Thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate.  You are an amazing woman for wanting to carry a child for someone else.  It’s an incredible gift you will be giving someone—the gift of life, the gift of family, the gift of a baby that they would never have been able to receive without you.

Midwest Surrogacy LLC works to match you with the perfect Intended Parent(s) based on your preferences.  We want you to be comfortable with the parent(s) of the child you will be carrying.  We strive to create the best experience possible by removing all financial discussions with your Intended Parent(s) so you can simply develop and enjoy this intimate relationship you will share.

Becoming a Surrogate

Most surrogates say the experience of being a surrogate falls second only to the births of their own children as it is an amazing feeling to have such a positive impact on someone else’s life.

 Surrogacy fulfills intended parents’ dream of raising a child of their own while allowing the surrogate the financial opportunity to fulfill dreams of her own.

Often surrogates will use their compensation to:

  1. Start a business
  2. Put a down payment on a dream home
  3. Start a college fund for their children
  4. Pay off school loans
  5. Go back to school
  6. Pay for a dream vacation

 

Whatever your reason is for becoming a surrogate, we believe that Midwest Surrogacy LLC will be able to help you achieve that goal.

Requirements to Become a Surrogate

Below is a list of requirements that most Intended Parents/IVF clinics prefer of a potential Surrogate.  Do you meet these requirements?

  • Must have delivered at least one child you are raising

  • Must have had uncomplicated obstetric history as documented by prenatal and delivery records

  • Must be a non-smoker and living in a non-smoking home

  • Must have no history of drugs or alcohol abuse

  • Must live a healthy lifestyle

  • Must have no fear of needles as you’ll be required to self-administer injectable medication

  • Must not take any medications that would be harmful to a pregnancy (including psychotropics)

  • Must have no criminal convictions

  • Must not be currently receiving any government assistance

  • Must not have received psychiatric care for mental illness

  • Must be age 21-40

  • Must have BMI between 18-30

  • Must reside in a surrogate friendly state (We can help you determine this.)

  • Must have support of spouse/partner (if any), live in a stable family environment with an adequate support system, no current marital or relationship instability

  • Must be cleared by OB to be a surrogate via clearance letter and able to provide OB/GYN records

  • Must not have had more than 5 vaginal deliveries or two cesarean sections (Some clinics allow three cesarean sections)

  • Must be a permanent resident of the United States of America

  • Embryo transfer must be at least 12 months from last vaginal delivery or 18 months from cesarean section

  • Gestational carrier and her current partner will be treated for Infectious Diseases 30 days prior to embryo transfer to protect the health and interests of all parties involved.

  • Gestational carrier (and partner) must pass Medical and Psychological screenings.

  • Gestational carrier and partner (recommended) will have infectious disease testing 30 days prior to embryo transfer to protect the health and interests of all parties involved. (Optional, up to Intended Parents preference)

  • Gestational carrier drug screening (Optional, up to Intended Parents preference)

Frequently Asked Questions

01. What happens after I submit my application?

We’ll review your application within 2 business days.  We will email you a few follow up questions, if necessary, and let you know if we can move forward or not. If we are able to move forward, we’ll ask you to fill out the second part of your application. Again, we’ll let you know within 2 business days if we can continue to move forward.

Once part two of your application has been accepted, we’ll invite you to schedule your new surrogate phone consult. During your consult we’ll discuss any questions you have and what Midwest Surrogacy offers you during your surrogacy.

Next, you’ll be busy submitting paperwork and completing your profile for potential intended parents.

After that, we will work to find you intended parents that meet your criteria.  You will be presented with one profile for intended parents at a time. Once you find one that you like, we will send your profile to them to review.  If you both like each other on paper, we’ll schedule a face-to-face meeting either in person or via Skype. If you both agree that it’s a match, you will go through the contracting process.

Once contracts are complete, it’s time to travel to the intended parents’ IVF doctor for screening. We’ll make all your travel arrangements and screening appointments. Depending on where you’re coming from you may stay over 1 night. Screening typically consists of two appointments; a medical screening with their IVF Physician and a psychological screening with a social worker. Remember that you will be reimbursed for childcare and lost wages for your trip.

Two weeks later, we should have your clearance and then we move to the fun stuff —getting cycles ready for embryo transfer.

02. Will the intended parents be screened as well?

Yes. Prior to being admitted into the program, intended parents go through an extensive application and interview process.

03. How do you handle the financial aspect of my surrogacy?

Surrogate expense accounts are fully funded prior to any surrogate starting medications.  “Fully funded” means all the funds are collected to cover the costs through delivery.

We have you sign your benefit package prior to meeting your intended parents. This means you don’t have to deal with any sort of negotiations with your intended parents. We take care of all the business so you can just sit back and enjoy your relationship with your intended parents.

04. Do I have to use my own insurance or find a policy that covers surrogacy?

If you have your own insurance, we will review it to see if it covers surrogacy pregnancies.  If your policy has an exclusion for surrogacy, or you do not have your own insurance, we’ll have you apply for a surrogate maternity policy to cover your OB care and delivery. This policy will be paid for by the intended parents.

05. Do I have to travel for every appointment? What travel can I expect and is it different for international IP’s? Can my children travel with me?

You don’t have to travel for every appointment. You will need to travel for your medical screening, match meeting, and each embryo transfer. Once you’re confirmed pregnant, and the IVF physician releases you to the care of your OB, you will see an OB near you and the remainder of your appointments will occur near home. Every now and then, a surrogate may need to make one more trip to have a special prenatal test or procedure, but that isn’t common.  Even if your intended parents live internationally, they come to you.

06. How is the delivery handled when surrogacy is involved?

Most hospitals are great with surrogacy births. In preparation for the birth we will encourage you and your intended parents to attend a hospital tour to familiarize yourselves with the facility.  Virtually all intended parents want to be present at the birth and do their absolute best to be there… however, we all know that babies have a mind of their own and sometimes arrive earlier than expected so be prepared for anything.

07. What happens if the intended parents refuse to take their baby?

We’ve never seen this happen.  Often intended parents want to make sure surrogates will give the baby to them and surrogates verify that the intended parents will take the baby home! It’s not likely to happen, but if it did…we would work with an attorney to find the baby a loving adoptive family.

Surrogate Benefit Package

Base Surrogate Compensation:

1st Time 2nd Time 3rd Time 4th Time 5th Time
$35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $55,000

Base compensation starts at $35,000 for first time Gestational Carrier and increases by $5,000 for every successful surrogate pregnancy she completes. Payments are broken up and paid monthly throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Payments begin after 1 st successful fetal heartbeat ultrasound.

Multiple Birth (As Applicable, Per Child): $5000
Paid for each additional fetus. Payments begin after 1st successful fetal heartbeat ultrasound.

Monthly Expense Allowance: $100/Month
Unaccountable monthly allowance to be used for expenses such as Prenatal vitamins, travel less than 25 miles round trip, lawn care/snow removal.

Maternity Clothing Allowance: $750 for singleton $1000 for twins
Dispersed at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Housekeeping Allowance: up to $1500
$100/wk for up to 4 weeks after embryo transfer, 8 weeks prior to anticipated delivery, and 3 weeks following delivery. Receipts required.

Childcare: $Variable
Negotiated reimbursement for childcare outside of care already received. Receipts required.

Transfer Fee (Per Complete Transfer): $750
$450 at the start of medications (not including birth control) and $300 after embryo transfer takes place.

Mock Cycle Fee (As Applicable): $250

Dropped Cycle Fee (As Applicable): $500

Amniocentesis or CVS (As Applicable): $500

Fetal Reduction, Abortion/Termination and D&C (As Applicable): $1000

Hysteroscopy (As Applicable): $500

Ectopic Pregnancy: $500

Cesarean Section (As Required By OB): $2500
Not applicable if determined necessary prior to pregnancy

Loss Of:
Tube – $2500
Ovary – $1000
Uterus – $5000

Restriction Of Activities / Bed Rest: $Variable
Based on Gestational Carrier’s salary

Life Insurance for Gestational Carrier ($250,000 Benefit): Actual Cost
Beneficiaries to be named by the Gestational Carrier

Life Insurance for Intended Parents ($250,000 Benefit) (OPTIONAL): Actual Cost
Beneficiaries to be named by the Intended Parents

Maternity Health Insurance (Employer and/or specialized maternity policies): Actual Cost
(Premiums/Deductibles/Copayments)

Newborn Insurance: $25,000-$50,000
Typically only considered by International Intended Parents

Gestational Carrier + Companion Travel:
Travel costs associated with Match Meeting, Medical/Psychological Appointments, Embryo Transfer, Birth, and/or Court Appearances to ensure Intended Parents are made legal parents of the child.
Includes: Round trip economy airfare: Actual Cost
Rental Car: Actual Cost
Hotel: less than $300/night (Receipt Required)
Food: $100/day/person (No Receipt Required)
Tolls/Parking: Actual Cost (No Receipt Required if under $10)

Surrogate Lost Wages: $Variable (Gross Pay - Taxes)
Covers time off from work due to surrogate pregnancy including doctor’s appointments, bedrest as required by OB physician, delivery & recovery. Actual amount will depend on surrogate’s wages.

Spouse Lost Wages: $Variable (Gross Pay - Taxes)
Covers time away from work due to surrogate pregnancy including medical & psychological screenings, companion required medical appointments, and birth of child.

Breastmilk + Breast pump (OPTIONAL): $250/week + variable additional costs
All packaging, shipping, etc costs to be covered by Intended Parents.

(Revised 04/2020)
* This is a summary and some stipulations apply.

Surrogate Benefit Package

Base Surrogate Compensation:

1st Time: $35,000
2nd Time: $40,000
3rd Time: $45,000
4th Time: $50,000
5th Time: $55,000

Base compensation starts at $35,000 for first time Gestational Carrier and increases by $5,000 for every successful surrogate pregnancy she completes. Payments are broken up and paid monthly throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Payments begin after 1 st successful fetal heartbeat ultrasound.

Multiple Birth (As Applicable, Per Child): $5000
Paid for each additional fetus. Payments begin after 1st successful fetal heartbeat ultrasound.

Monthly Expense Allowance: $100/Month
Unaccountable monthly allowance to be used for expenses such as Prenatal vitamins, travel less than 25 miles round trip, lawn care/snow removal.

Maternity Clothing Allowance: $750 for singleton $1000 for twins
Dispersed at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Housekeeping Allowance: up to $1500
$100/wk for up to 4 weeks after embryo transfer, 8 weeks prior to anticipated delivery, and 3 weeks following delivery. Receipts required.

Childcare: $Variable
Negotiated reimbursement for childcare outside of care already received. Receipts required.

Transfer Fee (Per Complete Transfer): $750
$450 at the start of medications (not including birth control) and $300 after embryo transfer takes place.

Mock Cycle Fee (As Applicable): $250

Dropped Cycle Fee (As Applicable): $500

Amniocentesis or CVS (As Applicable): $500

Fetal Reduction, Abortion/Termination and D&C (As Applicable): $1000

Hysteroscopy (As Applicable): $500

Ectopic Pregnancy: $500

Cesarean Section (As Required By OB): $2500
Not applicable if determined necessary prior to pregnancy

Loss Of:
Tube – $2500
Ovary – $1000
Uterus – $5000

Restriction Of Activities / Bed Rest: $Variable
Based on Gestational Carrier’s salary

Life Insurance for Gestational Carrier ($250,000 Benefit): Actual Cost
Beneficiaries to be named by the Gestational Carrier

Life Insurance for Intended Parents ($250,000 Benefit) (OPTIONAL): Actual Cost
Beneficiaries to be named by the Intended Parents

Maternity Health Insurance (Employer and/or specialized maternity policies): Actual Cost
(Premiums/Deductibles/Copayments)

Newborn Insurance: $25,000-$50,000
Typically only considered by International Intended Parents

Gestational Carrier + Companion Travel:
Travel costs associated with Match Meeting, Medical/Psychological Appointments, Embryo Transfer, Birth, and/or Court Appearances to ensure Intended Parents are made legal parents of the child.
Includes: Round trip economy airfare: Actual Cost
Rental Car: Actual Cost
Hotel: less than $300/night (Receipt Required)
Food: $100/day/person (No Receipt Required)
Tolls/Parking: Actual Cost (No Receipt Required if under $10)

Surrogate Lost Wages: $Variable (Gross Pay - Taxes)
Covers time off from work due to surrogate pregnancy including doctor’s appointments, bedrest as required by OB physician, delivery & recovery. Actual amount will depend on surrogate’s wages.

Spouse Lost Wages: $Variable (Gross Pay - Taxes)
Covers time away from work due to surrogate pregnancy including medical & psychological screenings, companion required medical appointments, and birth of child.

Breastmilk + Breast pump (OPTIONAL): $250/week + variable additional costs
All packaging, shipping, etc costs to be covered by Intended Parents.

(Revised 04/2020)
* This is a summary and some stipulations apply.

Want to learn more?

Please fill out the following application to receive more information about becoming a Surrogate with Midwest Surrogacy LLC.