What are the eligibility requirements to be a carrier?
An NAFG gestational carrier should: be between 23 and 38 years of age, have at least one child of her own who she is raising in her own home, not plan to have any additional children of her own, be married or in a long-standing committed relationship, be financially stable, have the support from her family and others close to her for her decision to be a carrier, enjoy being pregnant and have experienced easy, uneventful pregnancies, and have a sincere desire to help create for others the kind of loving home she has herself.
NAFG receives many applications, but can only respond to a small percentage of them. If we can take action on your application, you should receive an email/phone call from us within a day or two.
How does NAFG’s surrogacy program work?
If your surrogacy questionnaire indicates a possibility of a potential match with intended parents, you will be contacted by one of our staff. We will gather supplemental materials, most importantly the medical records from your previous pregnancies and deliveries. The records will be reviewed by a clinician for approval. You will then speak to our surrogacy coordinator [who is an experienced fertility nurse]. We will consider possible matches and once we have a potential fit, we will all have a phone or video conference and then an in-person meeting, most typically close to your home town. Then the medical screening would take place at an IVF clinic (typically over a period of two days; all your travel costs would be covered in advance), and you would begin the treatment to prepare your uterus for pregnancy. You would need to make one more two-day trip to the clinic for the embryo transfer. The prenatal care and birth take place in or close to your home town with your own doctors.
How long does the surrogacy process take?
Once you apply it typically takes about two-three months to be matched with intended parents, and another two-four months for the screening and embryo transfer to take place.
What medical procedures are involved?
Carriers have blood drawn (to test for hormone levels as well as infectious diseases), drug screens, uterine sonograms and psychological evaluations. Carriers’ husbands/partners participate in the psychological evaluations. Hormone treatment is required to prepare the uterus for the embryo transfer; the embryo transfer takes place in the IVF clinic and is not painful. Prenatal care is the same as for your previous pregnancies after you are discharged from the IVF clinic.
Where do I go for my medical procedures?
The screening and embryo transfer take place at an IVF clinic, the location of which will be determined by the intended parents. We often work with clinics in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Your travel expenses will be covered in advance.
Am I eligible to be a surrogate if I am using birth control?
Yes. You will be instructed to go off hormone-type birth control (such as the pill, Mirena IUD) when you are matched. But until then, it is fine to be on birth control.
Do I need to live near one of your offices in order to participate in your surrogacy program?
No. We welcome qualified candidates from all over the country. You must reside in a state where compensated surrogacy is not prohibited, however. Residents of New York are not eligible at this time. We often work with residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and California.
Do I need insurance to be a surrogate?
No. If you do have insurance, we will review the policy to see if your prenatal care will be covered, but it is not necessary to have insurance.
Does it cost anything to be a surrogate?
No. All your medical, legal, insurance, and travel (if required) costs are paid for in advance.
How do I apply?
Please submit the Surrogacy Application, along with some current photos.
What legal protection do surrogates have?
Surrogates have their own lawyers (typically recommended by us) to review the surrogacy contract with them. The contract outlines and reinforces the payment of your compensation and travel expenses, outlines the carrier’s duties and protects her rights. Legal fees are paid for in advance by the intended parents.
What is my relationship with the intended parents?
After receiving a written profile of your prospective intended parents, you will talk to them by phone and then meet them in person, along with a member of the NAFG staff. You will meet again at the clinical screening. The nature and frequency of your contact throughout the pregnancy is discussed at the initial meetings to determine a relationship that suits all parties. Most intended parents do not live within driving distance of their carriers, but keep in touch throughout the pregnancy via email and phone.
Can a surrogate participate more than once?
Yes, if you have had fewer than five births in total you can qualify. We welcome candidates who have served as surrogates previously as well as new candidates.
How much money do surrogates earn?
NAFG gestational carriers are compensated with a base fee of $45,000 to $50,000 for their time and effort, plus expenses.