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How to become a surrogate mother in Washington

Here is everything you need to know to apply to become a surrogate mother in Washington. Circle works with gestational carriers from all over Washington and the west coast. Washington is a great place to live if you're interested in becoming a surrogate.

 What type of women apply to become surrogates in Washington?

What type of women apply to become surrogates in Washington?

Women who apply to become surrogates do so because they have a desire to help others grow their families. They are generous and kind, and recognize that they are able to give the ultimate gift to others: parenthood.

Washington surrogate mothers are moms who have had healthy pregnancies and deliveries. They are women who enjoy being pregnant, but who have completed their own families.

While gestational carriers are compensated, women who become surrogates never do it solely for the money. These amazing women wish to be part of something bigger than they are, to help others in a way that not everyone can.

If you think you'd make a great surrogate mother, start your surrogate application today!
 Surrogate mother requirements in Washington.

Surrogate mother requirements in Washington.

If you're thinking about applying to become a surrogate mother in Washington, 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.

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.

In addition to meeting the surrogate requirements above, all surrogate applicants will participate in social work screenings and psychological evaluations.

How much do Washington surrogate mothers get paid?

Surrogate mother pay in Washington can be up to $60,000.

The factors that determine how much you will be paid as a surrogate mother are:

• the state you live in
• whether or not you have insurance
• if you are an experienced surrogate

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.

Surrogate compensation before you are pregnant includes:

  • Expedited Screening Bonus You are eligible for the Expedited Screening Bonus 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

Work with an experienced staff at every step.

The Circle team is deeply passionate about our work, and many of us are experienced surrogates ourselves. (Some have completed three journeys!) We're able to explain the legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process in a way that's easy to understand – because we've been through it! We can answer any question you have, and we're always happy to share our experiences with you.

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.

Even before you apply to be a surrogate with us, we can answer questions you have. Just email us and ask away!

 The most experienced agency for surrogate mothers.

The most experienced agency for surrogate mothers.

Circle is the most successful surrogacy agency, and immediately began supporting surrogates from Washington when the new law was passed in 2019.

When you work with Circle, you know we’ll be with you every step of the way - from the day you begin exploring surrogacy to your meeting with the prospective parents, throughout your entire pregnancy to birth, and beyond.

Circle's experienced staff will help you navigate the screening process, ensure you match with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guide you through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.

Q: If I live in Washington, do I have to work with a surrogacy agency in Washington?

A: No! Circle works with women all over the country! In fact, 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.

However, if location is important to you, Circle Surrogacy has a West Coast office in California that supports west coast parents and clinics.

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How Circle matches surrogates with intended parents.

Circle works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and more. We'll help you find the match that's best for you.

Circle Surrogacy is a relationship-based agency. That means that everything we do starts with a solid relationship: between the agency and surrogates/parents, and between surrogates and parents. 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!

What is the surrogacy process?

When you first start looking into becoming a surrogate, the surrogacy process can be a little confusing and overwhelming.

Circle has broken down the surrogate process into 6 key milestones:

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!

3 benefits to being a surrogate mother in Washington

1. Location, location, location!

Surrogate mothers from Washington are in a geographically favorable position. Circle works with intended parents from the west coast and internationally who choose west coast IVF clinics.

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2. Exceptional surrogate pay in Washington.

Women from Washington can earn up to $60,000 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.

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3. You will give the ultimate gift: parenthood.

Becoming a surrogate in Washington 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

Apply to be a surrogate with us.

Questions about becoming 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!