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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in West Virginia

Whether you’re intended parents who have decided that surrogacy is the best way to grow your family or a young woman thinking about becoming a surrogate mother, learning as much as possible about starting the process is essential. Circle Surrogacy—one of the most experienced surrogacy agencies in the US—is an excellent resource and can help you navigate surrogacy in West Virginia, including Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and surrounding areas. We’ll assist in your journey, helping intended parents find surrogates and guiding women through becoming surrogate mothers.

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 Surrogates can use doulas for birth

An Overview of Surrogacy in West Virginia

Surrogacy professionals use established, safe, agreed-upon procedures for building a family through surrogacy in West Virginia, which currently has no laws regulating surrogacy. Couples and individuals from various backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations use surrogacy to build their families.

Intended parents in West Virginia we work with may be:

• 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

The information on this page helps people considering surrogacy in West Virginia to learn more about the state's surrogacy process, how to become a parent or surrogate mother, and what surrogacy costs.

Surrogacy in West Virginia for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation helps straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in West Virginia grow their families. West Virginia currently has no laws regulating surrogacy, and intended parents will find many top-rated IVF clinics in the area and on the east coast.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in West Virginia, 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 West Virginia, including Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and all other areas.

Circle Surrogacy has an office close by in Washington, DC should you ever want to meet with us in person.

The Surrogacy Process in West Virginia

Surrogacy is a journey marked by numerous milestones that eventually lead to delivery day. Whether you’re an intended parent or surrogate, it’s important to understand and prepare for each of these steps.

Some intended parents pursue this journey without the help of a surrogacy agency. An independent surrogacy journey involves tracking and meeting the milestones and events on your own, a process that can be complicated and time-consuming. With more than 27 years of experience, Circle Surrogacy works with you throughout the journey to the delivery day, giving you the freedom to focus on preparing for your baby’s arrival.

Choosing an Agency
Your first step if you choose to work with an agency is to research your options. It’s important to select an agency where you sense good chemistry and which shares your views about the surrogacy process. You’ll find that certain agencies fit your specific needs better than others. Because West Virginia doesn’t have specific state laws regulating surrogacy, it’s vital you find an agency with lawyers who have expertise in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and surrogacy law.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
Our Matching Team at Circle Surrogacy assists you in finding the perfect surrogate match. This typically happens after intended parents find and match with an egg donor (if needed). You can find bright, ambitious young women who are excited about helping you grow your family through our egg donor database.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
The relationship between intended parents and their surrogate is truly unique. If she lives close to you, you may even be able to join her during doctor’s appointments. Circle Surrogacy supports you as each milestone arrives, 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

Now that you’ve decided to grow your family through surrogacy (hooray!), have reviewed your agency options, and have selected one with whom you’d like to meet, what’s next? The first step is scheduling a consultation. Meeting with potential agencies allows you to share your story, ask questions, get a feel for the people at the agency, and decide if they’re a good fit for your journey.

Circle Surrogacy offers complimentary consultations for intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months. These private consultations educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, its costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother.

You can choose to meet in person or schedule free consultations on either Skype or Zoom. 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 West Virginia

Becoming a Parent in West Virginia

No experience can match the joy of welcoming a baby into your family. When you work with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, becoming a parent is a safe, streamlined process. You can grow your family through surrogacy and/or egg donation in West Virginia.

The cost of surrogacy is typically one of the first questions intended parents ask, which is why we provide comprehensive cost sheets that outline what you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in West Virginia?

Circle Surrogacy is transparent about the cost of surrogacy, your options, and what you can expect along your journey. This transparency is one of the reasons Circle Surrogacy is among the leading surrogacy agencies in the U.S. We help you understand the surrogacy programs available and how much you can expect to pay.

Circle Surrogacy offers an all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.

Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in West Virginia:

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

All agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs are included in Circle Surrogacy’s costs. They do not include IVF costs.

The above costs 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

Financing the surrogacy journey is an option for qualified intended parents. Please speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or fill out this form.

 Finding a Surrogate Mother in West Virginia

Finding a Surrogate Mother in West Virginia

Matching with a surrogate is one of the most exciting steps of your surrogacy journey. We work with gestational surrogates from West Virginia and surrounding states. If you're looking for a surrogate mother in West Virginia (or neighboring states), we can help you find your surrogate mother match.

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If you're pursuing surrogacy without an agency's help, we recommend thinking about what characteristics are important to you when looking for a gestational carrier. If you’re working with an agency, it's also essential to know what you're looking for to determine if your surrogacy agency has presented you with a good match.

Circle Surrogacy asks intended parents to fill out a profile so we can 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

Photos of yourself, your loved ones, and any other items that provide us with a good sense of your personality, values, and goals help us find the best possible surrogate matches.

How you answer these questions is important because your Circle Matching Team uses your answers when searching for your surrogate match. We also use your geographic location and your views on termination during the match-selection process.

Other preferences used when matching you with your gestational carrier include the:

  • Desired level of communication with your surrogate during the journey
  • Location of the surrogate mother
  • Number of embryos to transfer
  • Views on selective reduction and termination

You can use these criteria as guidelines as to what you should look for in a suitable match if you choose to pursue surrogacy without the assistance of an agency.

 3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

Keep these 3 factors in mind as you search for a surrogate mother in West Virginia:

Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department ensures potential gestational carriers meet both general and state-specific legal requirements before we present surrogate profiles to intended parents.

Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: Your Matching Team at Circle reviews the list of safe matches provided by our legal team because it’s important that surrogates and intended parents have a comfortable relationship.

Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: If a situation develops in which a reduction or termination is being considered, it’s essential that surrogates and intended parents share similar views regarding this issue. Usually, intended parents prefer to make the choice regarding termination.

 Finding an Egg Donor in West Virginia

Finding an Egg Donor in West Virginia

Intended parents use donated eggs to grow their families for a variety of reasons. Some intended parents have concerns about infertility or genetic issues, and some are same-sex male couples who require the help of egg donors. An egg donor is a fertile woman who donates her eggs to enable another individual to conceive a child (with or without the help of a surrogate), whether she’s the intended parent herself or a surrogate.

To find an egg donor in West Virginia, Circle Surrogacy guides you through the entire egg donation process and helps you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice. Most intended parents begin their searches for an egg donor using an egg donor database. In most databases, you can search for an egg donor using certain criteria. Circle's egg donor database is easy to use and easy to navigate.

 Surrogacy Laws in West Virginia

Surrogacy Laws in West Virginia

West Virginia doesn’t have any laws regulating surrogacy. What does that mean? You can still safely use the surrogacy process developed in the state, but having an agency such as Circle Surrogacy to help you navigate that process is even more important. Circle’s involvement ensures everyone involved in your surrogacy journey is protected and has an advocate.

Intended parents will need to obtain prebirth and post-birth orders in the Juvenile court under an "anti-maternity" methodology. This process involves disproving the maternity of the gestational carrier through a prebirth medical affidavit. A qualified legal professional in West Virginia can help intended parents obtain these orders and a birth certificate in the intended parents' names (whether heterosexual or LGBTQ+).

Surrogacy in West Virginia for Surrogates

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

West Virginia does not have any laws regulating surrogacy, and its eastern location makes it easily accessible to top-rated IVF clinics. We work women from all over West Virginia, including Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and all other areas. We're happy to connect you to an experienced surrogate to answer any questions you might have. Circle has a large network of surrogates on the east coast!

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.

Circle Surrogacy has an office close by in Washington, DC should you ever want to meet with us in person.

The Process for Surrogates in West Virginia

Having the support of our experienced social workers and program coordinators throughout the process is essential for women considering becoming surrogates. If you are ready to apply now or interested in becoming a surrogate but want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors, we have the expertise to help. Here is an overview of how to become a surrogate in West Virginia:

  • 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

Start the conversation about surrogacy by 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 West Virginia

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in West Virginia

Women who consider becoming surrogate mothers share several traits. They’re generous, adventurous, and kind. They are passionate about their families and spirited, caring, and selfless. They come from all walks of life. Some are teachers or nurses; others are stay-at-home moms. They are just like you.

What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?

West Virginia 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 33. 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.

Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply to most states.

Benefits of Being a Surrogate in West Virginia

The appeal of becoming a surrogate mother in West Virginia includes generous compensation and a sense of pride that’s unmatched. Women who wish to become surrogate mothers enjoy benefits such as:

  • Gaining an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Building a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
  • Working with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
  • An opportunity to work with local and international intended parents

And as we’ve already mentioned, West Virginia surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

We truly care about our carriers, and we want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible. That’s why we created the Circle Surrogate Promise. This program evolved after carriers shared their thoughts with their social workers or other team members during their exit interviews. Those conversations led us to improve 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 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, 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 your intended parents. They will 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.
 How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in West Virginia?

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in West Virginia?

Even though surrogate mothers love helping others grow their families, carrying a baby for someone also involves being compensated financially. This compensation is often called "surrogate base compensation" or "surrogate payment." Previous surrogates helped Circle Surrogacy create a compensation and benefits program for surrogates and their families. It provides security, benefits, and protection that are virtually unsurpassed.

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

  • Earning up to $50,000+ (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
  • Benefits and support through postpartum (the 4th trimester)
  • Full transparency on what's included
  • Benefits you won't find at any other agency

Are you still considering other surrogacy agencies because of their compensation? Before you decide, we'd appreciate 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?

Base Compensation

You can calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in West Virginia.

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

As a worldwide leader in the surrogacy field with more than 25 years of experience, Circle Surrogacy is uniquely positioned to provide an unsurpassed level of support to surrogates throughout their journeys. This support extends from the day you begin exploring surrogacy to your meeting with the prospective parents and throughout your entire pregnancy and birth experience.

Surrogates count on the team at Circle to help them navigate the screening process, ensuring they match with the perfect intended parent or parents. They also rely on us to guide them through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.

Many of us are experienced surrogates, and we bring authentic passion to our work. Some members of our team have completed 3 surrogate journeys. Besides having world-class expertise in the many legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process, we deliver hands-on guidance that’s informed by our experience. If you have questions, we'll have the answers.

Part of the surrogacy journey includes reviewing legal contracts. We’ll recommend an attorney in your area with whom we've worked previously and who is thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproductive Technology law. We can connect you with trustworthy experts whenever needed. To learn more about being a surrogate, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.

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Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Circle Surrogacy developed a thorough matching process because you’re about to embark on an incredible, intimate journey with prospective parents.

Your Surrogate Support Team uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. The matching process includes reviewing each other’s profiles, asking questions, and having the chance to generally feel each other out. We can set up an initial video call, as well. The goal is clear; we want to ensure both you and the intended parents feel completely comfortable with the match. 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 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.