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Become a Surrogate

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.

You can complete the entire application as well as
the intake process from your home.

Find Out If You Pre-Qualify

  • Submit Application

How It Works

There is NO genetic relationship between the baby and the surrogate

Our surrogacy agency exclusively offers Gestational Surrogacy, which is the process by which a fertilized embryo is implanted in a surrogate, who will carry the resulting child to term.

Gestational Surrogacy Process

We Are not an Agency

Physician’s Surrogacy is the only physician-managed, all-inclusive surrogacy agency. With dedicated physicians managing your journey from selection to beyond delivery, we provide an unparalleled advantage over the traditional agency model.Our team of physicians and other medical professionals work diligently to ensure a smooth journey.

Surrogate Compensation

We believe transparency about compensation is essential

  • 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

First Time Surrogates Earn

Southern CaliforniaCalifornia NevadaOregon, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Washington
Employed$ 60,000$ 55,000$ 50 000
Unemployed$ 53,000$ 48,500$ 48,500

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
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident of CA, CO, IL, OR, NV, WA or TX

The Surrogate Process

01
Application Process
  • Complete the application to see whether you qualify
  • Brief phone interview to explain the process
  • Background check
  • Medical records review
02
Screening Process
  • Medical screening
  • Psychological screening
03
Comprehensive Matching Process
  • Surrogate and Intended Parents matched upon detailed criteria
  • Comprehensive legal contract with clear legal guidelines for each party
04
IVF Process
  • Start Birth Control, begin self-injectables
  • Internal monitoring for 1st trimester
  • Embryo transfer
  • Confirmation of pregnancy
05
OB/GYN Supervised Pregnancy
  • Close monitoring of Surrogate on a regular basis
  • Psychological support
  • Case manager available 24 hours
06
Delivery
  • OB/GYN Delivery
  • Birth Plan Preparation
07
After Delivery Support
  • Continued support and guidance for post-delivery

Surrogate Stories and Testimonials

My Surrogacy Journey was Incredible Thanks to Physician’s Surrogacy and Their Wonderful Coordinator

I feel so lucky I found them when I was researching on becoming a surrogate. When I first came into contact with the Coordinator at Physician’s Surrogacy she made us feel so comfortable, I knew I had found the right agency. I felt confident that everyone knew what was going to happen and no questions went unanswered. Making the decision to become read more

My ultimate goal in this is to bless a family the way I was blessed with my angel baby

“I don’t plan on having another child of my own. My body is perfectly capable of carrying a child, so I decided it would be the perfect choice to become a surrogate. Pregnancy is an amazing experience from start to finish. Not being able to bare their own children isn’t something that women ask for. I feel for those who want it so badly but c read more

It was a calling for me to help bless someone and make their dreams come true

The first time I ever heard of the term “surrogate” was a few years ago. At the time I had no idea what it really was. It was not until I had a close personal experience with my older sister wanting another child but not knowing if she herself was able to carry the pregnancy. She asked if I would ever consider carrying a child for her.The h read more

Why not? My surrogacy journey with Physician’s Surrogacy

I had thought long and hard for many years about surrogacy but often wondered if I were brave enough. I finally said to myself why not? Life is too short… there are many couples out there who wish to start a family and why not be the one to help them do so as a surrogate you want to share the wonderful experience of pregnancy and birth to those w read more

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.

Let’s Start Our Journey Together Right Now

Find out if you qualify 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. If you have questions about the process or your application, please contact us at Family@PhysiciansSurrogacy.com