If you would like more information on how you can become a surrogate or an egg donor, please contact us for applications and additional information.
Wombs of Hope
Northern CA, USA
~~Why Use Wombs of Hope instead of going through the process alone?
It is astonishingly time-consuming to pursue an independent arrangement. These tasks may include advertising, screening, background checks, and of course, handling all the last minute logistical and legal details. Wombs of Hope professionally handles all these issues for you. Some surrogates who offer independent arrangements are doing so because they do not meet the strict criteria set by highly-reputable agencies such as Wombs of Hope. Other surrogates may be qualified but might solicit fees that are significantly above the standard industry compensation package or have ulterior motives. At the end of the day, Wombs of Hope is clearly a more economical and effective choice over any independent arrangement.
~~What is Surrogacy?
A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy for prospective parents who otherwise cannot. There are two types of surrogacy: Traditional and Gestational. At Wombs of Hope we only work with Gestational Surrogates.
~~ What is Gestational Surrogacy?
A gestational surrogate is a woman who is implanted with one or more embryos created from either the father’s sperm and/or mother’s egg from the intended couple or an egg donor. Embryos are created outside of the womb via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
~~Why Choose Surrogacy over Adoption?
The simple 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 there will be an actual genetic connection between the child and the parent(s). Unlike most adoptions, intended parents can closely observe the health and progress of the pregnancy and birth of their child(ren). Both the Surrogate and Intended Parents obligations and compensation are governed by contract, which provides a distinct measure of comfort to all involved. One of the most important advantages of surrogacy over adoption is that the gestational carrier or surrogate has almost non-existent parental rights once the baby is born.
~~Why become a surrogate mother?
As a gestational surrogate, you will be providing an amazing gift to a couple or individual incapable of bearing children on their own. You will also be reimbursed generously for your expenses.
~~Would I be a good candidate to be a carrier?
An ideal surrogate is raising at least one healthy child, and does not desire any more children of her own. She must be in the child bearing years of her life of 21-37, have a healthy BMI and lifestyle. Moreover, her desire to help those who cannot physically bear children is paramount to being an ideal carrier.
~~How is a surrogacy arranged?
The best way to arrange a Surrogacy is to work with an experienced Surrogacy Agency, like Wombs of Hope. IVF clinics will not begin the process until and unless the proper legal paperwork has been created and provided. Social workers, psychologists, physicians, and lawyers will be used to evaluate the potential surrogate for suitability. They will also evaluate intended parents and make appropriate matches with potential surrogates. Attorneys are required to negotiate surrogacy agreements and prepare other legal documents from beginning to end of the surrogacy process.
~~How does the process work?
A simplified explanation is once a surrogacy contract is agreed upon and signed, medical specialists will obtain the mother’s or donor’s eggs and 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.
~~Where do the initial procedures take place?
Intended Parents decide upon, along with possible recommendations of Wombs of Hope, a reputable, experienced IVF clinic that is conveniently located for all parties involved.
~~Aside from the generous living expense reimbursement, what is provided to the parties involved during the course of the surrogacy?
Professional guidance is provided to the surrogate and intended parents, as needed, throughout the surrogacy process, as well as all medical counseling and procedures directly related to the pregnancy.
~~How long does the process take?
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 Wombs of Hope and the time your baby is born.
~~How much does it cost?
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.
~~Can gay or lesbian couples or single people take part in the surrogacy process?
At Wombs of Hope we believe that everyone, regardless of their marital or sexual status should have the right to become parents.
~~Can a surrogate still keep her regular job during the time she’s pregnant as a surrogate? If so, does it affect her expense reimbursement during the surrogacy?
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.