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Surrogacy in Vermont for surrogates and intended parents

Everything you have ever wanted to know about becoming an intended parent or surrogate in Vermont is outlined for you below. At first, the surrogacy process can feel a bit overwhelming so partnering with an experienced agency who can help you understand what is surrogacy, learn the surrogacy process, and help you become a surrogate or a parent is a great first step. Circle Surrogacy is headquartered right in Boston, MA and has been the choice of Vermont and New England surrogates and intended parents since 1995!

Vermont is a great state for intended parents and surrogates! Plus, many top IVF clinics and hospitals are in and around the New England area. Circle Surrogacy is headquartered in Boston, MA, and has been the agency of choice on the East Coast for helping fulfill dreams of parenthood.

Circle Surrogacy has worked with both intended parents and surrogates from all over Vermont, from Burlington and Montpelier, to Rutland, Middlebury, Springfield and beyond!

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An Overview of Surrogacy in Vermont

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation was founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to be a parent. For over 25 years, we’ve helped straight and LGBTQ+ couples and singles fulfill their dreams of parenthood.

Surrogacy allows couples and individuals who live in Vermont who are not able to grow their families, a family-building option. Women who live in Vermont have the opportunity to become gestational surrogates to help these individuals and couples.

Surrogacy helps those from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations.

Intended parents from Vermont who use surrogacy 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

Everyone who comes to surrogacy has a unique and personal story.

 Why Vermont is a Great State for Surrogacy

Why Vermont is a Great State for Surrogacy

Vermont is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers and intended parents. Whether you live in Burlington, Montpelier or in Stowe – or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.

Vermont is a great state for surrogacy for the following reasons:

• Proximity to Circle Surrogacy. Circle Surrogacy is based in Boston, MA. And while an agency’s location does not have an impact on the level of service or support you receive, should you ever want to meet in person, you can! Circle has an experienced local team that is happy to meet with parents and surrogates, and provide support. We are able to meet with anyone virtually, or by appointment at our office. We also offer local events and virtual webinars.

• Top-rated IVF clinics. Vermont is located driving distance to some of the top Fertility Clinics in the world. Circle Surrogacy works closely with IVF clinics in Boston and the New England area, which helps to reduce travel costs associated with your journey. If you’re already established with an IVF clinic we’re happy to work with your clinic of choice.

• Local surrogates. Circle works with surrogates from Vermont and the surrounding states, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island.

• Flexible consultation schedule. We are available for in-person or video consultations Monday through Friday during the days and evenings, and one weekend a month. Our team works with your schedule to find a time to meet that works best for you.

• Vermont Surrogacy Laws. Vermont has long been known for its favorable surrogacy laws, which has allowed Circle Surrogacy to successfully match surrogates with intended parents for over two decades.

The Surrogacy Process in Vermont

The surrogacy process consists of multiple mini milestones that take you along the journey to parenthood. Working with an agency can help you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey so that you can focus on the most important thing: preparing for the arrival of your baby!

Intended parents and surrogates have two choices when it comes to surrogacy: they may embark on a surrogacy independently (sometimes called an "indie" journey) or they may choose to have the support of a surrogacy agency. Because of the intricacies of the surrogacy process, Circle Surrogacy recommends working with an agency to ensure you have the proper support for as smooth and safe of a journey as possible.

Once you've identified surrogacy as the way you'd like to grow your family, and you've selected an agency with whom you'd like to meet, the first step is to schedule a consultation.

A surrogacy consultation is an in-depth meeting (about 2-21/2 hours long) with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. While this may feel like a long meeting, the time goes by quickly. Circle will use this time getting to know you and your story, as well as talk about surrogacy and the process as it relates to your personal situation. We'll help you understand surrogacy programs and costs, as well. Our consultations are always free, and are scheduled at times that work with intended parents’ schedules.

Choosing a Surrogacy Agency

For both surrogate mothers and intended parents in Vermont, the best place to start a surrogacy journey and finding a surrogacy agency is by doing your research.

Research can take on many forms, including: online research, speaking with IVF doctors, or connecting with others who have been through the surrogacy process as surrogates or parents. There are many different agencies out there – from smaller, boutique agencies to larger, full-service agencies like Circle Surrogacy – and it's important to understand their differences so you can make an informed decision.

Things to consider when choosing a surrogacy agency include: the legal services they offer, their experience and success rates, their surrogate screening process and – almost as important – if you “click” with the people who meet with.

Finding a Surrogacy & Egg Donor

At Circle Surrogacy, you will work closely with your Matching Team to find the perfect surrogate match. You may have an idea in your head of what your perfect surrogate is like, and if not, we will help find you the best possible match.

One thing that sets Circle Surrogacy apart from other agencies is that we are a "relationship-based" agency; we encourage strong relationships between intended parents and surrogates. Forming a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby or babies provides comfort and confidence for parents, and can help them have more successful journeys. For those intended parents who require an egg donor to grow their family, they will match with an egg donor prior to matching with their surrogate. Intended Parents can search our egg donor database to find bright and ambitious young women who are excited for the opportunity to help them grow their family.

Pregnancy and Parenthood

Once matched, the pregnancy can be the longest stage of your journey. It's during this time that intended parents and surrogates are really able to strengthen their relationship. Surrogates will usually provide updated on the pregnancy to intended parents, and should maintain their weekly contact (at least). Depending on location and logistics, intended parents may visit their surrogate for ultrasound appointments, or in some cases, surrogates use video chat during appointments so the intended parents can "attend" virtually. Many intended parents travel to attend the ultrasound done at week 20, and use this time to also tour the hospital where their surrogate will be giving birth. From week 20 and beyond, Circle will be working closely with you to help prepare you for the birth of your baby, finalizing parentage, and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely.
 Starting the Surrogacy Process

Starting the Surrogacy Process

Working with an experienced agency can help make starting the surrogacy process a little easier, and give you confidence that you’ll be prepared for every step, and that you can focus on the arrival of your baby.

We’ve broken down beginning a surrogacy journey for you below to help you get started.

3 steps to finding a surrogacy agency:

1. Research, research, 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 Vermont Intended Parents:

Once intended parents have identified 1-3 agencies that seem like a good fit, we recommend reaching out to each surrogacy agency and scheduling a time to speak with their parent intake team. After you have initial conversations and questions answered, you can decide if you're ready for a full surrogacy consultation.

Although we prefer to meet in-person with intended parents for our consultations, everyone’s health and safety is our primary focus. Instead of in-person meetings in the near future, we are offering free consultations with our team over video.

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 Vermont

Becoming a Parent in Vermont

Surrogacy is a safe way to have the family you desire; Intended parents from Vermont have been using surrogacy as a means to grow their families for decades.

Surrogacy is an emotional journey for both intended parents and their surrogate. You will be part of something so incredible and will share that intimate experience with your carrier, creating a bond unlike any other.

Intended parents come to surrogacy after they’ve experienced loss, or struggled with their own fertility. Circle Surrogacy has created their programs and cost to provide the most cost security and success for intended parents.

Circle Surrogacy has a success rate of 99.3% for bringing home a baby. This rate is based on intended parents who completed one or two transfers, or had at least 3 transfers. It’s the highest success rate in the industry, and has been audited by an outside agency.

Our Parent Intake team will take the time to walk intended parents through the surrogacy process, answer their questions, provide information about surrogacy costs and more. Most importantly, they will listen to your story and what brought you to surrogacy. We’ll answer all of your questions and provide guidance and support.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Vermont?

Circle Surrogacy offers one all-inclusive surrogacy cost program in Vermont: 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: $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 (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 Massachusetts 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.

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 Vermont

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Vermont

Finding a surrogate mother match is one of the most exciting parts of your journey – this is the woman who will be carrying your baby(ies). How exactly do you go about finding a surrogate mother?

If you’re working with a surrogacy agency, they will help you find your surrogate match. If you’re pursuing an independent journey, you will be required to find a surrogate on your own. This may be a family member or friend, or perhaps a surrogate you found through an online community.

At Circle Surrogacy, matching intended parents and surrogates is a team effort. You’ll be asked to share information about who you are as an intended parent by filling out an profile that not only allows us to get to know you better, but also helps your Matching Team find your surrogate match.

This intended parent profile will ask you information about you, your relationship (if you are coupled), your family, your hobbies, your plans for parenthood, and what brought you to surrogacy. You’ll also be asked to share photos of yourself, your loved ones and of anything else that gives a good sense of who you are as people.

In addition to your profile, Circle Surrogacy will use additional criteria to match you with your gestational carrier.

Intended Parent matching criteria includes 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

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

Circle Surrogacy will use three main criteria in finding a surrogate match for intended parents:

1. Appropriate legal fit

In the United States, each state has its own laws regarding surrogacy. Outside the U.S., each country has different requirements and laws regarding surrogacy. At Circle, your Matching Team (which includes a lawyer) ensures that the laws of the surrogate’s home state (where the delivery will take place) complement the laws of intended parents' home state/country (including laws around same sex parenting). Our legal team will always approve a match from a legal standpoint before a surrogate profile is presented to intended parents. We will never knowingly present matches that are not a safe legal fit.

2. Personality fit and surrogacy expectations

We then review the list of safe matches to find the best personality fits, since we want this to be a comfortable relationship throughout the entirety of the journey. Circle Surrogacy will also use the information gathered from individual phone calls or in-person meetings with both surrogates and intended parents early in process to determine good personality fits. We also look at IPs' and surrogates' expectations and hopes for the journey including the number of embryos to transfer and communication styles.

3. Expectations Surrounding Termination and Selective Reduction

As an intended parent or surrogate, you will be asked about your views on termination of a pregnancy. This is a standard question asked early in the process. Parents and surrogates must share similar views on this topic in order for a match to be considered. We want to ensure that the views of the surrogate and the views of the intended parents align in the event a situation arises where a reduction or termination is considered. In our experience, many intended parents prefer the option to make the choice of termination.

 Finding an Egg Donor in Vermont

Finding an Egg Donor in Vermont

If you need an egg donor to grow your family, Circle Egg Donation can help you find your egg donor match. Intended parents can match with a Vermont egg donor, or a donor who lives in any other state. The location of your egg donor does not matter, as whoever you match with, she will travel to your IVF clinic.

Finding the perfect egg donor match can feel like an overwhelming task. How do you begin to find an egg donor who will help you grow your family?

There are a few different ways to approach finding an egg donor. First, intended parents can search for a young woman who has similar qualities that they or their partner possess. Second, intended parents can look for an egg donor who complements their personality or appearance.

It’s helpful to start your search for an egg donor in an egg donor database. Most Egg Donor databases are set up so that you can search for an egg donor by certain criteria.

Try making a list of search criteria before you begin. Things to consider are:

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

Within each donor profile, you'll find a tremendous amount of additional information, including:

• Personal information
• Favorite hobbies, activities, foods
• Family medical history
• Motivation for becoming a donor

It’s common to start out a search not quite knowing what you’re looking for – and that is fine! Trust us – you’ll know your match when you see her!

 Surrogacy Laws in Vermont

Surrogacy Laws in Vermont

Vermont is a great location to pursue surrogacy (for both surrogates and intended parents). Vermont expressly permits gestational surrogacy under the Vermont Parentage Act, allowing Circle Surrogacy to successfully match surrogates with intended parents there. Establishing parentage for surrogacy in Vermont is a seamless process for everyone involved and is typically done by way of a pre-birth order, which allows the surrogate and intended parents to complete all necessary paperwork and obtain the parentage order before the birth occurs. In general, the parties do not ever need to appear in court.

The Process for Surrogates in Vermont

At Circle, our Vermont surrogates receive the support and guidance of our experienced team from the moment they fill out an application. Our Surrogate Intake team takes the time to answer any questions and share information about surrogate support, surrogate pay and more. 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.

 Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Vermont

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Vermont

Women from Vermont who apply to 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.

Surrogate requirements in Vermont must be met in order for a woman to become a surrogate mother with our surrogacy agency.

In order to qualify to become a surrogate mom, here are some requirements an applicant must meet:

Health and Physical:

  • Has delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
  • Has had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
  • Is between 21-41 years of age.
  • Typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 32. Calculate My BMI.

Geographical:

  • Lives in a surrogacy-friendly state (like VT!)
  • Is a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant 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.

Financial:

  • Does not participate in the certain government aid programs. We review applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Vermont

Women who become surrogates from Vermont will experience pride and satisfaction for doing something so amazing for someone else. In additional to emotional benefits, surrogates in Vermont will also receive the following benefits:

  • Location, location, location! Vermont surrogates are in a wonderful area of the country for IVF clinics and hospitals.
  • Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family.
  • Work with intended parents and clinics local to your area, which may help reduce your travel.
  • Exceptional Compensation and benefits
  • Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Work with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker
  • Independent legal representation to guide you through the legal process

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.

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Vermont?

How much do surrogates make? 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 from cities and towns in Vermont, you have the opportunity to earn between $50,000 and $60,000 in payments and benefits. Gestational surrogates are paid a base fee of between $30,000-$40,000, plus additional compensation and benefits for milestones along their journey.

In Vermont, surrogates can be compensated a base fee of $40,000. Vermont is a "high-demand state" for surrogates, due to its favorable location to major cities, airports and clinics.

Calculate your surrogate pay in Vermont with our surrogate compensation calculator.

Surrogate payments are made monthly, and surrogate mothers start earning compensation and benefits even before they are pregnant.

How does surrogate pay work?


Surrogate mothers receive payments starting from before they are even pregnant, as well as throughout their pregnancy. Surrogate pay can be broken down in the following categories:

Base Compensation

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, for pumping and shipping breast milk and more. These payment are in addition to your base compensation.

Additional Benefits


Surrogates will also receive benefits that while are not in the form of 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.
 Intended Parents spending time with their surrogate carrier, Ashtin

How Circle Supports Surrogates

As the world leader in this field, Circle brings over 25 years of experience and passion to surrogacy in Vermont. 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.

At Circle Surrogacy, our surrogates can be connected with experienced surrogates on our staff who are more than happy to share their own experiences and answer any questions or discuss any reservations you may have. They’ve been in the applicants’ shoes, so they can talk openly and honestly about the entire process.

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.

 Finding Your Intended Parent Match

Finding Your Intended Parent Match

When intended parents and surrogates are matched, it's a very exciting time during the journey. Parents and surrogates may feel some apprehension and nervousness, but above all, they should feel excitement at the prospect of being matched for this extraordinary experience. Many of our parents and surrogates describe this initial matching and meeting like a “first date”.

At Circle, we work hard to find the best possible match for all parties. Unlike other agencies, intended parents and surrogates may not see multiple profiles from which they can choose. Instead, matches are hand-selected based on preferences of both parties, plus additional criteria.

When gestational carriers and intended parents begin working with Circle, they are asked questions to help determine the best possible match.

Surrogate mothers will work with their Surrogate Advisor to find the best match. Surrogate matching criteria includes her preferences on:

  • How much communication she’d like to have with her intended parents
  • Where the intended parents live (domestic or international)
  • Number of embryos to transfer
  • Views on selective reduction and termination

The criteria you use to determine a good match is personal to you. Some parents look to hear why a surrogate has applied to do a surrogacy journey. Some gestational carriers like to hear intended parents' past - how they met, and why they are interested in growing their family. Other times, it's a gut feeling that it's "right". One surrogate shared with us, "When we started our video call to get to know the intended parents I connected with them instantly and just knew immediately that I wanted to help them!"

How to Get Started

Surrogacy is one of the most rewarding experiences for all parties involved. If you are interested in becoming an intended parent, becoming a surrogate or applying to be egg donor, we're ready to educate you and partner with you on your journey. Learning more about surrogacy is the first step of your journey.