Should I use a Surrogate Agency?
Looking to save money on Surrogacy? Here is the good and bad of hiring a surrogacy agency
Hello hopeful parents!
In this blog, we hope to convince you that finding a surrogate on your own could be a very big mistake in your long journey to becoming a parent through the process of surrogacy.
So, should you use an agency?
The quick answer to this question is yes.
Every couple or single person hoping to have a family someday – no matter where they are in their process of finding a surrogate, or finding a fertility clinic, has a unique set of challenges.
Not only do parents usually have no experience in the space of infertility (ie- they are usually not doctors who are familiar with why they are infertile, or why 1 out of 6 couples struggle with infertility), but they also do not have access to a person that they personally know who may fit the bill for becoming a surrogate to help them complete their family.
Using your best judgment for finding a Surrogate
Just as parents won’t rely on any doctor’s advice who has not gone through medical school and who holds an official license to practice medicine, parents shouldn’t trust their own judgement in selecting and finding a surrogate.
Everyone relies on a professional to take care of subjects that they don’t understand – otherwise we would all have to be experts in many fields of study such as law, real-estate, insurance, taxes etc (the list goes on.)
Lawyers even practice law in a particular field of study, as do many real-estate professionals who practice dealing with certain contracts and properties (such as short sales).
Just as these professionals are experts in handling their individual fields, and you would trust them to give you good advice- we encourage you to trust a competent surrogate agency in California that will lead you through the entire process of hiring a surrogate.
People specialize in certain areas of life for a reason
Do you trust yourself to know what type of coverage you should have in the event of a car accident? That’s why you should hire a competent insurance agent. Do you trust yourself to enter into an agreement to purchase a business and not hire a lawyer to protect your interests? That’s why you should hire a competent lawyer dealing in business law.
Do you trust yourself to know the ebbs and flows of the real-estate market or trade stock without understanding what makes the stock market ebb and flow? Lawyers even practice law in a particular field of study, as do many real-estate professionals who practice dealing with certain contracts and properties (such as short sales).
Just as these professionals are experts in handling their individual fields, and you would trust them to give you good advice – we encourage you to trust a competent surrogate agency in California that will lead you through the entire process of hiring a surrogate.
Hiring a professional Surrogacy Agency is important in finding the right candidate
The truth is that most people should hire a professional for any type of service that requires a good working knowledge of the subject they wish to endeavor on. One of the main reasons that parents look for a fertility clinic is that they want a competent doctor who knows what they are doing with proven results of couples that are getting pregnant!
In the same way, you want a professional surrogate agency in the field of surrogacy to help you find a surrogate.
At Made in the USA Surrogacy, we are competent in the space of finding a surrogate. It’s all we do every day. We are constantly marketing and screening candidates to find the correct surrogate matches for couples or singles who are undergoing embryo creation through the use of IVF clinics.
Ways to find a surrogate on your own
So let’s start with common ways that you may be able to find a surrogate on your own – many people have thought of doing it this way:
#1 From your family or personal friends:
At Made in the USA Surrogacy, we agree that probably the best way to “do it on your own” would be to have a surrogate from your family network.
Why is this a bad idea?
There are many drawbacks that maybe you have not thought about. Personally, I know many in our family network, both that did not have great pregnancy histories. My closest sister had all 3 babies born pre-maturely. And another relative had a placenta abruption. Both of these issues would automatically disqualify any surrogate that we speak to about having children for intended parents. If you do not have qualifications put in place, and know how to review medical records- how could you possibly make sure you’re doing the right thing for your future family? We have a staff of midwives that review medical records for ALL potential surrogates. That’s why you can trust our agency- we only match you with the best!
#2 From your personal online friend network including FB, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.
Why is this a bad idea?
Whether you know these people personally or not, the simple fact is that there are many qualifications that qualify or disqualify a surrogate from becoming a surrogate. If you are not well versed even in the basic qualifications of becoming a surrogate (INSERT SURROGATE QUALIFICATIONS- https://madeintheusasurrogacy.com/surrogates/qualifications/)
#3 From an online ad, advertising that they will carry a baby for you for cheaper than an agency
Why this is a bad idea
This should seem like a bad idea from the mere reading of it, but the simple fact is that many parents are trying to save money from this expensive process, especially if they have already been paying for IVF treatment or already had a few IVF cycles of their own. However, we at Made in the USA Surrogacy maintain that this could be potentially the most dangerous method of finding a surrogate on your own. First of all, you do not know the person.
You may not know what family history they have of child birthing. You may not know if the state they live in is “surrogate friendly.” You may not know how to review their medical records. You may not know what their true intention is for having this baby. You may not know if they are psychologically sane and capable of giving over the baby when the baby is born. You may not know whether they are actually an American citizen.
This is what you hire Made in the USA Surrogacy for- to screen and properly match you with the individual surrogate that will fit your individual family needs.
The process of finding a surrogate is extremely arduous, time consuming, and costly. There are reasons why hiring a surrogate agency in California costs money. This is because we are actively spending time and money in searching for surrogates through many means.
We are also spending money on various costs such as paying midwifes to review their medical records, background checks, and procurement of documents.
We are actively meeting with many of the attorneys in the field, as well as many of the IVF clinics that you as a parent are undergoing treatment at. This all costs money, and if the company you hire is not spending money on their business and on marketing for quality surrogates- they are not doing right by you.
The most common reasons why people want to hire a surrogate on their own is the following:
- Saving money
- Personal friends have volunteered
I want to address these reasons head on. Just saving money on the agency fee and surrogate compensation is no reason not to hire a surrogate agency such as ours – Made in the USA Surrogacy.
The birth of your child is such an important event in your life, saving a few thousand dollars should be the least of your concern. More concern should be placed on whether the baby is born from a surrogate that is fully vetted and inquired to be a surrogate for the right reasons.
Most of our surrogate inquiries are not accepted. Many are turned away for various reasons including medical history, pregnancy history, age, reasoning and motives for becoming a surrogate, background issues or even psychological issues.
That’s why you hire us- to do the work that should be required to find a surrogate. Most surrogates that make it through our surrogate screening process not only meet the qualifications listed on our website, but they follow up with us through months of information collection and anticipation.
If you are a couple or single person looking to complete your family through the use of a surrogate, we encourage you to fill out an inquiry.
We don’t want you to make the mistake in thinking that it is worth the risk to pursue finding a surrogate outside of the help of a qualified surrogate agency in California.
If you are looking for a surrogate, please contact us as soon as you are ready to start. We are committed to finding a surrogate for each and every family that is in need.