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If you're an intended parent who dreams of growing your family or someone who wants to help others achieve those dreams, surrogacy can be a personally rewarding experience. Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation has the experience and expertise to help guide intended parents, surrogate mothers, and egg donors through their journeys. Maine residents can use this guide to learn about the surrogacy process in their state. Once you've reviewed the information, Circle Surrogacy is ready to support you each step of the way during that process.
Pursuing surrogacy in Maine guided by Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is an emotionally fulfilling process. We provide the expertise and support for people of all backgrounds who are ready to start or expand their families. The surrogacy journey involves:
Because many Circle team members have firsthand experience as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors themselves, they understand the complex emotions and thoughts of others who are starting on their own surrogacy journeys. Still, each journey is unique because Circle supports people from various backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations, including both couples and individuals, who seek to grow their families through surrogacy.
Intended parents from Maine often include:
The women who become gestational surrogates and egg donors are amazing people with backgrounds just as diverse, making each surrogacy journey a one-of-a-kind experience.
Maine is a surrogacy-friendly state, and its laws protect surrogates, egg donors, and intended parents in Portland, Brunswick, Bangor, and throughout Maine.
Other benefits for Maine surrogates, intended parents, and egg donors include:
Intended parents planning to use an egg donor should match with her and begin creating their embryos first. Start by using Circle Surrogacy's egg donor database, which includes a variety of intelligent young women who have been screened to ensure they're both physically and emotionally healthy.
Our Program Coordination (PC) team helps match intended parents with the perfect surrogate and encourages you to get to know each other and develop a strong bond.
Throughout the pregnancy, Circle assists intended parents by:
Many intended parents form close relationships with surrogates during this exciting time, joining them for prenatal appointments in person or virtually via video and often staying in touch regularly.
When you're financially and emotionally prepared to start the surrogacy process within the next 12 months, the first step is scheduling a consultation with the agency you selected. At Circle, our team is available for free video consultations and can accommodate your schedule whenever possible.
Another option is scheduling a complimentary, in-depth surrogacy consultation with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. These private meetings provide an opportunity to learn about each other, hear your story, review the surrogacy process, and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. We typically reserve 2 to 2 1/2 hours for this meeting, so you'll have plenty of time. We also review our surrogacy programs and costs.
Some people considering surrogacy aren't ready to schedule a full consultation. If that's the case, we encourage you to schedule a 15-minute chat using our online form to talk with a member of our team.
Circle Surrogacy's unique, all-inclusive surrogacy cost program is called the Journey Protection Guarantee Program.
This program provides 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!
Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,250
(both prices exclude IVF)
Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:
Our Journey Protection Guarantee Program includes fixed costs on the following:
Circle Surrogacy is proud to offer this all-inclusive program to help as many intended parents in Maine as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable costs.
Our exclusive financing plan for intended parents living in Maine is one of the features that sets Circle apart from other surrogacy agencies. Using this program (run through Origin Finance, LLC) gives even more intended parents the opportunity to grow their families through fertility financing.
Learn more about our financing plan.
Prepare for your search for a surrogate mother to carry your baby by thinking about the most important qualities of a gestational carrier. Having a mental checklist prepared before starting your search can make finding the right surrogate much easier—whether you’re working independently or using an agency's list of candidates. Many surrogates and intended parents matched by Circle remain in touch well after the delivery date.
Our team members use the profiles filled out by intended parents to get to know them better and recommend a surrogate candidate we believe is the ideal match. The profile asks about you; your relationship (if you have a partner); your family, hobbies, and plans for parenthood; and what brought you to the surrogacy process. We also ask for photos of yourself and others who you believe will help us know you better.
You also have the opportunity in your profile to specify:
If you are embarking on the surrogacy journey on your own, these guidelines can help you match with a compatible surrogate.
There are 3 important questions to ask yourself when searching for a surrogate mother in Maine:
1. Does she meet the legal requirements? Lawyers who work with Circle ensure the surrogates we suggest as potential matches meet all of Maine's surrogacy requirements.
2. Do her personality and surrogacy expectations match yours? Being comfortable with a surrogate is important for intended parents. Your Program Coordination team (including a lawyer) works with you to ensure a potential surrogate's personality and expectations fit well with yours.
3. Do you have similar views on termination and selective reduction? These are difficult issues for intended parents and surrogates alike to think about, but it's important for surrogate and intended parent views to agree on selective reduction and pregnancy termination. It's our experience that intended parents prefer to have the option to terminate or selectively reduce in cases where those issues arise.
Finding the right egg donor—if egg donation is part of your journey—is an important step because the donor contributes half of the child's genetic makeup.
How do you start your search? As with choosing a surrogate, it's best to answer certain questions first. These include:
Intended parents can use Circle's egg donor database to start their egg donor search. Narrow your choices by searching for specific criteria, including:
If you're not entirely sure about certain qualities you want in an egg donor, our experienced team can help you make a great match.
Having the support and guidance of Circle's experienced social workers and program coordinators throughout the surrogacy process is truly helpful for Maine surrogate mothers. Many of our team members have been surrogates themselves, and they understand what surrogates experience, both physically and emotionally. Even if you're not ready to apply at this time, you can talk with Surrogate Advisors or other experienced surrogates about becoming a gestational carrier.
The surrogate process involves:
Learn more about the surrogacy process at Circle and how we support our surrogates every step of the way.
Gestational surrogates are very special women who are passionate about motherhood and family. All kinds of women become surrogates, including teachers, medical professionals, and stay-at-home moms. They are spirited, caring, and selfless.
To qualify as a surrogate mother in Maine, you must meet the following requirements:
Besides gaining an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family, our surrogate mothers who live in Maine enjoy both monetary and emotional benefits, which include:
See Circle's full list of benefits and compensation for surrogates in Maine. We begin monthly payments and provide compensation and benefits to our surrogates even before they become pregnant.
While surrogate mothers do not need to live close to their surrogacy agency, living in Maine as a gestational carrier provides women access to quality care at some of the world’s best medical centers in Boston. Plus, many of Circle's intended parents live in New York, Boston, or Europe, and as a result, choose to work with IVF clinics in the Northeast. While this is not always the case, Maine surrogates may have less need for traveling to IVF clinic appointments.
We understand and appreciate the physical, emotional, and mental commitment required to be a surrogate—not to mention the dedication of their families. Circle Surrogacy's compensation and benefits program was created for surrogates by surrogates and provides security, benefits, and protection that is virtually unsurpassed.
We created our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program with surrogates and their families in mind. It provides the following benefits:
If you'd like to apply with Circle but are considering other agencies based on their compensation, we'd appreciate having the opportunity to talk with you about those offers—we can match them. We promise you'll have the best surrogacy experience with us.
Surrogates receive their first payments before they are pregnant, and payments continue throughout their pregnancies. We break down surrogate pay into the following categories:
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
Circle compensates you 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.
Surrogates will receive additional non-monetary benefits that are priceless in ensuring they’re protected and have a smooth journey. These benefits include legal counsel, life insurance, and more.
The exceptional support we provide surrogates stems from the fact that many of our staff members have completed the surrogate journey themselves. That support begins the minute surrogates fill out their applications and continues through the delivery day and beyond. During that time, our pre-screened surrogates have access to:
You can talk with experienced members of our team to get answers to any questions you may have.
Circle also connects surrogates with skilled, trustworthy experts, including referring them to attorneys in the areas where they live. These lawyers have a strong working knowledge of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and have worked in the past with Circle. They can help you review and understand any legal contracts. It's just one more way we help make the entire surrogacy process smooth and straightforward. To learn more, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.
We created the Circle Surrogate Promise based on feedback from previous gestational carriers to improve our offerings. This program guarantees pay, security, and support exclusively for Circle surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support. We genuinely care about our carriers and want surrogacy to be as successful and rewarding as possible for each of them.
Through this program, Circle Surrogacy promises:
1. Guaranteed compensation. Circle ensures that each surrogate is always paid in full and on time because we financially back our intended parents.
2. Zero 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 a surrogate is the patient and will always receive medical bills, our new fixed-cost Journey Protection Guarantee Program for intended parents allows us to protect both the surrogates and intended parents and ensure all medical bills will be paid in a timely manner.
3. Up to $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; large agency resources. An experienced carrier likely will be the first person you speak with at Circle. She'll guide 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.
Circle uses our extensive and thorough matching process to make sure to match you with the right intended parents in Maine. This can be an exciting process as surrogates and intended parents share an incredible journey, and it's important to establish a strong connection and trusting relationship.
Your Surrogate Advisor begins the process by discussing with intended parents your personality fit and legal circumstances. You'll then get to review each other's profiles, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with each other. An initial meeting, either in person or through a video call, is scheduled with the intended parents. It's important to make sure everyone—you and the intended parents—feel comfortable with the match. Only then will we move forward with the surrogacy agreement.
Circle works with all kinds of intended parents, including LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, couples in the U.S. and other countries, singles, and more. We're confident there's the right match for you.