Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Surrogates
When it comes to making a profound decision like becoming a gestational carrier, it’s crucial to ensure you have all the necessary information at your disposal. That’s why we’ve curated the most frequently asked questions to assist you in your decision-making journey. If you find that you still have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our dedicated surrogate coordinators are here to provide the answers you need and guide you every step of the way.
Do I have to use my own eggs?
Definitely not. AFS facilitates gestational surrogacy only, which means only donor eggs or eggs from the intended mother will be used.
How long will it take to match me with intended parents?
As soon as your screening is complete and you have been approved by the fertility clinic, matching happens immediately.
Do I need health insurance?
You will need health insurance throughout this journey but it is not something you need to have prior to being matched. Your intended parents will purchase an insurance policy for you, if needed. If you have a personal policy, AFS will have a review run through an insurance professional to determine whether or not there is a surrogacy exclusion. AFS will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you are covered throughout this pregnancy and insurance will not be an added expense that you need to prepare for.
What do I need to do to be approved as a surrogate (gestational carrier)?
In order to complete the screening process, you must be financially stable.
Will all my expenses be covered?
There should be no ‘out-of-pocket’ cycle-related expenses to you, the surrogate, throughout your surrogacy journey.
Will I need to take injections?
Yes. As a surrogate, there is a series of injectable medications that you will need to take until the end of your first trimester of pregnancy.
Does your surrogacy agency work with all types of families?
AFS strongly believes that love makes a family. We do not feel that marital status or sexual orientation determines who makes good parents or who should have access to family building through surrogacy, rather we look to see who is capable of caring for and loving a child or children.
Which type of medical facilities do you work with?
AFS works with only the best IVF clinics and physicians in the country with extensive experience in surrogacy. We pride ourselves on good, open relationships with our doctors and staff so that someone is always there holding the surrogate’s hand throughout the surrogacy process.
Will I have a background check prior to being accepted into the surrogacy program?
Yes. AFS does a background check on all surrogates and any adults who live in the same home.