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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Wisconsin

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 27 years. We can help you navigate surrogacy in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, or any other Wisconsin community.

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 An Overview of Surrogacy in Wisconsin

An Overview of Surrogacy in Wisconsin

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.

Surrogacy for Intended Parents in Wisconsin

Surrogacy and egg donation have been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Wisconsin grow their families for decades. Wisconsin is a surrogacy friendly state, and intended parents will find many top-rated IVF clinics nearby and in surrounding states.

Below you'll find information about surrogacy in Wisconsin, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs in Wisconsin, 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 Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, or any other Wisconsin community.

Read on to learn more about surrogacy. We are always here should you have any questions.

The Surrogacy Process in Wisconsin

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 27 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.

Choosing an Agency
Working with a surrogacy agency is a highly personal choice, and it's important to research your options diligently before choosing the agency. Good chemistry and a shared view about the surrogacy process are 2 essential factors to consider in making your choice. In a state such as Wisconsin that doesn't have specific laws regarding surrogacy, it's important that the agency works with lawyers experienced in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and surrogacy law.
Finding a Surrogate and Egg Donor
Your Intended Parent Matching Team at Circle helps you find the perfect surrogate match. This typically happens after intended parents find and match with an egg donor (if needed). Our egg donor database includes bright and ambitious young women who are excited about the opportunity to help you grow your family.
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Intended parents may wonder about the appropriate nature of their relationship with their surrogate. We believe that developing a close relationship is important. If the surrogate lives close by, intended parents may choose to attend her doctor appointments during the pregnancy. Circle supports you throughout the process, assisting your preparation to travel for the birth and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely.
 Intended parents holding their new baby boy via Surrogacy, Silas

Starting the Surrogacy Process

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.

 Becoming a Parent in Wisconsin

Becoming a Parent in Wisconsin

Few moments can match the joy experienced when you welcome a new baby into your family. By working with Circle Surrogacy, becoming a parent in Wisconsin through surrogacy is a safe and streamlined process. Growing your family can be accomplished through surrogacy and/or egg donation.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Wisconsin?

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: $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

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 Surrogacy Costs

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.

 Intended Parents with their hands on their surrogate's belly

Finding a Surrogate Mother in Wisconsin

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.

Get Started

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:

  • Relationship (if you have a partner)
  • Family
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Plans for parenthood
  • Reasons for pursuing surrogacy

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:

  • 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

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.

 New dad with his daughter through surrogacy

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate Mothers

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.

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Finding an Egg Donor in Wisconsin

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.

 Surrogacy Laws in Wisconsin

Surrogacy Laws in Wisconsin

Surrogacy is well-accepted in Wisconsin. Intended parents may be single or married, heterosexual or LGBTQ+ and are not required to have a genetic connection to the child. Donors may be known or anonymous. Wisconsin has excellent state supreme court case law supporting the enforceability of surrogacy contracts. Intended parents will obtain a pre-birth order, however a final order is needed before the state issues a birth certificate. When working through parental rights in Wisconsin, it's important to have an agency such as Circle Surrogacy help you navigate the process. That way, everyone involved in your surrogacy journey is protected and has an advocate.

Surrogacy in Wisconsin for Surrogates

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

Wisconsin is a surrogacy-friendly state, and its location makes it easily accessible to top-rated IVF clinics nearby and in surrounding states. We work women from all over Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, and other communities.

Read on to see how rewarding being a surrogate in Wisconsin 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

A surrogate mother – also called a gestational carrier or gestational surrogate – is a woman who carriers a baby for people (the Intended Parents) who are unable to have a baby on their own. 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.

Circle Surrogacy only works with gestational carriers – women who do not share biology with the baby they are carrying.

Surrogate mothers get paid for carrying someone's baby, and they are protected by a legal contract signed by both the surrogate mother and the Intended Parents.

Surrogates are women who have children of their own, have had relatively easy pregnancies and births (they like being pregnant!), and many have completed their own families. Surrogate mothers want to help others have their own families.

What is surrogacy? It's an amazing way to help make intended parents' dreams come true and give others the ultimate gift: a baby!

 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 Wisconsin

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:

  • 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

Completing our online surrogacy application is a great way to begin the conversation about surrogacy. 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 Wisconsin

Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Wisconsin

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:

  • 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 Wisconsin

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:

  • 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 mentioned earlier, Wisconsin surrogate mothers receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

The Circle Surrogate Promise

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:

  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 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 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 Wisconsin?

How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Wisconsin?

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:

  • 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
  • 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

 Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

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.

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.