Surrogate FAQs

1. Why should I choose PrimeSurro?

When you choose to begin the journey with PrimeSurro, we promise that we will provide support and information whenever you need us to. Our company demographics are 95% women and multi-cultural. Some of our PrimeSurro staff are experienced surrogates, and we are honored to share our own experiences with you throughout this journey.

The PrimeSurro team strives to be the most dedicated, caring, and professional support team for surrogates in the USA. Each member promises to provide dedicated and caring support to our surrogates during their rewarding journey. We love what we do, and it shows!

2. What is the difference between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy?

Gestational Surrogacy is a surrogate who is not genetically connected to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. The eggs are retrieved from the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor, are fertilized with the prospective father’s sperm or sperm donor, and then transferred to the Surrogate’s womb. By contrast, Traditional Surrogacy is a surrogate who also donates her eggs and has biological link to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. The surrogate undergo artificial insemination or IVF with sperm from a sperm donor. ​

3. Which type of testing is required for the process?

Generally, an infectious disease test, nicotine test, blood test and a drug use test will be given after the initial application screening process. However, it depends on the IVF clinics to determine which specific tests are required. During the process of pregnancy, a couple of standard medical tests are conducted.

4. What medication does a surrogate take?

Surrogates are required to take medications, two months before and two months after the embryo transfer, per the instructions of the IVF clinic. Compensation is provided during this time for taking the prescribed medications.

5. How long does it take to be matched with Intended Parents?

After the completion of the required and necessary paperwork and initial review of medical records, the matching process will take anywhere from a few days to few weeks. We are diligent about our matching process and take every precaution to ensure that the surrogates share similar expectations with the Intended Parents. Our staff will ensure that both parties are satisfied and comfortable with the established agreements.

6. Can I apply to be a surrogate even if I do not live in California where PrimeSurro is located?

Yes! If you currently live in any one of the Surrogacy-Friendly States, you are welcome to submit an application. Please don't hesitate to email us any questions regarding surrogacy laws and policies of the state in which you currently reside.

7. Do I need to pay for travel expenses if I don't reside in California where PrimeSurro is located?

No! PrimeSurro and Intended Parents are responsible for all the travel expenses required for medical screening and checkups during the pregnancy journey. After you are matched with your Intended Parents, they will pay all the travel expenses throughout your surrogacy. Upon the initial matching, you will travel to their chosen IVF clinic for your first medical screening and examination. After the transfer of embryo, you will return to your state of residence and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy journey.

8. Can I be a surrogate after having my tubes tied (tubal ligation)?

Yes! You may become a surrogate after "having your tubes tied." A tubal ligation will not prevent a successful embryo implantation in your uterus. In fact, having a tubal ligation ensures you will not become pregnant with your own child during the fertility process.

9. Can I be a surrogate if I use an IUD as my form of birth control?

Yes! After your application has been processed and you have passed all the medical screening examinations, you will need to have the IUD removed before moving on to the next stage. After the removal of IUD, you will need to have at least one menstrual cycle before the matching process begins.

10. What kind of support services do I received from PrimeSurro during my journey?

At PrimeSurro, we provide supportive services before, during and after the surrogacy journey. Each surrogate is assigned to work with a case coordinator who ensures that every question or concern is answered promptly. Throughout your journey, your supporting team member will contact you as much as needed, usually each week, in order to handle any emotional or physical concerns which may occur. Our professional psychologists conduct necessary psychological testing and assessments periodically to ensure your good mental health and comfort. PrimeSurro's responsibility is to assure that you have a delightful and life-changing experience.

11. May I see my OBGYN from my previous pregnancy?

Yes! After the process of the embryo transfer at the assigned IVF clinic, the majority of our surrogates continue their prenatal visits and receive care from their regular OBGYN throughout their pregnancy journey.

12. Why would someone want to be a surrogate?

The reasons a woman chooses to become a surrogate are unique to each individual. Surrogates are given the opportunity to help a family with a child that they cannot carry themselves. For many of our surrogate mothers, it is this selfless act that is their sole motivation. Other surrogates just enjoy being pregnant and giving life. Carrying a child for the intended parents is a gift that they relish sharing.

13. Am I responsible for the medical and other expenses throughout my surrogacy journey?

No! Any pregnancy-related costs, whether it is incurred before or during the pregnancy stage, will be reimbursed by our Intended Parents. This includes, but is not limited to, medical expenses, maternity clothes, traveling expenses and loss of income. Additionally, incidental expenses are covered by a monthly allowance.

14. Is there a possibility that I could contract a disease during the process of embryo transfer?

Your health and safety are our primary concern. PrimeSurro requires each Intended Parent to pass the required medical screening exam to prevent any possible transmitted diseases to our surrogates and we only work with the top IVF clinics and Fertility Doctors in Southern California. All of our precautionary measures ensure that surrogates will not contract any diseases during the embryo transfer process.

15. What happens if I do not get pregnant during my first IVF cycle?

It is possible that it may take more than one IVF cycle to become pregnant. The average success transfer rate is roughly 70%. Surrogates will have the right to decide whether they wish to continue to attempt the next IVF cycle. The majority of Intended Parents will encourage the surrogate to attempt up to three complete IVF cycles. Throughout the entire IVF and embryo transfer process, our Intended Parents will reimburse and provide any needed compensation and monthly allowance.

16. What happens if there are medical complications or I am required to be put on bed rest?

Based on the treating doctor's written advice, the surrogate is compensated if she is required to be on bed rest. This includes, but is not limited to, childcare expenses, lost wages and housekeeping expenses. If any unexpected medical complications occur, our Intended Parents are responsible for the corresponding compensation and expenses related to the complications.

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