WHAT DOES A SURROGATE DO?
Surrogacy is an incredible experience that enables you to help someone else while helping your own family at the same time. Its also complex, Tiny Sprouts will guide you through this journey from the first contact to postpartum. We are here to provide you with dedicated support and expertise every step of your journey.
WHY USE AN AGENCY RATHER THEN BE INDEPENDENT
The relationship between an intended parent and their surrogate is unique, discussions of cost, escrow, doctors and lawyers can overwhelm and cause stress in this delicate personal relationship. Tiny Sprouts will work with you and your intended parents to handle the details allowing you both to relax and enjoy the pregnancy!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A SURROGATE?
We always have intended parents looking for surrogates, typically it takes 1-3 months for screening and matching and legal clearance. If you have specific needs such as no termination, single emrbyo transfer or a local match it could take a bit longer to find the best intended parent for you.
WILL I GET TO CHOOSE THE INTENDED PARENTS?
Yes! We will interview you and the intended parents to find out exactly what each is looking for during this experience and use that information to offer you both a potential match that suites your needs. Both parties must be interested in working with the other to move forward. We want you to have an enjoyable experience!
HOW MUCH CONTACT WILL I HAVE WITH THE INTENDED PARENTS?
The amount of contact depends on the wishes of both the surrogate and the intended parent(s). Typically, the relationship and communication happens naturally as you go through the process and often times lifelong friendships are built. There are surrogates and intended parents who prefer to keep their relationship strictly business and when matching we take this into consideration.
WILL I BE COMPENSATED?
Yes! You will be compensated monthly in accordance with your legal contract. Our compensation is one of the highest in the industry and we are always striving to making it better.
CAN I BE A SURROGATE IF I HAVE HAD MY TUBES TIED?
Yes, because a gestational carrier conceives through embryo transfer your fallopian tubes will not be used.
WHAT DOES MY SPOUSE OR PARTNER NEED TO DO?
Your spouse or partner will be required to do a background check and go through medical and psychological screening. If you are married your husband or wife will also need to sign the contract and of course be supportive of you throughout the surrogacy process. Your spouse must be okay with you being a surrogate.
WILL I BE RELATED TO THE CHILD?
As a gestational surrogate you will be using the eggs from either the intended mother or an egg donor and will not have a genetic relationship with the child.
WHERE WILL THE BABY BE DELIVERED? CAN I CHOOSE MY OB?
In your local hospital or a hospital that you and your intended parents agree on. You will choose your own OB based on your insurance and who you are comfortable working with.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND GESTATIONAL CARRIER?
With traditional surrogacy a women uses her own eggs and the sperm of the intended father through insemination. With gestational surrogacy you are not genetically related to the child, the eggs are that of the intended mother or a donor.
WHY IS BMI IMPORTANT?
BMI guidelines are set by the fertility doctors that we work with for health reasons and to ensure that you will respond appropriately to the medications. Exceptions can be made but the doctor is the one who makes that determination.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER I DELIVER BEFORE BECOMING A SURROGATE?
After you have delivered most doctors prefer that you have waited 6 months before transferring but we can still match you with an intended parent and get legal clearance taken care of in the meantime.
I HAVE HAD AN ABORTION CAN I STILL BE A SURROGATE?
Yes, as long as you have had at least one healthy, full-term pregnancy an abortion will not prohibit you from acting as a surrogate.
I TAKE MEDICATIONS CAN I STILL BE A SURROGATE?
In some cases you may be able to be on certain medications and still be a surrogate, this is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the medication, the reason, the feelings of your intended parents and of course the treating physician.
CAN I BE A SURROGATE IF MY SPOUSE DOES NOT AGREE?
Unfortunately no, it is very important to have the full support of your spouse or partner to be a surrogate not only for emotional reasons but also legal.
I DO NOT BELIEVE IN SELECTIVE REDUCTION OR ABORTION FOR ANY REASON, CAN I STILL BE A SURROGATE?
Yes. We do have couples who share these beliefs however, they are less common so please be aware that it may take a little longer to match you.
I AM PREGNANT CAN I BE A SURROGATE TO THE CHILD I AM CARRYING?
No, the surrogacy process must be started prior to conception, if you are interested in adoption we can refer you to an agency.
WHY DO YOU NEED MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER?
Your social security number is used for your background check and confirmation of your identity.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I HAVE SUBMITTED MY SCREENING FORMS AND PHOTOS?
Your coordinator will be in touch as soon as your records have been reviewed and we will begin moving forward with the next steps, your intended parents are eager to get started as well.
WHO PAYS THE MEDICAL BILLS?
All co-pays, deductibles and medical costs are covered by your intended parents. Incidentals such as prenatal pills will be covered by your monthly allowance.
WILL I RECEIVE A 1099?
No, we do not provide a 1099 currently. It is recommended that you speak with a tax professional regarding taxes. If you need an accounting from us just ask.
WILL I HAVE TO TRAVEL?
Depending on your location you may need to travel for screening as well as transfer. If you are unable to travel we can match you with intended parents that are using a local clinic however this may cause a delay in matching.
CAN I REQUEST THAT ONLY A SINGLE EMBRYO BE TRANSFERRED?
Yes, you should only transfer the number of embryo’s that you feel comfortable carrying. We will match you with Intended Parents who share your preferences.
WILL I NEED TO TAKE MEDICATIONS?
Typically, surrogates take prenatal vitamins, birth control pills, Lupron, Estrogen, and Progesterone although protocol does vary by clinic. Some of these medications are administered via injection.
WILL I NEED TO BE ON BED REST?
Each clinic has their own protocol however they typically require 24-48 hours of modified bed rest after your transfer and as with any pregnancy it is possible that your OB may determine bed rest is necessary for your health and that of the baby or babies. In situations where you are placed on bed rest you intended parents will cover housekeeping and childcare costs as determined by your contract.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO ABSTAIN FROM INTERCOURSE?
The fertility clinic you are working with will give you specific guidelines however it is typically recommended that you abstain from the time you start medications until heartbeat confirmation.