FAQ for Surrogate Mothers
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if being a gestational carrier is right for me? keyboard_arrow_up
There are important questions to ask yourself, personal circumstances to consider and key steps to take as you explore the possibility of becoming a carrier.
We strongly recommend seeking experienced advice during the decision making process, whether it be from a professional, a former surrogate mother or an intended parent. Numerous resources exist, including our agency, to help surrogate mothers understand all facets of the process, including the facts, commitments and potential impacts.
Often, potential surrogates do not know anyone who has personally experienced surrogacy. Please do not hesitate to call us and we can put you in contact with other intended parents or surrogate mothers.
What are the requirements to become a TSE gestational carrier? keyboard_arrow_down
Gestational carriers must meet physical and psychological health qualifications to be considered candidates for the TSEﾠsurrogate program.
The basic qualifications include:
A psychological evaluation, home study and background check are performed before each is qualified to match with intended parents. We get to know our potentialﾠsurrogates personally and understand their motivations. We ensure that ourﾠsurrogates are emotionally, physically and psychologically ready before entering our program. Once accepted, we provide strong support for ourﾠsurrogates throughout the process from decision to beyond delivery.
What type of medical procedures are involved in being a surrogate? keyboard_arrow_down
Your particular circumstances will dictate what medical procedures are required for surrogacy. However, all cases will involve aspects of In Vitro Fertilization or IVF. The fertilization process is conducted by qualified fertility clinics with expertise in IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies.
The process of preparing your body for the embryo transfer and pregnancy is very specific and must be followed diligently. Injections are part of the process and may be necessary for several months. If you do not have someone to help you administer injections, a nurse at your fertility center can assist you.
To read about the IVF process step by step, please visit The Experience section.
Who pays for the medical and incidental expenses a surrogate incurs? keyboard_arrow_down
All of the details are spelled out in the surrogacy agreement you sign with your intended parents. All out of pocket expenses including travel, medical and legal fees should be covered by your intended parents.
As a surrogate, do I get to choose the intended parents I am matched with? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes, finding the best match is the foundation for the entire surrogacy experience. It is a mutual matching process through which you choose each other.
Do I have to find an attorney to review the contracts between me and the intended parents? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes, we recommend that you retain an attorney that is familar with surrogacy law. If you do not have access to an attorney TSE can recommend an attorney to you. All attorney fees will be written into your contract.