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What is surrogacy?
A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or couple, called the intended parent(s). There are two types of surrogates, a gestational surrogate and a traditional surrogate. The former is by far the most common.
Gestational surrogate: (also called a gestational carrier [GC], uterine carrier, or carrier): An individual whose uterus (prepared hormonally for pregnancy) is used for embryos created by the intended parents. The gestational surrogate has no genetic link to the baby she is carrying because she does not use her eggs.
Traditional Surrogacy: A woman inseminated with sperm for the purpose of conceiving for an intended recipient (intended parents). The surrogate in this scenario has a genetic and biological link to the baby she carries, since her egg is used.
The states of California and Nevada have a legal structure for obtaining a legal document called a pre-birth order (PBO). Under a PBO the intended parents names are put on the original birth certificate.
Why would someone choose surrogacy over adoption?
Adoption is a fine choice for many people. However, surrogacy has a number of practical and medical advantages. First, when egg and/or sperm from the intended parents are used, there can be an actual genetic relationship to the child. Second, unlike in most adoptions, intended parents closely monitor the health and progress of the pregnancy and birth. The carrier’s obligations and compensation are governed by contract, which provides a distinct measure of security to all involved. Last, in contrast with adoption, the carrier in a surrogacy will have no parental rights once the baby is born.
How are surrogacies arranged?
There are two ways to arrange a surrogacy. One is to make contact with all the professionals and services needed (surrogacy agency, IVF clinic, egg and sperm banks, fertility lawyer, etc) and coordinate the process. A second is to contract Omega Family Global to take care of all the details. Due to our complete nature, it is cheaper and faster to use Omega Family Global.
Can the surrogate acquire legal custody to the child? What about the Baby M Case?
It is virtually impossible for a gestational carrier to acquire legal custody after the birth. The surrogate has no genetic relation to the child. In states where a pre-birth order can be obtained, the intended parents appear on the original birth certificate. At other times, a step-parent adoption takes place. OFG conducts surrogacies only in states favorable to such arrangements, with all applicable legal agreements drafted and signed before fertilization and implantation take place.
Note: In the Baby M case the mother was genetically related to the child and was a traditional surrogate and not a gestational surrogate. Traditionally surrogacy is not typically done and the Baby M case may be part of the reason most agencies and Intended Parents use gestational surrogacy.
Is surrogacy legal everywhere?
Intended parents may live anywhere in the world, and OFG will work with intended parents from all US states and a number of countries overseas. California, where OFG is based, is the best place (legal system) in the world for surrogacy, and represents the best surrogacy options on the globe. Surrogacy is also legal and favored in the states of Nevada and Illinois, where we have partner agencies.
Why would a woman choose to be a surrogate?
The profile of the typical surrogate is a married (or in a committed relationship) woman who has her own children. She wants to give the gift of family to those who need help. Surrogates become surrogates more for altruistic reasons than for financial gain. These women often say they also enjoy being pregnant.Her family and friends are very supportive of her choice to be a carrier.
Omega Family Global finds women who want to be surrogates through a number of channels. Most of our current surrogates came though word of mouth and we have a number of repeat (experienced) surrogates. We also find women wanting to be surrogates though marketing efforts. Regardless of source, all surrogates are medically and psychologically screened per CDC and FDA rules.
Where can the medical procedures take place?
The choice of medical services (typically IVF clinic) is that of the intended parents. You can work with our preferred providers, or we can find one near your surrogate or you. Omega Family Global has a preferred providers across California and other states. We also have select partners in other countries.
How long does the process take?
We generally advise that one-year is needed from the time you contract with Omega Family Global to having your baby in your arms. However, there are a number of variables involved that can make the time shorter or longer. We normally have surrogates pre-screened and ready to be synchronized. However, you might want to choose a surrogate from another agency and this could take extra time. If more than one IVF cycle is necessary, this too can add to the total time needed.
How much does it cost to have a surrogate?
The fee structure, like the time frame, varies for each case. For example, the use of an egg donor will cost more than the use of the intended mother’s egg. Also, some carriers have greater expenses than others and repeated cycles and fees for IVF procedures vary among facilities. Depending on where the carrier lives, there may be travel costs to consider. An average total of $110,000 to $150,000 would be reasonable to project for intended parents considering surrogacy. If an altruistic ( friend or relative) surrogate is available, this amount will be less.
We are happy to provide cost breakdowns and estimates for each part of the process.
Does insurance cover any costs?
In some cases, IVF procedures are covered. Separate medical insurance is often purchased for the carrier as part of the fee.
Can single people or gay and lesbian couples/individuals use gestational carriers?
Of course! We work with Intended Parents of all backgrounds—single individuals, same-sex couples, and heterosexual couples. We have helped many single Intended Parents build families through surrogacy. In fact, non-heterosexual couples comprise a large part of our business.
Explain the process for gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy.
There are two types of surrogacy—gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, Intended Parents create embryos through in vitro fertilization. One or more of these embryos is implanted in a surrogate (gestational carrier), who carries the child or children to term. This surrogate has no genetic relationship to the child/children. Gestational surrogacy is the vast majority of modern surrogacy arrangements. By contrast, traditional surrogates typically become pregnant through artificial insemination, and have a genetic connection to the child or children they carry for their Intended Parents.
Which IVF clinics do you work with?
We have built relationships with the best IVF clinics across the country and in other countries. These relationships allow you to take advantage of special pricing packages we have negotiated. However, the decision of which fertility clinic to use is entirely the decision of the Intended Parents. OFG will work with any fertility clinic that the Intended Parents choose. Omega Family Global does have well-established preferred IVF clinics with excellent track records.
Can I be a parent if I’m single?
Of course! Omega Family Global has worked with and continues to work with Intended Parents of all backgrounds: single individuals, same-sex couples, and heterosexual couples. We have helped many single Intended Parents build families through surrogacy.
What happens to any remaining frozen embryos?
Frozen embryos are stored at your IVF clinic. If your family is complete, you will be advised on your options for the future of your embryos. If you choose to move your embryos, your IVF center will assist you in that process. Of course, you may use the cryopreserved embryos in a future surrogacy if you choose. OFG can assist you with this process.
What if surrogacy is illegal in our state?
It does not matter where you the Intended Parent resides. As long surrogacy is legal in your surrogate mother’s state, the state where your baby will be born, there are no issues. California is the preferred location for surrogate births. Nevada and Illinois are also good venues.
Will our names be put on the birth certificate?
Yes, if your baby is born in California.
California law allows a pre-birth order (Called a PBO) to be issued by the courts, which instructs the hospital to put the Intended Parents´ names on the birth certificate. Typically Omega Family Global´s attorneys, acting on behalf of you (Intended Parents), usually starts the work for the pre-birth order in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy so that the order is granted before the birth of your baby.