Every US state has its own laws surrounding egg donation and surrogacy. In Washington state, the regulations surrounding family-building and fertility treatments are easy to navigate…and we’re here to help. With the help of Extraordinary Conceptions, one of North America’s most trusted surrogacy agencies, Washington state parents will get all the support they need.
An Overview of Washington Surrogacy
Washington state is known for being one of the most beautiful places in the world to raise a family. The Evergreen State is esteemed for its progressive values and accepting culture. Here in Washington, we see families of all kinds, many of which were created with the helping hands of a surrogate carrier or an egg or sperm donor.
Though Washington has long been a place for intended parents to seek the fertility treatment they desire, it was only in 2019 that the Uniform Parentage Act was passed, which legalized compensated or commercial surrogacy arrangements. Before then, only altruistic surrogacy was allowed in Washington, meaning that carriers weren’t paid and were often family members or friends of the intended parents. The passing of this act has both opened the fertility world up to more intended parents as well as provided more opportunities for potential surrogates. With this law now in action, options for surrogacy in Washington state are some of the best in the country.
If you’re a PNW-dweller hoping to build their family with the helping surrogacy, we’d love to help you get started. To begin, we’ve broken the local law down for you here in Washington— and if you have any questions, our team is here to support you every step of the way.
Surrogacy and Egg Donation Washington: Why Here?
Washington state is known for being home to some of the best medical centers and professionals in the country. We claim a number of well-regarded IVF clinics and have a well-established history of fertility treatment, and our local laws make establishing parentage a seamless and straightforward process.
Washington State Surrogacy Laws and Processes
As we mentioned earlier, within the US, reproductive law varies greatly by state. In Washington, the laws surrounding surrogacy make it straightforward to build a family through the help of fertility treatments.
One major benefit of undergoing surrogacy in Washington state is that it’s incredibly easy for you to establish parentage when your baby comes. Over the course of your surrogacy process, you will work with legal administration to ensure that, when your child is born, your name is on their birth certificate.
Upon the birth of your child, intended parents and surrogate will all be required to complete the Washington State Surrogate Birth Filing form. This filing is required by state law and should be arranged in advance— the hospital where your surrogate plans to deliver will have a social worker for you to contact about this.
Washington State Egg Donation Laws and Processes
Egg donation is legal in Washington state and has been a well-regarded option for family building for some time now. Egg donors in Washington are always compensated for their generous gift and contribution.
Becoming a Parent in Washington State
If you are ready to build your family (with a little help), your time has come. Though our head office at Extraordinary Conceptions is down in California, we’ve worked with many Washington families over the years on making their dream of building a family come true. Now that the law has changed to allow even more families to grow, we’ve been thrilled to assist even more parents in this life-changing and beautiful process. If you’d like to add your name to that list of success stories, we would love to hear from you. Whether you’ll be working with a surrogate, egg donor, or both, we’re here to help and support you through the entire process.
Becoming an Egg Donor in Washington State
So, you’re thinking of becoming an egg donor. First of all, we’d like to thank you for your generous contribution to another family. It really is a beautiful gift. Second, we’re happy to remind you that the process of donating eggs is actually quite straightforward in Washington. However, there are a few requirements for your eligibility.
All Washington egg donors must:
- Be between 18-29 years old
- Have a BMI under 30
- Not smoke or take any recreational drugs
Please note that your IVF clinic may have additional regulations for their donors.
Becoming a Surrogate in Washington State
Thinking of becoming a surrogate here in Washington? We salute you for your incredible gift to another family. Often, surrogates become lifelong friends with the family they’ve helped. We hope that your experience is a meaningful one!
Before you embark on your journey by applying to become a surrogate, you might find it helpful to review the local requirements. In order to become a surrogate in Washington state, you must:
- Be between the ages of 21-41
- Have given birth previously
- Currently be the parent of at least one child
- Have a history of healthy and safe pregnancies and deliveries without complications; this will need to be proven by medical records
- Have a BMI of 33 or under
- Not receive financial government assistance, namely public housing, welfare, section 8, or cash assistance.
If you meet these requirements, let’s get started on your application!
Surrogacy Agencies Washington State: Why Choose Extraordinary Conceptions?
At Extraordinary Conceptions, we’ve spent the best part of this century helping families across North America make their dreams into a reality by bringing a baby into their lives. In our 15 years of service, we’ve seen countless babies grow up and families come together, thanks to the helping hands of generous surrogates and egg donors. It has truly been an honor…and we’re only just beginning!
Parents, surrogates, and egg donors alike love Extraordinary Conceptions for our supportive, multilingual staff, as well as the many resources we provide our clients. Whether you want referrals for family therapy or an attorney, connections to peers in a similar journey to your own, or a supportive and knowledgeable professional to help you, we will make sure that you get everything you need. We are passionate about what we do and are here to help you navigate this very exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) time.
Get in touch with our team today for all the information you need on building your family with the help of a surrogate and/or donor or becoming one yourself. We look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey.