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How to Become a Surrogate

Empowering women, empowering families.

Fairfax Surrogacy surrogates have completed their own families but want to transform lives by helping grow other families. In becoming a surrogate, women give other families the hope and joy of a pregnancy, which they otherwise would not have. And in the process, they change the families’ lives as well as their own.

Be a part of something amazing.

Surrogate Requirements

While we hold all of our Fairfax Surrogacy clients in high regard, we also hold them to high standards. And that includes you. Our experience has provided us with a set of requirements for surrogates that produce the best results for all involved, with a priority of protecting the surrogate’s health and safety.

To qualify as a surrogate, you must:

Be between the ages of 21 and 42 years old.

Have family support. 

Live in a surrogacy-friendly state. 

Have a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 32. 

Be a legal resident of the United States. 

Have had at least one, full-term, uncomplicated pregnancy and birth. 

Have had 5 or fewer previous deliveries. 

Have had 2 or fewer Cesarean sections. 

Be willing to travel for screening and embryo transfer procedures.

Provide Medical Documentation of Medical History and Past Pregnancies

We have a host of incentives and goodies for our surrogates who qualify, and we can’t wait to tell you about them. You will be in the driver’s seat for choosing intended parents and your support team.

Surrogacy Process & Timeline

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Become a Surrogate Step One
Step One: Application Process

We will spend some time getting to know you and making sure we have answered all your questions. Then, we will have a few questions of our own.

We will gather information through questionnaires, an interview, and your medical history, including your pregnancy and delivery records.

Also, at this time, we will want to know what your preferences are for matching with intended parents.

You will undergo some basic laboratory testing and a psychological assessment. We also will review your medical insurance to determine which, if any, aspects of the surrogacy are covered. To prevent unforeseen expenses for you, we may need to change or expand your health insurance coverage.

Step Two
Step Two: Matching and Medical

Once we know you well, you will take the helm to choose potential intended parents. First, we will provide you with a few profiles of intended parents, based on your preferences from Step One, to select. You will be paired with the intended parents when all parties are on board.

You will begin building your connection with your intended parents during your Match Meeting. We will introduce you to each other so you can start building your relationship.

Then, the fertility clinic will review all of your medical records plus your lab results from Step One so that you can obtain medical clearance for surrogacy. You will need to travel to the fertility clinic for your medical evaluation. The trip typically takes one to two days, depending on proximity.

Become a Surrogate Step Three
Step Three: Legal Process

To make sure you know and understand all of your rights as a surrogate, you will meet with an experienced surrogacy attorney in your area, referred to you by Fairfax Surrogacy. The Gestational Carrier Agreement will cover the legal aspects of your journey as a surrogate, and the attorney will represent your interests as you read and understand the contract.

Become a Surrogate Step Four
Step Four: Fertility Cycle

It is time to prepare your body to carry its precious cargo. First, you will start the fertility clinic’s medication protocol to prepare for the embryo transfer and pregnancy and begin lab work and ultrasounds for that process. Then, you will make a two- to three-day trip to the intended parents’ clinic for the embryo transfer. The follow-up to confirm and monitor the pregnancy may occur either at a local clinic or at the intended parents’ clinic. It depends on what all parties have decided.

Become a Surrogate Step Five
Step Five: Pregnancy

Your prenatal checkups will take place with your provider. Your case manager will work with you closely to support you and provide any resources you need. If you haven’t been already, this is the time to lean on family for support and potentially join the virtual surrogacy support group. Everyone aims for the surrogate to be healthy, happy, and calm as we anticipate the new arrival.

Become a Surrogate Step Six
Step Six: Delivery

All of the hopes and dreams have pointed toward this special moment. Finally, the baby arrives, and you will be witness to the magic of your intended parents holding their baby for the first time. While this will be the end of the journey, it is only the beginning in so many more ways.

You will see lives transform – including your own – in front of your very eyes.

How Much Does a Surrogate Get Paid

We want our surrogates to know and understand the compensation from the beginning. Therefore, transparency is our priority, with no hidden loopholes or additional requirements thrown in along the way.

We offer a generous Benefits Package starting at $50,000, with additional fees and bonuses.

To receive additional information about our Surrogate Benefits Package:

The Fairfax Difference

Surrogacy

The Experience

Fairfax is proud to have been founded by those who established the Genetics & IVF Institute. GIVF has been helping families grow since 1984 through innovative technology and compassionate, comprehensive infertility treatment.

Because the warmth and closeness of family are more important now than ever, we bring our integrity and family-building experience to surrogates and intended parents. Fairfax Surrogacy is led by women who themselves have been surrogates or gestational carriers. Who better to understand your journey as a surrogate than someone who has been on the journey herself?

Friendly Support

At Fairfax Surrogacy, we specialize in happy surprises. Connecting surrogates with intended parents is just the beginning.

Of course, there will be many milestones and checklists along the way. Lucky for you as the surrogate, we are as good at guiding and supporting you as we are with juggling all the details. Remember that our staff has been surrogates too, and you will also have a case manager who will be with you at each step of your path to parenthood. We are available by phone, text, email, and Zoom from the first discussions of whom to match with, booking medical appointments and travel, to delivery and beyond. A virtual support group offers another avenue for exchanging tips and sharing the love of surrogacy.

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Become a Surrogate- Financial Transparency

Financial Transparency

Fertility is a joyful yet serious undertaking. Surrogates will know all of the requirements and compensation details upfront.

We mean it when we say that the only kinds of surprises we want to deliver are happy ones, so rest assured that there would not be hidden obligations or expenses along the way. Fairfax Surrogacy will purchase life insurance and medical insurance (if needed) and ensure that all payments will be made to surrogates and their providers in a timely fashion. In addition, our surrogates will have no financial obligation for pregnancy-related expenses.

Fairfax Surrogate FAQs

Surrogacy is a gift in the lives of both families and surrogates. All successful relationships are built on communication and trust. We have answered questions below so that you can begin to better understand the value of a trusting surrogacy relationship.

Gestational carriers, also known as gestational surrogates, are by far the most popular option being used by couples. Gestational surrogates are not genetically related to the child that they carry. Instead, modern technology allows the gestational surrogate to carry a genetically unrelated fetus through donor eggs or using the intended mother’s eggs. Gestational surrogacy is what Fairfax Surrogacy does.

Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate not only carries the child but also uses her eggs. This means she is the biological mother who carries the child with the intention of parentage placed to the intended parent(s) upon birth. Because of the traditional surrogate’s biological connection to the baby, traditional surrogacy raises many legal and medical concerns. If you are interested in this route, please proceed with tremendous caution.

Nothing! Financial transparency for surrogates is one of our priorities. All pregnancy related expenses are covered, and there will be no hidden costs or exceptions along the way. In addition, you will receive compensation for your time.

Yes. From the beginning, we will be talking to you about your matching preferences. We will provide profiles of intended parents who meet your criteria. If your preferred intended parents agree to the match, then we will connect everyone virtually so you can begin to get acquainted. From there, the relationship can take shape however the surrogate and intended parents see fit.

Yes, you can. We will accept surrogates who have had 2 c-sections.

Ready to begin your journey?