Be a New Hampshire Surrogate
Surrogacy in New Hampshire
Favorable surrogacy legislation passed in 2014, excellent medical care, and proximity to Boston make New Hampshire a great place for surrogates.
New Favorable Surrogacy Law
While New Hampshire was one of the first states to enact a law that expressly supports the rights of parents to conceive a child through surrogacy, it has not always been the easiest state in which to pursue surrogacy. Complicated and restrictive procedures made it difficult for couples using an egg donor and often required intended parents to complete legal work in their home state.
In 2014, however, new legislation passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor modernized the state’s surrogacy laws. The law recognizes that surrogacy is an option pursued by gay and straight couples and single individuals, both using their own genetic material, as well as eggs or sperm provided by donors.
New Hampshire attorney Catherine Tucker, Circle’s local counsel in the state and a co-author of the bill, explains:
“Changes to New Hampshire law have made the state a friendly environment for surrogacy arrangements. The law removes the restrictions that were at odds with New Hampshire’s anti-discrimination laws. Surrogacy arrangements are now available for all intended parents, irrespective of sexual orientation, marital status, and whether an egg donor is required. The law protects all participants in the process, as well as the resulting child, by imposing minimum standards on surrogacy arrangements and by providing for a simplified pre-birth order process to place the intended parents’ names on the birth certificate. The law also permits compensation to surrogates, provided that it is reasonable and written into the surrogacy contract.”
Location, location, location
Circle's surrogates come from across the United States and our intended parents come from around the world. But surrogates from New Hampshire are in a geographically favorable position. Many of Circle's intended parents live in New York, Boston or in Europe, and as a result choose to work with IVF clinics in the Northeast. While this is not always the case, New Hampshire surrogates may have less need for traveling to IVF clinic appointments.
Benefits for Surrogates in New HampshireThere are so many benefits to being a surrogate, both emotionally and financially.
- Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
- High compensation with a customized benefits package
- Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
- Work with a personal program coordination team and licensed social worker
- Opportunity to work with local Intended Parents if you so desire
- Chance to work with local fertility clinics (and travel less)
See If You Qualify
- 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 have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
- 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.
- Does 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.
- Has a valid driver’s license.
- Has the support of her family. If married or partnered, the surrogate must have her partner’s support. Also, the surrogate and her partner/primary support person must agree to participate in a social work screening.
- Is financially secure.
- Leads a stable, responsible lifestyle.
- Is willing to travel for IVF process. Please note, often these trips include overnight stays.
- Does not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol.
Family and reproductive law is continually developing and changing. As such, there is no guarantee the information on this website is current or correct. Circle’s in-house legal team and referring attorneys provided the information listed, and it is not intended to be a substitute for an attorney’s legal counsel. In any individual case, you should always confer with an attorney who specializes in this area of law and is licensed to practice in the particular state at hand.