Become A Surrogate Mother

Thank you for considering the possibility of becoming a surrogate mother. Open Arms has been helping families since 2003 and have had the honor of working with some of the most incredible women – our surrogate mothers. Join us in our mission to help others have the baby they are longing to have and be compensated up to $50,000 for your generosity.

As an Open Arms surrogate mother, you will have the support of a full team, guiding and helping you every step of the way.  We are with you, by your side, from the moment you apply until after the delivery of the baby.  We guide you through the legal steps, the medical evaluations, and the IVF process.  We never leave your side and will strive to make this pregnancy incredibly rewarding.  When you see the faces of your intended parent’s holding their precious baby-or babies- for the first time, you will experience the fullness and beauty of surrogacy.  Let Open Arms be the ones to help you achieve that.


See If You Qualify To Be A Surrogate Mother:


Requirements

  • Have had one or more easy pregnancies and deliveries
  • Are healthy and height/weight appropriate
  • Are a U.S. citizen or have a green card
  • Don't use tobacco, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have not been convicted of a felony

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

Qualifications

To become a surrogate, a woman must have the following qualifications before being considered eligible to apply to our program:

  • Between the ages of 21 and 40
  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) less than 30
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  • Have borne at least one child in an uncomplicated pregnancy & have custody
  • Have a spouse, significant other or another support system who’s supportive of the decision to become a Surrogate Mother
  • Be free of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Does not smoke or use illegal drugs
  • Is not alcohol dependant
  • Is a U.S. citizen or a legal resident
  • Has never been convicted of a crime
  • Is educated, mature, dependable and committed to following through with the process

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

The Process

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COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

Your journey starts with completing our application.  After your application is submitted, you will be contacted by our Intake Coordinator who will be your first team member that will be guiding you through the first step. The Intake Coordinator will review your application, schedule an interview – either over the phone or by Skpe – and work with you to get all of the required paperwork to complete your application.


 

Surrogate-Mother-Steps_parents-selectCHOOSING YOUR INTENDED PARENTS

Once you’re approved, we will begin sending you profiles of intended parents who are ready to start their surrogacy journey too.  The matching is the most important part of your surrogacy journey.  These are the ones you are doing this for and who will be a part of your life and your family’s lives forever.  When you pick intended parents, the next step will be a video or phone conference, or an in-person meeting – whatever is convenient for everyone.  This will be your time to get to know your potential intended parents and make sure they are the best fit for you and your family.  At this step, you will be introduced to your primary consultant who will be with you during the entire surrogacy cycle with our team supporting you all the way through.


 

PSYCHOLOGICAL & MEDICAL EVALUATIONS

When you’re matched,  we quickly move you to the screening – a psychological evaluation and a medical evaluation with the intended parent’s fertility clinic. This step can take 4-6 weeks to fully complete.  Don’t worry, we will take care of everything you need – your travel arrangements if necessary & scheduling the appointments.  Your consultant will be available whenever you need questions answered.


 

LEGAL CONTRACTS

Legal contracts between you and your intended parents will begin once you are medically and psychologically cleared.  You will have your own attorney representing you in this part who specializes in third-party reproduction law.  The intended parents will have their own attorney too, so there isn’t a conflict of interest.  Legal contracts need to be finalized before any of the IVF process begins.


 

FERTILITY MEDICATIONS & EMBRYO TRANSFER

After legal contracts are all wrapped up, you will begin fertility medications that include self-injections for 2 weeks or more.    You will be taking medications  to get you ready for the embryo transfer at the intended parent’s fertility clinic.  Scheduled appointments for blood work and ultrasounds will be made for you by your consultant team to make sure you are responding to the medications.  Once your body is ready, up to 2 embryos will be transferred to you.  From there, pregnancy tests and ultrasounds will be done to confirm pregnancy.


 

Surrogate-Mother-Steps_pregTestSTEP SIX – PREGNANCY & DELIVERY

This is it!  You’re pregnant!  After you have had up to 2 ultrasounds with the fertility clinic, you will be released to your own OB/Gyn for your prenatal care and you will deliver at your hospital.  The intended parents will come to you for the delivery.  Open Arms will be by your side through the whole pregnancy and making sure everything is in place when it’s time to deliver.


 

Surrogate-Mother-Steps_thankyouCOMPENSATION

You will receive disbursements of your compensation as indicated in your legal contract throughout your pregnancy.  The remaining amount will be paid to you after delivery.

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

Compensation

Base Compensation Amount

First-Time Surrogate Mother

$25,000-$28,000

Second-Time Surrogate Mother

$28,000-$32,000

Third-Time Surrogate Mother

$32,000-$35,000

Fourth-Time Surrogate Mother

$35,000 +


Compensation In Addition To Base Amount

$200 Monthly Allowance For Misc. Expenses

(approx. 12 months)

$2,400

Start of Fertility Medications

$500

Embryo Transfer

$500

Maternity clothing allowance

For multiple pregnancy, allowance increases by $200

$700

Dropped Cycle Fee*

if the cycle is dropped, the $500 paid when injectable medication start applies to the dropped cycle fee. Remaining compensation is $250.00 for a total of $750.00.

$750

D & C, Abortion/Termination*

$500

Cerclage*

Stitching of the cervix to prevent premature labor

$500

Amniocentesis or CVS*

$500

Ectopic Pregnancy*

$500

Fetal Reduction*

$1,500

Caesarian Section*

if determined at time birth to be necessary. Does not apply
to scheduled C-sections.

$1,500

Loss of Uterus*

if surrogate must undergo a hysterectomy resulting in the loss of her uterus, as a result of the delivery of the child, as long as such procedure(s) are performed within 3 months of the delivery.

$4,000

Restriction of Activity/Bed-rest & Childcare*

Housekeeping & Childcare Expenses if Obstetrician/IVF Physician confirms in writing that Surrogate is unable to perform normal housekeeping chores and childcare.

Up to $300 weekly

Multiple Birth (per additional child)*

If the surrogate delivers additional child on or after 30 weeks from date of embryo transfer, all payments listed above will be made even if the child is stillborn or does not survive prior to hospital discharge. If surrogate delivers prior to 30 weeks from the date of transfer and child does not survive prior to hospital discharge, surrogate is entitled only to compensation received thus far.

$4,000

Amniocentesis or CVS*

$500

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

Benefits

Private Online Support Group

As an OAC surrogate mother, access will be given to our Surrogate Mother Forum where OAC surrogate mothers can support each other, ask questions, and share experiences. This forum is monitored by OAC staff and allows for more access to support and guidance.


 

Personalized Matching with Intended Parents

Based on our experience with the your during our application stage and your preferences, we will only present your profile to intended parents that are ‘the best fit’. In addition, you will be provided with a profile of the intended parents for your consideration. There is no commitment to any particular intended parents until you agree to move forward. Once you agree to work with intended parents and they agree to work with you, then it will be considered a “match”.


 

Individual Personal Consultant

When matched with intended parents, there is one consultant who is the primary coordinator of the cycle. This coordinator will schedule all medical appointments, make all travel arrangements; arrange for attorney representation during the contract phase, assist with communications with the clinic, intended parents, attorney, ob/gyn and delivering hospital. The consultant will be the main point of contact for you and providing guidance and emotional support. The consultant will also be available to attend appointments in place of the intended parents or as moral support such as the embryo transfer, ultrasounds, and/or delivery if necessary.


 

$250,000 Life Insurance Policy

This benefit is only issued when the surrogate mother complies with all required paperwork and medical screening. If surrogate mother does not fulfill all requirements, no policy will be issued. Life insurance policies are subject to approval by the insurance underwriters. Surrogate Mother designates beneficiaries.

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

FAQ
Are there any medical risks to the Intended Parents or surrogate and should additional insurance be obtained?

Any and all risks should be thoroughly discussed with the reproductive endocrinologist. The medical risks to the Intended Parents are generally very low (though in a gestational surrogacy there may be some related to egg retrieval). The risks to the surrogate are normally those associated with any pregnancy and delivery. All parties should attempt to have applicable medical and hospitalization insurance in place, including maternity coverage, to cover all anticipated medical contingencies.

How does a surrogacy work?

There are two types of surrogacy. 1). A genetic surrogate is where the surrogate mother is also the biological mother. This is where surrogate’s eggs are and inseminated (usually artificially) with the intended father’s sperm. 2). A gestational surrogate is where both the egg and sperm of the intended parents are joined and the pre-embryo(s) are placed into the surrogate who will carry and deliver the child. The gestational surrogate has no genetic link to that child. The medical technique for gestational surrogacy most commonly used is IVF/ET and/or its variations. Details of this procedure, along with its risks, should be discussed with a qualifies Reproductive Endocrinologist who performs such procedures.

How is the pregnancy managed and who makes the decisions?

After pregnancy is achieved, the surrogate’s care is managed by an obstetrician of the surrogate’s choosing. While the intended parents usually pay for the OB and may be involved in the surrogate’s care, ultimately the surrogate has final control over her care.

What about amniocentesis and abortion?

These decisions are also made solely by the surrogate. It is expected that prior to entering into a Surrogacy arrangement, the surrogate and intended parents will discuss these matters in detail. An amniocentesis may be advisable even if the surrogate is young since the eggs and sperm may be from an older couple. Issues such as abortion if the fetus has genetic defects should be thoroughly discussed in advance between the parties so that if any when a decision is required the decision made by the surrogate will be one everyone agrees with.

What can a surrogate be paid?

She can be reimbursed for any expenses or losses due to the surrogacy such as all medical and psychological care costs, living costs, prenatal care, maternity clothes, transportation costs and possibly lost wages directly resulting from her role as a surrogate.

What guaranties and safeguards are there?

As for the medical certainty of getting a child, only a Reproductive Endocrinologist can answer that for each case. As for legal and monetary safeguards, a written contract should be prepared by an attorney. In a gestational surrogacy the intended parents take custody of the child immediately after delivery. They immediately petition the Court for approval of the agreement and notify all persons interested including the surrogate and Reproductive Endocrinologist. The Court will examine the agreement and the facts of the case and, barring unforeseen difficulties, confirm the parentage of the intended parents as the legal parents. In a genetic surrogacy the intended parents go through a modified adoption procedure. A consent (after delivery of the child) is obtained from the genetic surrogate. Then a petition is filed for adoption naming all appropriate parties including the intended parents, the genetic surrogate and the surrogate¹s spouse (if any). In some instances HRS is notified in advance to do a home study, though often after delivery they treat the adoption as a step-parent adoption (since the intended father is the biological father) and thus bow out of further involvement. The Court reviews the case and if approved, names the intended parents as the legal parents and orders the issuance of a new birth certificate. This procedure is more involved and takes longer than that involved in a gestational surrogacy. Furthermore, the home study and background investigation by HRS or other approved agencies must be completed prior to the child going home with the intended parents. Thus this should be done in advance of delivery. If it in not, the attorney involved with the procedure must procure temporary housing for the child.

What happens if pregnancy is not achieved or there is a miscarriage?

If pregnancy is not achieved or there is a miscarriage, the parties can try again as often as they agree.

What if the child is born with birth defects?

As with a traditional pregnancy and birth, the responsibility and care will be with the intended parents. The surrogate will have no responsibility after birth even if the birth defect(s) may have been caused by some activity or behavior of the surrogate.

Who can be a surrogate?

This is basically a medical question and the Reproductive Endocrinologist is the person who evaluates the surrogate’s medical qualifications. Generally, the surrogate should be a healthy woman who is capable of a safe pregnancy and delivery.

Who needs surrogacy?

Unfortunately, many couples are unable to have their own children. Up until the last couple of decades, those couples had only two alternatives: adopt or remain childless. Today, due to advances in reproductive technology, couples now have medical means to have children. Reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization/pre-embryo transfer (IVF/ET, also known as test-tube babies) and other Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) allow otherwise infertile couples a chance to have children. However, there are still some couples for whom these techniques are not successful and for whom adoption is not an attractive or viable option. These couples may still wish to have children who are their genetic offspring. Often the mother cannot give birth for reasons that may include lack of a uterus or where pregnancy would be medically risky. For these or other reasons, the only way to have genetic offspring is to have another woman carry and give birth to their child: a Surrogate Mother. The couple wishing to obtain a child through a surrogacy arrangement are often referred to in the law as “Commissioning Couple” or “Intended Parents.”

If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, you meet the qualifications, and you understand the process, complete our full application.

Open Arms Guide to Surrogacy for Surrogates

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Surrogate Testimonials

  • Being a surrogate was very rewarding for me. I had the two most wonderful parents I could have hoped for. I am blessed that they chose me to carry their bundles of joy. Open Arms Consultants is a blessing and a wonderful company. I will forever remember and love the families I've met on their journey to becoming parents, and thank you from my whole heart for allowing me and my family to join you along the way.

    Melissa SURROGATE
Surrogacy involves potential risks associated with pregnancy as well as any medical processes required. It is the responsibility of the surrogate to understand and investigate any and all risks, and to discuss the procedures and implications with her physician.