Surrogate FAQs

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SURROGATE FAQS

Why should I choose Same Love Surrogacy?

Same Love Surrogacy is committed to making this process as streamlined, informative and stress free as possible. Our experienced surrogate coordinators will guide you through every step of the process and are available to you at any time for support or questions.

How do I apply to become a surrogate with Same Love Surrogacy?

If you are interested in applying to be a surrogate, complete the application on our website by clicking here. The application will take 30-45 minutes to complete. You will be contacted by a surrogate coordinator in regard to the next steps.

What are Same Love Surrogacy’s Surrogate Requirements?
  • Delivered a child of your own
  • Age 21-40 years of age
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) of 32 or less
  • No serious complications during your pregnancy or delivery
  • Able to provide OB and delivery records from your pregnancies
  • Have a vehicle and valid driver’s license to attend appointments
  • Good support network of family and friends who will provide emotional and physical support during the process.
  • Partner support and consent. If you are in a relationship your partner must be supportive of your surrogacy process and must be willing to undergo medical screening process (blood testing) and/or background check if requested
  • Do not use recreational drugs, smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol
  • Must be a U.S Citizen or permanent resident
What type of benefits package does SLS offer?

SLS offers a competitive benefits package. Compensation varies on your state of residence and if you are a proven surrogate.

I submitted my application online. What is the next step?

You will be contacted by one of our surrogate team members and they will review your application, the surrogacy process, matching process and IVF process. They will also ask you questions pertaining to your application and support system. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about surrogacy. The conversation will take 45 to 60 minutes.

I had my tubes tied. Can I still be a surrogate?

Yes, you can still apply to be a surrogate if you had a tubal ligation. This procedure will not affect your ability to be a surrogate.

How long from the time my profile becomes active will I get matched to an Intended Parent?

Once your application and medical records have been approved, your surrogate profile will be made active on the SLS database. At that time, you will be presented with an intended parent profile to review for matching. This process can take up to three weeks.

What is BMI? Why is it important?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and it is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. Guidelines are set by the IVF clinics according to ACOG and ASRM guidelines. We require surrogates with a BMI less than 32. To calculate your BMI, click here.

I have an IUD or Nexplanon. Will I need to have it removed?

Once you have been matched with intended parents we will require for the IUD or Nexplanon to be removed by your physician. We will allow one normal period after the removal of the device before scheduling the medical evaluation with the IVF clinic.

Will there be travel involved?

Yes, travel may be involved depending on the location of your Intended Parent’s IVF clinic. Monitoring appointments can be arranged through a local IVF clinic if permitted by the physician, but appointments for screening/medical evaluation and embryo transfer will be scheduled at your primary IVF clinic.

I am currently breastfeeding. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply while breastfeeding. You can discuss your timeline to stop breastfeeding with one of our surrogate team members.

How long after my last delivery do I have to wait to apply for surrogacy?

You may begin the screening process 2 to 3 months after your delivery. Your profile would not become active on our database until you have stopped breastfeeding and the appropriate amount of time has passed to allow your body to heal after your delivery.

Why do you ask for my social security number on the application?

We use your social security number to conduct a civil and criminal background check on all surrogates that apply.

In the past I have taken antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication will this disqualify me for surrogacy?

To qualify for surrogacy, you must have stopped using antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication, with the approval of a physician, six months prior to applying.

How do you select an IP for me?

Our team has over 30 years of combined matching experience and we listen to your expectations for your surrogacy journey. We try our best to match you with like minded intended parents. Our diverse global presence will allow you to match with amazing intended parents from all over the world.

What support do you offer surrogate mothers?

Our surrogates are supported through out the process by our experienced staff and who are available at any time to surrogates. We also offer a support group and forum where surrogates can discuss their treatment cycles, ask questions and offer one another support. We also sponsor surrogate events throughout the year.

What types of medications will I need to take during the IVF process?

Each IVF clinic and doctor have their own set of medication protocols that they follow, but usually surrogates will take prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, birth control pills, estrogen (in the form of a tablet, patch or injection) and progesterone (in the form of a tablet, vaginal tablet/ suppository or injection).

Will there be any restrictions when starting the IVF process?

There may be agreed restrictions provided to you by your IVF clinic or your IP’s. For example, the clinic may require no heavy lifting, bed rest for a period of time, no exercising, no intercourse, no travel during certain periods of your treatment cycle or pregnancy.

Is bed rest required after the embryo transfer?

Every IVF clinic varies in their requirements for bed rest after the embryo transfer. IVF clinics will usually recommend 24 to 72 hours of modified bed rest. The clinic will review their requirements prior to the embryo transfer. It is the surrogate’s responsibility to follow the requirements set by her physician.

Who reviews the legal contracts with me?

We will refer you to an attorney who specializes in assisted reproductive technology. They will assist you in the interpretation and understanding of the legal contracts.

Can I select my own OBGYN? Where will I give birth?

Yes, you will have a preference to select an OBGYN for your surrogacy journey that is in-network with your health insurance. Your IP will also have input on your decision, but often rely on your recommended doctor that you are comfortable with. Almost all our surrogates deliver at a local in-network hospital.

Will the baby have any of my DNA as a gestational carrier?

Absolutely not. The baby shares 100% of the DNA/genetics of his/her parents or egg donor if one was used. Nothing will be passed on from the Gestational carrier to the baby.

What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us at SurrogateQuestions@SameLoveSurrogacy.com or by clicking here.

If you are ready to take next steps, please complete our online application.
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