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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Delaware

Surrogacy is an amazing experience, whether you are intended parents wanting to build your family or a woman interested in becoming a surrogate mother or egg donor. For more than 27 years, Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation has supported intended parents, gestational surrogates, and egg donors. We created this guide to surrogacy in Delaware to provide residents with an overview of the surrogacy process. We will help you understand how the process works, how to become a surrogate, how to find a surrogate and much more. We look forward to helping you!

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in Delaware

An Overview of Surrogacy in Delaware

Surrogacy is a rewarding experience in which people come together to build families. At Circle Surrogacy, we support and guide each participant in this journey to see that it is safe and gratifying for all.

  • Intended parents choose surrogacy because they are unable to have a baby on their own.
  • Gestational surrogates are mothers who want to share the joys of parenthood by carrying a baby (or babies) for others. They have no genetic relationship to the babies they carry.
  • Egg donors are healthy young women who help others become parents by donating their eggs.

Our team is lead by people who have firsthand experience with surrogacy as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors themselves.

Intended parents from Delaware, both couples and individuals, come from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations, including:

• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Women who are unable to become pregnant or carry a child
• People who want to be parents but are concerned about passing a genetic defect or health condition onto their child
Same-sex couples who want to have a genetic link to their baby

Each surrogacy journey is very special and unique because it also involves a gestational surrogate and possibly an egg donor. These healthy, intelligent women come from a variety of backgrounds as well.

 Why Delaware Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Delaware Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Delaware residents from Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and other cities who are ready to start a surrogacy journey as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors have access to many benefits, including:

  • Access to top-rated clinics. Circle works closely with best-in-class clinics around the country. If you already have an IVF clinic, we're happy to work with them.
  • Local surrogates. Circle can help you match with a surrogate who lives close to you because we work with surrogates from all over Delaware and neighboring states such as Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • We're accessible. Circle Surrogacy has an office in Washington, DC, which enables us to provide intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors consistent support throughout their journeys.
  • Flexible consultation schedule. We are available for consults via video calls during the day, evenings, and some weekends. We also hold consults in our Washington, DC, office when possible and do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Surrogacy in Delaware for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation help straight, and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Delaware grow their families. Delaware is a surrogacy-friendly state, and intended parents will find many top-rated IVF clinics in the area and on the East Coast.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in Delaware, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs, what surrogacy program can help you, 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 from all over Delaware, from Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and everywhere in between.

Circle Surrogacy has an office close by in Washington, DC, should you ever want to meet with us in person.
 Becoming a Parent in Delaware

Becoming a Parent in Delaware

Making an informed decision requires an understanding of the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and surrogacy laws in Delaware.

The Surrogacy Process in Delaware

As intended parents, you can choose to pursue surrogacy independently or with the support of an agency. With over 27 years of experience, Circle Surrogacy recommends working with an agency that can give you the proper support to ensure your journey is as smooth and safe as possible. We would love the opportunity to support you and allow you to focus on getting ready to be parents!
Choosing an Agency
An important first step in any surrogacy journey is choosing an agency. When doing your research, think about what's important to you—such as the agency’s experience, location, and size—then look closer at the ones that seem like a match. It’s essential to meet with an agency—in person or virtually—to see if you feel comfortable talking openly with them.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
If your surrogacy journey includes egg donation in Delaware, we recommend matching with an egg donor before matching with a surrogate. Circle makes the process easy with our egg donor database filled with intelligent, healthy, young women who hope to help others become parents. Next, our Matching Team will help you match with the perfect surrogate; we'll encourage you to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby or babies.
Pregnancy and Parenthood

Once matched with a surrogate, your agency will assist with the following during her pregnancy:

  • Support you through each milestone
  • Help you prepare for the birth
  • Ensure you are ready to return home safely and securely with your baby

Pregnancy is an exciting time for intended parents and surrogates. You might even join your surrogate for prenatal appointments, depending on where she lives.

 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

Before you begin your surrogacy journey, it's essential to be ready to start—both emotionally and financially—within the following 12 months. Begin by arranging a consultation with the agency you selected. At Circle, we offer free in-depth surrogacy consultations over video with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. When scheduling, we do our best to accommodate your schedule. We reserve 2 to 2 1/2 hours for these private meetings to get to know you and your story, as well as talk about surrogacy and the process related to your situation. We will walk you through surrogacy programs and costs, as well.

If you're not ready for a full consultation but would like more information, you can schedule a pre-consultation with our intake team by contacting [email protected], and someone will reach out to coordinate a time.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Delaware?

Circle Surrogacy offers one all-inclusive surrogacy cost program in Delaware: the Journey Protection Guarantee Program.

This program was designed to provide the utmost protection and financial security for intended parents, with no surprise costs or fees popping up during the journey. No other surrogacy agency can promise that!

Journey Protection Guarantee Program

Surrogacy only: $157,750

Surrogacy plus egg donation: $184,750
(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents:

  • An all-inclusive program that covers all Surrogate fees and expenses for unlimited transfers and any complications that may arise during your journey
  • No surprise costs or invoices, even in scenarios that require a rematch with a new Surrogate

Our Journey Protection Guarantee Program includes fixed costs on the following:

  • Professional fees
  • Gestational carrier and egg donor fees
  • Pregnancy, labor, and delivery insurance

Circle Surrogacy is proud to offer this all-inclusive program to help as many Intended Parents in Delaware as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable 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.

Some intended parents may have the opportunity to qualify for financing for their journey. Please speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or by filling out this form.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in Delaware

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Delaware

At Circle, we take great joy in bringing intended parents and surrogates together. Finding the right match is an exciting part of your journey to parenthood. You will have plenty of choices because Circle works with many Delaware surrogate mothers as well as surrogates from most surrounding states.

How to Start

First, take some time to think about what's important to you in a gestational carrier and your surrogacy journey. Preparing will make it easier to find a surrogate on your own (if you're doing an independent journey) or to choose a good match from the candidates your surrogacy agency presents. The surrogates and intended parents we have matched form strong bonds and remain connected well beyond delivery.

How Circle Can Help

At Circle, the matching process begins with our intended parent profile, which will help our Matching Team get to know you better and match you with an ideal surrogate. You will answer questions about yourself, your relationship (if you have a partner), your family, your hobbies, your plans for parenthood, and what led you to consider surrogacy. We'll also ask you to share photos of yourself, your loved ones, and anything else that gives us a good sense of who you are.

We also use the intended parent profile to understand your preferences on:

  • The amount of communication you want with your surrogate during the journey
  • Where you'd like your surrogate mother to live
  • The number of embryos you want to transfer
  • Selective reduction and termination

If you are looking for a surrogate on your own, feel free to consider the points above during the matching process.

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3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

When matching you with a surrogate mother in Delaware, Circle will help you review the following important criteria:

1. Does the surrogate meet the legal requirements? Our legal department ensures each surrogate meets the requirements of the surrogacy laws in Delaware before we present her profile to intended parents.

2. Do the surrogate’s personality and surrogacy expectations match yours? At Circle, your Matching Team (which includes a lawyer) will work together to ensure your personality and expectations align with the surrogate’s to keep the relationship positive from conception to delivery and beyond.

3. Do you and the surrogate have the same views on termination and selective reduction? In case a decision about selective reduction or pregnancy termination must be made, it’s important for all involved to be in agreement. Many intended parents we have worked with prefer having the option to terminate or selectively reduce if issues should arise during pregnancy.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Delaware

If you use an egg donor, she will contribute to half your child’s genetics; therefore, it’s extremely important to find the right one. Here are some questions to think about when you start looking for your best egg donor match:

  • What are the qualities your egg donor absolutely must have? Start there.
  • Do you want an egg donor who is similar in appearance, personality, and other qualities to you as intended parents or would you like her to complement your qualities?
  • What are your preferences regarding the egg donor’s education, appearance, ethnicity, and personality?

Circle's egg donor database is a helpful place for intended parents to start their egg donor search. Our tool makes it easy to filter your choices by specific criteria, including:

  • Physical attributes (such as height, hair, and eye color)
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Education
  • Previous fertility
  • Geography

Circle’s experienced team can help you make a great match if you’re not completely sure about what you’re looking for in an egg donor.

 Surrogacy Laws in Delaware

Surrogacy Laws in Delaware

Gestational surrogacy is legal in Delaware and regulated by the Gestational Carrier Agreement Act of 2013. Pre-birth parentage orders, which confirm the legal parental rights of the intended parents upon the baby’s birth, are permitted for all intended parents regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or genetic relationship to the child. Circle’s attorneys can assist with guidance and any necessary legal proceedings to protect the rights of the intended parents and surrogates.

Surrogacy in Delaware for Surrogates

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

Delaware is a surrogacy-friendly state, and its eastern location makes it easily accessible to top-rated IVF clinics. We work women from all over Delaware, from Wilmington, Dover, Newark, and everywhere in between. We're happy to connect you to an experienced surrogate to answer any questions you might have.

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.

Circle Surrogacy has an office close by in Washington, DC should you ever want to meet with us in person.
 The Process for Surrogates in Delaware

The Process for Surrogates in Delaware

At Circle, our Delaware surrogates receive the support and guidance of our experienced social workers and program coordinators, many who have been surrogates themselves. We support women wherever they are in the process whether they are ready to apply now or are interested but want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors. Here is an overview of the process:

  • 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

Wherever you are in your journey, we suggest completing our online surrogacy application. It takes only about 10 minutes to complete and there is no obligation to proceed if you aren’t ready.
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Surrogate Requirements in Delaware

Gestational surrogates are very special women who are passionate about motherhood and their families. They are teachers, medical professionals, and stay-at-home moms. They are spirited, caring, and selfless.

To qualify as a surrogate mother in Delaware, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have delivered a child of your own and are currently parenting at least one child.
  • Have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
  • Are from 21 to 44 years of age.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate my BMI.
  • Are a United States citizen, legal resident, or legal immigrant. If you are a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, you must provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
  • Do 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.

Review all surrogate requirements

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Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Delaware

Surrogate mothers in Delaware can benefit in many ways, which include:

  • Experiencing an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Earning up to $55,000 in payments and benefits
  • Building a lifelong relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Working with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker
  • Belonging to a strong community of other surrogates across the country

See Circle’s full list of benefits and compensation for surrogates in Delaware.

Our surrogate mothers receive monthly payments and start earning compensation and benefits even before they are pregnant.

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How Much Do Surrogates Make in Delaware?

At Circle, we understand the emotional, physical and mental dedication required of our surrogates–and their families–throughout the surrogacy journey. Our compensation and benefits program was created for surrogates, by surrogates; it provides the utmost security, benefits, and protection of any surrogate program.

Circle’s new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following:

  • Competitive pay (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
  • Full transparency on what's included
  • Peace of mind from knowing it was built with surrogates and their families in mind
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency

If compensation is the only thing holding you back from applying with Circle, just chat with us about what other agencies are offering and we can match it.

We promise you'll have the best surrogacy experience with us.

How Does Surrogate Pay Work?

Payments to surrogate mothers begin before they are even pregnant, as well as throughout their pregnancy. Surrogate pay can be broken down into the following categories:

Base Compensation

Calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in your state.

Payments Before You Are Pregnant

You will be compensated early in your journey for completing tasks and milestones, such as a signing payment and for your medical screening. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.

Payments During and After Surrogacy

Surrogate mothers also receive financial support for necessities during the pregnancy, such as maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and more. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.

Additional Benefits

As a surrogate, you will also receive benefits that, while not in the form of monetary payments, are priceless in ensuring you are protected and have a smooth journey. These benefits include social work support, legal counsel, life insurance, and more.

How Circle Supports Surrogates

Because many of Circle’s staff members have been surrogates themselves, we know what it takes to provide exceptional support for surrogates. From the moment they fill out their application to delivery day and beyond, we support our thoroughly prescreened surrogates with the following:

  • Social work, legal, and journey support
  • Private social groups with other surrogate mothers
  • Exclusive events with the Circle team

If you have questions about being a surrogate, our highly experienced team is ready with answers.

We can also connect you with skilled, trustworthy experts. We will refer you to an attorney in your area who has a strong working knowledge of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and with whom we’ve worked previously to help you review and understand any legal contracts. It’s just one more way we help make the entire surrogacy process smooth and simple. To learn more, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle Surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support. It guarantees pay, security, and support for our gestational carriers. We created this program because we truly care about our carriers and want surrogacy to be as successful and rewarding as possible for each of them. We have incorporated feedback from previous carriers to improve our offerings.

Circle Surrogacy promises:

1. Guaranteed compensation. Circle financially backs our intended parents to ensure that each surrogate 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' frustrations with medical bills—and we’ve made big changes. While as the patient, a surrogate will always receive medical bills, our new fixed-cost Journey Protection Guarantee Program for intended parents allows 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 to that point 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; large agency resources. The first person you speak with at Circle will likely be an experienced gestational carrier who guides you through the process until you are matched with your intended parents. She’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.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

The matching process is as important for surrogates as it is for intended parents. Once you decide to become a gestational carrier in Delaware, we will ensure a good match for you with the right intended parents using our extensive and thorough matching process. You will take this monumental journey together, so it’s important you feel connected and completely trust the intended parents you match with.

First, your Surrogate Advisor will try to find the perfect intended parents for you based on personality fit and legal circumstances. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with each other. You will also meet the intended parents in an initial video call and possibly in person. It’s important to make sure both you and the intended parents feel comfortable with the match. Only then will the surrogacy agreement move forward.

Circle works with a wide variety of intended parents, including LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, singles, and more. We’re confident there’s the right match for you.

Getting Started

Whether you are intended parents or you’re 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.