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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Alaska

Choosing surrogacy to grow your family is an exciting decision for intended parents. For women considering becoming surrogate mothers, the choice can be extremely fulfilling. Starting the surrogacy process, though, can be a bit daunting without an experienced surrogacy agency to help you navigate the milestones. As one of the most experienced surrogacy agencies in the U.S., Circle Surrogacy guides people in Anchorage, Juneau, and throughout Alaska during their surrogacy journey.

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in Alaska

An Overview of Surrogacy in Alaska

Alaska currently has no laws regulating surrogacy, but it does have an established surrogacy process that intended parents can follow with the help of a surrogacy agency or independently. The courts are generally favorable to the surrogacy process, and surrogacy professionals have established safe, agreed-upon procedures for the process in the state.

People considering surrogacy as a family-building option include couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations.

Intended parents in Alaska we work with may be:

• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic defect or health condition they don't want to pass onto a child
• LGBTQ+ intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby

If you’re considering surrogacy in Alaska, this page is an excellent resource to learn more about what the state's surrogacy process involves, how to become parents or a surrogate mother, and what surrogacy costs.

Becoming a Parent Through Surrogacy in Alaska

Circle Surrogacy—with offices across the United States, including 2 offices on the West Coast—has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Alaska and around the world grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation for over 25 years. Alaska is considered a surrogacy-friendly state, and intended parents will find many top-rated IVF clinics on the West Coast.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in Alaska, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs, how to find a surrogate or egg donor, and so much more. The process can feel overwhelming at first, but the more you read and research, the more familiar it will become to you. Many professionals are involved in a surrogacy journey, and it is a life-changing experience.

We're ready to help intended parents in Alaska, from Anchorage to Juneau and everywhere in between.

The Surrogacy Process in Alaska

Before beginning your surrogacy journey, it’s important to understand and prepare for the series of milestones that culminate on delivery day. This is true for both intended parents and surrogate mothers, whose journeys are intimately connected.

Some individuals opt to pursue surrogacy without the help of a surrogacy agency. This option is available to anyone, and it may be the right path for you. We encourage you to use this page as a resource and to learn about the benefits of working with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, which has more than 25 years of experience supporting surrogates and helping intended parents grow their families.

Choosing an Agency
Before choosing an agency (if you’re not pursuing surrogacy independently), research your options. Find an agency that fits well with your specific needs and how you envision your surrogacy journey to parenthood. Good chemistry is important, in addition to sharing your views about the surrogacy process. Ensure that the agency uses lawyers who have extensive knowledge about ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and surrogacy law. This is especially important in a state such as Alaska, where there are no specific state laws regulating surrogacy.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
If intended parents are using an egg donor, they may create their embryos first, or the search for a surrogate may happen simultaneously. Our Matching Team helps intended parents use our egg donor database, where you'll find bright and ambitious young women who are excited about the opportunity to help you grow your family.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Intended parents often wonder about what kind of relationship they will have with their surrogate. We believe that developing a close relationship with your surrogate during pregnancy is an important part of the process. If she lives close by, visiting during her appointments is a great way to develop that relationship. Our agency supports you through each milestone, helping you prepare to travel for the birth and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

After deciding to grow your family through surrogacy (hooray!) and selecting an agency to meet with, what’s next? Scheduling a consultation is the first step. Meeting with agencies gives you the chance to share your story, ask questions, and determine if the agency team is a good fit for your journey.

Circle Surrogacy offers complimentary consultations for intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months. These private consultations educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother.

We offer both in-person meetings and free consultations via Skype or Zoom. If you're not ready for a full consultation but would like more information, you can  schedule a short pre-consultation, which lasts about 30 minutes and is a great way to ask questions and learn more.

 Becoming a Parent in Alaska

Becoming a Parent in Alaska

Few moments match the joy you’ll feel when welcoming a baby into your family. Becoming a parent through surrogacy in Alaska is a safe, streamlined process when working with Circle Surrogacy. You can grow your family through surrogacy and/or egg donation.

One of the first questions intended parents ask is about the cost of surrogacy. We outline the surrogacy costs you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey in our comprehensive cost sheets.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Alaska?

Circle Surrogacy is transparent in its surrogacy options,  costs, and what you can expect along your journey. We provide detailed information about the available surrogacy programs, the cost of surrogacy, and how much you can expect to pay for egg donation.

Circle Surrogacy offers an all-inclusive cost program: our  Journey Protection Guarantee program.

Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in Alaska:

Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,750
(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:

  • An all-inclusive cost that covers unlimited retrievals and transfers and any complications that may arise during your journey
  • 100% refund of our agency fee if you have no embryos remaining and do not bring home a baby
  • No surprise costs or invoices

Circle's costs include all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF costs.

The costs outlined above are for our Surrogacy Only and Surrogacy Plus Egg Donation Programs. For more information about the costs of our other programs, please  email us or call us at 617.439.9900.

Financing Surrogacy Costs

If intended parents believe they qualify for financing for their surrogacy journey, they can speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or  fill out this form.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in Alaska

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Alaska

Matching with a surrogate is one of the most exciting moments of your journey. Circle Surrogacy works with gestational surrogates from Alaska and 46 other states in the U.S. We can help you find your surrogate mother match.

Get Started

Before choosing a surrogate mother, it’s important to think about the qualities that you consider important. This is true whether you’re working with or without an agency. If you choose to work with Circle Surrogacy, we’ll ask you to fill out a profile that helps us get to know you better and find appropriate surrogate matches.

The information we ask for in the profile includes your:

  • Relationship (if you have a partner)
  • Family
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Plans for parenthood
  • Reasons for pursuing surrogacy

Photos of yourself and your loved ones and anything else that gives a good sense of who you are as people help us find the best possible surrogate matches.

Your answers, in addition to your geographic location and views on termination, help your Circle Matching Team find the best possible surrogate match. That’s why it’s important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions.

Additional information provided by intended parents that’s important to know when matching with a gestational carrier includes:

  • Desired level of communication with their surrogate during the journey
  • Location of the surrogate mother
  • Number of embryos to transfer
  • Views on selective reduction and termination

If you choose to pursue surrogacy without the assistance of an agency, you can use these criteria as guidelines for what you should look for in a suitable match.

 Pregnant surrogate at medical appointment

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

When you search for a surrogate mother in Alaska, keeping these 3 factors in mind can help narrow your search:

Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department always ensures potential gestational carriers meet general legal criteria before surrogate profiles are presented to intended parents.

Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: Your Matching team reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to ensure good personality fits so that surrogates and intended parents have comfortable relationships throughout the journey.

Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: Intended parents often prefer to make the choice regarding termination. It's important that surrogates and intended parents share similar views about the termination of a pregnancy if a situation develops in which a reduction or termination is considered.

 Search egg donor database

Finding an Egg Donor in Alaska

An egg donor is a fertile woman who donates her eggs to enable another individual or couple to conceive a child (with or without the help of a surrogate). An egg donor can be the intended parent herself or a surrogate for heterosexual or homosexual couples or individuals. Intended parents who have concerns about infertility can opt to build their families through egg donation.

Circle Surrogacy guides you through the entire egg donation process and helps you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice. The first place most intended parents start their egg donor search is in an egg donor database. Most egg donor databases are set up so you can search for an egg donor by certain criteria. Circle's egg donor database is  easy to use  and easy to navigate.

 Surrogacy Laws in Alaska

Surrogacy Laws in Alaska

There are no surrogacy laws in Alaska. However, Alaska is considered a surrogacy-friendly state because surrogacy professionals have established a surrogacy process that courts consider favorably. It’s important to have an agency such as Circle Surrogacy to help you navigate that process so that everyone involved in your surrogacy journey is protected and has an advocate.

Intended parents in the LGBTQ+ community have the same legal rights and will generally experience the same surrogacy process as heterosexual couples.

Surrogacy in Alaska for Surrogates

There is so much to learn about becoming a surrogate. We're here to help you navigate surrogacy, from understanding what a surrogate is and how to apply to become a surrogate mother, to what to expect and how being a surrogate in Alaska can affect your life.

Alaska is considered a surrogacy-friendly state. We can work with many surrogates from Alaska—from Anchorage to Juneau and everywhere in between.

Read on to see how rewarding being a surrogate can be when you help those who aren't able to have a baby on their own experience the joys of parenthood.

 Surrogates & Prospective Surrogates Meeting In Florida With Circle Surrogacy Team

What Is a Surrogate?

A woman who wishes to carry a baby for someone else is called a surrogate. You may also see or hear the terms surrogate mother, gestational carrier or gestational surrogate. Surrogates carry babies for Intended Parents who are unable to have a baby on their own. Most surrogate mothers are gestational surrogates, meaning the surrogate mother does not use her own eggs and doesn't share any genetics with the baby. Surrogates are compensated and protected legally by a contract signed by all parties.

Circle Surrogacy only works with gestational carriers – women who do not share biology with the baby they are carrying.

Surrogates are women who have children of their own, have had relatively easy pregnancies and births (they like being pregnant!), and many have completed their own families. Surrogate mothers want to help others have their own families.

What is surrogacy? It's an amazing way to help make intended parents' dreams come true and give others the ultimate gift: a baby!

 Intended Parents spending time with their surrogate carrier, Ashtin

5 Things To Know About Being a Surrogate

There is a lot of information out there about becoming a surrogate, but here are 5 quick things for you to know before you begin!

  1. Surrogates  do NOT use their own DNA (eggs) for the babies they carry
  2. Surrogates are  paid throughout the entirety of their journey (not at the end) and start before pregnancy
  3. Surrogates  have a say in with whom they match; all matches are mutual
  4. Surrogates  DO need to give themselves injections as part of the IVF process; most surrogates say these needles are no big deal
  5. Surrogates will have to say goodbye to the baby; they look forward to "giving the baby back" to their intended parents; because they are not genetically related to the baby,  surrogates do not feel an "attachment" to the babies they carry

Ready to learn more? Read on!

The Process for Surrogates in Alaska

Our experienced social workers and program coordinators support and guide surrogates wherever they are in the process. If you are ready to apply now or interested in becoming a surrogate but want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors, we have the expertise to help. Here is an overview of how to become a surrogate in Alaska:

  • Pre-screening
  • Consultation
  • Matching with intended parents
  • Medical screening and legal contracts
  • Monitoring appointments and embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy
  • Delivery

Learn more about the  surrogacy process at Circle.

Getting Started as a Surrogate

Completing our  online surrogacy application is the best way to start the conversation about surrogacy. There is no obligation to proceed if you aren’t ready. It takes only about 10 minutes to complete.
 Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Alaska

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Alaska

Are you thinking about becoming a surrogate mother but aren’t sure if you’re the right type of person? Surrogate mothers are generous, adventurous, and kind. They come from different walks of life. They are teachers, nurses, and stay-at-home moms. They are passionate about their families. They are spirited, caring, and selfless. They are just like you.

What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?

Alaska residents who would like to apply to become surrogate mothers must:

  • Have delivered a child of their own and are currently parenting at least one child.
  • Have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
  • Be between 21 and 41 years old.
  • Typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32. Calculate My BMI.
  • Be citizens, legal residents, or legal immigrants 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.
  • 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.

Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply to most states.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Alaska

Surrogate mothers in Alaska and throughout the U.S. who work with Circle Surrogacy enjoy generous compensation and a sense of pride like no other. Women who wish to become surrogate mothers enjoy benefits such as:

  • Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Work with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
  • Have the opportunity to work with local and international intended parents

You also get a customized benefits package as a surrogate mother in Alaska.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

Our care and support for gestational carriers are demonstrated by our Circle Surrogate Promise, created based on conversations previous carriers had with their social workers or during their exit interviews. Those conversations led us to improve our offerings to our gestational carriers.

Guaranteed Pay, Security, and Support

The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle Surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support.

Circle Surrogacy promises:

  1. Guaranteed Compensation. Circle Surrogacy financially backs their intended parents, so a surrogate’s escrow account is always funded to ensure she is always paid in full and on time.
  2. No medical bill liability. Circle Surrogacy takes on the liability of medical bills. We listened to our past surrogates and their frustrations with medical bills, and we’ve made big changes. While we can never stop having you receive medical bills (since you are the “patient”), our new Fixed Cost programs for intended parents allow us to protect both the surrogates and the intended parents and ensure all medical bills will be paid in a timely manner.
  3. $5,000 compensation, even if you leave the program. If you are accepted into our surrogate program and you are medically cleared and matched with intended parents – but you don’t achieve a pregnancy – we will compensate you for your time, energy, and dedication thus far in your journey (up to $5,000 total).
  4. Empowerment in birth choices. Not every gestational carrier has the same desires when it comes to the birth of their surrogate baby. At Circle, our surrogates have choices for their preferred birth options, such as doula care, a hospital birth, or using a birth center with a midwife.
  5. Personalized, small agency feel, with the resources of a large agency. The first person you speak with at Circle will likely be an experienced carrier who guides you through the process until you are matched with your intended parents. They will personally introduce you to your dedicated social worker and journey support team, all of whom are in house at Circle. You’ll always be supported by a Circle employee who knows all the details about you and your journey. (You’ll never have to worry about working with a third party who doesn’t even know your name!) Plus, with our expanded team, we are able to offer support groups, virtual events, one-on-one surrogate mentorship, and more.
 How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Alaska?

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Alaska?

Besides the emotional benefit of helping a couple or individual grow their family, gestational carriers get compensated financially for carrying a baby for someone else. This compensation is often called "surrogate base compensation" or "surrogate payment." Previous surrogates helped Circle Surrogacy create a compensation and benefits program for surrogates and their families. It provides security, benefits, and protection that are virtually unsurpassed.

Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following benefits:

  • Earning up to $55,000 (your base fee plus additional benefits)
  • Protection for the surrogate and her family throughout the journey
  • All expenses paid, from travel to meals to gas and more
  • Benefits and support through postpartum (the 4th trimester)
  • Full transparency on what's included
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency
If you’re still considering other surrogacy agencies because of their compensation, we'd appreciate having the opportunity to talk with you about those offers before you make a decision—we can match them. We promise you'll have the best surrogacy experience with us.

How does surrogate pay work?

Base Compensation

You can calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in Alaska.

Payments Before You Are Pregnant

In addition to your base compensation, Circle provides signing payments and payments for your medical screening early in the surrogacy process.

Payments During and After Surrogacy

Surrogates are compensated for essential items and services during and after pregnancy, including maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and more. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.

Additional Benefits

Surrogates receive other non-monetary benefits—in addition to financial compensation—that are priceless in ensuring they’re protected and have a smooth journey. These benefits include legal counsel, life insurance, and more.

How Circle Supports Surrogates

As a leader in the surrogacy field recognized worldwide, Circle Surrogacy understands the support that surrogates need throughout their journeys—from the day they begin exploring surrogacy to meeting with the prospective parents and throughout their entire pregnancies to births.

We help surrogates navigate the screening process, ensuring they match with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guide them through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.

We bring authentic passion to our work because many of us are experienced surrogates—some members of our team have completed 3 surrogate journeys. We deliver hands-on guidance that’s informed by our experience and provide world-class expertise in the myriad legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process. If you have questions, we'll have the answers.

We can recommend an attorney in your area with whom we've worked previously when you need a lawyer to review legal contracts. The lawyers we work with are thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproductive Technology law. We can connect you with trustworthy experts whenever needed. To learn more about being a surrogate, read our blog post about the  10 steps to becoming to a surrogate.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Circle Surrogacy developed a thorough matching process to ensure you are matched with compatible prospective parents who will be part of an incredible, intimate journey with you.

Your Surrogate Support Team uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and generally feel each other out. We also help schedule an initial video call. The goal is to ensure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. And, of course, the surrogacy agreement only moves forward if you do.

Circle works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and others. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a great match.

Getting Started

Whether you are intended parents or interested in becoming a surrogate or egg donor, the surrogacy process can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Learning more about surrogacy is the first step of your journey.