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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in North Dakota

Are you hoping to grow your family through surrogacy? Or are you a young woman interested in becoming a surrogate mother? Circle Surrogacy can help you navigate surrogacy in North Dakota, guiding you through the surrogacy process, matching you with a surrogate, or helping you to become a surrogate mother. Circle Surrogacy has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation for more than 25 years.

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An Overview of Surrogacy in North Dakota

North Dakota is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers (surrogate mothers) and intended parents, with favorable laws that declare that a child born via gestational surrogate is the child of the intended parents for all intents and purposes.

You'll find everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy on this page. Surrogacy enables couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations to build their families.

In North Dakota, the types of intended parents who may use surrogacy to grow their families include:

• 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 why North Dakota is an excellent state for surrogacy, what the state's surrogacy process involves, how to become a parent or a surrogate mother, and what surrogacy costs.

 Why North Dakota Is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why North Dakota Is a Great State for Surrogacy

If you're intended parents in North Dakota, you can feel confident about growing your family through surrogacy. Your surrogacy journey in North Dakota includes many benefits, such as:

Favorable laws. North Dakota surrogacy statutes protect both intended parents and gestational carriers, making it a safe path to build families.

Local surrogates. Circle works with a community of surrogates in the state if intended parents want to work with a surrogate mother who lives close to them.

Our network of parents and surrogates extends across the country. Circle is based on both the East and West coasts, and we have team members across the country who are parents and surrogates through surrogacy and always happy to share their experiences.

The Surrogacy Process in North Dakota

It's important to understand and prepare for the steps in the surrogacy process, which at times can be rather complex whether you are an intended parent or a surrogate mother. Some people choose to pursue surrogacy independently, while others seek the help of a surrogacy agency such as Circle Surrogacy. We have more than 25 years of experience helping intended parents and gestational carriers navigate the process so you can focus on preparing for the arrival of your baby.
Choosing an Agency
Selecting an agency is the first step for many people embarking on surrogacy journeys. You have several options, and it's important to research each agency you consider to ensure it's a good fit for you. The agency should share your views about the surrogacy process, and you should sense good overall chemistry with its staff members. 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 North Dakota's surrogacy laws.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
Intended parents who work with Circle Surrogacy can rely on their Matching Team to help them find the perfect surrogate match. The team also encourages intended parents to form strong bonds with the women who will carry their baby or babies. If needed, intended parents usually find and match with an egg donor before matching with a surrogate. 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
Once you've chosen a surrogate, developing a relationship with her during the pregnancy is the final part of the process before the baby's arrival. If she lives close to North Dakota, 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.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

After selecting an agency or agencies you'd like to meet with, the first step is to schedule a consultation. The consultation is an excellent opportunity to share your story, get questions answered, and see if the agency team is a good fit for your journey.

At our private consultations, we 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 filling out this short form and someone will reach out to coordinate a time.

 Becoming a Parent in North Dakota

Becoming a Parent in North Dakota

There is no joyful experience that compares to bringing a baby into your family. In North Dakota, becoming a parent through surrogacy is safe and simple because the state 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 parents throughout the U.S. We have offices on both coasts and have established relationships with experts in virtually all states. We know that one of the first questions intended parents ask is how much surrogacy costs. Our comprehensive cost sheets outline the surrogacy costs you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in North Dakota?

The cost of surrogacy in North Dakota or any state is something we discuss with intended parents at an early stage in the process. We can also explain how much you can expect to pay for egg donation. Circle Surrogacy is dedicated to being 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 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

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 North Dakota as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable costs.

Financing Your Surrogacy Journey

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 North Dakota

Finding a Surrogate Mother in North Dakota

One of the most exciting parts of your journey is finding a surrogate match. Circle works with many surrogate mothers from Fargo and throughout North Dakota, as well as most of the surrounding states.

Get Started

Whether you're working with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy or pursuing an independent journey, making a list (either mentally or on paper) about the qualities that are important for your gestational carrier to have will make the search for a surrogate easier. Think about the type of relationship you'd like to have with your surrogate and what expectations you have for the journey.

Fill out a profile help us to get to know you 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

It helps immensely to have intended parents share photos of themselves and their loved ones, as well as any other photos that give us a good sense of who they are as people.

Your answers to the questions on the profile—as well as your geographic location and views on termination— are used by your Matching Team to find an ideal surrogate match. That's why it's important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions.

We also want to know your preferences about other specific factors that will be used to match you with a gestational carrier. These factors include:

  • Level of communication with the 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

Keep these 3 criteria in mind when searching for a surrogate mother in North Dakota:

Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department always ensures potential matches meet the requirements of North Dakota's surrogacy laws 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, so your Matching Team reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to ensure their personalities mesh.

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 North Dakota

Eggs donated by a fertile woman enables others to create embryos that can be transferred to an intended mother or a gestational surrogate. If you or your significant other has infertility concerns, then building your family through egg donation may be the best option for you.

Finding the right egg donor—if you're using an egg donor—is important because the donor contributes half of the child's genetic makeup. 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. Register here to start your egg donor search.

 Surrogacy Laws in North Dakota

Surrogacy Laws in North Dakota

North Dakota law permits gestational surrogacy, including surrogacy that involves a compensated gestational carrier. The state's surrogacy law also declares that a child born to a gestational surrogate is the child of the intended parents. Intended parents and surrogates who wish to complete a gestational surrogacy in North Dakota have a set legal and practical process they can follow to do so.

Unmarried or married couples can be issued pre-birth parentage orders if at least one partner has a genetic connection to the child born via surrogacy. Single intended parents with a genetic link to their child can also be issued a pre-birth order by a North Dakota surrogacy court. Circle works with surrogacy lawyers in North Dakota to help ensure the process goes smoothly.

The Process for Surrogates in North Dakota

Being supported by experienced social workers and program coordinators, many of who have been surrogates themselves, is one of the benefits of working with Circle Surrogacy. We support women wherever they are in the process. If you are interested in becoming a surrogate in North Dakota but first want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors, we’re here to help. Here is an overview of the gestational carrier 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

A great first step in your surrogacy journey is completing our online surrogacy application. 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 North Dakota

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in North Dakota

It takes a special type of person to become a surrogate. Surrogate mothers come from various backgrounds—they are teachers, nurses, and stay-at-home moms. They are selfless, have a sense of adventure, and care deeply for their families.

Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate

North Dakota residents who would like to apply to become a surrogate mother 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.

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

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in North Dakota

Generous financial compensation is only one reason it's appealing to become a surrogate mother in North Dakota.

Women who wish to become a surrogate mother in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, or other North Dakota communities enjoy a variety of benefits. They include:

  • Feeling a wonderful sense of self-fulfillment from providing another family the greatest gift a person can give
  • Establishing a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Working with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
  • Having the chance to work with local and international intended parents

And, as mentioned, North Dakota 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 their thoughts and improvements with their social workers or during their exit interviews. We took all those conversations and suggestions to heart, improving 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. By financially backing intended parents, we ensure a surrogate’s escrow account is always funded and she is always paid in full and on time.
  2. No medical bill liability. We listened to our past surrogates and their frustrations with medical bills, and we’ve made big changes. First, Circle Surrogacy takes on the liability of medical bills. While we can't avoid having you receive medical bills (because you are the “patient”), our 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.  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, with the resources of a large agency. Our team prides itself on the personalized nature of the relationships developed with surrogates. Often, the first person you speak with at Circle is an experienced carrier. She 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.
 How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in North Dakota?

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in North Dakota?

Surrogate mothers make more than just a physical commitment. There is also an emotional and mental commitment involved, in addition to the dedication of their families. Our team at Circle Surrogacy understands this commitment because many of our members have been surrogates.

We've created a compensation and benefits program for surrogates that recognizes this extraordinary commitment. It provides security, benefits, and protection that is virtually unsurpassed.

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

  • Earning up to $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
  • Full transparency on what's included
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency

If you're considering other surrogacy agencies because of 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?

You'll receive the first payment as a surrogate before you're pregnant. Payments continue throughout your pregnancy. 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 North Dakota.

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

Starting on the day you first explore the possibility of becoming a surrogate to your initial meeting with prospective parents and throughout your entire pregnancy, Circle Surrogacy provides reliable support. We've earned a reputation as a world leader in the surrogacy field and bring more than 25 years of experience and passion to surrogacy in North Dakota.

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.

Our passion for our work is authentic. Many of us are parents through surrogacy, egg donors, or experienced surrogates ourselves (including some team members who have completed 3 journeys!). In addition to the legal, social, and medical expertise provided by Circle, we deliver hands-on guidance that’s informed by personal experience. Our team is ready to answer any question you can dream of (and then some).

Our goal is to ensure you have a clear path throughout your journey as a surrogate. To learn more, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming to a surrogate.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Working with Circle Surrogacy provides you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing the prospective parents you'll help are people who you can connect with and trust. Together, you'll complete an incredible and intimate journey. That’s why Circle Surrogacy built an extensive and thorough matching process.

Your Surrogate Support Team works diligently 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 video call. It’s all about making sure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. If both parties agree to move forward, you will be considered matched!

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.