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How to Become a Surrogate

“The greatest good is what we do for one another.”

Interested in Being a Surrogate in Nevada?

Being a surrogate takes enormous commitment and can bring lifelong rewards. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada specializes in gestational surrogacy. This is when the baby is not biologically related to the carrier. Instead, the embryo is created via in vitro fertilization (IVF), using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors, and is then transferred to the surrogate. The gestational carrier then carries the child to term.

Our experience and expertise can help you through every step, ensuring you are safe and supported, well represented, and receive expert medical care. We believe that surrogates, who change lives, deserve exceptional support!

Our unique surrogacy program helps you confirm that surrogacy is right for you, matches you with intended parents, and supports you through your surrogacy journey in Nevada.

 

Who Can Be a Gestational Carrier?

 

Gestational carriers through Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Be a U.S. citizen with birth certificate and possess valid identification
  • Be between the ages of 21-39 years old
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18-31
  • No new tattoos, piercings, or blood transfusions within the last 12 months
  • Do not take illicit drugs nor medications not prescribed
  • Not taking any medication that may harm the pregnancy
  • Have had at least one uncomplicated birth
  • Parenting at least one child (there are certain exceptions to this)
  • Be a non-smoker, living in a non-smoking home, for at least one-year before completing our application
  • Not receiving any public assistance (including Medicaid and food stamps)
  • Willing to complete a background check and psychological evaluation

 

Screening Process for Gestational Carriers:

 

If you meet Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada’s requirements to become a gestational carrier (surrogate), you can proceed with the screening process which may include the following elements:

 

  • Application: your initial application will ask you some general questions about you and your reasons for pursuing surrogacy. After submitting the initial application, you will be contacted by one of our surrogacy specialist, who will gather more detailed information from you.
  • Medical history information: we will ask you to submit detailed information about your health history as well as your family.
  • Social history information: we may ask you to also submit detailed information about your social life and personality.
  • Physical examination: you will be required to meet with a fertility specialist for a physical exam and other lab work to ensure you are healthy enough for surrogacy.
  • In-home assessment: a social worker may meet with you in your home to talk more about your motivations for pursuing surrogacy and goals. This meeting provides you the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the process, and will help us get to know you better.
  • Background checks: you will need to consent to standard criminal records and background checks.
  • Mental health evaluation: you will likely be required to meet with a mental health care professional to ensure that you fully understand the emotional impact of surrogacy and to determine that you are psychologically ready for the challenges of surrogacy.

 

Medical Requirements for Surrogates:

 

Your health is central to a successful surrogacy! As a surrogate, you will be required to undergo several medical tests and procedures and take fertility medications throughout the surrogacy process. Medically, you will be closely monitored throughout the entire journey.

The medical requirements for surrogates look something like this:

 

  • Medical screening: this is part of the initial screening process. The medical screening will involve a physical as well as a variety of lab and blood work testing. You will be screened for sexually transmitted diseases and other communicable diseases, viruses and infections that can affect your fertility, and drug use. Your spouse or partner will likely also need to be screened for STDs and drug use. You will also have an ultrasound to determine the health of your uterus.
  • Fertility treatments: once legal contracts with the intended parents are signed, you will prepare for your surrogate pregnancy with fertility treatments. You will be prescribed several medications, which might include hormones and birth control pills; these help regulate your cycle and prepare you for IVF. You can expect more blood tests, injections, and ultrasounds throughout the IVF process – as well as through the beginning of your pregnancy.
  • Embryo transfer: the intended mother’s (or donor’s) egg will be fertilized in the laboratory using the intended father’s (or donor’s) sperm. After an incubation period, the fertilized embryo is transferred into your uterus for implantation. This procedure is quick and painless and usually does not require medication or anesthesia. You may be required to stay at the fertility clinic for a few hours and rest for a few days after the transfer.
  • Prenatal care: you will make routine visits to the fertility clinic (or your own OB) to receive regular blood tests and ultrasounds. You will continue to receive prenatal care as you would with any pregnancy.

 

Legal Requirements for Surrogates:

 

The legal contract is one of the most important requirements for your surrogacy journey. Each surrogacy agreement varies depending on your circumstances and the relationship with the intended parents. Your specific legal rights and obligations will be outlined in your contract and we will ensure you fully understand the contract.

Prior to beginning medical procedures, you and the intended parents must agree to and sign the contract, which may include details such as:

  • Compensation
  • Possible risks
  • Your responsibilities as the surrogate
  • Relinquishment of the child
  • And much more…

In most cases, the intended parents’ attorney will draft the contract. You will review the contract with your own attorney to ensure that all of your requests have been included. Don’t worry, we will mediate all of these relationships! Once all necessary revisions have been made and both parties agree to the terms of the contract, you and the intended parents will sign the paperwork and the contract becomes legally binding. At that point, you can begin receiving payments and prepare for the embryo transfer.

 

 

Frequently Asked Surrogacy Questions for Surrogates:

Do I get paid to be a surrogate?

The monetary benefits of becoming a surrogate mother are significant, but the indescribable sense of fulfillment our surrogates get from helping intended families bring a child into the world cannot be found doing anything else.

Surrogate pay depends on a few factors: where the surrogate lives, whether or not she has insurance, and if she’s an experienced gestational carrier.

Surrogates can earn up to $60k in pay and benefits.

What is the surrogacy process?

While it’s relatively simple to understand ‘What is Surrogacy?”, understanding the process is a bit more involved. The surrogacy process can be complex, and working with an experienced agency like Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada helps navigate the milestones and provides support when you need it most.

A general overview of the surrogacy process looks like this:

• Apply as a surrogate (or as an intended parent)
• Meet all requirements (surrogates) and complete initial consultation (intended parents)
• Surrogate and Parent Matching
• Medical screenings, surrogate medications, and embryo transfer
• Confirmation of pregnancy
• Delivery day and beyond

Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada is a relationship-based agency, meaning we encourage strong relationships between intended parents and surrogates!

Why should I choose Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada?

As a surrogate, when you embark on a journey with us, we promise to be next to you every step of the way. We promise to educate, lead, and guide you through your surrogacy journey. We will work tirelessly to support you as you help make a family’s dream come true. 

Our two-way matching process focuses on finding the best fit for you and your intended parents. We offer extensive support to our surrogates from the moment you start researching through the pregnancy and delivery, and beyond. We have the highest level of dedication to our surrogates than any other surrogacy agency in Nevada. 

How do I apply to become a surrogate?

If you are interested in applying to our program to become a surrogate, you can email us here. You will be contacted within about 24 hours to inform you of the next steps.

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What Are My Next Steps To Surrogacy?

From your first contact with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we’re here to help you with the application process, screening, matching, legal representation, medical care, coordination of services and all steps in between! Begin by filling out the form below:

 

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