Surrogacy in California – An In-depth Guide for Intended Parents

The road to parenthood is not always an easy one. For intended parents in California who are unable or struggling to conceive, surrogacy is a very safe option to build the family of their dream.

There’s a lot of information out there about completing a gestational surrogacy in California, and we know it can be difficult sorting through it all. So, we have put together some important things you need to know before starting a journey in California.

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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Also known as host or full surrogacy, in this arrangement, the Surrogate Mother is not genetically related to the baby she’s carrying in her womb. In this case, the Intended Parents or donors provide the egg and sperm used to create the embryo, which is then transferred into the Surrogate Mother’s womb using IVF.

Since the Gestational Carrier does not provide the eggs, she has no genetic connection with the child. The Intended Parents will shoulder all the parenting responsibilities once the baby is born.

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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

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The Surrogacy Process


Why Consider Gestational Surrogacy

Surrogacy gives couples and individuals the chance to have their own babies – regardless of their ages, backgrounds, or sexual orientations. 

Women who are unable to carry a pregnancy due to uterine abnormality, repeated IVF failures, delayed parenthood etc.

Intended parents who want to avoid transferring a genetic disease to their offspring

Heterosexual couples who are finding it difficult to become pregnant

LGBTQ+ people who want to have a genetically related baby


Is Gestational Surrogacy Legal in California?


California is one of the best locations for surrogacy in the US. The state not only allows all forms of surrogacy, but it also has laws that protect the rights of the Intended Parents, Surrogate, the child, and even the Egg Donor (if one is required).

Another thing that makes California an ideal destination is how easy it is to establish the parentage of a surrogate-born baby in the state.

In most cases, the Surrogate will not even need to appear in court. Both parties just need to go through and sign the necessary legal documentation and submit it to the lawyers in charge of the matter.

California is also one of the most surrogacy-friendly states for Intended Parents from sexual orientation or marital status.


Surrogacy Cost in California

The total costs of completing a surrogacy in California range from $120,000 to $160,000.

Remember that every individual case is unique and thus the expenses vary greatly. The costs generally cover the following services:

Since each surrogacy journey is different and costs vary based on many factors, it is best to schedule a consultation with Physician’s Surrogacy to get all the details before getting started.

Right Surrogate

Finding a Surrogate Mother

Finding a Surrogate is one of the most critical steps in the process. To get an ideal match, you first need to determine what to look for in a Gestational Carrier, the kind of relationship you want to have with her, and your expectations for surrogacy. This will make it easier for you to find a surrogate mother on your own or to know whether your agency has offered you a suitable match.

Below are some criteria to consider when looking for a surrogate mother in California:

Is she a good legal fit?

Each state in the U.S. has its own laws concerning surrogacy, and requirements and regulations vary from one country to another. Hence, our legal team makes sure the surrogacy laws in the Surrogate Mother’s home state are in line with those of the Intended Parent’s home country/state.


Do the surrogate’s personality and expectations match with yours?

Intended parents and surrogates will have phone calls or physical meetings with the Physician’s Surrogacy team to determine their personality regarding surrogacy. We also consider both parties’ expectations and hopes for the journey, including the number of embryos to transfer and the kind of communication they prefer.


Do you have the same views on pregnancy termination and selective reduction?

It is important that both parties have the same opinion regarding pregnancy termination and selective reduction. At Physician’s Surrogacy, we make sure to match intended parents with a surrogate that has the same views as them in case there’s a need to selectively reduce or terminate the pregnancy.


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Benefits of Pursuing Surrogacy in California With Us

Accelerated Timeline

With the largest surrogacy program in the US, our hopeful parents don’t have to wait a long time before beginning their journey. Our comprehensive service model also enables us to lower the average time of a surrogacy journey by 200% or even more.

Strict Surrogate Screening and Selection

Our selection standards are way stricter than the standards put out by the FDA. Before intended parents pay for the surrogate’s medical screening and travel expenses, potential surrogates are required to undergo preliminary diagnostic screening to make sure they are physically ready and committed to the process.

This often includes basic medical screening, a background check, psychological evaluation, and a medical records review by a qualified OB physician.

Physician Monitored Pregnancy

One of our doctors will monitor the surrogate mother and baby through reports and interaction with their obstetrician and IVF expert. We will then send comprehensive reports to the intended parents, who can talk to our in-house doctor directly if they have any concerns.

Clear Legal Guidelines

Both the surrogates and intended parents will have a lawyer who will represent them during contract negotiation to prevent conflicts of interest. Besides, the surrogacy contract will contain clear terms and guidelines for both the intended parents and surrogate mother.

Our independent legal counsel will also help establish the baby’s parentage and have your name included in the birth certificate.

Dedicated Personal Support

Since each party’s needs may be different, we provide intended parents and surrogates with 4 distinct support teams, who will work together to ensure a favorable outcome for everyone involved. Intended Parents and Surrogates will both have dedicated case managers to personally support them through every step of the way.


Financing Surrogacy Journey

Using personal savings can be a great option since you’re not adding debt. We recommend setting up a special account for your journey similar to how you would for college, a new home, or a vacation.
Using your 401k can be a quick and easy way to secure funds for your surrogacy journey. If you decide to go this route, make sure to factor in tax consequences and rules when making withdrawals. You can have a look at past jobs and see if there is money in a 401(k) plan that you have not “rolled over.” It is also a good idea to speak with your HR representative before considering this option.
There is an increasing number of employers who cover all or some costs of the surrogacy journey. If your employer doesn’t cover surrogacy, they may have benefits for your surrogate’s IVF. Reach out to your HR representative if your employer is one of them.

Physician’s Surrogacy is a proud partner of Carrot.

There are many organizations that want to help you build your family through surrogacy by helping to finance your journey. These organizations provide non-repayable grants for those who meet their qualifications. Below are some organizations listed, that ease the financial burden:

  • Pay it Forward Fertility Grants
  • Baby Quest Foundation
  • Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Family Building Grant
  • Family Formation Charitable Trust (AARTA)
  • Journey to Parenthood Grant
  • Life Grants
Some Intended Parents choose to make their surrogacy payments through a credit card. You can request either a personal line of credit from your bank or an increased limit on your credit cards.
This a great option if you have equity in your home or other properties. Your property secures the loan, making the interest rates more reasonable.
Many of your close friends and family would love to see you become a parent. Often parents or grandparents want to help but don’t know the best way to support you. This may be an opportunity to ask for financial support.
We have chosen to partner with CapexMD, the specialist in fertility financing. With simple, unsecured financing, CapexMD offers the most competitive funding for surrogacy and related costs in the industry


What Our Parents Are Saying

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