Surrogates Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I apply with Giving Tree to become a surrogate?
Thank you for your interest. You can begin by filling out our application HERE. The application takes only a few minutes and once evaluated and interests are shown by any intended parents, you will be contacted by our experienced team to discuss further process.
2.Why should I choose Giving Tree over other agencies?
Giving Tree is a world leading surrogacy agency founded on the belief to providing the best support, resources, and information to educate, guide, and lead you through every step through your surrogacy journey. Our dedicated and experience team is based in Orange County, California and provides compassionate and comprehensive support and care all the way to support you as you help make parents’ dreams come true.
We also offer one of the most generous and competitive compensations in the industry. We will help you navigate, pave the way, smooth any bumps, and celebrate your success along the way.
3. How much can I make as a surrogate?
Giving Tree offers one of the most generous and competitive compensations in the field with compensation packages ranging from $50,000 to $80,000. You can also enjoy up to $1500 sign up bonus and $500 bonus for each referral
Compensation amount depends on the type of pregnancy, individual circumstances, and surrogate mother experiences, so repeated surrogates are highly encouraged to apply. Whether you are a first time surrogate or an experienced surrogate, you will be certain to find the compensation bonus rewarding.
4. How and when will I get payments/ reimbursements for my surrogacy?
Once the clinic has confirmation of fetus heartbeat (usually 6-8 week), you will start receiving monthly installments for your compensation. If carrying multiple children, a multiples fee will be paid from the 20th week of pregnancy. More details will be discussed during your screening.
5. What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?
Gestational Surrogacy is the process when a fertilized embryo is implanted into a surrogate, who will then carry the pregnancy term all the way until birth, when the child/ children is handed to the intended parents. There is no genetic relationship between the child / children and the surrogate.
Traditional surrogates are not only gestational mothers, but most importantly, genetic mothers as well. They undergo artificial insemination, which results in pregnancy.
6. Why should I join Giving Tree as a surrogate when I can go independent?
Surrogacy journeys, while rewarding, can also be frustrating and complicated if not handled correctly. When you join Giving Tree family as a surrogate, we will provide you with the full support and guidance throughout your journey. You will not need to worry about legal concerns, finding the correct match, how to go about setting up screening and all the medical concerns and complications. Most importantly, our team will handle any issues that may arise, leaving you at peace and comfort to focus on your pregnancy.
7. What if my insurance does not cover surrogacy?
Your insurance coverage does not need to cover for you to apply. We will review your insurance coverage and provide consultation. If it does not cover, we will work with the intended parents to discuss any extra costs and find you a plan that will cover, so you can still help a family fulfill their parenthood dreams.
8. Why is there a BMI limit?
IVF clinics set up Body Mass Index (BMI) limits primarily for health reasons, such as the safety for the baby and yourself. It is also of the upmost importance that you will respond appropriately to the necessary medications needed for the process.
9. I recently had a delivery. How long must I wait before becoming a surrogate?
According to most guidelines set by fertility clinics, there should be a wait period of 3 months after a vaginal delivery and 6 months if by C-section.
10. Why is there an age limit to being a surrogate?
The age limits are set up by fertility clinics mainly due to the concern of fluctuating hormones and the increased health risks to both you and the baby. If you have recently been a surrogate mother and successfully delivered, but is over the age limit, feel free to contact us for more information.
11. Can I be a surrogate mother if I currently have my tubes tied?
Of course. Having tubes tied will not affect the ability to becoming a surrogate mother.
12. Does a surrogate mother have to go on bed rest after the transfer?
Usually some type of bed rest is recommended for 24- 36 hours after transfer.
13. Will I be able to meet the intended parents to the child I am carrying?
Usually you will be able to meet the intended parents to get to know each other via WeChat or Skype during and after the matching session. Occasionally, intended parents will also meet in person if this is what you prefer and if their time and schedules allow, which is usually at or after the transfer stage.
14. Will there be any kinds of contact during my surrogacy journey?
During the process, you can expect phone calls, emails, or WeChat communication regarding clinic appointments and ultrasounds. We also encourage intended parents to keep in touch frequently until delivery. However, that is not required. After the delivery, we encourage surrogate mothers to remain in contact with intended families to strengthen the bond. However, that is not a requirement and usually the relationship develops naturally over the journey and is up to one’s comfort level.
15. My husband/ partner doesn't seem to support with my being a surrogate. Can I still move forward?
We highly recommend all surrogates in our program have the full support of their significant other. If you are not married, we recommend having a support person in place with whom you will share the journey with.
16. Which party will be responsible for the medical bills?
The intended parents will pay for your health insurance, which will cover most of the bills related to your pregnancy and delivery. For any other unexpected, additional costs, the intended parents will cover them. The intended family will also cover all IVF medical procedures, expenses, copayments and deductibles related to your pregnancy.
17. Will I need to travel during the journey?
There will be traveling required, especially when traveling to IVF clinics for health screening and transfer.
18. Can I request the amount of embryos to be transferred?
Of course. During the time of your pre-screening, your case coordinator will discuss with you regarding your comfort level in carrying one or multiple children.
19. Will I need to take medications during the process?
Yes. Every clinic is different in medications assigned, but usually you can expect prenatal vitamins, birth control pills, Lupron, estrogen, and progesterone. You may experience some symptoms such as mood swings while taking those medication since your hormones will be changing, but they are similar to those happening during any regular pregnancy.
20. Since I am not related to the baby/ babies, will my pregnancy be physically any different?
Surrogacy pregnancies are no different than traditional pregnancies, which means you may still experience the usual symptoms such as morning sickness, headaches, swollen feet or hands. The only difference comes if you are pregnant with multiple children and have not had prior experience in multiple births in the past. Multiple pregnancy will require more visits to the clinic and doctors and you may also feel more physically tiring. Regardless, our dedicated team will be there to support you all along the way to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible.
21. What happens if the intended family gets divorced during my surrogate pregnancy?
Just as we carefully and precisely screen our surrogate parents, we also do the same to our intended parents to assess the stability of their relationship. In the unfortunate event a divorce does occur, custody would be worked out between the intended parents. You would not have to assume any care of the child/ children.
22. What happens if miscarriage occurs or the baby/ babies die before full term?
In the unfortunate event this does occur, the intended parents will get custody and handle all the details in between. You can rest assure that we will provide all the assistance needed along the way if such event occurs.
23. I have submitted my application. What’s next?
If you pass the evaluation and there are interests shown by any intended parents, our surrogacy coordinator will contact you to gather more information and possible medical records before moving onto the matching process.