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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in New Mexico

Surrogacy is a wonderful way to grow your family, however at first glance, surrogacy and egg donation can seem a little overwhelming. Whether you are a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother or intended parents hoping to grow your family through surrogacy, we're here to help you navigate surrogacy in New Mexico, from the surrogacy process, to how to find a surrogate, to how to become a surrogate mother.

Circle Surrogacy – headquartered in Boston, MA with offices across the US – has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in New Mexico grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation for over 27 years.

We're ready to help intended parents and surrogates from cities and towns in New Mexico – from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, to Roswell to Carlsbad, and everywhere in between. Speak with Circle to start your surrogacy journey today!
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 An Overview of Surrogacy in New Mexico

An Overview of Surrogacy in New Mexico

New Mexico is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers (surrogates) and intended parents. Whether you live in a large city, such as Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Rio Rancho — or less populated areas of New Mexico—here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.

Surrogacy enables couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations to build their families.

Each surrogacy journey is unique. The types of intended parents from New Mexico who may use surrogacy to grow their families are:

• 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
LGBTQ+ intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby

On this page you'll learn what New Mexico's surrogacy process involves, how to become parents or a surrogate mother, and what surrogacy costs are.

 Why New Mexico Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why New Mexico Is a Great State for Surrogacy

New Mexico has established fertility clinics, and is centrally located in the Southwest near many top-rated fertility clinics in neighboring states. Circle Surrogacy has strong relationships with many clinics in Texas, California and Las Vegas, and we can introduce you to a clinic that's a good match for your journey. If you’re already established with an IVF clinic, we’re happy to work with your clinic of choice.

Circle Surrogacy is based Boston, MA with offices across the United States, and we have team members located in almost every state in the southwest. Intended parents living in New Mexico can connect with local Circle team members. We schedule consultations with our experienced team via video during the day and evenings.

Surrogacy in New Mexico for Intended Parents

Circle Surrogacy has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in New Mexico grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation for over 25 years. New Mexico is a surrogacy friendly state, and intended parents will find many top-rated IVF clinics in the area and on the west coast.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in New Mexico, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs, how to find a surrogate or egg donor, 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 New Mexico – from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, to Roswell to Carlsbad, and everywhere in between.

The Surrogacy Process in New Mexico

The surrogacy process can be complex at times, with many milestones that lead to the final outcome: the arrival of your baby! It's important to understand and prepare for the steps in the surrogacy process, whether you are an intended parent or a gestational surrogate.

Intended parents and surrogates have two options when it comes to surrogacy: doing a journey independently, or with the help of a surrogacy agency. Working with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, which has over 25 years of experience, can help you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey so that you can focus on preparing for the arrival of your baby.

Choosing a Surrogacy Agency

Beginning your journey toward surrogacy is a big step, so it's essential to do your research. Not every surrogacy agency is a good fit; choose one which shares your views about the surrogacy process and where you sense good chemistry. And because surrogacy laws vary from state to state, it’s important to work with an agency whose lawyers are knowledgeable in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and surrogacy law. We’ll help you understand New Mexico's surrogacy laws.

Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor

Your Matching Team helps you find the perfect surrogate match and encourages you to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby or babies. Before matching with a surrogate, intended parents will usually find and match with an egg donor (if needed). You can search our egg donor database, where you'll find bright and ambitious young women who are excited for the opportunity to help you grow your family.

Pregnancy and Parenthood

The final part of the process is one in which you further develop a relationship with your surrogate during pregnancy. If she lives close to New Mexico, you may even be able to visit for her appointments. Our agency supports you through each milestone, helping you prepare to travel for the birth and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely.

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Starting the Surrogacy Process

if you've determined that you would like to grow your family through surrogacy (congratulations!), and you've identified an agency with whom you'd like to meet, the first step is to schedule a consultation. Meeting with the agencies you're considering is an important step because it's a great time to share your story, get questions answered, and see if the agency team is a good fit for your journey.

At Circle, our private (free!) surrogacy consultations give us the time to sit down and get to know who you are as intended parents, what brought you to surrogacy, and what you expect from your journey. For Circle, we will educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother. Our complimentary consultations are for those who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months.

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.

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Although we prefer to meet in-person with intended parents for our consultations, everyone’s health and safety is our primary focus. We will meet your level of comfort when it comes to consultations. We are always available for a virtual consultation via video for easy scheduling around your calendar.

If you're not ready for a full consultation but would like more information, you can schedule a short pre-consultation, which lasts about 30 minutes and is a great way to ask questions and learn more.
 Becoming a Parent in New Mexico

Becoming a Parent in New Mexico

Bringing a baby into your family is one of the greatest joys you can experience. Becoming a parent in New Mexico is safe and simple, as New Mexico is a surrogacy-friendly state for intended parents who are interested in growing their families through surrogacy and or egg donation.

Circle Surrogacy works with many parents in the southwest. Our closest off to New Mexico is in Los Angeles, California, however we have team members in almost every southwest state. As an intended parent, you have the opportunity to meet with us virtually, so the location of the agency does not impact your journey. Instead, you can focus on what a surrogacy agency has to offer vs location when determining who is the best fit.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in New Mexico?

If you're thinking about having a baby through surrogacy, we can help you understand the surrogacy programs available, the cost of surrogacy, and how much you can expect to pay for egg donation. Circle Surrogacy is transparent in its surrogacy options, costs and what you can expect along your journey.

At Circle Surrogacy, we offer one all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.

Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in New Mexico:

Surrogacy only: $157,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $184,750
(both prices exclude IVF)

Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents:

  • An all-inclusive program that covers all Surrogate fees and expenses for unlimited transfers and any complications that may arise during your journey
  • No surprise costs or invoices, even in scenarios that require a rematch with a new Surrogate

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 by filling out this form.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in New Mexico

Finding a Surrogate Mother in New Mexico

Finding your surrogate match is an exciting time in your journey to parenthood. Circle Surrogacy works with many surrogate mothers from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and California. If you're looking for a surrogate mother in the southwest, we can help you find your surrogate mother match.

Get Started

Thinking about what's important to you in your gestational carrier and journey will make it easier to find a surrogate on your own (if you're undergoing an independent journey) or to determine if your surrogacy agency has presented you with a good match.

The first steps in finding a surrogate mother match is to determine what you're looking for in a surrogate, what you’d like your relationship with your surrogate to be, and the expectations you have for your journey. Do you imagine you'll have lots of contact with your surrogate? Do you want to be part of her doctor appointments? Do you prefer text communication? These are important things to think about to help you (and your agency) determine who will be the best match for you.

We ask intended parents to fill out a profile that help us to 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

We'll ask that you also share photos of yourself, your loved ones and any other photos that give a good sense of who you are as people.

Your Matching Team uses your answers—as well as your geographic location and views on termination— to find your surrogate match, so it's important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions.

In addition to your profile, there are certain criteria on which you will be matched with your gestational carrier. Intended parent matching criteria include their preferences on:

  • 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

If you are doing an independent surrogacy journey, you can use the above as guidelines as to what you should look for in a suitable match.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

When you embark on your search for a surrogate mother in New Mexico, keep these 3 criteria in mind:

Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department always ensures potential matches meet the requirements of New Mexico's surrogacy laws before surrogate profiles are presented to intended parents.

Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: At Circle, your Matching Team (which includes a lawyer) reviews the list of safe matches to ensure good personality fits because we want both surrogates and intended parents to have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey.

Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: 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. In our experience, many intended parents prefer the option to make the choice regarding termination.

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Finding an Egg Donor in New Mexico

Egg donation is the process of a fertile woman donating her eggs to allow another woman to conceive a child, whether she’s the intended parent herself or a surrogate for heterosexual or homosexual couples/individuals. If you or your significant other has infertility concerns, then building your family through egg donation may be the best option for you.

We’re ready to guide you through finding an egg donor, the entire egg donation process, and helping you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice. The first place most intended parents start their egg donor search is in an egg donor database. Most Egg Donor databases are set up so that you can search for an egg donor by certain criteria. Circle's egg donor database is easy to use, and easy to navigate.

The location of your egg donor is not important, as she will be traveling to your clinic for her medical screening and retrieval. She will then attend appointments local to where she lives as she is taking medications preparing for the retrieval. Don't let location be a factor – find the egg donor that is the best match for your family!
 Surrogacy Laws in New Mexico

Surrogacy Laws in New Mexico

Although gestational surrogacy agreements are neither expressly permitted nor prohibited under New Mexico law, courts have regularly recognized and established parentage for intended parents. Typically, a pre-birth petition is filed in anticipation of the birth, so that intended parents can be declared the legal parents of the child. Some intended parents will require a post-birth second-parent or stepparent adoption in their home state or country in order for carrier’s name to be permanently removed.

As with any state, speaking with a local attorney regarding the surrogacy laws in New Mexico is preferred.

Surrogacy in New Mexico for Surrogates

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

New Mexico is a surrogacy-friendly state, with many IVF clinics locally, and close by on the west coast. We work with many surrogates from New Mexico and surrounding states.

We're ready to help women interested in becoming surrogates from New Mexico – from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, to Roswell to Carlsbad, 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.

The Process for Surrogates in New Mexico

At Circle Surrogacy, surrogates from New Mexico are supported by an on-staff social worker as well as a Program Coordination team. We support women wherever they are in the process whether they are ready to apply now or are interested but want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors. Here is an overview of the process:

  • 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

Wherever you are in your journey, we suggest completing our online surrogacy application. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and there is no obligation to proceed if you aren’t ready. It's a great way to be connected to the Circle team to ask questions and learn more information.

 Surrogate mother sharing her surrogacy journey

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in New Mexico

Women who become surrogate mothers are generous, adventurous and kind. They are teachers, nurses and stay-at-home moms. They are passionate about their families. They are spirited, caring and selfless. They are just like you.

Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate

New Mexico 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 44 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.

There are additional requirements for becoming a surrogate that also apply to most states.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in New Mexico

Women who wish to become a surrogate mother in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell and other cities and towns across New Mexico, enjoy surrogate benefits such as:

  • Location, location, location! New Mexico is centrally located in the southwest surrounded by states with top-rated fertility clinics
  • Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Work with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
  • Opportunity to work with local and international intended parents

Also, New Mexico surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

The Circle Surrogate Promise was created for surrogates because we truly care about our carriers, and we want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible.

In the past, our carriers shared thoughts and improvements with their social workers, or during their exit interviews, and we took all of those conversations and suggestions to heart and improved on our offerings to our gestational carriers.

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, 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 surro 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 intended parents, personally introducing 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.
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How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in New Mexico?

Gestational surrogates are paid for carrying a baby for someone. This compensation is often called a "surrogate base compensation" or "surrogate payment". At Circle Surrogacy, base compensation for a surrogate in New Mexico can range from $30,000-$35,000, depending on whether or not the surrogate has insurance. As a surrogate, you will be paid your base compensation plus additional payments for milestones along your journey.

Total compensation package for a surrogate fromNew Mexico can be up to $50,000-$55,000.

How does surrogate pay work?

Your surrogate compensation is paid to you throughout the duration of your surrogacy journey. In fact, you will receive payments before you are even pregnant.

Surrogate pay includes the following:

  • Base compensation. This depends on whether or not you have health insurance, if you're a first-time surrogate, and the state where you will be a surrogate.
  • Payments before you are pregnant. You will be compensated early in your journey for completing tasks and milestones. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
  • Payments during and after pregnancy. Surrogate mothers also receive financial support for necessities during the pregnancy, such as maternity clothing, housekeeping, for pumping and shipping breast milk, and more.
  • Additional benefits. Surrogates will also receive benefits that, while not monetary payments, are priceless in ensuring you're protected, and you have a smooth journey. These benefits include social work support, legal counsel, life insurance, and more.

Your base compensation is paid monthly in nine installments beginning with the confirmation of heartbeat, which occurs around 6 weeks gestation. However, you will receive compensation in the time leading up to that for transfers as well as the medical screening and signing your contract.

How Circle Supports Surrogates

As the world leader in this field, Circle brings over 25 years of experience and passion to surrogacy in New Mexico. Our team supports you every step of the way—from the day you begin exploring surrogacy to your meeting with the prospective parents, and throughout your entire pregnancy to birth. We’ll help you navigate the screening process, ensure you match with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guide you through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.

The Circle team is deeply passionate about our work, and helping others on their journey to parenthood. We have experienced carriers on the Circle Surrogacy team who are happy to speak with women interested in becoming surrogates about the surrogacy process, matching with international intended parents, how to evaluate surrogacy pay and more. When you work with Circle, you'll receive world-class expertise in the myriad legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process. We’re delivering hands-on guidance that’s informed by our experience. Our team is ready to answer any question you can dream of (and then some!).

We can also connect you with skilled, trustworthy experts. For example, when it’s time for you to review legal contracts, we’ll recommend an attorney local to you with whom we’ve worked with previously, and who has a strong working knowledge of Assisted Reproduction Technology law. It’s just one more way we can clear the path for you and make the entire surrogacy program as seamless as possible. Read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming to a surrogate.

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Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

For many New Mexico surrogacy candidates, the question of who you help is crucial. After all, you and the prospective parents are going to join together on an incredible and intimate journey. You want to be sure that you connect with and trust them fully. That’s why Circle Surrogacy built an extensive and thorough matching process.

To get you started, your Surrogate Support Team will try to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you, based on personality fit and legal circumstances. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and generally feel each other out. There will also be an initial Skype call, and possibly an in-person meeting. It’s all about making sure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. And of course, the surrogacy agreement only moves forward if you do.

Circle works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and more. 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.