When intended parents and surrogate mother applicants first begin looking into surrogacy – it can feel a little overwhelming. Working with an experienced agency who can help you understand what is surrogacy, learn the surrogacy process, and help you become a surrogate or a parent is key. Circle is based right in Boston, MA and has been making parenthood possible for Massachusetts-based intended parents since 1995!
Massachusetts is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers and intended parents. Whether you in live in Boston, Worcester, Springfield or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.
Surrogacy allows couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations to build their families.
Intended parents from Massachusetts who use surrogacy include:
• Heterosexual 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
• Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
Each surrogacy journey is unique.
Review surrogate requirements in Massachusetts and see how to apply to become a surrogate.
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Understand what the surrogacy laws are in the state of Massachusetts for surrogates and intended parents.
See how to take the first steps in becoming a parent through surrogacy.
See how the surrogacy process works at Circle Surrogacy in Massachusetts.
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If you live in Massachusetts – or anywhere in the U.S. – you can estimate surrogacy costs around $108K-$156K for a journey, exclusive of IVF costs. The actual journey costs depend on the services intended parents need, their insurance and the details of their specific journey. If you live internationally, your journey costs will be a bit more.
Circle offers multiple surrogacy programs in Massachusetts from which intended parents can choose. Even though we're a large agency, our programs are not "one size fits all". We work with all intended parents separately to understand their needs and help them find the program best suited for their needs.
Part of the overall surrogacy costs are surrogate mother payments. The amount your surrogate mother gets paid depends on a few factors: where she lives, if she has insurance and whether or not she's a first time carrier. On average, surrogate mothers are paid a base fee of $30k-$40k, plus additional compensation and benefits.
For both surrogate mothers and intended parents in Massachusetts, the best place to start a surrogacy journey and finding a surrogacy agency is by doing your research. This can be in the form of online research, speaking with IVF doctors, or connecting with others who have been through the surrogacy process as surrogates or parents.
1. Do your research! Learn all there is to know about surrogacy.
2. Write down what's important to you in a surrogacy journey. What type of surrogate/intended parent relationship are you looking for? What level of surrogacy support?
3. Make a list of agencies that fit your criteria, and reach out. Finding an agency that "feels right" is important!
Next Steps for Massachusetts Intended Parents:
Once intended parents have identified 1-3 agencies that seem like a good fit, it's a good idea to fill out an interest form and connect with the parent intake team. Once they reach out, you can decide if you're ready for a surrogacy consultation.
Next Steps for Massachusetts Surrogate Applicants:
If you're ready to apply to become a surrogate mother, reading through surrogate requirements is a good way to see if you will qualify. Once you fill out a surrogate application, a member of the surrogate intake team – who is an experienced surrogate herself – will reach out to you to answer questions, clarify answers on your application and speak to you about next steps in the application process.
Once we have accepted a surrogate applicant into our program, our matching and legal teams determine possible matching options based on a variety of factors, including: the state she lives in, whether she has insurance, and the matching preferences from both intended parents and surrogates.
We will send the redacted profile of the intended parents (with no identifying information) to the surrogate. If she expresses interest, we will send her profile to the intended parents, similarly leaving out all identifying information. Once the surrogate and the prospective parents express a mutual interest, we will put them in touch by telephone, Skype or email so they can begin to get to know each other.
After communicating with each other, the surrogate and the prospective parents meet in person at their mutual convenience: at the surrogate’s home, the intended parents’ home, or some place in between. If the surrogate has children and/or a partner or spouse, the intended parents meet them as well.
An IVF physician medically screens them after a match is made. If for any reason the surrogate doesn’t pass the medical screening (which is rare), Circle Surrogacy presents a new match free of charge.