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Do you have dreams of growing your family through surrogacy in Wisconsin? Or are you a young woman thinking about becoming a surrogate mother? Getting started on the process is exciting, if perhaps a little intimidating. Circle Surrogacy can help! We're the most experienced surrogacy agency in the U.S. and have been helping intended parents find surrogates and guiding women through the process of becoming surrogate mothers for more than 25 years. We can help you navigate surrogacy in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, or any other Wisconsin community.
A Guide to Surrogacy in Wisconsin
For Intended Parents
Wisconsin is a surrogacy-friendly state for both intended parents and surrogates. Surrogacy professionals help intended parents and surrogates navigate the system through the issuing of pre-birth orders and final, post-birth orders.
People who use surrogacy to grow their families each have unique journeys and come from various backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations.
Intended parents in Wisconsin we work with may be:
• Heterosexual couples with fertility issues
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic concern 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
If you're considering surrogacy in Wisconsin, this page serves as an excellent resource to learn more about the state's surrogacy process, including how to become parents or a surrogate mother, what surrogacy costs, and the compensation benefits of being a gestational carrier.
Whether you choose to work with a surrogacy agency or pursue your journey independently—which is an option available to anyone—the surrogacy process involves meeting numerous milestones that ultimately lead to the day the baby is delivered. It's important that intended parents and surrogate mothers understand and prepare for each of these steps.
Working with an agency such as Circle Surrogacy, which has over 25 years of experience, helps you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey and allows you to concentrate on getting ready for your baby's arrival.
Once you've made the choice to grow your family through surrogacy (hooray!) and have selected an agency with whom you'd like to meet, what's next? The first step is scheduling a consultation. Meeting with the agencies you're considering is essential because it allows you to share your story, ask questions, and see if the agency team is a good fit for your journey.
Intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months can schedule a complimentary consultation with Circle Surrogacy. These private consultations educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother.
Both in-person meetings and free consultations via Skype or Zoom are options. You may also choose to schedule a short pre-consultation that lasts about 30 minutes if you're not ready for a full consultation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and gather more information.
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.
Circle Surrogacy is dedicated to being transparent when discussing surrogacy options, costs, and what intended parents can expect during their journeys. We help you understand the surrogacy programs available, the cost of surrogacy, and how much you can expect to pay for egg donation.
Circle Surrogacy offers an all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.
Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in Wisconsin:
Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,750
(both prices exclude IVF)
Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:
Circle's costs include all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF 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 is an attractive option for some of our qualified intended parents. Please speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or fill out this form.
Matching with a surrogate is—other than the birth of your baby—one of the most exciting milestones in your journey. We work with gestational surrogates from Wisconsin, as well as surrounding states. If you're looking for a surrogate mother in Wisconsin (or neighboring states), we can help you find your surrogate mother match.
Thinking about what qualities are important to you in your gestational carrier is a good place to start, especially for people who are pursuing surrogacy without an agency's help. If you are working with an agency, it is also essential to know what you're looking for to determine if the surrogate presented to you by the agency is a good match.
Circle Surrogacy asks intended parents to fill out a profile that helps us get to know them better and find appropriate surrogate matches.
The information we ask for in the profile includes your:
When we have a good sense of who you are as people, we have a better chance of finding the best possible surrogate matches. That's why we ask intended parents to share photos of themselves and their loved ones, in addition to any other information that you believe would help in the selection process.
Your profile—as well as your geographic location and views on termination—are used by your Circle Matching Team to find you the best possible surrogate match. Honestly answering these questions is important because it's a key element of finding the best surrogate match for you.
We also use other preferences to match you with your gestational carrier, including:
We recommend using these criteria as guidelines for what you should look for in a suitable match if you choose to pursue surrogacy without the assistance of an agency.
What should you think about during your search for a surrogate mother in Wisconsin? We suggest keeping these 3 factors in mind:
Appropriate legal fit: You can rely on our legal department to ensure potential gestational carriers meet both general and state-specific legal criteria before surrogate profiles are presented to intended parents.
Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: Our goal is to present intended parents with potential surrogates whose personalities and expectations will mesh. Your Matching Team carefully reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to accomplish that goal.
Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: Intended parents often want to make all choices regarding termination. 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.
Intended parents concerned about creating embryos have the option of growing their families through egg donation. Egg donors are fertile women who want to help another individual or couple conceive a child (with or without the help of a surrogate).
To find an egg donor in Wisconsin—or in any other state—most intended parents start their search using an egg donor database. Most of these 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. Circle Surrogacy guides you through the entire egg donation process and helps you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice.
Surrogates who partner with Circle receive support and guidance from our experienced Surrogate Advisors, Social Workers and Program Coordinators wherever they are in the process. We have the expertise to help, whether you're ready to submit an application now or you want to talk with experienced surrogates or Surrogate Advisors to learn more about the process, which involves:
Learn more about the surrogacy process at Circle.
Have you ever thought about the people who become surrogate mothers? They are generous, adventurous, and kind women. They may be stay-at-home moms, but they can also be teachers, nurses, or have other occupations. They are selfless and caring, and they are passionate about their families. They are just like you.
What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?
Wisconsin residents who would like to apply to become surrogate mothers must:
Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply to most states.
Why do women become surrogate mothers in Wisconsin? Having a sense of pride in helping others become parents is certainly one of the primary benefits. They are generously compensated, too.
Women who wish to become surrogate mothers enjoy benefits such as:
And as mentioned earlier, Wisconsin surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.
Our commitment to our gestational carriers is reflected in the Circle Surrogate Promise we created to ensure each of them has the most successful and rewarding journey possible. The seeds of this program were planted by listening to carriers share their thoughts with social workers or during 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:
The generosity of women who choose to carry a baby for someone is compensated financially. This compensation is often called "surrogate base compensation" or "surrogate payment." Circle Surrogacy created a compensation and benefits program with input from previous surrogates. It provides virtually unsurpassed security, benefits, and protection for both the surrogate and her family.
Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following benefits:
Are you still considering other surrogacy agencies because of their compensation? Before you make a decision, 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.
You can calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in Wisconsin.
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.
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.
As a worldwide leader in the surrogacy field with more than 25 years of experience, Circle Surrogacy supports surrogates at every step in their journeys—from the day they begin exploring surrogacy to their meetings with prospective parents and throughout their pregnancies to birth and beyond.
We help surrogates navigate the screening process, ensure they match with the perfect intended parent, and guide them through surrogacy's legal and social work aspects.
Circle has experienced surrogates on staff, who are passionate about their work. Some members of our team have completed 3 surrogate journeys. We provide hands-on guidance that’s informed by our experience. That guidance is in addition to the world-class expertise we offer in the myriad legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process. If you have questions, we'll have the answers.
We'll recommend an attorney in your area with whom we've worked previously and who is thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproductive Technology law if you need a lawyer to review legal contracts. 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.
Circle Surrogacy developed a thorough matching process to ensure you'll be part of an incredible, intimate journey with prospective parents who are the ideal fit.
Your Surrogate Advisor uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and generally feel each other out. We also help schedule an initial video call. The goal is to ensure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. And, 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.