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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Maine

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.

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An Overview of Surrogacy in Maine

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:

  • Intended parents (IPs): Couples or individuals who are unable to have a baby on their own can choose surrogacy to grow their families.
  • Gestational surrogates: No one understands the gift of parenthood better than mothers who already have children of their own. Gestational surrogates do NOT use their own eggs to create the embryos and have no genetic relationship to the babies they carry.
  • Egg donors: Young, selfless, and strong women help others fulfill their dreams of becoming parents by generously donating their eggs.

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:

  • Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
  • Women who are unable to carry a child
  • People who don’t want to risk passing on a genetic defect or health condition to their baby
  • Same-sex couples who want a genetic connection with their baby

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.

 Why Maine Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Maine Is a Great State for Surrogacy

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:

  • Access to top-rated clinics. Circle works with many intended parents who are clients of fertility clinics in the Northeast. We're happy to work with your IVF clinic if you already have one.
  • Local surrogates. Circle works with surrogates from all over the state of Maine as well as New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut (and all around the country!), so we can help you find a match who lives close to you.
  • We're accessible. Circle Surrogacy's Boston office is our headquarters.
  • Flexible consultation schedule. We are available for consults via video calls during the day, evenings, and some weekends. We do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Surrogacy in Maine for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation helps straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Maine grow their families. Maine 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 Maine, 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 Maine, including Portland, Brunswick, Bangor, and throughout the state. Circle's headquarters are located in Boston, Massachusetts, so it can be an easy drive should you ever want meet with us in person. We'd love to see you!

Becoming a Parent in Maine

Gathering as much information as possible is important for intended parents to make an informed decision about surrogacy. Our goal at Circle is to ensure everyone involved understands the costs, processes, and laws associated with surrogacy in Maine before beginning their journeys.

The Surrogacy Process in Maine

Intended parents can choose to pursue surrogacy independently, which involves navigating the process on their own with help from attorneys and other experts that they hire. Or they can partner with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, which has more than 25 years of experience assisting intended parents with surrogacy's legal, emotional, and medical aspects. Circle also helps you keep track of the milestones and events of your journey as intended parents, match you with a surrogate mother, and ensure that all goes smoothly leading up to the arrival of your baby.

Choosing an Agency

Once intended parents in Maine decide to partner with an agency, the next step is finding the right agency fit. Start by thinking about the qualifications you're looking for in an agency. Do you want the agency with the most experience? Or is the location or size of the agency more important? Establishing a personal connection with the agency's staff is essential, which is why you should meet with them, either in person or through a video call, before making your choice. It's important that you're comfortable having honest and open discussions with people who will be part of this very personal journey. The location of your agency does not matter, as any travel intended parents do will be to their clinic, however some intended parents like knowing their agency is close by.

Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor

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 Matching Team helps match intended parents with the perfect surrogate and encourages you to get to know each other and develop a strong bond.

Pregnancy and Parenthood

Throughout the pregnancy, Circle assists intended parents by:

  • Supporting them through each milestone
  • Helping them prepare for the birth
  • Ensuring they are ready to return home safely and securely with their baby

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.

 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

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.

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

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Maine?

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!

Journey Protection Guarantee Program

Surrogacy only: $148,750

Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,250

(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:

  • An all-inclusive cost that covers unlimited retrievals and 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

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 Maine as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable costs.

Financing Surrogacy Costs

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.

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Finding a Surrogate Mother in Maine

Matching intended parents with the ideal surrogate is one of the most gratifying aspects of the process for our team members. This is an exciting part of the journey for intended parents, who will meet the woman who will help them grow their family.

How to Start

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.

How Circle Can Help

Our Matching 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:

  • How much communication you want with your surrogate during the journey
  • Where you'd like your surrogate to live
  • How many embryos you want to transfer
  • Your viewpoint on selective reduction and termination

If you are embarking on the surrogacy journey on your own, these guidelines can help you match with a compatible surrogate.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

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. At Circle, your Matching Team (which includes 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.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Maine

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:

  • Are there any qualities that your egg donor absolutely must have?
  • Do you want an egg donor whose personality or appearance reflects your own or is complementary?
  • What are your preferences regarding the egg donor's education, appearance, ethnicity, and personality?

Intended parents can use Circle's egg donor database to start their egg donor search. Narrow your choices by searching for specific criteria, including:

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

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.

Surrogacy Laws in Maine

As we noted earlier, Maine is a surrogacy-friendly state. In Maine, the legal work required to establish the intended parents' rights is rather simple, and court hearings are rarely required. The pleadings are all drafted in advance of the birth and usually all can be heard and decided in advance of the birth. No statute or published case law in Maine prohibits gestational surrogacy.

Surrogacy in Maine for Surrogates

There is so much to learn about becoming a surrogate. We're here to help you explore surrogacy in Maine, 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.

Maine is a surrogacy-friendly state, and its New England location makes it easily accessible to top-rated IVF clinics. We work women from all over Maine, including Portland, Brunswick, Bangor, and throughout the state.

Circle Surrogacy is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, so it can be an easy drive should you ever want meet with us in person. We'd love to see you!

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.
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The Process for Surrogates in Maine

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:

  • 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 and how we support our surrogates every step of the way.

Getting Started as a Surrogate

Women who become surrogate moms are generous, adventurous, and kind. Our gestational carriers come from different cities and towns, have different jobs, and come from different backgrounds. One thing they have in common is that surrogate mothers from Maine are passionate about their families. If this sounds like you, take 10 minutes to complete our simple online surrogacy application. There is no obligation to proceed, but filling it out may help you make a decision about becoming a surrogate.
 Surrogate Requirements in Maine

Surrogate Requirements in Maine

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:

  • 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 41 years of age.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) no higher than 32. 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 valid documentation 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.

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 Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Maine

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Maine

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:

  • Earning up to $55,000 in payments and benefits
  • Building a lifelong relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Being supported by a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker every step of the way
  • Connecting with an active community of other surrogates across the country

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.

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How Much Are Surrogates Paid in Maine?

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:

  • 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
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency

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.

How Does Surrogate Pay Work?

Surrogates receive their first payments before they are pregnant, and payments continue throughout their pregnancies. We break down surrogate pay 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

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.

Additional Benefits

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.

 How Circle Supports Surrogates

How Circle Supports Surrogates

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:

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

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.

 Best surrogacy program for surrogates with our exclusive Circle Surrogate Promise.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

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.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

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.

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. Take the first step by learning more about surrogacy.