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Becoming a surrogate mother is a selfless and life-changing decision. It’s a journey that not only impacts your life but also the lives of the intended parents you’ll be helping. Choosing the right surrogacy agency is a crucial step in this process. 

At Open Arms, we understand the importance of making an informed decision. There are so many agencies out there that promise tens of thousands of dollars to all surrogates as base pay. However, those surrogates often find themselves discontented and disillusioned from the process entirely by the end.

With 20 years of experience, we’ve seen it all. Open Arms wants to give women interested in surrogacy help when it comes to picking a surrogacy partner. 

Agency Reputation

The reputation of a surrogacy agency is paramount. Look for agencies with a proven track record of successful and ethical surrogacy journeys. Check online reviews, testimonials, and referrals from past surrogates are great resources to assess an agency’s reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask a listed surrogate from a review about their experience through social media. 

Clear Expectations & Communication

Effective and transparent communication is key. That starts with the application process. Some agencies will hide behind multiple rounds of interviews only for you to find out that 1) the pay isn’t as high as advertised or 2) you wasted your time with multiple phone interviews and weren’t qualified. 

Once you get paired with an agency, they should be readily available to answer your questions and address your concerns. They should also facilitate communication between you and the intended parents if needed, ensuring that all parties are on the same page.

Legal Expertise

Surrogacy involves a complex legal framework that varies by location. A reputable agency should have a thorough understanding of the legalities involved. We’re able to provide you a trusted list of referrals of reproductive attorneys!

Medical Support

The health and well-being of both you and the baby you’ll be carrying are of utmost importance. Choose an agency that works with experienced and reputable fertility clinics and healthcare providers. They should offer thorough medical evaluations, prenatal care, and emotional support throughout the journey.

Emotional Support

Surrogacy can be an emotionally demanding experience. Your chosen agency should offer professional counseling and support services to help you navigate the emotional challenges that may arise. The agency should also facilitate open communication between you and the intended parents.

Compensation and Benefits

“Become a surrogate and earn $100k!” “Get $90k today!” These compensation ads are incredibly misleading for first-time surrogates, and as an agency, they’re one of our biggest frustrations. A trustworthy agency should provide clear and fair compensation packages. While surrogacy is often motivated by a desire to help others, it’s essential to ensure that you are compensated fairly for your time, effort, and commitment. A reputable agency like Open Arms will help you fully understand the financial aspects, including reimbursement for medical expenses, travel, and any other related costs.

Matching Process

The matching process is where the real magic happens during surrogacy. Agencies should take the time to get to know you as a surrogate, your preferences, and your goals just as much as the Intended Parents’. This ensures you are matched with intended parents who share similar values and expectations, creating a harmonious surrogacy journey!

Transparent Fees

Look for an agency that is transparent about its fees and costs. There should be no hidden charges or surprises. Ensure you fully understand the financial aspects and are comfortable with the agency’s fee structure.

Success Rate

Ask about the agency’s success rate in previous surrogacy journeys. A higher success rate is often an indicator of a well-organized and experienced agency. It can provide you with confidence in the process.

Support After Birth

The support doesn’t end with the birth of the baby. A reputable agency should continue to offer post-birth support, helping you navigate the emotional transition and any legal or medical matters that may arise. (Trust us, the Open Arms coordinators are here for you and would love to keep in touch!) 

Ethical Practices

Choose an agency committed to ethical surrogacy practices. They should prioritize your well-being, the well-being of the child, and the intended parents’ rights and responsibilities.

The decision to become a surrogate mother is a noble one, and selecting the right surrogacy agency is a significant part of the journey. Open Arms is dedicated to ensuring that every surrogate mother has a positive, rewarding, and safe experience. By considering the factors mentioned above, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your values, expectations, and goals as a surrogate mother. We’re here to support you every step of the way, making your surrogacy journey a fulfilling and unforgettable experience. Call (941) 741-4994 to learn more about becoming a surrogate with Open Arms! 

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