Surrogate FAQs

Gestational carriers, also known as gestational surrogates, are by far the most popular option being used by couples. 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 donor eggs or using the intended mother’s eggs. Gestational surrogacy is what Fairfax Surrogacy does.

Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate not only carries the child but also uses her eggs. This means she is the biological mother who carries the child with the intention of parentage placed 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.

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.

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.

Yes, you can. We will accept surrogates who have had 2 c-sections.

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. By using the IVF process, it bi-passes the need to travel through the tubes altogether, since the embryo is transferred directly to the uterus.  No matter if your tubes are cut, cauterized, or “tied’ you can absolutely still enter into a gestational surrogacy. 

Our medical experts’ experience has provided us with a set of requirements for surrogates that produce the best results. A woman with a BMI above 32 runs the risk of developing preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and other conditions and situations that can affect the surrogate and the baby. 

Yes, you can. You can make this part of your matching preferences, and Fairfax Surrogacy will work to find you intended parents for whom this is a match.

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, which Fairfax Surrogacy will purchase for you.

Yes, the surrogate chooses whom 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. Not only are we supportive of our surrogates using a midwife, we have a midwife on staff! 

Absolutely. You also can choose to hire a birth doula experienced with surrogates and intended parents, for additional emotional support.

Most likely, but only for a couple days at a time. If you are not local to the fertility clinic, you will travel there for 1-2 days for the initial medical screening and then again for 2-3 days for the embryo transfer. Fairfax Surrogacy will make sure all travel-related expenses are covered each time, and a companion will be able to accompany you for the embryo transfer.

No. As with most things anymore, all communications and interactions can be done remotely.

We are experts in surrogacy, not taxes, so we recommend that you work with a certified tax professional. We do not issue a 1099.

We wouldn’t want the compensation for surrogacy to interfere with benefits that are crucial for your family’s betterment. The income requirements for many government-assistance programs are typically below the base compensation for a surrogate, which would then make you ineligible for the government programs.

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We hope we have answered your questions here. With our vast experience in surrogacy, we have answers to just about every question – even if you don’t see it listed here. Let our experts guide and inform you.