics such as REACH, which means less travel for surrogates in NC.North Carolina Surrogacy Laws
Women from North Carolina can earn up to $55,000 as a gestational carrier. Surrogate mother compensation and full benefits include a base fee compensation, plus additional payments for all travel, maternity clothing, housekeeping and monthly miscellaneous expenses that you can use how you see fit.See Surrogate Pay
Becoming a surrogate in North Carolina is an empowering experience. You will be responsible for changing the lives of intended parents by giving them the greatest gift humanly possible. Many of our surrogates build life-long relationships with their intended parents, and they consider each other family.Apply to be a surrogate
We're happy to answer them! With almost 25 years of supporting women on their surrogacy journeys, we've almost gotten every question out there!