Deliver the Gift of Family
as a Surrogate Mother
Bringing a new life into the world is an unforgettable experience. Providing that precious gift as a surrogate mother is one of the most empowering decisions you can ever make. If you’re a giving, confident woman with an awesome attitude, join us! Help others realize their dream of having a family.
“Becoming a surrogate mother was the best decision of my life!”
As one of our surrogate mothers, your comfort and well-being is our top priority. We work hard to make sure you’re paired with the perfect couple or individual for you.
SURROGATE MOTHER REQUIREMENTS
- Between 21 – 40 years old
- Already carried and actively parented at least one child
- Uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries
- Height and weight proportionate with a Body Mass Index (BMI) no higher than 32
- No history of illicit drug use or criminal history
- Emotionally and financially stable living situation
- No history of major depressive disorder or other mental illness
- Enjoy pregnancy and motivated to help others
- Willing to take injectable medication
- Live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or other surrogacy friendly states (contact us if you are unsure if you live in a surrogacy friendly state)
The Surrogacy Center of Philadelphia Experience
When you help a family through the Surrogacy Center of Philadelphia, you are joining our family too. We’re with you every step of the way. From answering questions about each step of the surrogacy process to being there with you at appointments and the birth.
Surrogates in our program receive compensation packages of up to $60,000.
Learn more about gestational surrogacy compensation
What is gestational surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is a method for having a child for individuals and couples. Intended Parents work with a gestational carrier who becomes pregnant using embryos created with: (1) the intended mother’s ovum or donor ovum, and (2) the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm. The Gestational Surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby. She is simply the oven for a very precious bun!
CAN I CHOOSE MY INTENDED PARENTS?
Absolutely. You will be presented with profiles of families that are interested in you. If you are interested in matching with them, we will set up a facilitated meeting. Only after that meeting (and several other conversations), will we declare you matched if all parties agree.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE YOUR AGENCY?
We offer competitive compensation packages and highly personalized support for surrogates in our program. Our coordinators attend appointments, are responsive by phone and email, advocate for your needs, and are present at the birth. We also have surrogate only social events like luncheons and playdates for families in our program. Finally, unlike larger national agencies, we don’t expect surrogates to travel far. Most of our clients reside in the Greater Philadelphia area and are working with local fertility clinics.
How will I get paid?
All your compensation is clearly outlined in your gestational carrier agreement (the contract you sign with your intended parents). Your compensation will be held in an account with a professional escrow firm. Every month, you will receive compensation from that account by direct deposit. You can login anytime online to see what compensation has been paid to you and what is still due.
Will I have out of pocket expenses like medical copayments?
No. Your Intended Parents will pay for all expenses associated with your surrogacy journey. This typically includes insurance premiums, medical copayments, and childcare costs. These are separate reimbursements on top of the compensation that you receive for being pregnant.
Will I have to travel?
Not very far. Unlike large national agencies, we work with clinics in the Greater Philadelphia area. It is rare for surrogates in our program to travel. We recognize that it is challenging to travel, especially when you have your own family to care for. If you do have to travel, all of your expenses will be covered.
A Surrogacy Journey with Us in 10 Steps
The surrogacy process can be divided into ten steps. On average, the process takes twelve to fifteen months.
#1 CONSULTATION AND INITIAL SCREENING
The process begins with a complimentary consultation either in person or over the phone. We answer any questions that you might have. If you decide to become a surrogate, we will have you fill out our full application. We will review your application, conduct Federal and state background checks, review your medical records, and conduct a psychological evaluation. The screening process typically takes 3 – 4 weeks and we will notify you if you are a candidate.
#2 PROFILE CREATION
We will build a profile based on information you provided in your program application. Your profile will be presented to Intended Parents based on their preferences (i.e. whether you’re a first time or experienced surrogate, views on abortion/selective reduction, amount of contact during pregnancy).
If you are selected, we will set up a meeting via teleconference and/or in-person. An agency representative will help facilitate this first time meeting where you will have the opportunity to get to know the Intended Parents. The outcome of this meeting is typically a verbal agreement to proceed with the surrogacy process.
You will enter into a gestational carrier contract with your Intended Parents. The contract clearly outlines expectations of each party throughout this process, as well as financial obligations. We will arrange for an independent attorney to review the contract with you as a surrogate.
#5 Escrow Account
At this point, you’ll enter into a contract with your gestational carrier. This contract clearly outlines expectations of each party in this process, as well as financial obligations. We will arrange for independent attorneys to work with you and your gestational carrier to review the terms of the contract.
#6 ADDITIONAL SCREENING
You will undergo medical screening, including blood work and ultrasounds. You will go to the fertility clinic for infectious disease testing to ensure you are clear of transmittable diseases. You will also undergo a hysteroscopy, which is the visualization of the uterine cavity.
#7 Medical Protocol
The IVF physician will give you a medical protocol to follow. You will be given injections to control your hormone levels and prepare your uterine lining for the transfer. You will have regular visits to the clinic to monitor hormone levels and the thickness of your uterine lining. At the appropriate time in the cycle, the embryos are transferred to your uterus via a tiny catheter.
Hopefully the first embryo transfer will result in a successful pregnancy! You will go into the clinic twice for blood tests to check your HCG levels to confirm pregnancy. An ultrasound is done around 4-6 weeks to check for a fetal heartbeat. Typically, surrogates transfer to a regular obstetrician for their care after this point.
#9 Parental Rights
During the fifth month of your pregnancy, an attorney will work with you to complete the necessary paperwork to obtain parental rights for the Intended Parents. The attorney will file the paperwork with the family court to have a pre-birth order issued. After the baby is born, the birth certificate will show the names of your Intended Parents.
We will help you create a birth plan that clearly outlines expectations for all parties involved in the delivery. We will also work with the delivery hospital and provide any legal documentation that they require. An agency representative will be present during and after the birth to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We will also do follow up visits to make sure you are healthy physically and emotionally.
How to Become a Surrogate
Please complete our Surrogate Inquiry Form below so we can contact you and discuss our program further.