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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Missouri

Intended parents with dreams of growing their families and generous women who want to help them reach those dreams all work with Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation because we have the experience and expertise to guide their journeys. Surrogacy in Missouri can be a rewarding experience for intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors. You can use this guide to learn about the surrogacy process in Missouri. After reviewing the information, you can contact Circle Surrogacy, whose team provides support on each step of the surrogacy journey.

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in Missouri

An Overview of Surrogacy in Missouri

For individuals who pursue surrogacy in Missouri with the help of Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, the process can be truly gratifying emotionally. 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: Mothers who have children of their own understand parenthood's gifts more than anyone. Gestational surrogates do NOT use their own eggs to create the embryos and have no genetic relationship to the babies they carry.
  • Egg donors: These young women are selfless and strong and have a sincere desire to help others fulfill their dreams of becoming parents by generously donating their eggs.

Circle Surrogacy's expertise and support are enhanced by the firsthand experiences of many Circle team members, either as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors themselves. They understand the complex emotions of those who are starting 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 Missouri 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 concern or health condition to their baby
  • Same-sex couples who want a genetic connection with their baby

Because the amazing gestational surrogates and egg donors we work with have equally diverse backgrounds, each surrogacy journey is a one-of-a-kind experience.

 Why Missouri Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Missouri Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Even though Missouri doesn't have specific surrogacy laws, it's considered a surrogacy-friendly state with a well-established process used by intended parents and surrogates to reach their goals. Intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors from Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and throughout Missouri can successfully pursue surrogacy in the state.

Other benefits for Missouri surrogates, intended parents, and egg donors include:

  • Access to top-rated clinics. Circle works with many intended parents who are clients of top-rated fertility clinics in Kansas City, St. Louis, and surrounding areas. 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 Missouri and throughout the Midwest, including neighboring Illinois, Indiana, and throughout the country. We can help you find a match who lives close to you.
  • We're accessible. Circle Surrogacy's network of offices and virtual technology means we're easy to contact and be available.
  • 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 Missouri for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation helps straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Missouri grow their families. Missouri is considered a surrogacy friendly state, and intended parents will find top-rated IVF clinics in the area and in nearby states.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in Missouri, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs in Missouri, 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 Missouri, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and everywhere in between.

The Surrogacy Process in Missouri

Some intended parents choose to navigate the surrogacy process on their own, with the assistance of attorneys and other experts that they hire. This independent journey is the right path for some people. Partnering with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, however, provides expertise in surrogacy's legal, emotional, and medical aspects. With more than 25 years of experience helping intended parents, Circle assists you with keeping track of the milestones and events of your journey, matches you with a surrogate mother, and ensures that all goes smoothly leading up to the arrival of your baby.
Choosing an Agency

If you've decided to partner with a surrogacy agency in Missouri, finding the right agency for you is the next step. Where should you start? First, think about the qualifications you're seeking in an agency. Is an agency's experience the most important factor in your decision, or is the agency's location or size more important? Regardless of which agency you choose, it's essential that you develop a personal connection with the agency's staff because this will be one of the most emotional journeys of your life.

You should meet with them, either in person or through a video call, before making your choice. Are you comfortable having honest and open discussions with the people who will be part of this very personal journey? The location of your agency does not matter, as most intended parents will only travel to their IVF clinic and their surrogate’s location; however, some intended parents like knowing their agency is close by.

Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor

Are you planning to use an egg donor as intended parents? We recommend matching with a donor and creating embryos first. Start by using Circle Surrogacy's egg donor database, which includes many 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

Circle assists intended parents throughout the pregnancy 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

Intended parents who are financially and emotionally prepared to start the surrogacy process within the next 12 months can schedule a consultation with the agency you selected. Our team at Circle is available for free video consultations and can accommodate your schedule whenever possible.

A separate option is scheduling a complimentary, in-depth surrogacy consultation with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. These private meetings allow you 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.

Becoming a Parent in Missouri

It's important for intended parents to be as informed as possible about surrogacy so they can make decisions with confidence. Circle's goal is to ensure everyone involved understands the costs, processes, and laws associated with surrogacy in Missouri before beginning their journeys.
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How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Missouri?

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 Missouri 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.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in Missouri

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Missouri

At Circle, our Matching Team takes pride in matching intended parents with the ideal surrogate. Meeting the woman who will help grow their family is one of the most exciting parts of the journey for intended parents.

How to Start

Mentally preparing is important before beginning your search for a surrogate mother to carry your baby. 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. This is an exciting part of the journey, and many intended parents develop a relationship with their surrogate that extends well after the delivery date.

How Circle Can Help

Our Matching Team gets to know intended parents through their profiles 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

When looking for a surrogate mother in Missouri, ask yourself these 3 important questions:

1. Does she meet the legal requirements? Lawyers who work with Circle ensure the surrogates we suggest as potential matches meet all of Missouri's surrogacy requirements.

2. Do her personality and surrogacy expectations match yours? It's important that intended parents feel comfortable with a surrogate. 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? Let's be honest: No one likes to think about these difficult issues. It's important, however, that surrogates and intended parents have similar views regarding 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 Missouri

If egg donation is part of your journey, then finding the right egg donor is an important step because the donor contributes half of the child's genetic makeup.

Start your search by answering questions such as:

  • 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 Missouri

Surrogacy Laws in Missouri

For the most part, the surrogacy process is smooth when it comes to transferring parental rights from the surrogate mother to the intended parent or parents. While the state of Missouri allows pre-birth hearings, court orders cannot be completed until after a child is born through surrogacy. The parties usually attend a hearing with local counsel. Missouri is a favorable state for surrogacy arrangements because it does not have any laws prohibiting surrogacy.

Surrogacy in Missouri for Surrogates

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

Missouri is considered a surrogacy-friendly state, and its location makes it easily accessible to top-rated IVF clinics. We work women from all over Missouri, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and everywhere in between.

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.

What Is a Surrogate

Surrogates carry babies for those who are unable to have a baby on their own (they are often referred to as "Intended Parents" or "IPs").

Other terms for a surrogate include:
• Surrogate Mother
• Gestational Carrier
• Gestational Surrogate

Most surrogate mothers are gestational surrogates, meaning the surrogate mother does not use her own eggs and doesn't share any genetics with the baby. Surrogates are compensated and protected legally by a contract signed by all parties.

Circle Surrogacy only works with gestational carriers – women who do not share biology with the baby they are carrying.

Surrogates are kind, giving and selfless. They love being parents, and want others to be able to experience that same joy.

 5 Things To Know About Being a Surrogate

5 Things To Know About Being a Surrogate

There is a lot of information out there about becoming a surrogate, but here are 5 quick things for you to know before you begin!

  1. Surrogates do NOT use their own DNA (eggs) for the babies they carry
  2. Surrogates are paid throughout the entirety of their journey (not at the end) and start before pregnancy
  3. Surrogates have a say in with whom they match; all matches are mutual
  4. Surrogates DO need to give themselves injections as part of the IVF process; most surrogates say these needles are no big deal
  5. Surrogates will have to say goodbye to the baby; they look forward to "giving the baby back" to their intended parents; because they are not genetically related to the baby, surrogates do not feel an "attachment" to the babies they carry

Ready to learn more? Read on!

Ready to apply? Apply here!

 The Process for Surrogates in Missouri

The Process for Surrogates in Missouri

Having the support and guidance of Circle's experienced social workers and program coordinators throughout the surrogacy process is truly helpful for Missouri 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. They are teachers, nurses, and stay-at-home moms. They are spirited, caring, and selfless. Our gestational carriers come from different cities and towns and diverse backgrounds. They usually have one thing in common, though: Surrogate mothers from Missouri are passionate about their families. If this sounds like you, take 10 minutes to complete our simple online surrogacy application. You aren't obligated to proceed but filling it out may help you make a decision about becoming a surrogate.
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Surrogate Requirements in Missouri

Gestational surrogates are extraordinary 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 Missouri, 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.

Review all surrogate requirements

 Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Missouri

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Missouri

Achieving an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family is a benefit that can't be measured. But our surrogate mothers who live in Missouri also enjoy other 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 Missouri. We begin monthly payments and provide compensation and benefits to our surrogates even before they become pregnant.

You do not need to live close to your surrogacy agency. Gestational carriers in Missouri need only to travel to their intended parents' IVF clinic. For local monitoring, surrogates can access care at Missouri's clinics and monitoring centers., so you may not need to travel far for your appointments.

 How Much Are Surrogates Paid in Missouri?

How Much Are Surrogates Paid in Missouri?

The physical, emotional, and mental commitment required to be a surrogate—not to mention the dedication of their families—is something the team at Circle understands intimately. 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?

The first payment for surrogates arrives before they are pregnant, and payments continue throughout their pregnancies. Surrogate pay is broken down into the following categories:

Base Compensation

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

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

In addition to financial compensation, surrogates 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.

 Circle Surrogate Promise program offers the best agency support

How Circle Supports Surrogates

Because many of our staff members have completed the surrogacy journey themselves, Circle provides exceptional support that stems from their understanding of what surrogate mothers need. 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.

We also connect surrogates with skilled, trustworthy experts. That includes referrals to attorneys who practice near where surrogates live. These lawyers have a strong working knowledge of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and have often worked with Circle in the past. They review and help surrogates 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.

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The Circle Surrogate Promise

Feedback from gestational carriers we've partnered with in the past led Circle to create the Circle Surrogate Promise. This unique program provides a level of security and support unmatched by other agencies. Our genuine care for our surrogates and desire to make surrogacy as successful and rewarding as possible is exemplified by the Circle Surrogate Promise.

Through this program, Circle Surrogacy promises:

1. Guaranteed compensation. Ensuring that each surrogate is paid in full and on time is a fundamental tenet of the Circle Surrogate Promise.

2. Zero medical bill liability. We listened to our past surrogates and their frustrations with medical bills, and we've made big changes, including taking on the liability of those bills. 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. Circle gives our surrogates choices for their preferred birth options, such as doula care, a hospital birth, or using a birth center with a midwife. Not every gestational carrier has the same desires when it comes to the birth of their surrogate baby, and our surrogates appreciate having these options.

5. Personalized, small agency feel; large agency resources. The first person most potential surrogates speak with at Circle is someone who's been a gestational carrier. They use their experiences to guide surrogates through the process until they are matched with intended parents. They personally introduce surrogates to their dedicated social workers and journey support team, all of whom are in-house at Circle. Our surrogates are always supported by a Circle employee who knows all the details of their journeys. (Surrogates never have to worry about working with a third party who doesn't even know their names!) 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

Our extensive and thorough matching process ensures you match with intended parents in Missouri who are right for you. 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 is scheduled with the intended parents, either in person or through a video call. 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.