Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?
In gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization is used to create embryos from the intended father or a sperm donor, and the egg of the intended mother or an egg donor. We exclusively handle gestational surrogacy at Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists.
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own egg will be fertilized via artificial insemination, and unlike with gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother is also the biological and genetic mother. Consequently, there is a much greater legal risk involved for intended parents in traditional surrogacy cases.
What is in vitro fertilization?
In vitro fertilization involves the creation of an embryo by combining the egg and sperm outside of a human body and then transferred into the uterus of either the intended mother or the surrogate.
What is egg donation?
In egg donation, eggs are removed from the donor and fertilized by sperm from a donor or intended father to create embryos. The fertilized embryos are then stored or transferred into the uterus of the intended mother or the surrogate.
Whose name will appear on the birth certificate?
In the case of surrogacy, Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists will help obtain pre- or post-birth orders (court judgments) to establish the parental rights of intended parents before or after the surrogate gives birth. Such orders will ensure that the intended parents’ names appear on the birth certificate.
Are there any financing options available to help cover surrogacy costs?
We understand that beginning a family through surrogacy is a substantial financial expense, but we do everything in our power to ensure that it is not an insurmountable obstacle. We proudly partner with Prosper Healthcare Lending, a reputable lending agency, to help intended parents cover the costs associated with surrogacy so that more families can fulfill their dreams of starting a family. You can learn more about how Prosper Healthcare Lending can help you cover costs here
Do you work with any intended parents?
At Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, we believe that all people regardless of sexual orientation or marital status should be able to achieve their dream of having a family. We have worked with many different intended parents and are very proud of both the wonderful matches we have made and the families we have supported along the way.
How do I find a surrogate?
At Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, we assist our intended parents with finding the right-fit surrogate based on their unique needs. We invest the time into getting to know you on a personal level so that we can understand what you are looking for and then match you accordingly.
Our screening and application process consists of:
- In-depth surrogate interviews
- Background & insurance checks
- Medical & mental health screenings
We match intended parents with prospective surrogates based on a number of criteria and work closely with our clients to find the right surrogate to meet their needs. However, it is ultimately our clients’ decision regarding who they would like to be matched with.
What is artificial insemination?
Artificial insemination is the process by which semen is inserted into the uterus of the intended mother for the purpose of fertilizing an egg inside the woman’s body.
What is sperm donation?
Sperm donation is when semen is obtained from a donor and then used to fertilize eggs from a donor or the egg of the intended mother.
Do I have a right to information regarding surrogates and egg/sperm donors?
Yes. You or your chosen physician will be provided with all relevant medical information to assist you in making informed decisions. The surrogate will also be entitled to relevant information on the medical history of the intended parents.
How long does the surrogacy process generally take?
There are various factors that can affect the length of the surrogacy process, but it generally takes about four to six months to locate a qualified surrogate. If there is a pregnancy after the first embryo transfer, the whole process will generally take about a year and a half.
How do I begin the process?
Your personal surrogacy journey will begin with a free consultation
. During your consultation, we will discuss our program offerings, help you understand the surrogacy process, ask you about your experience, and answer any questions you may have. We have found consultations to be very helpful during the matching process in connecting you with your surrogate. All information you share is always kept private and confidential.