Become a Surrogate

You can help others achieve their dreams of a family, while helping your own.

Give the Gift of Life

Surrogacy is a rewarding experience for everyone involved. We admire your desire to give the most beautiful gift in the world to a family, while financially helping your own. Physicians Surrogacy is the nation’s only physician-managed surrogacy agency. Our team of medical experts and Surrogate support staff work diligently to ensure a smooth journey. Your safety and happiness are our primary concern.

Surrogate Compensation

  • Traditionally, surrogacy compensation is a combination of a base amount plus a variable benefits package, which can be confusing.
  • We have thoughtfully designed our compensation plan with you in mind, which is why our Surrogates get paid an absolute fixed amount. Your compensation is divided into equal lump sum monthly payments helping you understand your benefits and financially plan.
  • Here is an overview of our compensation plan. Once you complete your application, you can ask your coordinator questions about compensation and they can even show you ways to increase your earnings.

First Time Surrogates Earn

* Experienced Surrogates earn more
StateEmployedUnemployed
Southern California$ 60,000$ 53,500
Northern California , Nevada$ 55,000$ 48,500
Oregon, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Washington$ 50,000$ 43,500

Why Become a Surrogate with Physician’s Surrogacy?

Your Safety is our Top Priority

Our physician-managed model is centered around expert care. We also make surrogacy convenient for you by establishing a comprehensive medical pre-screening process close to your home. With our program, you are not only supported by your managing OB, but our physicians are also here to provide a safe and coordinated surrogacy journey.

Compensation

You deserve to be generously compensated for both you time and effort. We believe that you should have a clear understanding of your financial opportunities from the start. We provide a desirable compensation structure that is easy to understand while being transparent about how much we pay. Our Surrogates receive an absolute, fixed amount as payment during their journey. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to create a lasting partnership with our company.

Coordination Support

Our in-house team guides you through each step of the process and takes care of all the details for you. At other agencies, you may be responsible for the logistics or have a different contact for each component such as legal, insurance, escrow, etc. These can make the overall process time consuming and difficult to coordinate.

Expert Team

You have a team of physicians working to support you and make sure you receive the best care. Our program streamlines the journey and ranks 50% above the national average for preterm deliveries.

Surrogacy Sisterhood

We encourage our Surrogates to develop relationships with other Surrogates. You will have ample opportunities for these lasting connections to grow. These friendships offer you unparalleled support and create bonds that will last a lifetime.

Lifetime Opportunity

At Physician’s Surrogacy, you can count on medical expertise and compassionate support throughout your surrogacy journey and well beyond the delivery. Many of our Surrogates and their families enjoy the positive experience so much, they decide to come back for another journey.

What are Our Surrogate Qualifications?

  • Be 21 to 37 years old
  • Have at least one child of your own
  • Have a BMI under 32
  • Be able to pass a background screening
  • Either be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident
    of CA, CO, IL, OR, NV, WA or TX

Find out if you meet the qualifications for Surrogacy within 72 hours. This application is not a commitment, it’s a simple way to find out if you’re eligible to become a Surrogate with us.

Your Surrogate Journey: An Overview of the
Process

Surrogacy is a rewarding experience, and you’ll have a dedicated team with you every step of the way. Below is an overview of our process. However, keep in mind that every journey is unique, and the process may vary.

Surrogate FAQs

What You Need to Know About Surrogacy

General

Can I be a Surrogate if I am a single parent?

Yes. We believe single mothers are just as capable of being Surrogates as a married woman. If you are single, it is very important that you have some type of support system in place. You should assure it prior to committing to any Surrogate program.

Can I be a Surrogate if I don’t have health insurance?

Whether you have insurance or not, the Intended Parents will purchase Surrogate-specific insurance for you. The plan lasts for the duration of your pregnancy. Our accounting department will be handling all medical bills.

Is surrogacy legal in my state?

If you are uncertain about the laws in your state regarding surrogacy, please fill out an application. Then, you will see for yourself whether you would qualify based on the state you live in. You will get a response within 72 hours of submitting your application.

What is a Gestational Surrogate?

A gestational surrogate is a woman who becomes pregnant using an embryo created by the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The surrogate may achieve pregnancy using the mother’s eggs and the father’s sperm. Gestational surrogacy also offers the option to use donor eggs or donor sperm. There will be no genetic relationship to the Surrogate.

Why should I choose Physician’s Surrogacy instead of other agencies or independent surrogacy?
  • Surrogacy is a medical process, which is why we believe that you should have full medical support during your pregnancy. While other agencies are managed by previous Surrogates or past Intended Parents, we are an OB managed agency. Former Surrogates and past Intended Parents may understand the emotional aspects of surrogacy. However, they often lack the clinical background and business skills to manage the complexities of a pregnancy process.
  • We pay the highest compensation for first-time Surrogates in the industry. Many other agencies advertise high compensation amounts. However, you will find out after going through their application process that the advertised amount is not what you will be getting in hand. We are very transparent about the compensation structure. We make sure that you understand from the beginning what your financial situation will be during this journey with us. Transparency is crucial when it comes to money, and our approach gives you financial clarity from the start.
Will I be biologically related to the baby I am carrying?

No, you will NOT be biologically related to the baby that you are carrying for the Intended Parents. As a Gestational Surrogate, your eggs will NOT be used. The process uses the eggs of either the Intended Mother or the Egg Donor.

Will the birth certificate have my and/or my husband’s names on it?

Your name and your husband/spouse’s name will NOT be on the birth certificate. The Intended Parents will be the ones who will have full parental rights to the baby. Thus, it will be their names that appear on the birth certificate.

Process

Can I start the process if I’m breast feeding?

Unfortunately, as one of the qualifications, we require Surrogates to be done with breastfeeding for at least one month before beginning the surrogacy process.

Can I start the process if I’m on birth control?

Yes. Birth control does not prevent you from being a surrogate. Our surrogate case managers will be able to go over the process during your phone interview.

Do I get to choose the Intended Parent(s) I will be working with?

Yes, during your second intake interview of the surrogacy process, we will gather the qualifications criteria. It will help us in finding Intended Parents that match your preferences. Once the Intended Parent(s) reviews your profile and shares an interest in working with you, we will reach out to you and coordinate a call or video chat. After speaking/meeting, both parties will communicate to Physician’s Surrogacy if they wish to work together. Once both parties agree, it will be considered a match.

How long does it take until I am matched?

This is dependent on each case, but typically two weeks to a couple months. The length of the process depends on your preferences in Intended Parents and your responsiveness when they express interest in your profile. After your initial application, we will call you to talk about the surrogacy process and answer any questions you may have. We will then send you our compensation package and other documents to find out. Your intake coordinator can give you a rough estimate based on your profile how long it will take to match you.

How much contact occurs during the journey?

The amount of contact varies case by case. Contact is determined by the Surrogate Mother and the Intended Parent(s)’s preferences identified during the matching process. Some cultures are a little more closed off than others; however, the relationship and communication develops as the journey progresses.

Is there anything required of my spouse/partner?

During the initial screening process, we will require a background check of anyone over the age of 18 that lives in your household. If you are married, both you and your spouse will need to sign the acceptance agreement. Also, we will be including it in your legal contract. During the medical screening process, your partner/spouse will have to provide a blood and urine sample. Your partner will play a significant role as part of your support team during your surrogacy journey.

Now that I have applied, how long does it take until the embryo is transferred?

It takes usually about 2-6 months until the embryo is transferred. We will bring you in for a medical screening and set up a psychological evaluation. Once you agree to your match, you will enter into the legal contracts phase. Here, you will be provided with your own legal counsel. The clinic will begin a cycle calendar for you and instruct you to begin hormone injections.

Medical

Can I go to my own OB once I am pregnant?

Yes, provided that your OB accepts the health insurance utilized for the pregnancy. Together, you and the Intended Parents will decide upon the physician that cares for you during pregnancy. Many Surrogates use the physician that delivered their own children.

I had my tubes tied. Can I still serve as a gestational surrogate?

Yes! You can still fulfill the qualifications for gestational surrogacy. The process does not use the fallopian tubes. Instead, the embryo(s) are placed directly into the Surrogate’s uterus during the embryo transfer phase.

What are the health risks as a Surrogate Mother?

Surrogacy has the same risks as with a regular pregnancy. There are no additional risks with a surrogate pregnancy. Given that, please consult with your OB to talk about normal pregnancy risks.

What if I am still overweight from my last pregnancy?

After the first trimester, your physician will release you to your local OB doctor. Your local OB will oversee your medical care for the remainder of your pregnancy. If you need a new OB doctor, then we can provide you with recommendations. You will be able to deliver at a hospital that is local to you.

Where will I be receiving my medical care during my pregnancy and where will I be delivering the baby?

After the first trimester, your physician will release you to your local OB doctor. Your local OB will oversee your medical care for the remainder of your pregnancy.  If you need a new OB doctor, then we can provide you with recommendations. You will be able to deliver at a hospital that is local to you.

Will I be taking injections?

Gestational Surrogates need to prepare their bodies for the embryo transfer.  You will require injections in order to help your uterus accept the embryo. The medical team will help you throughout your injectable period by providing a calendar with a clear timetable and dosages. Generally, you will have to take the injections through the first trimester.

Compensation

Does this cost me anything?

No. The Intended Parents will handle all the Medical expenses, Surrogate benefits, legal fees, and travel expenses.

How are finances handled?

All funds related to your surrogacy will be held in a trust account that is managed by or an experienced escrow company, so that all monies due for your surrogate fees and reimbursement of related expenses are paid in a timely manner. All financial matters will be handled by the surrogacy agency, removing this component from your relationship with the intended parents.

What are the advantages of this type of compensation structure?

“This compensation structure fosters a groundbreaking concept in which all parties mutually benefit.

  • For Surrogates:

Our Surrogates receive more payment with a fixed compensation package than with a line item package.

Surrogates are paid more upfront during the beginning of their journey. In most cases, our Surrogates can earn 4-5k+ even before confirmation of pregnancy (COP)

Less tedious paperwork: we eliminate the need for submitting miscellaneous expenses such as childcare, mileage, pay stubs and instead entrust you with the reimbursement of your expenses.

  • For Intended Parents:

Straightforward compensation – they know upfront what they will be paying and can plan accordingly. Takes into consideration the additional expenses incurred such as travel and monitoring expenses in different regions.”

What constitutes employed vs unemployed?

To be considered employed, you must have a gross annual income of $15,000. Employment is verified by pay stubs and/or a tax return.

What is the compensation package? How much am I getting paid?
  • Once you complete your online application, a Surrogate coordinator will contact you to discuss the surrogacy journey in more detail. He/She will provide you with a more detailed explanation of our compensation package. You will find the general compensation information on this page.
  • Our compensation structure ensures our Surrogates receive an absolute, fixed amount as their payment. We want prospective Surrogates to learn all facets of the journey. They should also know that their unique situation will translate to a clear, financial end result.
Why are employed Surrogates compensated at a higher rate than unemployed?

Employed Surrogates may be entitled to lost wages through the state. We realize this may be a factor. So, we have decided to include a stipend for lost wages at the outset. We believe whether you need it or not, the money should be there. Also, we leave it up to you how to best allocate those funds. Should you need to file with the EDD, we leave that to your discretion. Although your compensation package includes lost wages, this does not preclude you from filing directly with EDD for lost wage benefits.

Why does compensation vary from state to state?

For local Surrogates, travel and other expenses are much less for the Intended Parents. It is because of the proximity of the local surrogates to our Southern California location. Additionally, as does the cost of living, average surrogacy compensation also varies greatly from state to state.

Corona-Virus

Do I have to travel?

You likely won’t have to travel anytime soon. You can complete the entire application process, including intake, through the phone. The only time you will have to travel is when you get a match with an Intended Parent. There are options for electing for matches within driving distance. While it may reduce your options, you would be in control of the travel method.

How will the current travel restrictions affect my application process?

It won’t. There is a pre-screening process for surrogacy qualifications that you can complete remotely. You can do so prior to moving forward and becoming a Surrogate. When presented with a possible match with Intended Parents, you will learn where their IVF center is located. You will have the option to accept or decline the match. Travel, if any is required, would not take place until the last phase, the full medical screening.

What does the timeline look like?

The application process is quick. Fill out an application and find out within 72 hours if you’re eligible and meet the initial qualifications of surrogacy.

Also, the phone interview is brief which allows you to ask all of your questions and discuss your preferences.

Pre Screening, such as background, OB record review as well as preliminary lab work, can all be done remotely near your home.

Would my chances of getting coronavirus be increased from becoming a Surrogate or by being a Surrogate?

If anything, the chances of acquiring coronavirus are greater in the grocery store, at work or at a gas station. IVF centers and OB offices are not the types of doctor offices that people would go to when they are seeking treatment for non-pregnancy related illnesses. These sterile environments follow extra precautions and include increased screening and testing.

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