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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Colorado

Surrogacy is a journey. Whether you're intended parents dreaming of growing your family, or a woman who wants to become a surrogate mother, the journey involves a number of milestones that make up one of life’s most incredible experiences. We're here to help guide you through surrogacy in Colorado, from what happens during the surrogacy process to finding or becoming a surrogate.

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in Colorado

An Overview of Surrogacy in Colorado

Colorado is a great place for surrogate mothers and intended parents, whether you’re in the Denver and Aurora area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, or other parts of the state. Prospective surrogate moms will find a thriving community of surrogates who are eager to meet each other and share their experiences. Circle Surrogacy has been involved with the Colorado surrogacy community for decades. The state's location between the coasts also makes travel relatively easy to IVF clinics across the country.

Surrogacy enables couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations to build their families. The types of intended parents from Colorado who may use surrogacy to grow their families are:

• 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 the child
Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby

On this page, you'll find all the information needed to begin your journey as either intended parents or a surrogate mother and discover how Circle Surrogacy can help smooth the path of that journey. You'll also discover why Colorado is an excellent state for surrogacy, what's involved in the state's surrogacy process, what surrogacy costs, and how to become parents or a surrogate mother.

 Why Colorado Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Colorado Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Intended parents in Colorado who are ready to begin their surrogacy journey enjoy many benefits, including:

Local IVF clinics. Circle works closely with the most successful IVF clinics. Working with a local clinic helps reduce travel costs associated with the surrogacy process. If you’re already established with an IVF clinic, we’re happy to work with your clinic of choice.

Local surrogates. If you’re interested in working with a surrogate mother who lives close to you, Circle can help.

We’ve got people on both coasts. Circle is based on both the East and West coasts, and we have team members across the country who are parents and surrogates through surrogacy and always happy to share their experiences.

Flexible consultation schedule. We are available for consults via Skype during day and evening hours.

The Surrogacy Process in Colorado

Understanding and preparing for each step of the surrogacy process can be intimidating if you're pursuing the journey independently, whether you’re an intended parent or a surrogate mother. Circle Surrogacy, which has more than 25 years of experience, assists you with each milestone so you can focus on preparing for the arrival of your baby.
Choosing an Agency
Researching surrogacy agencies is essential before making a choice because not all surrogacy agencies are a good fit. It's important to make sure the agency shares your views about the surrogacy process and the agency has lawyers who have expertise in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and surrogacy law. Surrogacy laws vary depending on the state where you live, and Circle Surrogacy lawyers can help you understand Colorado's surrogacy laws. Ultimately, you should also sense good chemistry with your agency because this is perhaps the most significant journey of your life.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
Finding the perfect surrogate match and forming a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby or babies is a critical milestone during the journey. Your Program Coordination team at Circle Surrogacy has the experience needed to make that happen. Even before matching with a surrogate, intended parents typically find and match with an egg donor (if needed). Search our egg donor database to find bright, ambitious young women who look forward to helping you grow your family.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Developing a solid relationship with your surrogate during pregnancy is the final leg of your surrogacy journey. If your surrogate lives in or near Colorado, visiting for her appointments is an option. Our agency supports intended parents throughout their journeys, helping them prepare to travel for the birth and ensuring they have everything necessary to return home safely.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

After you’ve decided to pursue surrogacy as the way to grow your family and you’ve determined specific agencies you'd like to meet with, scheduling a consultation is the first step. Sharing your story and getting questions answered during the consultation are two ways you can tell if an agency is a good fit for your journey.

Our complimentary consultations are for intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months. We'll provide all of the information you need about the surrogacy process, the cost of surrogacy, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother.

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Meeting in-person for consultations is our preference, but our priorities are your health and safety and the health and safety of our team. We offer free consultations using Skype or Zoom video meeting platforms until it’s safe to resume in-person meetings.

If you're not ready for a full consultation but would like more information, you can schedule a 15-minute chat with a member of our team.
 Becoming a Parent in Colorado

Becoming a Parent in Colorado

Becoming a parent in Colorado is safe and simple, as Colorado is a surrogacy-friendly state for intended parents who are interested in growing their families through surrogacy and or egg donation. Circle Surrogacy helps make this joyous experience as seamless as possible, and we've worked with parents throughout the U.S. We partner with local IVF clinics and meet with intended parents virtually or in-person.

Circle Surrogacy offers a variety of program options to intended parents including surrogacy only, surrogacy plus egg donation, egg donation only and more.

One of the first questions asked by intended parents is how much surrogacy costs. Our comprehensive cost sheets outline the surrogacy costs you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost?

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is the leading surrogacy agency because we always put our Intended Parents’ needs first. Our program and surrogacy costs are structured to achieve two primary goals: success and cost security.

Circle is proud to offer the all-inclusive Journey Protection Guarantee Program, which is designed to help as many Intended Parents in Colorado as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable costs.

Journey Protection Guarantee Program
Surrogacy only: $142,250
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $163,250
(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents:

  • An all-inclusive cost that covers unlimited 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

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

Financing Your Surrogacy Journey

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is proud to be the first surrogacy agency to offer an exclusive financing plan for intended parents living in Colorado. Through our partnership with Origin Finance, LLC, our new financing plan makes surrogacy an option for even more intended parents to grow their families. Learn more about our financing plan here or call (415) 906-7278.
 Finding a Surrogate Mother in Colorado

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Colorado

One of the most exciting—and important—times in your journey is finding a surrogate match. Circle works with potential surrogate mothers from throughout Colorado, in addition to young women from most of the surrounding states.

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Whether you're pursuing an independent surrogacy journey and trying to find a surrogate on your own or working with an agency, spending time thinking about what's most important in selecting a gestational carrier is an essential step. Knowing the type of relationship you want with your surrogate and the expectations you have for your journey helps the Circle Surrogacy team to find a good match.

That's why we ask intended parents to fill out a profile that helps us get to know them 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

Sharing photos of yourself, your loved ones, and any other photos that give a good sense of who you are help potential surrogate matches get to know you even better.

In addition to your answers, the Circle Program Coordination team uses your geographic location and views on termination when selecting a potential match. It's important to answer these questions honestly to help us find the best possible surrogate match for you.

In addition to your profile, there are certain criteria on which you will be matched with your gestational carrier. Intended parent matching criteria include their preferences on:

  • 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 are pursuing an independent surrogacy journey, you can use the above as guidelines for what you should look for in a suitable match.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

Keep these 3 criteria in mind as you prepare to match with a surrogate mother in Colorado:

Appropriate legal fit: Before we present a surrogate profile to intended parents, our legal department ensures potential matches meet the requirements of Colorado's surrogacy laws.

Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: Your Program Coordination team reviews the list of safe matches provided by our legal team to ensure good personality fits. We want both surrogates and intended parents to have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey.

Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: 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. In our experience, many intended parents prefer the option to make the choice regarding termination.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Colorado

Egg donation is the process of a fertile woman donating her eggs to allow another woman to conceive a child, whether she’s the intended parent herself or a surrogate for heterosexual or same-sex couples/individuals. If you or your significant other has infertility concerns, then building your family through egg donation may be the best option for you.

Finding an egg donor in Colorado can be done with Circle Surrogacy's easy-to-use egg donor database. We can assist you with the entire egg donation process and help you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice.
 Surrogacy Laws in Colorado

Surrogacy Laws in Colorado

Colorado is considered a surrogacy-friendly state based on its favorable laws. Circle Surrogacy's lawyers are intimately familiar with the state's laws to ensure intended parents and gestational carriers understand the legal framework regarding contracts for gestational surrogacy arrangements as well as egg, sperm, and embryo donations.

Determining Parentage in Colorado

Establishing parentage for surrogacy in Colorado is a smooth process for everyone involved. In general, surrogacy in Colorado doesn't require surrogate mothers to appear in court. Colorado surrogacy's legal procedures are simple and quick—in most cases, Colorado surrogates can sign a voluntary acknowledgment at the hospital. Pre-birth and post-birth orders are possible. Your attorneys will handle all required paperwork.

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Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Colorado

Women who become surrogate mothers through Colorado surrogacy are giving, courageous, and kind-hearted. They work in offices, in schools, and stay home with their children. They understand the importance of family and want to give that gift to someone else. They are caring and selfless—just like you.

Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate

Women applying to become surrogate mothers in Colorado must meet certain requirements. A surrogate must:

  • Have delivered a child of her own and currently parenting at least one child.
  • Have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
  • Be between 21 and 41 years old.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32 (in most cases). Calculate My BMI.
  • Be a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the U.S., the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
  • Not be participating in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing, or Section 8. All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There are additional requirements for becoming a surrogate that also apply in most states.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Colorado

Even though generous compensation is part of being a gestational carrier, the benefits of being a surrogate extend well beyond material gains. In Colorado, the benefits of being a surrogate mother include:

  • Gaining an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Building a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Working with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker
  • Consulting with your legal representation to guide you through the legal process
  • Being part of an active Colorado surrogate community

And, as mentioned, Colorado surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

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Compensation for Surrogates in Colorado

Surrogate pay—sometimes called "surrogate base compensation"—is compensation for carrying a baby for someone. Gestational surrogates at Circle Surrogacy earn a base compensation that can range from $30,000 to $35,000, depending in part on whether the surrogate has insurance. As a surrogate, you will be paid your base compensation plus additional payments for milestones along your journey

How does surrogate pay work?

Surrogate compensation is paid directly to you throughout the surrogacy journey. You'll actually receive payments before becoming pregnant.

Surrogate pay includes the following:

  • Base compensation. The amount depends on whether you have health insurance, if you're a first-time surrogate, and the state where you will be a surrogate.
  • Payments before you are pregnant. Surrogates get paid early in their journeys for completing tasks and milestones.
  • Payments during and after pregnancy. Surrogate mothers receive financial support for maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and other necessities during pregnancy.
  • Additional benefits. These benefits, such as social work support, legal counsel, life insurance, and more, aren't monetary payments but ensure surrogates are protected and have a smooth journey.

Base compensation is paid monthly in 9 installments beginning with the confirmation of heartbeat, which occurs around 6 weeks of gestation. However, you will receive compensation in the time leading up to that for transfers as well as the medical screening and signing of your contract.

How Circle Surrogacy Supports Surrogates

Circle is a world leader in surrogacy and has more than 25 years of experience helping intended parents realize their dreams of growing a family by matching them with surrogates.

From the day you begin exploring surrogacy to your meeting with the prospective parents and throughout your entire pregnancy to birth—we support you every step of the way. That includes helping you navigate the screening process, ensuring you match with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guiding you through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.

Our passion for our work is unsurpassed because many of us are experienced surrogates. (Some have completed 3 journeys!) This type of hands-on guidance that's informed by personal experience, in addition to world-class expertise in the myriad legal, social, and medical aspects of surrogacy, is truly extraordinary. We can answer any question you may have about the surrogacy process.

We can also connect you with skilled, trustworthy experts. For example, when it’s time for you to review legal contracts, we’ll recommend an attorney local to you with whom we’ve worked previously and who has a strong working knowledge of Assisted Reproduction Technology law. It’s just one more way we clear the path for you and make the entire surrogacy program as seamless as possible. Read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

We created the Circle Surrogate Promise to show how much we truly care about our carriers and that we want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible.

Carriers have shared their thoughts and improvements with our social workers or during their exit interviews. We took all of those conversations and suggestions to heart and improved 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 its intended parents, so a surrogate’s escrow account is always funded to ensure she is paid in full and on time, every 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 her 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’ll also 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.

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Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Our surrogate mothers in Colorado are deeply interested in who they help become parents. As a surrogate, you're sharing an incredible and intimate journey and naturally want to be sure that your personal connection with the intended parents is strong and built on mutual trust.

That’s why Circle Surrogacy built an extensive and thorough matching process.

Your Surrogate Support team tries to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you based on personality fit and legal circumstances. After reviewing each other's profiles and asking questions to get a feel for each other, there will be an initial Skype call and, in some cases, an in-person meeting. The primary goal is ensuring you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. The surrogacy agreement only moves forward if you do.

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

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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.