Boutique Surrogacy Agency Based in Northern California
We connect Surrogates with Intended Parents in Roseville, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and beyond.
Please see our intended parent questions below. If your question is not addressed below, please contact us and we will contact you as soon as possible in order to answer your question.
Frequently Asked Intended Parent Questions
- Why do women choose to become a surrogate?
- How are surrogates screened?
- How can we be reassured our surrogate will give up the baby?
- How do I know that surrogacy will work for me?
- Do you require that I share your Christian beliefs?
- Can I be involved with the pregnancy?
- Can I be present at the birth?
- Should I try to do this process without an agency?
- How is money handled through the process?
- How is health insurance handled?
2. How are surrogates screened?
All surrogates must meet the minimum criteria: age 23-38, a BMI 30 or below, have had at least one healthy to term pregnancy, non-smoker and not exposed to second-hand smoke, have a stable income and not on any state of federal financial assistance, reliable transportation, and reside in a surrogate-friendly state. For further information please refer to the surrogate requirements page.
Prospective surrogates are screened with an in-depth application and interview, they must submit to a drug test and background check, we require all surrogates to provide a letter from their OBGYN supporting their decision to become a surrogate. Additionally, the surrogate’s medical records are thoroughly reviewed by Licensed Midwives on staff. Surrogates are also required to sign an agency agreement that asks them to remain exclusive with our agency until they are matched with the ideal family.
Upon being matched surrogates will be required to complete a medical evaluation completed by your fertility specialist. The surrogate and her spouse will be required to complete a psychological evaluation.
3. How can we be reassured our surrogate will give up the baby?
It is very rare that a gestational surrogate will not give up the baby given that she does not have any biological tie to the child. In this sort of arrangement, it is presumed that the court will automatically place the child with the Intended Parents.
4. How do I know that surrogacy will work for me?
For many, surrogacy is usually a last resort. Many couples will attempt to get pregnant on their own and will not have success. There may also be a medical reason why a woman is unable to carry a baby on her own. In many situations, couples may have already tried IVF and carry their own babies and this too did not work. At this point many Reproductive Endocrinologists will recommend using a gestational surrogate as the next step. According to the CDC’s 2015 report, when using a gestational surrogate, the percentage of achieving pregnancy and a live birth increased the chances by 32%.
5. Do you require that I share your Christian beliefs?
6. Can I be involved with the pregnancy?
You are involved as much as you and your surrogate agree upon. Depending on geographical locations and other constraints, parents may be able to be involved in doctor’s appointments. Other alternatives include phone, facetime, and email and text updates.
7. Can I be present at the birth?
8. Should I try to do this process without an agency?
A surrogacy arrangement is a technical and complex process and should only be handled by an agency. Not only will we be your resource for matching you with your surrogate, we will be your emotional support as we coordinate you through a complex journey. Made in the USA Surrogacy is a professional organization and an expert in providing you with all of the necessary services you will need throughout your journey. We will provide you with matching services, screening, advertising, counseling, and case management. We also will be your coordinators through the medical process and legal necessities as well.
9. How is money handled through the process?
10. How is health insurance handled?
Provided that the surrogate has consented to the use of her health insurance, our insurance specialist will review her policy for surrogacy coverage and exclusions. In the event her policy covers the surrogacy, you will be responsible for her portion of the premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. If her health insurance does not cover surrogacy we will need to look at other alternatives for health insurance coverage for the surrogate at the expense of the intended parents.