Parent FAQs 2017-10-06T14:22:12+00:00
If the surrogate miscarries or something causes the baby to stop developing, do we still pay the surrogate payments? 2017-10-06T15:08:51+00:00

You only reimburse the surrogate for her time while she is pregnant. If you wish to proceed with an additional transfer there are some monthly payments that will still be required to be paid. For example;  insurance premiums, the surrogates’ monthly allowance, etc.

How much extra should I pay if I want twins? 2017-10-06T15:05:47+00:00

The agency fee is not increased if you wish to have twins. However, the costs for other aspects of the surrogacy do increase accordingly. For example; the surrogate’s living expenses, clothing allowance and monthly allowance just to name a few. Your main concern should be the medical bills associated with a twin pregnancy and birth. Pregnancies with more than one baby are considered “high risk” and preterm delivery is often the result. Babies born prematurely are typically placed in the NICU for monitoring which becomes extremely expensive. The newborn babies are NEVER placed on the surrogate’s insurance and thus baby insurance must be purchased by the parents, which is another cost to take into consideration.

How many available surrogates located in California do you have? 2017-10-06T15:05:08+00:00

This amount varies as we get such a large amount of surrogate applications monthly. For most of our parents there is no real benefit in having a surrogate located in CA versus a different state.

What are the odds that the surrogate mother will become pregnant on the first embryo transfer? 2017-10-06T15:04:27+00:00

It’s best to discuss this with your IVF clinic as they are a big determining factor. Success rates are dependent on many factors including embryo quality. Please contact your IVF clinic to better understand. If you need a referral to the best IVF clinics in the field, please let us know and we’d be happy to make some recommendations for your family.

How can I make payments in the future? Can I use my credit card? 2017-10-06T15:04:00+00:00

Payments are typically made via secure wire transfers to your trust account. On some rare occasions we can accept payments to your trust account via your credit card. (This pertains to surrogacy cycles only.)

Is a repeat surrogate better than first-time surrogate? 2017-10-06T15:03:15+00:00

A repeat surrogate is not necessarily better than a first time surrogate. Every surrogate goes through a very thorough screening process which includes a medical and psychological screening. These screenings confirm whether or not she is a good candidate for surrogacy.

What is the difference between a “repeat” surrogate and “first-time” surrogate? 2017-10-06T15:02:26+00:00

To be considered a “repeat surrogate” a woman must have given birth to a live surrogate baby in the past. “First-time” surrogates are typically going through this process for the first time. All surrogates must have had at least one child for themselves in order to qualify for our program.

What if we have problems obtaining our visas, what will happen to our baby? 2017-10-06T15:01:44+00:00

If you are unable to come to the U.S. due to problems with your visa, you MUST contact our agency and the legal office at least 6 weeks prior to the estimated delivery date. Once notified we will work together to ensure you have an appointed family member here in the U.S. in time to get your baby.

If we miss the birth can my surrogate take the baby home until I arrive? 2017-10-06T15:00:32+00:00

No she cannot take your baby home.  The baby will stay in the hospital until you arrive.

What do I do if I think my surrogate is in breach of the contract? 2017-10-06T14:52:26+00:00

Please contact your surrogacy coordinator first and then your attorney if you feel your surrogate is in breach of the contract.

When should I come to United States to pick up the baby and what’s the minimum/maximum period I have to stay in America? 2017-10-06T14:51:47+00:00

You will need to arrive in the U.S at least one to 1-2 weeks prior to your baby’s birth and you will stay in the states at least 4 to 8 weeks after. It can take up to 4 to 8 weeks to obtain the documents needed to go back home.

When is a good time to start look for surrogate? 2017-10-06T14:48:03+00:00

As soon as you have embryo’s created and/or a donor secured in place, is the best time to start looking for a surrogate.

Are the fees different if I choose to work with a surrogate who lives outside of CA? 2017-10-06T14:47:11+00:00

No additional fees will occur for working with an out of state surrogate.

What’s the difference between working with a surrogate in California versus surrogates in other states? 2017-10-06T14:46:01+00:00

Working with a surrogate outside of CA can be the same as working with a surrogate that lives in CA. We thoroughly research each state’s current laws to ensure that we can proceed with your match prior to moving forward. Thankfully, there are only a few states that do not allow surrogacy.

If the surrogate miscarries or something causes the baby to stop developing, do we still pay the surrogate payments? 2017-10-06T14:37:12+00:00

You only reimburse the surrogate for her time while she is pregnant. If you wish to proceed with an additional transfer there are some monthly payments that will still be required to be paid. For example;  insurance premiums, the surrogates’ monthly allowance, etc.

Can everything be done through email/skype during the surrogacy journey? 2017-10-06T14:45:17+00:00

Yes! In fact we specialize in this type of virtual communication.  Everything can be done via email, telephone call, Skype, WeChat and in-person if you desire.  Parents are required to be at the birth of their baby and must stay for a short time after the birth before taking them home. We pride ourselves on having good communication with you and your surrogate throughout the process. Your IVF physician may have additional travel requirements for their services.

How long does it take to match with a surrogate? How long until the actual embryo transfer and then delivery? 2017-10-06T14:35:37+00:00

There are a lot of factors involved in this process, which makes it difficult to give exact timeframes. The matching process can be fairly quick (a few weeks) or take longer (a few months) depending on any preferences you have for your surrogate or anything your IVF physician has stipulated. Once you have matched with your surrogate, the medical screening process usually takes approximately 1 month to complete and then another month to complete the legal process. After the legal process is completed, the cycle can begin in accordance with your IVF physician’s protocol. Once pregnant, barring any unforeseen complications, you can expect a normal pregnancy time-frame.

How do you “monitor” surrogates during their pregnancy? 2017-10-06T14:35:09+00:00

If the parents wish to do so, they can have their surrogate sign a HIPAA with their OB physician’s office after they graduate from the IVF clinic. This will allow the parents to contact the OB directly for updates regarding the pregnancy. We also have the ability to have the surrogates undergo random drug screenings at the request of their IPs in accordance with their contract. Aside from her regular doctor’s appointments, our surrogates all meet with our in-house Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist once a month. Our surrogates not only work with their regular coordinators, but also have regular access to our Care Coordinators, which are a team of experienced surrogates who are available to answer any questions and concerns that only a prior surrogate can answer. Beginning in September 2017, we’re also offering Surrogate Virtual Meet Ups where our surrogates can join a private group of surrogates where they can support and encourage one another with the help of our LMFTs.

What is your rate of success as agency? 2017-10-06T14:34:03+00:00

Although our rates of success are measured differently than those of IVF physicians, we have seen our delivery rates increase drastically in the last few years. In 2014 we had 67 babies born and that doubled in 2015 with 130 healthy babies born to happy parents . In 2016 we had 136 babies born, however the majority of those babies were singleton pregnancies, whereas there were more twins born in 2015. We always strive for healthy surrogates and babies, so quality is always preferred over quantity.

Do you have any available surrogates? 2017-10-06T14:31:07+00:00

On average, our Surrogacy Admissions team receives approximately 200 new surrogate applications each month. After our extensive screening process, about 25% of those go on to become surrogate mothers. This is in part due to ASRM guidelines and recommendations made by the physicians and attorneys that we work with. While many women may want to become surrogates, not all can meet the high standards required to help have a healthy pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.

Frequently Asked Questions Parents Ask About Surrogacy

Below we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that parents ask about our surrogacy program. We hope that this will help you to better understand the surrogacy process, but please feel free to contact us with any additional questions. Make sure you’ve registered in our secure database in order to view our available surrogates. Once registered, your surrogacy coordinator can give you more detailed information for your surrogacy journey.

  1. Do you have any available surrogates?
  2. What is your rate of success as agency?
  3. How do you “monitor” surrogates during their pregnancy?
  4. How long does it take to match with a surrogate? How long until the actual embryo transfer and then delivery?
  5. Does Extraordinary Conceptions offer help in obtaining the baby’s passport and travel documents after the baby is born?
  6. Can everything  be done through email/skype during the surrogacy journey?
  7. If the surrogate miscarries or something causes the baby to stop developing, do we still pay the surrogate payments?
  8. What’s the difference between working with a surrogate in California versus surrogates in other states?
  9. Are the fees different if I choose to work with a surrogate who lives outside of CA?
  10. When is a good time to start look for surrogate?
  11. When should I come to United States to pick up the baby and what’s the minimum/maximum period I have to stay in America?
  12. What do I do if I think my surrogate is in breach of the contract?
  13. If we miss the birth can my surrogate take the baby home until I arrive?
  14. What if we have problems obtaining our visas, what will happen to our baby?
  15. What is the difference between a “repeat” surrogate and “first-time” surrogate?
  16. Is a repeat surrogate better than first-time surrogate?
  17. How can I make payments in the future? Can I use my credit card?
  18. What are the odds that the surrogate mother will become pregnant on the first embryo transfer?
  19. How many available surrogates located in California do you have?
  20. How much extra should I pay if I want twins?

 

 

  1. Do you have any available surrogates?

On average, our Surrogacy Admissions team receives approximately 200 new surrogate applications each month. After our extensive screening process, about 25% of those go on to become surrogate mothers. This is in part due to ASRM guidelines and recommendations made by the physicians and attorneys that we work with. While many women may want to become surrogates, not all can meet the high standards required to help have a healthy pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.

 

  1. What is your rate of success as agency?

Although our rates of success are measured differently than those of IVF physicians, we have seen our delivery rates increase drastically in the last few years. In 2014 we had 67 babies born and that doubled in 2015 with 130 healthy babies born to happy parents . In 2016 we had 136 babies born, however the majority of those babies were singleton pregnancies, whereas there were more twins born in 2015. We always strive for healthy surrogates and babies, so quality is always preferred over quantity.

 

  1. How do you “monitor” surrogates during their pregnancy?

If the parents wish to do so, they can have their surrogate sign a HIPAA with their OB physician’s office after they graduate from the IVF clinic. This will allow the parents to contact the OB directly for updates regarding the pregnancy. We also have the ability to have the surrogates undergo random drug screenings at the request of their IPs in accordance with their contract. Aside from her regular doctor’s appointments, our surrogates all meet with our in-house Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist once a month. Our surrogates not only work with their regular coordinators, but also have regular access to our Care Coordinators, which are a team of experienced surrogates who are available to answer any questions and concerns that only a prior surrogate can answer. Beginning in September 2017, we’re also offering Surrogate Virtual Meet Ups where our surrogates can join a private group of surrogates where they can support and encourage one another with the help of our LMFTs.

 

  1. How long does it take to match with a surrogate? How long until the actual embryo transfer and then delivery?

There are a lot of factors involved in this process, which makes it difficult to give exact timeframes. The matching process can be fairly quick (a few weeks) or take longer (a few months) depending on any preferences you have for your surrogate or anything your IVF physician has stipulated. Once you have matched with your surrogate, the medical screening process usually takes approximately 1 month to complete and then another month to complete the legal process. After the legal process is completed, the cycle can begin in accordance with your IVF physician’s protocol. Once pregnant, barring any unforeseen complications, you can expect a normal pregnancy timeframe.

 

  1. Does Extraordinary Conceptions offer help in obtaining the baby’s passport and travel documents after the baby is born?

Yes! We will send you very detailed instructions to help guide you through this process. Your coordinator and legal team are always there to help answer questions and guide you as well. If you would like a representative from the agency to be with you in person, we can accommodate this request, however an additional fee may be applicable.

 

  1. Can everything be done through email/skype during the surrogacy journey?

Yes! In fact we specialize in this type of virtual communication.  Everything can be done via email, telephone call, Skype, WeChat and in-person if you desire.  Parents are required to be at the birth of their baby and must stay for a short time after the birth before taking them home. We pride ourselves on having good communication with you and your surrogate throughout the process. Your IVF physician may have additional travel requirements for their services.

 

  1. If the surrogate miscarries or something causes the baby to stop developing, do we still pay the surrogate payments?

You only reimburse the surrogate for her time while she is pregnant. If you wish to proceed with an additional transfer there are some monthly payments that will still be required to be paid. For example; insurance premiums, the surrogates’ monthly allowance, etc.

 

  1. What’s the difference between working with a surrogate in California versus surrogates in other states?

Working with a surrogate outside of CA can be the same as working with a surrogate that lives in CA. We thoroughly research each state’s current laws to ensure that we can proceed with your match prior to moving forward. Thankfully, there are only a few states that do not allow surrogacy.

 

  1. Are the fees different if I choose to work with a surrogate who lives outside of CA?

No additional fees will occur for working with an out of state surrogate.

 

  1. When is a good time to start look for surrogate?

As soon as you have embryo’s created and/or a donor secured in place, is the best time to start looking for a surrogate.

 

  1. When should I come to United States to pick up the baby and what’s the minimum/maximum period I have to stay in America?

You will need to arrive in the U.S at least one to 1-2 weeks prior to your baby’s birth and you will stay in the states at least 4 to 8 weeks after.  It can take up to 4 to 8 weeks to obtain the documents needed to go back home.

 

  1. What do I do if I think my surrogate is in breach of the contract?

Please contact your surrogacy coordinator first and then your  attorney if you feel your surrogate is in breach of the contract.

 

  1. If we miss the birth can my surrogate take the baby home until I arrive?

No she cannot take your baby home.  The baby will stay in the hospital until you arrive.

 

  1. What if we have problems obtaining our visas, what will happen to our baby?

If you are unable to come to the U.S. due to problems with your visa, you MUST contact our agency and the legal office at least 6 weeks prior to the estimated delivery date. Once notified we will work together to ensure you have an appointed family member here in the U.S. in time to get your baby.

 

  1. What is the difference between a “repeat” surrogate and “first-time” surrogate?

To be considered a “repeat surrogate” a woman must have given birth to a live surrogate baby in the past. “First-time” surrogates are typically going through this process for the first time. All surrogates must have had at least one child for themselves in order to qualify for our program.

 

  1. Is a repeat surrogate better than first-time surrogate?

A repeat surrogate is not necessarily better than a first time surrogate. Every surrogate goes through a very thorough screening process which includes a medical and psychological screening. These screenings confirm whether or not she is a good candidate for surrogacy.

 

  1. How can I make payments in the future? Can I use my credit card?

Payments are typically made via secure wire transfers to your trust account. On some rare occasions, we can accept payments to your trust account via your credit card. (This pertains to surrogacy cycles only.)

 

  1. What are the odds that the surrogate mother will become pregnant on the first embryo transfer?

It’s best to discuss this with your IVF clinic as they are a big determining factor. Success rates are dependent on many factors including embryo quality. Please contact your IVF clinic for more information. If you need a referral, we’re happy to recommend several top IVF clinics and physicians.

 

  1. How many available surrogates located in California do you have?

This amount varies as we get such a large amount of surrogate applications monthly. For most of our parents, there is no real benefit in having a surrogate located in CA versus a different state.

 

  1. How much extra should I pay if I want twins?

The agency fee does not increase if you wish to have twins. However, the costs for other aspects of the surrogacy do increase accordingly. For example; the surrogate’s living expenses, clothing allowance and monthly allowance just to name a few. Your main concern should be the medical bills associated with a twin pregnancy and birth. Pregnancies with more than one baby are considered “high risk” and preterm delivery is often the result. Babies born prematurely are typically placed in the NICU for monitoring which becomes extremely expensive. The newborn babies are NEVER placed on the surrogate’s insurance and the baby insurance must be purchased by the parents, which is another cost to take into consideration.