A High Demand For Surrogate Mothers In The U.S.

Surrogate Mothers – Important Information to Consider

The need for Gestational Carriers or Surrogate Mothers grows as more individuals and couples seek to create families. Infertility is growing at alarming rates as women delay child bearing and as same sex couples explore surrogacy in order to secure the desire for biological children.

Demand for surrogate mothers in the US is also growing since gestational carriers are very desirable for international couples due to restrictive laws in other countries. The demand for carriers is highly prevalent in the US due to our relaxed laws in comparison to other countries.  Even certain states are friendlier than others.

Using a gestational carrier costs approximately $75,000, and despite this high cost of, GCs are still in great demand.

Achieving a surrogate pregnancy is truly a selfless and beautiful journey, especially when the surrogate mothers and intended parents are an ideal match professionally, personally and when all parties have like minded attitudes towards the pregnancy.

For GCs it is important to find the best agency or 3rd party coordinator to insure that you are well represented and that you have an advocate to help you through the surrogacy arrangement. We are a private entity that offers a unique one on one approach, giving the carriers a very personal touch to a  journey while acting as her advocate to ensure all things are done fairly and equitably.

If you are interested in learning more about being a Gestational Carrier, contact me today! I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy Payne



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Generous Donations: Egg Donors and Surrogates

Surrogate Mother

By Laurie McLaughlin

When a couple is having trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy, sometimes a “third party” is enlisted to help. These women—egg donors and surrogates—are giving one of the greatest gifts of all. Find out why they do it.


The phrase “third-party reproduction” sounds so impersonal. But the egg donors and surrogates who help couples achieve their dream of parenthood are anything but. These women are giving of themselves in the most personal way possible. And most times the couples who are the recipients of these gifts are strangers.


Who are these women? Why do they do what they do? If you’re cynically thinking it’s just for the money, think again. Donating eggs or carrying a pregnancy involves real health risks that money really can’t compensate for. Egg retrieval is a surgical procedure that requires weeks of shots and discomfort followed by another couple of weeks of recuperation. Pregnancy and childbirth, of course, with the preliminary hormonal treatments and recuperation following delivery, affects at least a year of the surrogate mother’s life (and her family’s). The majority of women who carry a child for another woman are “gestational surrogates,” meaning the child inside them was created with the egg from either the intended mother or another donor. Traditional surrogacy arrangements, in which the surrogate also provides the egg, are much less common today, because both the intended parents and the surrogates have concerns about issues of attachment if the baby is both genetically created and carried by the same woman.


For both egg donors and surrogates, the fees that are paid are meant to cover medical fees as well as pain and suffering. Laws from state to state vary, and some are more surrogate- and donor-friendly than others. Fees also vary, with areas such as California paying as much as $25,000 for a surrogacy and $8,500 for egg donation. It’s unlikely that anyone would agree to be a surrogate or egg donor for strangers without compensation, but money alone can’t explain why women put their lives on the line to do it.


ConceiveOnline.com talked with six egg donors and surrogates and asked them to tell their own stories of why they do what they do… Come back again to read a egg donor/surrogacy story from Terri!




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Gestational surrogacy cost

Is It Worth It?

Gestational surrogacy cost can average from 100,000 to 150,000, this also includes fees, miscellaneous and possible medical reimbursements and insurances, but it does vary due to many factors. What factors do you wonder? Factors could include but are not limited to insurance coverage, medical procedures that may be required, and the legal representation that is needed. There could be circumstantial expenses that must be covered such as travel expenses for the Gestational Carrier (GC.)

Why should you go to the expense of using a GC which can be substantial?  One of the most important advantages is that the carrier has no genetic ties to your newborn.  This child is biologically a combination of only you and your partner or perhaps an anonymous egg donor or sperm donor was involved. This advantage carries with it an important clause as it has the ability to help you with the legality of parenthood as well. This is an advantage that also helps the carrier as well. Since she has no true ties to the newborn, she is more prepared for the psychological issues that could arise during this process.

It is important for Intended Parents to decide if they can financially handle the fees and according to an extensive study by Yale’s Fertility Center, there are quite a few candidates who should consider this option. One, is women who have been born without a functioning uterus or have had it surgically removed. Women who have acquired disorders, which in turn has made their uterus unsuitable for pregnancy…disorders such as extensive fibroids, adenomyosis or Asherman’s. There are also those women who have certain medical conditions that make any pregnancy a serious and potentially fatal risk, such as women who have a recurring problem with miscarriages and male same-sex couples.

Is there a reason why the fees for using a carrier are so high? Well there are a number of reasons why it is high, but what any potential parent should pay close attention to is the screening process of the carrier. All GCs who are legitimately acquired through an agency must submit to a thorough medical investigation and background check as well as a host of blood-work.  They must meet the guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which are quite extensive and precise.

The woman must be healthy and ages between 21 and 40 to ensure safety of the newborn. She must have had at least one successful birth, without so much as a smudge of complications. There is an evaluation that includes a psychological evaluation, and screening in addition to passing a medical screening. The medical does not stop after passing the screening, but it is an ongoing process throughout the pregnancy to monitor the health of the surrogate mother. A surrogacy arrangement may seem high on paper, but compared to the measures taken to ensure the successful birth of your newborn and the ability to use your own genetics those fees are priceless.