Gestational Surrogacy FAQs for Intended Parents
As you research about gestational surrogacy, you probably have encountered many questions with many different answers. Sometimes online information about surrogacy can be confusing and inconsistent, that’s why we, as the experts in this field, have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions to help you gain some insights. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us any time. We would love to help.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the magic path to parenthood. Gestational surrogacy offers those who can’t go through pregnancy the opportunity to have a child. Magic Journeys is a full-service surrogacy agency that offers intended parents the best service and assistance they need through every step of their surrogacy process.
Starting from choosing your surrogate, you can be closely involved throughout the entire process till the very moment of your baby’s delivery at the hospital. You will be able to enjoy the whole process of expecting this magic new life, and Magic Journeys will be here to support throughout the journey.
What is an intended parent?
Intended parents are people who hope to have a child and start a family. They may try to have a biological child, either naturally or through assisted reproductive technology. Intended parents can be single men who want to have a child, single women who cannot carry a child themselves, same-sex couples who are unable to conceive without third-party support, or heterosexual couples who cannot conceive or carry on their own.
How long is the surrogacy process for Intended Parents?
On average, the surrogacy process takes 14-18 months, but sometimes it could be done within 11 months. Once you start the process with Magic Journey, a dedicated case manager (or executive depending on the program you choose) will guide you through the process. We will take care of most of the chores, so you can enjoy the journey of expecting your baby with the surrogate. Read more about being a Parent through Surrogacy.
Why should I choose Magic Journeys?
Unparalleled service, glorifying experience, outstanding results, and much more!
Magic Journeys is proud to be an inclusive family where intended parents, surrogates, egg donors, lawyers, doctors, caregivers from all spectrum- LGBTQIA and straight -all come together to make a difference to the world.
We have accompanied hundreds of intended parents around the globe on the Magic journeys to reach their ultimate dreams, forever changing their lives.
Plus, believe it or not, Magic Journeys’ babies are blessed with luck and magic. Many anecdotes about how the newborns have changed fate and brought good fortune into the family are shared by numerous new lucky parents!
How long does it take to match with a surrogate?
This is a great question, and we hear it all the time! The matching process varies significantly due to your preferences, and it could take up to six months. Understand that the matching process requires time and thoughtful consideration, and the best way to speed up the matching process is by trusting your coordinators. We don’t rush matches and we aim to get it right the first time. We measure our success by time to pregnancy, not time to match.
How much does it cost to become a parent through surrogacy?
The cost of the whole surrogacy ranges between $120,000 to $320,000 depending on the program you choose. The cost impacting factors include your surrogate’s location, previous surrogacy experience, employment status, type of maternity care insurance, as well as the number of attempts to conceive, surrogate’s compensation and expenses, the number of children conceived, and optional or additional services, etc. Read more about the cost of the surrogacy.
Why are the cost ranges so widely?
There are many factors that will impact the surrogacy cost. Depending on the surrogate’s compensation, the state in which she lives in, the health insurance choice and other customizations, the total cost of the whole surrogacy process varies significantly.
Do I Need to Pay All Surrogacy Costs at Once?
The magic surrogacy journey usually takes about 14-18 months, and you will not pay all costs at once. The majority of funds will be due within six months once the process starts. There will be two or three installments.
Will My Insurance Cover Surrogacy Program Costs?
Most traditional health insurance policies do not offer coverage for surrogacy; some policies may cover portions of the IVF medical process. More and more employers started to offer family creation benefits in recent years that cover a significant portion of the surrogacy process. Just give us a call, and we will help your insurance and see if your benefits could lower your overall costs.
Can I be an intended parent if I am HIV positive?
Yes! Intended parents who are HIV positive can build their families through surrogacy. Through sperm washing and HIV testing, men testing positive for HIV can safely father a biological child with no health risks to the baby or surrogate. We can provide referrals to top IVF doctors to discuss this in detail.
How Much Does It Cost to Create Embryos?
If you plan to use your own eggs, the cost ranges from $26,000 to $30,000. If you choose to use donor eggs, expect the cost to range from $50,000 to $80,000.
Can I use my own eggs?
Absolutely yes. Gestational surrogacy gives you the opportunity to have your own biological child through surrogacy. If you need to use eggs from other people, Magic Journey will help you find your dream egg through our extensive global egg donor database.
How do I know if the surrogate will treat the pregnancy seriously?
At Magic Journeys, all surrogates go through an extensive admission process as well as psychological assessment to make sure they are suitable to be a responsible surrogate and are physically and emotionally capable to go through the whole pregnancy. Also, you can discuss your preference during the pregnancy and have them written in your contract. We will match you with the right surrogate that shares the same values, and you will be intimately involved in the process to ensure it goes as planned.
Can I be there at the hospital during the delivery?
Absolutely. Closer to the due date, a detailed plan will be made for your participation during the delivery at the hospital. So, you will be fully involved in your baby’s delivery. Yes, you can be intimately involved throughout the whole process.
What if the surrogate refuses to give me my baby after the delivery?
Thanks to the gestational surrogacy, the surrogate has no genetic connection to the baby, which means she is not the biological mother. There won’t be any legal dispute on this subject matter. The baby is your biological child and you have every right to bring the baby home. Your parental rights are legally protected, and it will be written clearly in the contract as well. That’s another advantage of choosing gestational surrogacy.
Do I need to keep contact with the surrogate after delivery?
That’s totally up to you. You can contact your surrogate if you like after the delivery, but you are not obliged to do so.