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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in South Dakota

If you want to grow your family or help others do so, surrogacy is a wonderful method for family building. Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation has over 27 years of experience helping intended parents from all backgrounds grow their families with the help of surrogate mothers and egg donors. We created this guide especially for residents of South Dakota who want to know more about the surrogacy process—whether you want to understand how it works, become a surrogate, find a surrogate, and much more. We are here for you!

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in South Dakota

An Overview of Surrogacy in South Dakota

Couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations build their families through surrogacy. Intended parents from South Dakota often include:

  • Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
  • Women who are unable to carry a child
  • People who want to be parents but are concerned about passing a genetic defect or health condition onto their child
  • Same-sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby

All kinds of healthy, intelligent women become gestational surrogates and egg donors. Each surrogacy journey is unique.

Why South Dakota Is a Great State for Surrogacy

People from Rapid City to Sioux Falls and across South Dakota who are ready to start a surrogacy journey as intended parents, surrogates, or egg donors have access to many benefits, including:

  • Access to top-rated clinics. Circle works closely with best-in-class clinics around the country. If you already have an IVF clinic, we’re happy to work with them.
  • Local surrogates. Circle works with surrogates from all over the state of South Dakota and neighboring states like Wyoming and Minnesota, so we can help you match with one who lives close to you.
  • We're accessible. Circle Surrogacy has offices on both coasts and employees across the country, giving intended parents and surrogates in the Midwest consistent support through their surrogacy journeys.
  • 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 South Dakota for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation helps straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in South Dakota grow their families. There are no laws governing surrogacy in South Dakota; your lawyer will guide you through the process. Intended parents can choose to work with whichever clinic they choose.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in South Dakota, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs, 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 South Dakota, from Sioux Falls to Mitchell, Rapid City to Pierre, and everywhere in between.

The Surrogacy Process in South Dakota

Intended parents can pursue surrogacy on their own or with the support of an agency. Circle Surrogacy is a highly experienced agency that understands the milestones and events of the journey. We are ready to support you so you can focus on getting ready for the arrival of your baby!
Choosing an Agency
Among all the surrogacy agencies in South Dakota, there is definitely one that is right for you. When choosing, think about what's important to you—their experience, location, size—and then see which agencies fit the bill. It’s important to meet with an agency to see if you feel comfortable talking openly with them.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor

Before you match with a surrogate, you will need to match with an egg donor (if you need one). Our egg donor database is filled with young women who are intelligent and physically and emotionally healthy who have at least one child of their own. Once matched with a donor, she will have her egg retrieval, and intended parents will create their embryos.

Next, Circle’s Matching Team will help you match with the perfect surrogate and encourage you to form a strong bond with her. Let us know if you'd prefer to match with a surrogate who also lives in South Dakota.

Pregnancy and Parenthood

After helping you find a surrogate match, your agency will assist with the following during her pregnancy:

  • Support you through each milestone
  • Help you prepare for the birth
  • Ensure you are ready to return home safely and securely with your baby

Pregnancy is an exciting time during which many intended parents and surrogates bond. Depending on where she lives, you might even join your surrogate for prenatal appointments.

 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

If you are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months, it’s time to arrange a consultation with the agency you selected. 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 meetings so we can get to know you and your story, as well as talk about surrogacy and the process as it relates to your situation. We will walk you through surrogacy programs and costs, as well.

Free consultations with our team are available over video; we do our best to accommodate your schedule.

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 South Dakota

Becoming a Parent in South Dakota

Understanding surrogacy costs, the surrogacy process, and surrogacy laws in South Dakota will help you make an informed decision.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in South Dakota?

Circle Surrogacy offers one all-inclusive surrogacy cost program for intended parents living in South Dakota: the Journey Protection Guarantee Program.

This program was designed 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!

Journey Protection Guarantee Program

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

Unlike other agencies, Circle Surrogacy fixes the costs on fees associated with your surrogacy journey. With our Journey Protection Guarantee Program, intended parents can expect fixed costs on the following:

• Professional Fees
• Gestational Carrier (i.e., surrogate) and Egg Donor Fees
• Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery Insurance

Circle Surrogacy is proud to offer this all-inclusive program to help as many Intended Parents in South Dakota 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.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in South Dakota

Finding a Surrogate Mother in South Dakota

We enjoy bringing intended parents and surrogates together. Finding the right match is an exciting part of your journey to parenthood. You will have plenty of choices because Circle works with many surrogate mothers from South Dakota, as well as most of the surrounding states.

How to Start

First, take some time to think about what's important to you in a gestational carrier and your surrogacy journey. This upfront preparation will make it easier to find a surrogate on your own (if you're doing an independent journey) or to choose a good match from the candidates your surrogacy agency has presented. Most of the surrogates and intended parents we have matched form strong bonds and remain connected well beyond delivery.

How Circle Can Help

At Circle, you will begin the surrogate matching process by filling out our intended parent profile. Our Matching Team will use it to get to know you better and help match you with an ideal surrogate. The profile contains questions about you, your relationship (if you have a partner), your family, your hobbies, your plans for parenthood, and what brought you to surrogacy. We'll also ask you to share photos of yourself, your loved ones, and anything else that gives us a good sense of who you are as people.

Your profile is also where you share your preferences on:

  • The amount of communication you want with your surrogate during the journey
  • Where you’d like your surrogate mother to live
  • The number of embryos you want to transfer
  • Selective reduction and termination

If you are making an independent surrogacy journey, the points above can be helpful guidelines to use when looking for a suitable match.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

When searching for a surrogate mother in South Dakota, be sure to keep the following important criteria in mind:

1. Does she meet the legal requirements? Circle’s legal department ensures each surrogate meets the requirements of South Dakota’s surrogacy laws before we present her profile to intended parents.

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 agree on expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction? Surrogates and intended parents should share the same views in case a selective reduction or pregnancy termination needs to be considered. Many intended parents we have worked with prefer having the option to terminate or selective reduce if issues should arise.

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Finding an Egg Donor in South Dakota

Your egg donor (if needed) will contribute to half your child’s genetics, so it’s extremely important to find the right one. Here are some questions to think about when you start looking for your best egg donor match:

  • Are there any qualities that your egg donor absolutely must have? That's a good place to start.
  • Are you looking for an egg donor who has similar qualities to you as intended parents or someone whose personality or appearance is complementary?
  • Do you have preferences regarding the egg donor’s education, appearance, ethnicity, and personality?

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:

  • Physical attributes (hair/eye color)
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Education
  • Previous fertility
  • Geography

Circle’s 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.

 Surrogacy Laws in South Dakota

Surrogacy Laws in South Dakota

In South Dakota, there are no laws governing surrogacy. Circle’s attorneys can assist with legal proceedings to obtain a parentage order that legally declares the rights of the intended parents.

Surrogacy in South Dakota for Surrogates

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

Circle Surrogacy has supported women who wish to become surrogates from all over South Dakota, from Sioux Falls to Mitchell, Rapid City to Pierre, 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!

The Process for Surrogates in South Dakota

At Circle, our South Dakota surrogates receive the support and guidance of our experienced social workers and program coordinators, many who have been surrogates themselves. 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 only about 10 minutes to complete and there is no obligation to proceed if you aren’t ready.

 Surrogate Carrier Being Supported by Fellow Surrogate Carrier

Surrogate Requirements in South Dakota

Gestational surrogates are very special women who are passionate about motherhood and their families. They are teachers, medical professionals, and stay-at-home moms. They are spirited, caring, and selfless.

To qualify as a surrogate mother in South Dakota, 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 44 years of age.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate my BMI.
  • Are a citizen, legal resident, or legal immigrant of the United States. If you are a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, you must provide documentation that is valid 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.

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How Much Does a Surrogate Make in South Dakota?

Our surrogate mothers who live in South Dakota enjoy the following benefits:

  • Experiencing an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family.
  • Earning up to $55,000 in payments and benefits.
  • Building a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents.
  • Working with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker.
  • Belonging to a strong community of other surrogates across the country.

See Circle’s full list of benefits and compensation for surrogates in South Dakota.

Surrogate mothers receive monthly payments and start earning compensation and benefits even before they are pregnant.

How Circle Supports Surrogates

Many of Circle’s staff members have been surrogates themselves. So, it makes sense that we know what it takes to provide exceptional support for surrogates. From the moment they fill out their application to delivery day and beyond, our thoroughly prescreened surrogates have access to:

  • Social work, legal, and journey support.
  • Private social groups with other surrogate mothers.
  • Exclusive events with the Circle team.

If you have questions about being a surrogate, our highly experienced team is ready with answers.

We can also connect you 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

The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle Surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support. It guarantees pay, security, and support for our gestational carriers. 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 by financially backing our intended parents.

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 as the patient, a surrogate will always receive medical bills, 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 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.

 Intended Parents with their hands on their surrogate's belly

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

We believe the matching process isn’t just for intended parents. Once you decide to become a gestational carrier in South Dakota, we will make sure to match you with the right intended parents using our extensive and thorough matching process. You will take this monumental journey together, so it’s important you feel connected with the intended parents and completely trust them.

First, your Surrogate Advisor will try to find the perfect intended parents for you based on 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 both you and the intended parents feel comfortable with the match. Only then will the surrogacy agreement move forward.

Circle works with a wide variety of intended parents, including LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, singles, and more. We’re confident there’s the right match for you.

Getting Started

Whether you are intended parents or are 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.