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Surrogacy is a very rewarding experience whether you hope to add a baby to your family or help others become parents. At Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, we have over 25 years of experience supporting intended parents, surrogate mothers, and egg donors to bring new lives into the world. We created this guide to help Montana residents learn more about the surrogacy process—how it works, how to become a surrogate, how to find a surrogate, and much more. We are excited you are here and would love to support you every step of the way!
Surrogacy is a rewarding experience that brings people from all backgrounds together to start and expand families. Circle Surrogacy provides expert guidance and genuine support to make each journey safe and gratifying for everyone involved, including:
At Circle, we get it since many of our team members have firsthand experience as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors themselves.
People of various backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations—both couples and individuals—build their families through surrogacy. Intended parents from Montana often include:
The women who become gestational surrogates and egg donors are amazing people with backgrounds just as diverse, making each surrogacy journey unique.
People in Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, and throughout Montana have access to many benefits, whether as intended parents, gestational surrogates, or egg donors, including:
If an egg donor will be a part of your journey, when you begin your journey we will suggest you match with her and begin creating your embryos first. With the help of our egg donor database, you can choose from a variety of intelligent young women who are healthy—both physically and emotionally—and would love to help others become parents.
Circle's Matching team will help you match with the perfect surrogate and encourage you to get to know each other and develop a strong bond.
After helping you find a surrogate match, Circle will assist with the following throughout the pregnancy:
Pregnancy is an exciting time during which many intended parents and surrogates form close relationships. Many IPs join their surrogate for prenatal appointments when they can, or attend virtually via video.
Before starting your surrogacy journey, you should be both emotionally and financially ready to begin within the next 12 months. Then, it’s time to meet with the agency you selected for a consultation. Free consultations with our team are available over video; we do our best to accommodate your schedule.
Circle offers complimentary, in-depth surrogacy consultations with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. We reserve 2 to 2 1/2 hours for these private, in-depth meetings so there’s plenty of time to get to know each other, share your story, review the surrogacy process for you specifically, and discuss any questions or concerns. We will review our surrogacy programs and costs, as well.
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.
Circle Surrogacy offers a unique all-inclusive surrogacy cost program in Montana called the Journey Protection Guarantee Program.
We designed this program to provide 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: $172,750
(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 Montana as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable 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.
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.
Bringing intended parents and surrogates together is a gratifying experience for all involved, including our agency. We know that finding the right match will be an exciting part of your journey to parenthood. You will have plenty of candidates when you choose Circle because we work with many surrogate mothers from Montana and most surrounding states.
First, take some time to think about what's important to you in a gestational carrier and your surrogacy journey. Finding the right surrogate is easier with this advance preparation, whether on your own (if you're doing an independent journey) or from the candidates your surrogacy agency has presented. At Circle, we are pleased to say that the majority of surrogates and intended parents we have matched have remained connected well beyond delivery.
At Circle, we begin the surrogate matching process by having you complete our intended parent profile. It helps our Matching Team get to know you better and match you with an ideal surrogate. The profile asks about you, your relationship (if you have a partner), your family, your hobbies, your plans for parenthood, and what brought you to the surrogacy process. We'll also ask you to share photos of yourself, the people close to you, and anything else that better acquaints us with you as a person.
Your profile is also your opportunity to specify:
If you are embarking on the surrogacy journey on your own, these guidelines can help you match with a compatible surrogate.
Ask yourself the following questions when searching for a surrogate mother in Montana:
1. Does she meet the legal requirements? When you choose Circle, our legal department will ensure each surrogate we present to intended parents meets the requirements of Montana's surrogacy laws.
2. Do her personality and surrogacy expectations match yours? At Circle, your Matching Team (which includes a lawyer) will work together to ensure your personality and expectations fit well with the surrogate's, so you have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey.
3. Do you have similar views on termination and selective reduction? While everyone hopes they don't have to think about a selective reduction or pregnancy termination, it's important that surrogates and intended parents are in agreement before starting the journey. In our experience, intended parents typically prefer to have the option to terminate or selectively reduce if issues should arise.
Circle's egg donor database is a helpful place for intended parents to start their egg donor search. You can easily narrow down your choices by searching for specific criteria, including:
Our experienced team can help you make a great match if you're not completely sure about what you're looking for in an egg donor.
At Circle, our Montana surrogates receive the support and guidance of our experienced social workers and program coordinators, many of who have been surrogates themselves. We support women wherever they are in the process, whether they are ready to apply now or would first like to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors. Here is an overview of the process:
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 Montana, you must meet the following requirements:
Our surrogate mothers who live in Montana enjoy both monetary and emotional benefits, which include:
See Circle's full list of benefits and compensation for surrogates in Montana. We begin monthly payments and provide compensation and benefits to our surrogates even before they become pregnant.
Being a surrogate takes a monumental emotional, physical, and mental commitment. Circle understands and appreciates the dedication our surrogates–and their families–bring to each and every surrogacy journey. Our compensation and benefits program was created for surrogates, by surrogates and provides the utmost security, benefits, and protection of any surrogate program.
Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program was built with surrogates and their families in mind. It provides the following benefits:
If compensation is the only consideration keeping you from applying with Circle, we’d love you to talk with us about what other agencies are offering—we can match it. We promise you'll have the best surrogacy experience with us.
Payments to surrogate mothers begin before they are even pregnant and continue throughout their pregnancy. Surrogate pay can be broken down 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
You will be compensated 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 social work support, legal counsel, life insurance, and more.
At Circle, we know what it takes to provide exceptional support for surrogates because many of our staff members have been surrogates themselves. From the moment they fill out their application to delivery day and beyond, our thoroughly pre-screened surrogates have access to:
If you have questions about being a surrogate, talk with our highly experienced team. We are ready with answers.
Another way in which we support our surrogates is by connecting them with skilled, trustworthy experts. We will refer you to an attorney in your area who has a strong working knowledge of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law and with whom we've worked previously to help you review and understand any legal contracts. It's just one more way we help make the entire surrogacy process smooth and simple. To learn more, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.
The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program that guarantees pay, security, and support exclusively for Circle Surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support. We created this program because we truly care about our carriers and want surrogacy to be as successful and rewarding as possible for each of them. We have incorporated feedback from previous carriers to improve our offerings.
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. $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. 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'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.
As a surrogate, the matching process is important for you and the intended parents. Once you decide to become a gestational carrier in Montana, we use our extensive and thorough matching process to make sure to match you with the right intended parents. Once matched, you and the intended parents will take this monumental journey together, so it's important there is a strong connection and sense of trust between each of you.
Your Surrogate Advisor will begin the matching process with intended parents by considering personality fit and legal circumstances. You'll get to review each other's profiles, ask questions, and see if you feel comfortable with each other. You will also meet the intended parents in an initial video call and possibly in person. 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.