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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Idaho

At first, surrogacy can seem like an overwhelming experience–whether you hope to grow your family through surrogacy or are a woman who wants to become a surrogate mother. At Circle, we're here to help you navigate surrogacy in Idaho every step of the way. We will make sure you understand how the process works, help you find or become a surrogate, and much more.

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Table of Contents

 Why Idaho Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Idaho Is a Great State for Surrogacy

With its Pacific Northwest location, Idaho has convenient access to Circle Surrogacy's West Coast operation. As a result, it’s a great state for intended parents aided by surrogacy and for surrogate mothers from Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and other Idaho communities.

Circle works with many intended parents who are clients of West Coast fertility clinics. Surrogates matched with intended parents at a West Coast clinic have a shorter distance to travel for their medical screening and transfer.

The Surrogacy Process in Idaho

Circle Surrogacy has been helping singles and couples—straight and LGBTQ+—from Idaho grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation for over 25 years. Here is an overview of the process.
Will You Use an Agency?
You can pursue parenthood through surrogacy independently or with the help of an agency. Because there is so much to understand and navigate, Circle Surrogacy recommends working with an agency. With over 2 decades of experience, we will ensure you have the proper support to make your journey to parenthood as safe and smooth as possible. Working with an agency like Circle can make navigating your journey’s milestones and events easier, leaving you free to focus on the most important thing: preparing for the arrival of your baby!
Choosing an Agency
Finding an agency that is qualified, a good fit for you, and in sync with your views about the surrogacy process can take some time and research. Surrogacy laws vary by state, so it’s important to choose an agency that has lawyers with expertise in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy law in Idaho.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor

If you plan to use an egg donor, you will need to match with her before finding a surrogate. Circle has an egg donor database where you'll find bright, caring young women who would like nothing more than to help you grow your family.

Your Program Coordination (PC) team will help you find the perfect surrogate match and encourage you to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby(ies). Our PC team can help you find a surrogate who also lives in Idaho if that’s your preference.

Pregnancy and Parenthood
Your agency will be a valuable partner during your surrogate's pregnancy, supporting you through each milestone, helping prepare you for delivery day, and ensuring you are ready to take your baby home safely and securely. Pregnancy is a wonderful time to bond with your surrogate. If she lives in Idaho or a nearby state, you might even join her for prenatal appointments.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

Once you've decided you'd like to grow your family through surrogacy, it’s time to meet with the agency you are considering for a surrogacy consultation. At Circle, this private, in-depth meeting is typically about 2 to 2 1/2 hours long. Consultations at Circle give our parent intake consultant time to get to know you, listen to your story, talk about surrogacy, and discuss the process as it relates to your situation. We'll help you understand surrogacy programs and surrogacy costs, and our lawyer will review Idaho surrogacy law, as well.

Your agency (along with your IVF doctor) can help you determine which surrogacy program is right for you. Some intended parents come to us for gestational surrogacy only. Some need a surrogate and an egg donor. Others need just an egg donor. Or perhaps you’ve identified a surrogate on your own and would like an agency to manage your journey. Circle Surrogacy has a surrogacy program option that fits your needs.

Becoming a Parent in Idaho

Welcoming a new baby into your family is one of life's greatest joys. Intended parents in Idaho have been growing their families through surrogacy for decades. Surrogacy is a safe way to have the family you've always dreamed of. Understanding surrogacy laws, the surrogacy process, and surrogacy costs will help you make an informed decision.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Idaho?

Circle has designed an all-inclusive cost program to provide the most protection for intended parents in Idaho, compared to any other agency.

Our Journey Protection Guarantee Program reduces variable costs that can occur during a surrogacy journey, allowing intended parents to plan financially for their journey from the start, without any surprise costs along the way.

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

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents in Idaho:

  • 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

Circle Surrogacy offers fixed costs for all professional fees, gestational carrier and egg donor fees, medical and insurance expenses. We are dedicated to helping as many intended parents as possible achieve their dreams of parenthood. Our all-inclusive program provides security and peace of mind.

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Journey Protection Guarantee Program

Surrogacy only: $137,250

Surrogacy plus egg donation: $158,250

(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents unlimited transfers for a fixed price, plus the Circle Promise: We'll refund 100% of our agency fee plus unused third-party funds if you do not bring home a baby.

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Financing Your Surrogacy Journey

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is proud to be the only surrogacy agency to offer an exclusive financing plan for intended parents living in Idaho through our partnership with Origin Finance, LLC. With our new financing plan, even more intended parents can afford to grow their families through surrogacy.

Learn more about our financing plan here or by calling 415.906.7278.

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Finding a Surrogate Mother in Idaho

Matching with a surrogate is an exciting step in your journey to parenthood. Circle has successfully matched many intended parents with surrogate mothers from Idaho, as well as most of the surrounding states.

How to Start


It can be hard to imagine how you’ll find the right woman to carry your baby, especially if you aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for in a gestational carrier. We can help you understand what’s important to you in a surrogate, what sort of relationship you want with her, and what you expect for your journey. If you’re looking for a surrogate on your own (doing an independent journey), being clear about these goals will make the decision easier.

How Circle Can Help

Circle’s intended parent profile is our way of getting to know you better and helping our Matching team find your surrogate match. Once completed, this profile will be filled with information about you, your relationship (if you have a partner), your family, your hobbies, your plans for parenthood, and what brought you to 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 as people.

While your profile is important, we will also use our intended parent matching criteria to match you with a gestational carrier. These criteria include your preferences on:

Level of communication with your surrogate during the journey
Location of the surrogate mother
Number of embryos to transfer
Views on selective reduction and termination

If you are making an independent surrogacy journey, the points above can be valuable guidelines to consider when looking for a suitable match.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

We recommend intended parents in Idaho consider the following 3 criteria when searching for a surrogate mother:

1. Is she an appropriate legal fit? In the United States, each state has its own laws regarding surrogacy. Therefore, our legal team ensures that the laws of the surrogate's home state (where the delivery will take place) complement the laws of the intended parents' home state (including laws around same-sex parenting). Our legal department will always approve a match from a legal standpoint before a surrogate profile is presented to intended parents. We will never knowingly present matches that are not a safe legal fit.

2. Do her personality and surrogacy expectations match yours? Your Program Coordination team (including your lawyer) will work together to find you the best surrogate match. Surrogates and intended parents participate in phone calls or in-person meetings with the Circle team early in the process; these meetings help determine your personality as it relates to surrogacy. We also look at IPs' and surrogates' expectations and hopes for the journey, including the number of embryos to transfer and communication styles.

3. Do you agree on expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction? We ask IPs and surrogates their views on the termination of a pregnancy as we want to match those who share similar opinions. This intended parent-surrogate alignment is important in the event a reduction or termination is considered. In our experience, many intended parents prefer the option to make the choice of termination.

At Circle Surrogacy, we screen each surrogate carefully to match intended parents with surrogates who are strong, healthy, and the most likely to become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Idaho

It's extremely important to find the right egg donor if you will be using one; she will contribute to half of your child's biology. Here are some questions to think about when you start looking for your best egg donor match:


Are there any qualities that your egg donor absolutely must have? That's a good place to start.
Do you want your egg donor to have similar qualities to you as intended parents or complement your personality or appearance?
What are you looking for in education, appearance, ethnicity, and personality?

Once they know what they’re looking for, most intended parents start their search in an egg donor database. Circle's easy-to-use egg donor database allows you to search by specific criteria, including:

Physical attributes (hair/eye color)
Race/ethnicity
Education
Previous fertility
Geography

It's okay if you're not completely sure of what you're looking for in a donor; Circle is ready to help you make a great match.

 Surrogacy Laws in Idaho

Surrogacy Laws in Idaho

Idaho statutes do not directly address surrogacy agreements, but courts have treated surrogacy favorably. Idaho does not grant pre-birth orders. Post-birth parentage orders are granted in Idaho for intended parents who have a genetic link to the child (egg or sperm). If neither intended parent is genetically related to the child, both must complete a full adoption after birth.

The Process for Surrogates in Idaho

At Circle, our Idaho 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.

 Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Idaho

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Idaho

Surrogates are selfless, generous, and kind women from a variety of backgrounds, including businesspeople, nurses, students, and stay-at-home moms. They are mothers who are passionate about their families. Surrogates are special people just like you.

Guaranteed Match With Parents in 30 Days

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

Be at least 21 and no older than 41.
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.
Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32. Calculate my BMI.
Be a U.S. citizen, legal resident, or legal immigrant. If you are a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, you must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
Not be a participant in any of 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.

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How Much Do Surrogates Make in Idaho?

Becoming a surrogate mother in Idaho is one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can have. As a surrogate mother, pay and benefits include:

  • Getting paid up to $55,000, inclusive of all compensation and benefits (see all compensation and benefits)
  • Gaining an incredible sense of 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 every step of the way
  • Connecting with other surrogates across the country and being part of an active surrogate community

Calculate your surrogate pay in Idaho with our surrogate compensation calculator.

 Circle Surrogate Promise program offers the best agency support

How Circle Supports Surrogates

Circle provides exceptional support for surrogates; many of our staff have experienced surrogacy first-hand as surrogates themselves. We give our surrogates top-notch prescreening, social work, legal, and journey support that begins when they fill out their application and lasts for months after they deliver. Our team is ready to answer any and all questions you can think of.

Circle will connect you with other surrogate mothers through private social groups. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to attend exclusive events with the Circle team.

We can also connect you with skilled, trustworthy experts, including an attorney in your area who has expertise in assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and has assisted our previous surrogates with contracts. It's just one more way we help make the entire surrogacy program as seamless as possible. To learn more, 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 gestational carriers and to help each of them have the most successful and rewarding journey possible. We incorporate the suggestions of previous carriers to constantly improve our offerings.

The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle Surrogates that guarantees pay, security, and support; 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 the time, energy, and dedication you spent in the 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.

Guaranteed Match With Parents in 30 Days

Circle Surrogacy has the fastest surrogate-intended parent matching times of any agency. When you apply with Circle Surrogacy as a gestational carrier and are ready to match, we guarantee that you will be matched with intended parents in 30 days or less--or we'll give you $1,000!

The sooner you match, the sooner you can start your journey together!

Restrictions may apply. Speak with your Surrogate Advisor.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

As an Idaho gestational carrier, the question of who you help is almost as important as your decision to help. After all, you will embark on a monumental journey together with the intended parents. Ensuring you feel connected with and completely trust them is essential. Circle Surrogacy takes care of all that with an extensive and thorough matching process.

As a first step, your Surrogate Support team will try to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you based on personality fit and legal circumstances. Then, you will get to review each other's profiles, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with each other. You will also have an initial Skype or Zoom call and possibly meet with them in person. It's important to make sure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely 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, single individuals, and more. We're confident you'll find the right match.

Getting Started

Whether you are intended parents or interested in becoming a surrogate or egg donor in Idaho, 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.