The Surrogate Application Process

At Fairfax Surrogacy, we are committed to making your surrogacy journey as smooth and transparent as possible. Our surrogate application process is designed to ensure that all candidates are fully informed, prepared, and suitable for this incredible journey of giving. Below is a step-by-step guide through our application process.

If you’re ready to make a difference and bring joy to a family’s life, we invite you to begin this journey with us.

Do I Qualify to Be a Surrogate?

Before diving into the application, it’s crucial to understand the basic requirements. These are in place to ensure the health and well-being of both the surrogate and the baby throughout the surrogacy journey.

Eligibility Criteria

To become a surrogate with Fairfax Surrogacy, candidates must meet certain criteria:

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Step One:

Submitting Your Application

Once you know you meet the initial qualifications, the first official step is to submit your surrogate application form. The application covers various aspects, including your medical history, previous pregnancies, lifestyle, and support system. It’s important to be as detailed and accurate as possible.

The application may take some time to complete, but don’t worry. You can always save your progress and complete it at a later time.

Step Two:

Initial Review and Consultation

Upon receiving your application, our team at Fairfax Surrogacy will conduct an initial review to make sure additional eligibility criteria are met.

Once we’ve determined that you meet all the qualifications, the next step is to schedule an initial consultation with one of our surrogacy intake coordinators. This meeting will be conducted by video conference.

During this consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the surrogacy process at Fairfax Surrogacy
  • Discuss your motivations and expectations
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Understand the legal, medical, and emotional aspects of surrogacy

After your consultation, you’ll be guided through filling out necessary forms so we can gather your medical records and complete background checks. Then it’s on to medical and psychological screening!

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Step Three:

Medical and Psychological Screening

Ensuring the health and well-being of our surrogates and the babies they carry is our utmost priority. You’ll undergo thorough medical and psychological screenings, which include:

  • Physical examinations and blood work
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Background checks

After successfully completing the medical and psychological screening, you will begin the exciting process of looking at profiles of intended parents. This is where the journey truly becomes real, as you start to consider potential matches and envision the family you will be helping to build.

FAQs for Surrogates

  • What is the difference between traditional and gestational surrogacy?
    Fairfax Surrogacy specializes in Gestational Surrogacy. Gestational carriers, also known as gestational surrogates, are by far the most popular option for those who choose surrogacy to build their family. Gestational surrogates are not genetically related to the child that they carry. Instead, modern technology allows the gestational surrogate to carry a genetically unrelated fetus through the use of the intended mother’s eggs or eggs from a donor. Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate not only carries the child but also uses her eggs to create the embryo. This means she is the biological mother who carries the child with the intention of all parentage rights being given to the intended parent(s) upon birth. Because of the traditional surrogate’s biological connection to the baby, traditional surrogacy raises many legal and medical concerns. If you are interested in this route, please proceed with tremendous caution.
  • How much will it cost me to be a surrogate?
    Nothing! Financial transparency for surrogates is one of our priorities. All pregnancy related expenses are covered, and there will be no hidden costs or exceptions along the way. In addition, you will receive compensation for your time. Any pregnancy-related expenses that you pay out of pocket will be fully reimbursed according to the terms of your surrogacy agreement.
  • Can I choose who I match with?
    Yes. From the beginning, we will be talking to you about your matching preferences. We will provide profiles of intended parents who meet your criteria. If your preferred intended parents agree to the match, then we will connect everyone virtually so you can begin to get acquainted. From there, the relationship can take shape however the surrogate and intended parents see fit.
  • Can I be a surrogate if I have had a c-section?
    Yes, you can. We will accept surrogates who have had up to 2 c-sections.
  • If I have had my tubes tied, can I still be a surrogate?
    Yes! Tied tubes or a past “tubal ligation” does not impact your ability to be a gestational surrogate. As a gestational surrogate, you will undergo a reproductive treatment called  In Vitro Fertilization, also known as IVF. The IVF process bypasses the need for the egg to travel through the tubes, since the embryo is transferred directly to the uterus.  No matter whether your tubes are cut, cauterized, or “tied” you can absolutely still become a gestational surrogate.
  • Why does my BMI matter if I want to be a surrogate?
    Medical experts have developed a set of requirements for surrogates that produce the best success rates. Women with a BMI above 32 are at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and other conditions that can affect the surrogate and the baby. Additionally, studies have shown that women with a high BMI may have lower implantation and pregnancy rates following IVF. Women with a high BMI may respond differently to fertility medications. They may require higher doses of medication to stimulate ovulation, which can increase the cost and the risk of side effects.
  • Can I be a surrogate if I do not want to terminate?
    Yes. Your termination stance is part of your matching preferences. Fairfax Surrogacy will work to match you with intended parents who are on the same page regarding important decisions like termination or selective reduction.
  • Do I have to have insurance with maternity coverage?
    No, you do not. We will review your medical insurance to determine which, if any, aspects of the surrogacy are covered. In the interest of preventing unforeseen expenses for you, we may need to change or expand your health insurance coverage. If a new or updated policy is needed, Fairfax Surrogacy will purchase this for you.
  • Can I choose my OB or work with a midwife?
    Yes, the surrogate chooses the provider who will deliver the baby. Often surrogates are most comfortable using the same doctor or facility as their previous birth(s), and the surrogate’s medical coverage is usually best in her local area. We understand that pregnancy and birth is an intimate process and we encourage you to choose a provider and birth setting where you feel most comfortable, whether that be a hospital, birthing center, or home birth. Not only are we supportive of our surrogates using a midwife, we even have a midwife on staff!
  • Can my partner be present with me at the birth?
    Absolutely. You also can choose to hire a birth doula experienced with surrogates and intended parents, for additional emotional support. If you’d like to work with a doula, be sure to discuss this during the intake process to ensure it is part of your surrogacy agreement.

Ready to begin your journey?