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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Mississippi

Navigating the surrogacy process can be complex and exciting for both intended parents and surrogate mothers. For more than 25 years, Circle Surrogacy has been helping intended parents and surrogate mothers through the surrogacy process in Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, and surrounding areas. We understand the significance of the journey you are on, and we will support you through every milestone.

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An Overview of Surrogacy in Mississippi

While Mississippi has no laws in place governing surrogacy, some established procedures for intended parents and surrogate mothers exist. Intended parents can be couples and individuals from various backgrounds who want to build a family through surrogacy.

Circle Surrogacy works with Mississippi intended parents, such as:

• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic concern 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

This page provides a wealth of information regarding the surrogacy process in Mississippi, how to become intended parents or a surrogate mother, and what the surrogacy process costs.

The Surrogacy Process in Mississippi

Mississippi’s surrogacy process involves several important steps that will culminate in your child’s happy arrival. Understanding those milestones helps intended parents and surrogate mothers alike prepare for the surrogacy process.

While some may embark on an independent surrogacy journey, most intended parents find comfort and security by enlisting the help of a surrogacy agency like Circle Surrogacy. Circle has more than 25 years of experience navigating the surrogacy process and helping build families.

Choosing an Agency
When deciding to work with an agency for your surrogacy journey, you should consider several factors. The agency should be knowledgeable about ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and surrogacy laws, as Mississippi does not have specific state laws regarding surrogacy. You should feel comfortable working with the agency and ensure they align with your values and goals.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
Our Matching Specialists can match intended parents with a perfect surrogate match, and our Program Coordination team will help facilitate a match with an egg donor (if needed). Our egg donor database is an important resource for finding potential egg donors who can help you build your family.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Building a relationship with your surrogate is essential to your surrogacy journey. You can support her through the pregnancy and even join her for prenatal appointments if desired. Our agency will support both intended parents and surrogate mothers as they navigate this journey.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

Once you decide to start building your family through surrogacy, you should choose an agency that closely aligns with your needs. Your first step with the agency will be scheduling a consultation so you can meet with your team and ask them any questions you may have.

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, costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate. You can meet with us either in person or via Zoom or Skype for a free consultation.

A shorter pre-consultation is available for those who aren’t yet ready for a full consultation. The pre-consultation lasts about 30 minutes and is a great opportunity to ask your initial questions and get helpful information.

 Becoming a Parent in Mississippi

Becoming a Parent in Mississippi

Welcoming a child through surrogacy is a joyous and emotional time for any individual or couple. Circle surrogacy is here to ensure the process is safe, comfortable, and smooth, whether you build your family with surrogacy and/or egg donation.

Surrogacy costs are understandably one of the first issues intended parents raise, so we have outlined the costs of a typical surrogacy journey in our comprehensive cost sheets.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Mississippi?

We are here to help you learn about the available surrogacy programs, the cost, and how much you’ll likely pay for egg donation. We strive to be transparent regarding all surrogacy options, costs, and what you can expect throughout your journey.

Circle Surrogacy offers an all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.

Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in Mississippi:

Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,750
(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

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

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 fill out this form.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in Mississippi

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Mississippi

Choosing a surrogate mother is a key step in building your family. We work with gestational surrogates in Mississippi and throughout the South. If you are looking to match with a surrogate mother in Mississippi (or neighboring states), we can help you with this important milestone.

Get Started

If you are pursuing surrogacy without the help of an agency, having a well-thought-out list of criteria can guide your surrogate mother choice. If you’ve chosen to work with an agency, these same criteria also help ensure your agency surrogacy match meets your needs.

At Circle Surrogacy, we ask 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:

  • Relationship (if you have a partner)
  • Family
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Plans for parenthood
  • Reasons for pursuing surrogacy

When we work on matching you with a surrogate mother, we want to know more about you and who you are as a person. Sharing photos and information about yourself with us can ensure a great surrogate match.

When making a surrogate match, your Matching Specialist will take into account the information you share and your geographic location. You should review all the questions carefully and answer truthfully to help us make your ideal match.

We also ask intended parents to express their preferences on other issues when matching them with a gestational carrier, including:

  • Desired level of communication with their surrogate during the journey
  • Location of the surrogate mother
  • Number of embryos to transfer
  • Views on selective reduction and termination

You can use these criteria as a guide if you are pursuing surrogacy without the help of an agency.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

Keep these 3 factors in mind as you search for a surrogate mother in Mississippi:

Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department always ensures potential gestational carriers meet both general and state-specific legal criteria before surrogate profiles are presented to intended parents.

Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: We want both surrogates and intended parents to have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey, which is why our Matching Specialists reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to ensure good personality fits.

Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: In our experience, intended parents often prefer to make the choice regarding termination. It's important that surrogates and intended parents share similar views about the termination of a pregnancy if a situation develops in which a reduction or termination is considered.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Mississippi

A fertile woman can choose to donate her eggs to help an individual or couple start their family (with or without the help of a surrogate). The egg donor can be an intended parent herself or a surrogate for heterosexual or homosexual couples or individuals. Intended parents experiencing infertility issues can build their family with the help of an egg donor.

How can you find an egg donor in Mississippi? We can guide you through the egg donation process and help you work with the IVF clinic of your choice. Your first step in starting your egg donor search is looking through an egg donor database. Circle Surrogacy offers an egg donor database that can be searched using certain criteria. The database is easy to use and navigate.

 Surrogacy Laws in Mississippi

Surrogacy Laws in Mississippi

Since Mississippi does not have any laws or regulations governing surrogacy, it’s helpful to use an agency such as Circle Surrogacy to help you navigate the process. They are your ally, helping you to bring home your baby safely and securely.

Intended parents in Mississippi should be able to obtain prebirth and post-birth orders through the court. Intended parents can obtain these orders with a qualified legal professional in Mississippi and be issued birth certificates in the intended parents' names (whether heterosexual or LGBTQIA+).

The Process for Surrogates in Mississippi

Our experienced team at Circle Surrogacy can support and guide surrogates through the process. If you are interested in being a surrogate mother or have questions about the process, we can help.

Here is an overview of how to become a surrogate in Mississippi:

  • 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

We suggest completing our online surrogacy application to start the conversation about surrogacy. 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 Mississippi

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Mississippi

Who are potential surrogate mothers? They are women who want to make a difference in the lives of an individual or couple by giving them the ultimate gift. They are stay-at-home moms, teachers, and nurses. They are filled with love and generosity and understand the importance of family. They are just like you.

What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?

Mississippi residents who would like to apply to become surrogate mothers must:

  • Have delivered a child of their own and are currently parenting at least one child.
  • Have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
  • Be between 21 and 41 years old
  • Typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32. Calculate My BMI.
  • Be citizens, legal residents, or legal immigrants of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
  • 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.

Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply to most states.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Mississippi

Becoming a surrogate mother in Mississippi appeals to women for several reasons, including generous compensation and a sense of pride like no other. Women who wish to become surrogate mothers enjoy benefits such as:

  • Having an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift possible to another family
  • Gaining a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Working with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
  • Getting the chance to work with local and international intended parents

And as mentioned, Mississippi surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

We created the Circle Surrogate Promise because we genuinely care about our gestational carriers, and we want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible. This program evolved after surrogates shared their thoughts with their social workers and during exit interviews. Those conversations led us to improve our offerings to our surrogates.

Guaranteed Pay, Security, and Support

The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle Surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support.

Circle Surrogacy promises:

  1. Guaranteed Compensation. Circle Surrogacy financially backs their intended parents, so a surrogate’s escrow account is always funded to ensure she is always paid in full and on 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. This ensures 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 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 regarding 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 will 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.
 New dad with his daughter through surrogacy

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Mississippi?

You are compensated financially for being a surrogate mother. This compensation is called “surrogate base compensation” or “surrogate payment.” We worked with previous surrogates to create a compensation and benefits program for surrogates and their families. This program offers surrogates exceptional security, benefits, and protection.

Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following benefits:

  • Earning up to $50,000-$55,000 (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
  • Benefits and support through postpartum (the 4th trimester)
  • Full transparency on what's included
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency

If you are evaluating other agencies’ compensation, we would love to talk with you. We can match their compensation and provide you with an unsurpassed experience.

How does surrogate pay work?

Base Compensation

You can calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in Mississippi.

Payments Before You Are Pregnant

Signing payments and payments for your medical screening are examples of compensation provided by Circle early in the surrogacy process. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.

Payments During and After Surrogacy

Circle compensates surrogates for their necessities during and after pregnancy, including maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and more. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.

Additional Benefits

Surrogates receive other non-monetary benefits—in addition to financial compensation—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

Circle Surrogacy has over 25 years of experience and is considered a leader in the surrogacy field. Our team is here for you at every step, from starting your surrogacy journey to welcoming a new life into your family.

We support surrogate mothers as they go through the screening process and match with intended parents. We guide them through surrogacy's legal and social work process so they always feel supported and valued.

Our team includes experienced surrogates who bring their personal experience and authenticity to the work that we do. We also offer a wealth of legal, social, and medical knowledge to help guide you through your surrogacy journey. We are always here to answer any questions you have.

When you need a lawyer to review legal contracts, we'll recommend an attorney in your area with whom we've worked previously and who is thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproductive Technology law. We can connect you with trustworthy experts whenever needed. To learn more about being a surrogate, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.

 Intended Parents with their hands on their surrogate's belly

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

As part of the Circle Surrogacy family, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re helping prospective parents realize their dreams of building a family while building a connection that will enrich your life too. That deep, intimate bond between surrogates and intended parents is why Circle Surrogacy has developed a thorough matching process.

Your Surrogate Support Team uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and explore whether the match is right for you. We’ll help schedule an initial video call so you can ensure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. The process will move forward only if you both agree it’s a great match.

Circle works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and others. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a great match.

Getting Started

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