9 Frequently Asked Questions Surrogates Have about Nevada Surrogacy
Embarking on a surrogacy journey can be a rewarding experience for both the surrogate mother and the intended parents, but it also requires a great deal of commitment. Once you sign the surrogacy contract with the intended parents, you will have to follow through on the process. Before you begin your surrogacy journey, it is critical that you are making an informed decision to ensure an optimal outcome for everyone involved. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we understand that more knowledge means more empowerment, which is why we are providing you with this list of frequently asked questions surrogates have about surrogacy in Nevada.
- How do I Apply for Surrogacy in Nevada?
The surrogate application process is simple. Just reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada via email or by filling out our online application form, and we will be in touch with you to discuss the next steps.
- Can I Pursue Traditional Surrogacy in Nevada?
There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Traditional surrogacy entails that the surrogate both provides the egg and carries the baby to term. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate only carries the baby to term and does not provide the egg. Due to highly complicated legal problems that can arise in traditional surrogacy, it is illegal in most states, including Nevada. However, gestational surrogacy is perfectly legal in Nevada.
- What Surrogate Requirements do I Need to Fulfill?
In order to be eligible for gestational surrogacy, you must meet several requirements before proceeding to the screening process. Such requirements are as follows:
- Currently parenting a child
- Must have had at least one pregnancy and delivery without complications
- Be between 21 and 41
- Have a BMI of 33 or lower
- Be in the United States legally for at least two years
- Not currently enrolled in any kind of government assistance
- Currently living in a state that allows for gestational surrogacy without certain restrictions
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Must have the support of the family and/or partner
- Have a stable personal life and financial situation
- Prohibited from drug use
- No tattoos, blood transfusions, or piercings in the last 12 months
- What Can I Expect from My Surrogate Agency’s Screening Process?
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we require you to go through a rigorous screening process to ensure you will be able to follow through with the surrogacy process without complications. You can expect to undergo a physical and mental health evaluation to ensure you are of sound body and mind to complete a pregnancy. You will also provide us with a detailed personal and family medical history, and you will be required to undergo a background check and in-home assessment. One of our social workers will interview you to get a better idea of why you are pursuing surrogacy and to determine if this is the best route for you.
- How does the Matching Process Work?
Unless you already know the family for whom you would like to be a surrogate, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada will facilitate the matching process between you and prospective intended parents. We will provide you with redacted intended parent profiles, and we will distribute your redacted profile to prospective intended parents. When a mutual match occurs, you will have an opportunity to get to know the intended parents and finalize the match.
- How Long Does the Surrogacy Process Take?
There is no set amount of time it takes to complete the surrogacy process. For some, the whole process might take as little as 1.5 years. For others, it can take multiple years. Some parts of the process might take more time than others. The first implantation attempt might not be successful for some. Others might need more time when searching for the right surrogate or intended parents.
- Will I Receive Surrogacy Compensation?
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we offer surrogates with a generous benefits package to cover any medical, legal, or other surrogacy costs. We will also make sure that you or the intended parents have medical insurance that can cover at least a portion of the medical costs of the surrogacy process. We work closely with the intended parents to ensure your needs are taken care of throughout your surrogacy journey so you don’t have to bear any financial burden.
- What are My Surrogate Rights?
To ensure your rights as a surrogate are protected, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada will make sure you have high-quality legal representation. This is especially important when the intended parents’ attorney drafts the surrogacy contract for you to sign. Before you sign, you will have the right to make adjustments to this contract before it is finalized to make sure your best interests are respected. You have the right to change your mind about being a surrogate before you sign the contract. It is also your right to set a limit on the number of embryos you will accept.
- Will My Surrogate Agency Provide Me with Professional Guidance or Emotional Support?
If at any time you need to seek out guidance or emotional support during your surrogacy journey, you can always talk to one of our surrogacy counselors to obtain clarity and to put your concerns at ease. Whether you are having second thoughts, experiencing difficulty with implantation, or are beginning to bond with the baby you carry, we are here for you to rely on every step of the way.
Where Can You Get Answers to Your Nevada Surrogacy Questions?
No matter where you are in the surrogacy process, don’t hesitate to ask Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada any questions you have. We are more than happy to dive more deeply into any of these frequently asked questions surrogates have about surrogacy in Nevada. It is our mission to make sure you and the intended parents have a successful surrogacy journey that you can look back on with no regrets.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-738-4673 (Elko) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).
Meet the Author: Mary DeStefano is an Ohio native currently living in northern Virginia and works in the litigation consulting industry where she has experience in antitrust, product liability, and mass torts matters. She holds a B.A. in Economics (‘15) and an M.A. in Applied Economics (‘16) from the University of Cincinnati.
Mary is passionate about empowering and supporting those involved in the adoption and surrogacy processes. She finds great meaning in wielding the written word to develop impactful narratives and to help people stay informed. In her spare time, Mary can be found beachcombing and going on other adventures with her dog along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. She also has an affinity for antiquing and loves a good 80’s movie marathon.