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Surrogacy is a beautiful way to fulfill the dreams of those who want to grow their families. In Louisiana, state laws make surrogacy more complicated than in many other states. That’s why it’s important to have a surrogacy agency such as Circle Surrogacy help you navigate the process to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Circle Surrogacy is one of the most experienced surrogacy agencies in the U.S. and helps guide people considering surrogacy in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and throughout Louisiana.
Surrogacy in Louisiana is a highly regulated process for both intended parents and surrogates. It is limited to intended parents who are married and who are both biological parents of a child carried by a surrogate who isn’t compensated other than for limited expenses (this is called altruistic surrogacy). Because of this, Circle does not work with surrogates from the state of Louisiana because all of Circle’s surrogates are compensated. Circle Surrogacy does match intended parents with compensated gestational carriers who reside in other states.
Intended parents in Louisiana we work with may be:
• Heterosexual, married 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
• LGBTQ+ intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
If you live in Louisiana and want to pursue surrogacy, this page is an excellent resource to learn more about what the surrogacy process involves, how to become a parent or surrogate mother, and what surrogacy costs.
As mentioned, the surrogacy process is more complicated in Louisiana than in most other states. That’s why it’s important to partner with an experienced surrogacy agency such as Circle Surrogacy. A surrogacy journey involves several milestones for both intended parents and the surrogate mother leading up to delivery day.
Choosing to pursue surrogacy independently—without the assistance of a surrogacy agency—is also an option available to anyone. That means you hire your own lawyer and coordinate with potential surrogates on your own.
Once you’ve decided to grow your family through surrogacy (hooray!) and selected an agency to meet with, the next step is scheduling a consultation. Meeting with an agency you're considering gives you a chance to share your unique story and ask questions of the agency’s team. You’ll likely know if the agency team is a good fit for your journey by the end of the meeting.
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 video. 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.
Few moments in life can match the joy of welcoming a baby into your family. Becoming a parent In Louisiana through surrogacy is easier when working with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy. You can grow your family through surrogacy and/or egg donation.
One of the first questions intended parents ask is how much surrogacy costs. Our comprehensive cost sheets outline the surrogacy costs you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey.
Circle Surrogacy is transparent in its surrogacy options, costs, and what you can expect along your journey. We can help you understand the surrogacy programs available, the cost of surrogacy, and how much you can expect to pay for egg donation.
Something that sets Circle Surrogacy apart from other agencies is our unique, all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.
Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in Louisiana:
Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,750
(both prices exclude IVF)
Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:
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 is an attractive option for some intended parents who qualify. Please speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or fill out this form.
One of the most exciting milestones in your journey is matching with a surrogate mother. Circle Surrogacy works with gestational surrogates from throughout the U.S., including states surrounding Louisiana.
You may have already started thinking about the traits you consider important in a gestational carrier. That’s great! It’s important whether you’re working with an agency or pursuing an independent journey. It's also essential to know what you're looking for to determine if your surrogacy agency has presented you with a good match.
Circle Surrogacy asks 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:
We also can get a good sense of who you are as people through photos of yourself and your loved ones, along with anything else that communicates information to help us find the best possible surrogate matches.
It's important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions. Your Circle Program Coordination Team uses your answers—as well as your geographic location and views on termination— to find you the best possible surrogate match.
We also use other preferences to match you with your gestational carrier, including:
These criteria can serve as guidelines for what you consider a suitable match if you pursue surrogacy without an agency's assistance.
Keep these 3 factors in mind as you search for a surrogate mother:
Appropriate legal fit: We ensure potential gestational carriers meet both general and state-specific legal criteria before presenting surrogate profiles to intended parents.
Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: We want both surrogates and intended parents to have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey, so your Matching team reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to ensure a good personality fit.
Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: Sharing similar views about the termination of a pregnancy (in situations in which a reduction or termination is considered) is essential for surrogates and intended parents. In our experience, intended parents often prefer to make the choice regarding termination.
Many intended parents use eggs donated by a fertile woman who wants to help another individual or couple conceive a child (with or without the help of a surrogate). An egg donor may 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. If you choose to use an altruistic (uncompensated) surrogate mother in Louisiana, the state’s surrogacy law requires that the couple donate their own eggs and semen to create an embryo.
Intended parents using a gestation carrier in another state can find an egg donor with Circle Surrogacy’s help. We guide you through the entire egg donation process and help 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.
At this time, due to the gestational surrogacy laws in the state, Circle Surrogacy is unable to work with women from the state of Louisiana who wish to become surrogate mothers.
Surrogacy laws are constantly changing, so please continue to check back regularly.