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Surrogacy: What is it?

Surrogacy is the carrying of a child for intended parents. The pregnancy results from the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the resulting child is genetically not related to the surrogate.

Surrogacy: What is it?

Surrogacy is the carrying of a child for intended parents. The pregnancy results from the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the resulting child is genetically not related to the surrogate.

Surrogacy & Surrogate Mothers

A surrogate can be implanted with an embryo created in several different ways via IVF. One such way is using the intended father’s sperm and the intended mother’s eggs, while other options are using the intended father’s sperm and a donor egg, the intended mother’s eggs, sperm donor, or donor sperm donor eggs.

For Potential Surrogates:

One of the first steps in the surrogacy process is deciding which agency you want to work with. You need to make sure you are working with a professional agency with experience in all aspects of the surrogacy process and one that makes you feel comfortable and secure. You should also make sure that the surrogacy agency will be constantly available to you 24/7 in case of an emergency. They also need to be experts in the field of in-vitro fertilization, a woman’s mental and medical health and direct you to legal advice when needed. The Conceptual Options staff are have helped build hundreds of families through surrogacy and know how to make it the most enjoyable experience possible for both the surrogate mother and intended parents. We have laid out some important aspects that an agency should meet for you to consider working with them. Here, at Conceptual Options, we go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we meet all these important criteria and exceed them.

How to Become a Surrogate Mother

One of your biggest questions may be, “how to become a surrogate mother and what does the surrogacy process involve?” and we provide you with 7 easily digestible steps on the surrogacy process to help you learn what your journey will consist of. From the first step of reaching out to our surrogacy agency in San Diego to educating you on how a surrogate pregnancy works, surrogacy laws, the screening process, in-vitro fertilization, and ultimately the birth of a child, we are there right alongside you to support and guide you through all aspects of this beautiful process. Our surrogate mother requirements are easy to understand and are in place to protect not only you, the intended surrogate mom, but also the intended parents and child. Surrogacy laws in California are progressive, allowing surrogacy centers like ours to have helped hundreds of loving parents build families since 1999.

By becoming a surrogate with Conceptual Options, you are becoming a part of a family of people who constantly support you throughout your surrogacy journey. This includes surrogate mother community events, seasonal parties for surrogate moms, monthly raffles, get-togethers, psychological and group support, and a competitive compensation program. You will be a part of a community of women following along their surrogacy journey together, with us, at Conceptual Options. Although there is a medical aspect to gestational surrogacy, the surrogacy agreement is about giving a family the gift to those who cannot do so for themselves.

How to Apply to be a Surrogate Mother

Applying to be a surrogate mother starts with our application form. It is the beginning of the process in which you will help others realize their dream of having a child. Giving the gift of a family is one of the most caring acts someone can do for another. Our staff is trained in giving the warmest assisted reproductive consulting possible for all types of surrogacy.

For Potential Parents:

The first and most important decision you will have to make is which surrogacy and egg donation agency you want to work with. You want to feel comfortable and confident that the agency you choose will be there to help guide and support you throughout the entire process. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to make sure parents are happy and fulfilled throughout their parenthood journey. We have laid out some key questions that every intended parent should ask every surrogacy agency they are considering working with. At Conceptual Options, we meet and exceed all of these criteria and are happy to answer any questions that may come up at any point in the process. We have been in business since 1999 and have helped hundreds of people just like you with surrogacy services and the birth of a child.

We like to consider Surrogate Screening one of our top priorities at Conceptual Options. Not only do Surrogate have to pass through our tough Surrogate Requirements, but they will also talk with a mental health professional. One of our Client Relations Managers will also discuss what level of contact the potential Surrogate applicant is comfortable with, whether she is comfortable with carrying multiple babies or just one, and whether her goals align with yours as the Intended Parents. When it comes to matching you with your potential Surrogate Mother we take into account all of these things, including levels of privacy wanted from all parties, and use our Surrogate Database and one of our expert Client Relations Managers to match you with someone who shares the same goals and preferences as you do. Remember, at this point in this process, no upfront costs have been paid. No costs are paid until you have been matched with your Surrogate, Egg Donor, Sperm Donor, Clinic, and Lawyer, and then a retainer for services is signed. No waiting lists and no up-front fees.

How do I become a Parent through Surrogacy?

Welcoming your wonderful baby into this world is the ultimate goal for you as an intended parent, as well as ours. At Conceptual Options, we want to make sure you understand the surrogacy process from pregnancy to childbirth and parental rights. From scheduling your first consult with a member of our client relations team to the day you return home with your baby, we are there to provide support and guidance to the intended parents, surrogate mother, and ultimately the child. We make sure that the process of surrogacy and egg donation is enjoyable for everyone, from beginning to end. Becoming a parent through surrogacy is an important question to ask yourself; go with the agency you are most comfortable with. Once you are ready to begin your path to parenthood through surrogacy, it will be time to fill out our intended parent application form. The application will help us ensure privacy and allow us to begin the process of matching you with your ideal surrogate mother, egg donor, and/or sperm donor. If you have questions on how to apply to be a parent through surrogacy, such as how surrogacy agreements work or parental rights, our friendly staff is here to help.

Referral Bonus Program

Do you know a woman who would be a fantastic Surrogate? Refer her to our program and get a bonus!

* If you refer a first-time Surrogate to our program, you will receive a $500 gift card when she receives legal clearance.
* If you refer an experienced Surrogate to our program, you will receive a $1,000 gift card when she receives legal clearance.

If you have any additional questions about the referral program, please contact one of our Surrogate Intake Team Members:

Egg Donation

Any Questions?

If at any point you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or contact us for more information.