A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy for prospective parents who otherwise cannot. A more accurate term for a surrogate would be “carrier”. There are two types of surrogacy: Traditional and Gestational. At Life Through Surrogacy, Inc. we only deal in Gestational Surrogacies.
A gestational carrier (or surrogate) is a woman who is implanted with an embryo created from either the father’s sperm and/or mother’s egg from the intended couple or donor. Embryos are created outside of the womb via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
The easy answer is that, while adoption is a wonderful way to fulfill the dream of becoming a parent, through surrogacy the father’s sperm and/or mother’s egg is used and as such, there will be an actual genetic relationship between the child and the parent(s). Unlike most adoptions, intended parents can closely monitor the health and progress of the pregnancy and birth of their child(ren). The carrier’s obligations and compensation are governed by contract, which provides a distinct measure of security to all involved. One of the most important advantages of surrogacy over adoption is that the gestational carrier (surrogate mother) has almost non-existent parental rights once the baby is born.
As a gestational carrier, you will be providing a very special gift to a couple or individual incapable of bearing a child, or children, on their own. You will also be reimbursed generously for your expenses.
The ideal surrogate mother is either married or in a committed relationship, is already raising at least one child, and does not desire any more children of her own. Moreover, her desire to help those who cannot physically bear children is paramount to being an ideal carrier.Click here to see if you qualify as a prospective gestational surrogate.
The only way to arrange a Surrogacy is to work with an experienced Surrogacy Agency, preferably one with an attorney on staff. IVF clinics will not work on a Surrogacy until and unless the proper legal paperwork has been created and provided. Social workers, psychologists, physicians, and lawyers will be used to evaluate the carrier for suitability. They will also evaluate intended parents and make appropriate matches with potential carriers.Attorneys are required to negotiate surrogacy agreements and prepare other legal documents from beginning to end of the surrogacy process. Visit our About Us page to learn more about our team of experts.
Once a surrogacy contract is agreed upon and signed, medical specialists will obtain the mother’s eggs and/or father’s sperm from the intended parent(s) and implant the embryo(s) in the carrier. Medical specialists will monitor the health of the baby throughout the term of the pregnancy and delivery. The intended parents leave the hospital with their new bundle of joy, and the carrier’s duties are fulfilled.
Participants decide upon, along with the recommendations of Life Through Surrogacy, Inc., a reputable, experienced IVF clinic that is conveniently located for all parties involved.
Professional counseling is provided to the carrier and intended parents, as needed,throughout the surrogacy process, as well as all medical counseling and procedures directly related to the pregnancy. Click here for more detailed information.
Each surrogacy is different and depends on a variety of factors including: availability of a carrier, success of IVF procedures, and a host of others. The average time-frame is 1-2 years from the time you begin the process with Life Through Surrogacy, Inc. and the time your baby is born.
The estimated fees and costs of a surrogacy are subject to change and will vary from case to case.The approximate cost of a gestational surrogacy – from start to finish – is $60,000 to $80,000. There are a variety of variables that could cause the cost to go higher or lower. Click here for a more detailed breakdown of the surrogacy costs.
Under Florida law, “surrogacy” is a process between a carrier and a traditional married couple. As such, when a single person or gay couple wants to pursue this avenue, it is called “Pre-Planned Adoption”. At Life Through Surrogacy, Inc. we believe that everyone, regardless of their marital or sexual status should have the right to become parents. In many cases, pre-planned adoption is the only option for single people and gay couples. Contact us to find out how we can help with your pre-planned adoption and our team will take special care to devise a plan that is right for you. (Fla. Stat. 63.213)
During her pregnancy a gestational surrogate can do anything any other pregnant woman can do, unless otherwise advised by her doctor. So a GS can work her normal full-time job and also receive the legally-allowed reimbursement for her living expenses through the surrogacy.