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Surrogacy in New York for surrogates and intended parents

When you first begin looking into surrogacy – whether you are a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother or intended parents hoping to grow your family through surrogacy – it can feel a little overwhelming. We're here to help you navigate surrogacy in New York, from the surrogacy process, to surrogacy laws, how to find a surrogate and much more.

 Surrogacy in New York

Surrogacy in New York

For women who live in New York and are interested in becoming surrogates, surrogacy in New York isn't yet legal.

Intended parents who live in New York, however, can enter into surrogacy contracts. In fact, Circle works with many parents who reside in New York. If you're looking to find a surrogate or egg donor, you have many options. Whether you in live in NYC or Albany or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.

Who does surrogacy help? Surrogacy allows couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations to build their families.

Intended parents from New York who come to Circle for surrogacy include:

• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Women 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

We partner with intended parents who have all different reasons for coming to surrogacy and egg donation. We're proud to have helped bring over 2,000 babies into the world.

Your guide to surrogacy in New York

Become a surrogate in New York

While we can't yet accept surrogates from NY, review surrogate requirements in and see how to apply to become a surrogate once the laws are updated.

Find a surrogate in New York

Looking for a surrogate in New York? See how to find your perfect surrogate match.

Surrogacy Laws in New York

Understand what the surrogacy laws are in the state of New York for surrogates and intended parents.

Surrogacy & egg donation in New York

Become a Parent in New York

See how to take the first steps in becoming a parent through surrogacy.

New York Surrogacy Process

See how the surrogacy process works at Circle Surrogacy in New York.

Find an egg donor in NY

Our egg donor database is filled with hundreds of bright, young women. Filter your search and find an egg donor near you.

How much does surrogacy cost?

If you live in New York – 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. The lower end of the surrogacy costs range is for surrogacy-only journeys, and the higher end of the price range reflects a surrogacy and egg donation journey.

Circle offers multiple surrogacy programs in New York 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.

The above approximate surrogacy costs include your 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.

Reviewing a detailed cost sheet for our Fixed Fee Program will help explain all of the line items that make up the costs of a surrogacy journey.

Surrogate mother pay: how much do surrogates make?

While compensated surrogacy is not yet legal in New York, in most other states the monetary benefits of becoming a surrogate mother are significant, but the indescribable sense of fulfillment our surrogates get from helping intended families bring a child into the world cannot be found doing anything else.

As a surrogate, you have the opportunity to earn between $50,000 and $60,000 in payments and benefits. Surrogate mothers are paid a base fee of between $30,000-$40,000, plus additional compensation and benefits for milestones along their journey.

Certain states are deemed "high-demand states" for surrogates, due to the favorable locations to airports and clinics.

How much women make as a surrogate will depend on a few criteria: the state they live in, if they have insurance, and if they're an experienced gestational carrier.

Surrogate payments are made monthly, and surrogate mothers start earning compensation and benefits even before they are pregnant.
 How to find the best surrogacy agency?

How to find the best surrogacy agency?

For intended parents in New York, 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 parents.

3 steps to finding a surrogacy agency:

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 New York 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.

FAQ's


As you consider parenthood, you may have questions along the way. Don't worry. With 20+ years of experience, we've helped intended parents navigate surrogacy and their journeys to parenthood, and have answered almost every question out there!
What is the cost of surrogacy?
The cost for gestational surrogacy ranges depending upon the program chosen (we have a variety of programs to choose from) and whether a donor is needed. The ranges include: all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF costs. To find out the costs of our various programs, please click here.
How does the matching process work?

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.

What does the legal process involve before and after the birth?
Circle’s legal team coordinates with local attorneys to ensure you are properly matched with a surrogate in a state where you can accomplish the necessary legal work to finalize your parental rights. Once you are matched, we negotiate contracts on your behalf. Your surrogate and your egg donor (if needed) will have independent counsel. Depending on a variety of factors, your surrogacy legal work may include a pre-birth order, a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity, a judgment of paternity, a custody orders, or an adoption.