Sharing the Miracle of Life.

Dive into the heartwarming journey of surrogacy, where families are not only giving the gift of life, but also teaching the next generation the invaluable lessons of kindness and empathy.

Fostering Joy and Fulfilling Dreams.

Surrogates share many stories about what initiated their desires to become a surrogate.  Explore how surrogacy is more than just an act of love—it’s often a stepping stone to fulfill both a purpose and a dream.  From the act of giving to achieving family dreams, from securing a child’s education to buying a home, surrogacy opens doors to profound and life changing experiences.

Why Become a Surrogate?

Here are just a few of the many reasons they took the leap to become one of life’s greatest gift-givers.

  • Life Transforming, Heartfelt Giving “I embraced the profound joy of enabling another family’s dreams and showed my children what compassion and empathy really looks like.”
  • Securing Our Future with the Gift of Life “We’re discovering how surrogacy not only nurtures another family but also fortifies our own, helping us achieve financial dreams and securing a brighter future for everyone.”
  • Strengthening Family Ties with Every Heartbeat “We experience the unique bond that surrogacy brings. It’s drawing our family closer as we share in the collective pride and gift of creating new life.  It’s the most incredible experience to share.”

Your Surrogacy Guide

We know you have lots of questions about Surrogacy and how it works. Below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions our clients bring to us in this simple guide. 

We’re standing by to answer other questions you may have at info@lespetitssurrogacy.com or by requesting a phone consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Surrogacy

Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, wherein a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person or couple who will become the child’s parent(s) after birth. People may choose surrogacy as an option for many reasons.
Some cannot conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.  Others may have medical reasons.  This can include couples facing infertility, same-sex couples, and any single individual seeking to have children.

There are two main types of surrogacy:  Traditional (where the surrogate is the biological mother) and Gestational (where the surrogate has no biological ties to the baby).  At Les Petits Surrogacy we only focus on Gestational Surrogacy.

Gestational Surrogacy – Gestational surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo created via in vitro fertilization (IVF), using the egg and sperm of the intended parents or donors. The gestational surrogate has no biological or genetic ties to the child, as the egg and sperm used to create the embryo are not hers. This is the most common type of surrogacy and often preferred due to its clear separation of biological and gestational roles, which can simplify the legal situation regarding the parentage of the child.

Surrogacy requires careful consideration and planning, including legal arrangements that respect the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. It is important for those considering surrogacy to consult with legal and medical professionals to navigate the complex aspects of this process.

Overall, being a surrogate offers the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of others while experiencing amazing growth and fulfillment.  While it’s a unique and rewarding journey filled with love, surrogacy can be filled with questions and misconceptions.  We’ve worked to address many of them here.

 

 

Many surrogates work, go to school and may be raising a family at the same time.

At Les Petits Surrogacy we only focus on gestational surrogacy.  In this type of surrogacy there are no genetic ties to the baby and you will not be related to the child.

 

There are many steps to the surrogacy process and it’s often best to take each one a step at a time.  We’re here to help you navigate each one and we pride ourselves on making each step as clear as possible.  We’re also aware of the challenges along the way and will work with you to overcome any obstacles.

To help understand what’s involved you’ll want to familiarize yourself with  your surrogacy journey.

The compensation for gestational surrogates can vary depending on various factors such as location, agency fees, medical expenses, and any additional compensation for specific circumstances or requirements. However, a typical compensation package for gestational surrogates in the United States may include the following breakdown:

  1. Base Compensation: This is the core compensation paid to the gestational surrogate for carrying the pregnancy to term. The base compensation can vary widely but often ranges from $55,000 to over $100,000. Factors such as the surrogate’s experience, location, and agency fees may influence the base compensation amount.
  2. Extras: Gestational surrogates receive a monthly allowance to cover additional expenses related to pregnancy and additional allowances for items such as maternity clothing, prenatal vitamins, wellness and travel to medical appointments. The monthly allowance typically ranges from $300 or more per month.
  3. Medical Expenses: The intended parents cover all medical expenses associated with the surrogacy journey, including prenatal care, fertility treatments, labor and delivery costs, and any necessary medical procedures. These expenses are separate from the base compensation and can vary depending on the surrogate’s health insurance coverage and specific medical needs.
  4. Insurance Coverage: In some cases, the intended parents may also provide health insurance coverage for the gestational surrogate to cover medical expenses related to the pregnancy and childbirth. If the surrogate does not have adequate insurance coverage, the intended parents may purchase a surrogacy friendly insurance policy.
  5. Lost Wages: Gestational surrogates may receive compensation for any lost wages or income due to time off work for medical appointments, pregnancy-related restrictions, and recovery after childbirth. The amount of lost wages compensation varies depending on the surrogate’s individual circumstances and may be negotiated as part of the overall compensation package.
  6. Additional Compensation: Depending on the surrogacy arrangement, gestational surrogates may receive additional compensation for specific circumstances, requirements or requests. For example, surrogates may receive extra compensation for carrying multiples (e.g., twins or triplets), adhering to an organic diet, undergoing a cesarean section, or experiencing pregnancy-related complications.

Compensation is typically outlined in a legal contract between the surrogate and the intended parents, and it’s essential for both parties to fully understand and agree to the terms before proceeding with the surrogacy journey. Additionally, compensation amounts and breakdowns may vary in different states and countries where surrogacy is practiced.

Overall, surrogates have rights that are intended to protect their well-being, autonomy, and dignity throughout the surrogacy journey. It’s essential for surrogates to be fully informed, supported, and empowered to make decisions that align with their values and preferences.

At Les Petits Surrogacy each surrogate’s needs, preferences, and well-being, are honored and respected.  We take special pride in ensuring our surrogate’s rights.  Typical surrogacy rights span:

Autonomy and Choice:  Within surrogacy, our surrogates are empowered with autonomy. They are able to embrace the path that feels aligned with their desires, choosing the intended parents who resonate with them.

Guided by Informed Consent:  Our surrogates are steeped in knowledge. Every step of the surrogacy process is shared, illuminating the journey ahead with awareness.

Screening and Matching:  Surrogates undergo thorough screening processes to ensure they are physically, emotionally, and psychologically prepared for surrogacy.  We also guide our surrogates through the matching process every step of the way. They actively participate in the matching process including the opportunity to review profiles of intended parents and the selection process.

Communication and Support:  Surrogates have the right to open and transparent communication with the surrogacy agency or intended parents. They should receive adequate support, counseling, and guidance throughout the surrogacy journey, including access to mental health professionals.

Legal Protections: Surrogates have legal rights and protections outlined in surrogacy contracts. These contracts should clearly define the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of all parties involved, including compensation, medical care, and any potential contingencies.   All surrogates need to consult an attorney in their state.

Healthcare and Well-being: Surrogates have the right to receive quality healthcare and medical support throughout the surrogacy process. This includes regular prenatal care, monitoring of their health and the health of the baby, and access to medical resources if complications arise.

Financial Compensation and Benefits: Surrogates have the right to fair and reasonable financial compensation for their time, effort, and the physical risks associated with surrogacy. Compensation should cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs, as well as additional compensation for the surrogate’s time and commitment.

Respect and Dignity: Surrogates have the right to be treated with respect, dignity, and empathy by all parties involved in the surrogacy process. They should not be subjected to coercion, pressure, or exploitation, and their decisions and boundaries should be honored at all times.

It takes a special woman to qualify as a surrogate. Surrogates must live in surrogate-friendly states.  A friendly state is one that has laws recognizing surrogacy and protecting all parties.  Other qualifications may vary in different states.   In general, here’s what you need to qualify.

  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • Age Requirements: Must be between 21 and 40 years old.
  • Pregnancy History: Must have had at least one full-term pregnancy without complications and be raising your child.
  • C-section Limit: Must have had no more than two C-sections.
  • Termination and Reduction:  Must be comfortable leaving all decisions regarding termination and reduction up to Intended Parent(s). 
  • Residency: Must reside in a state that is supportive of surrogacy (refer to provided surrogate-friendly state map).
  • Health Criteria: Must have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) of 32 or less (check your BMI using the provided calculator).
  • Medication Restrictions: Cannot be taking any medication for anxiety or depression, as these could pose risks during pregnancy and recovery.
  • Smoking and Exposure: Must be a non-smoker and not exposed to second-hand smoke, including vaping and medical marijuana.
  • Drug Use: Must not use illegal drugs or have a history of illegal drug use.
  • Financial Independence: Cannot be heavily dependent on any federal or state financial assistance.
  • Criminal Background: Must have no criminal record.
  • Financial Stability: Must be financially stable.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: There is no requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

These stringent requirements ensure that surrogates are physically and emotionally equipped to handle the demands and responsibilities of carrying a pregnancy for someone else.

Surrogacy regulation in the U.S. largely depends on individual state laws where the surrogate resides making the process complex, especially across state lines. Surrogacy laws are also quite new and subject to frequent changes.
Les Petits Surrogacy keeps up many changes but we advise surrogates and intended parents alike to discuss all applicable laws with their attorney during the legal phase for the latest changes and implications.

Most Surrogacy-Friendly States in the U.S. States such as California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington are known for their surrogacy-friendly laws. These states allow surrogacy for all parents, enable both parents to be named on the birth certificate, and facilitate pre-birth orders to establish legal parentage before the child’s birth.

States Where Caution Is Advised or Surrogacy is Prohibited
Surrogacy isn’t legal in all U.S. states, such as Louisiana.  In other states, legal hurdles may exist or surrogacy may not be advised. 

If You are Intended Parents in an Unfriendly Surrogate State
If you live in a state where surrogacy is banned or fraught with legal difficulties, there are still numerous options available. Many intended parents from less surrogacy-friendly states choose to engage surrogates from states with more favorable laws. Surrogacy agencies often have a broad network of surrogates across various states, and consulting with a surrogacy specialist can help clarify the best approach for your family-building journey.

Applying is easy.  Simply take this preliminary quiz to see if you qualify to become a surrogate.  Upon submission of your form, Rebecca will contact you to schedule your initial consultation.   After your consultation and upon approval to proceed you’ll fill out an in-depth application which will be used to start your matching process with couples seeking to be Intended Parents.

You can also learn more about the surrogacy process and timeline whenever you’re ready!