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Frequently Asked Questions

Becoming an Intended Parent or Surrogate is an incredible journey, but there can be many questions - especially when you are just starting the process! Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions we are asked. If you are curious about something that is not covered in our FAQ please don't hesitate to reach out to ask!

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What is a surrogate?

The word surrogate means substitute. In the case of a surrogate mother, one woman acts as a substitute for another woman or couple who, for whatever reason, cannot have children themselves. 

Are there different types of surrogacy?

Traditional surrogacy is a process where the surrogate uses her own egg fertilized by donor sperm or the sperm of an intended parent.  In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is genetically related to the child belonging to the intended parents. 

Gestational surrogacy is a process where neither the egg nor the sperm comes from the surrogate. In this process, an already formed embryo is implanted into the gestational carrier (surrogate) who acts as a carrier but has no genetic relation to the child. At Little Miracles Surrogacy, we only arrange gestational surrogacies.

What are Intended Parents?

An intended parent is a person, either single or part of a couple who hires a surrogate to carry a child on their behalf. There are many reasons someone may hire a surrogate, but some of the most common reasons are: same sex relationships, infertility due to genetics, surgery or illness, and people without partners/significant others. It is important to remember that many factors can contribute to a person or couple choosing to hire a surrogate. 

What is the compensation for a surrogate?

Estimated monetary compensation for a surrogate in the United States ranges from $30,000 to $46,000 on average for a first time gestational surrogate. In addition, all expenses are relating to the surrogacy are paid including but not limited to surrogate health insurance, doctor's appointments, travel (lodging, meals and travel costs), vitamins, therapy/counseling, and more. Little Miracles Surrogacy guarantees our surrogates a minimum of $45,000 plus bonuses at important check points!

How involved is the process to become a surrogate?

The journey of surrogacy is quite involved as you might imagine. Your mental and physical health, along with life style, habits and choices all factor into your surrogacy journey. You are making a selfless commitment by carrying a child for an intended parent or parents. This is a massive financial undertaking for that family as well as a mental rollercoaster-it is our job as an agency to make sure that you are ready to be part of that journey in any way imaginable. 

What happens if a surrogate changes her mind and wants to keep the baby?

In gestational surrogacy, this is prevented by contracts. The intended parent(s) lawfully own the child(ren) bared by the surrogate; the surrogate is biologically unrelated to the surrogate and as such the property of the intended parent(s). The intended parent(s) can decide whether they want the child(ren) to have interaction with the surrogate immediately after birth for skin on skin contact, breast feeding, etc. If the intended parent(s) prefer no contact, the child(ren) is taken to the nursery or given to the intended parent(s) immediately. 

What is the process to match a surrogate and IP?

Many factors are considered in the beginning phases of becoming a surrogate or intended parent. As an agency, Little Miracles Surrogacy takes many factors into into consideration when creating a match, including but not limited to location, finances, religion/beliefs, communication preferences, and general personality. We do our very best to match intended parent(s) and surrogates with similar values, ideals and expectations. We get to know all of our clients on a personal level and create matches that are as organic and symbiotic as possible.

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