You are about to start one of the most rewarding experiences in your life: Becoming a surrogate and helping in the creation of a miracle!!!! Bundles of Joy will join you in your journey to change lives by carefully guiding and coordinating you from the fertility process, pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery. We know you have a great heart but we also want to compensate you for your extreme generosity with up to $50,000. We believe the first step to a positive relationship with your intended parents is allowing both a chance to meet and choose each other to ensure both parties share the same aspirations about your journey.
We hope your time as a surrogate mother will be unforgettable and one of the most rewarding experiences in your life.
Our surrogates’ eyes usually water up when they describe the moment of birth when the couple receives their baby as one of the most emotional moments in their own lives.
- Have had one or more easy pregnancies and deliveries.
- Are healthy and height/weight appropriate.
- Are a U.S. citizen or have a green card or working permit.
- Don’t use tobacco, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol.
- Have not been convicted of a felony.
If you answered “YES” to all the qualifications and would like to get started in this exciting journey, please Press CONTINUE to complete our full applications and receive a call from a Bundles of Joy representative.
SURROGACY STEP BY STEP
After contacting Bundles of Joy and our coordinator Sara Vogel you will fill out The Surrogacy Questionnaire which will enable us to match you with the best possible Intended Parents for your surrogacy. If you are satisfied with the couple we present to you, you will start the process of pre-screening to verify that you are medically a good candidate.
Once approved by the reproductive endocrinologist you will follow a protocol designed to prepare your body to receive the embryo(s). In many cases your period will be synchronized with that of the egg donor so that your body is producing the proper hormones on the day of the transfer. Then we wait and we wait to test your blood for pregnancy.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer
The embryo will be created by their reproductive endocrinologist via in vitro fertilization. The creation of embryos outside the womb allows for choosing the best embryos (the rest are frozen for possible future use). The Parents might want to participate in many processes related to the pregnancy; for example, on the day of transfer (of the embryos to your uterus), approximately 10 days after transfer when the fertility clinic is able to determine if you are pregnant (“chemical pregnancy”), thereafter the ultrasound to show the embryo(s)’ heart-beat(s), when you are transferred to the care of an ob-gyn, when the ultrasound shows the gender of the baby(ies), and finally, when the baby is born.
The baby’s birth
It is our hope that both you and the Parents have a very harmonious relationship which is usually the case. Bundles of Joy will facilitate the birthing plan that the parties agree to. We will also contact the hospital and counsel to make all the necessary arrangements to assure these desires are fulfilled. After the delivery of the baby(ies), the Parents will take their baby(ies) home. Then the attorneys will terminate your parental rights and grant legal custody to the Intended Parents. It is our pleasure to accompany and advise you throughout the entire process: from matching you’re your Intended parents to the day that they take their baby(ies) home and you are discharged by your ob-gyn.
Many times, the Intended Parents will also ask you to pump milk so that the first weeks of the babie’s life, he/she can receive maternal milk. This is not a requirement but we are happy to facilitate this extra service on your behalf.
BASE COMPENSATION AMOUNT
|First Time Surrogate Mother||$25,000.00|
|Second Time Surrogate Mother||$30,000.00|
|Third Time Surrogate Mother||$35,000.00|
ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION BASED ON EVENT
|Special Diet, co-pay, travel. Deductibles, etc.
(receitps must be presented)
|(up to $2000,00)|
|Start of Medication (each)||$500|
|Embryo Transfer (each)||$500|
|Dropped Cycle Fee||$2,500.00|
|Each Invasive Procedure
|Loss of Any Organ (within 3 months of Delivery)||$4,000.00|
|Bed-rest and Childcare (up to 3 months of medically required bed-rest
including lost wages, childcare and house cleaning)
|$500.00 max. per week|
|Twins/Triplets/Quadruplets||$3000 – $6000 – $9000|
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
1- Q. Who can be a surrogate mother?
A surrogate mother is usually a woman who already has completed at least one pregnancy and lives a healthy lifestyle, in a positive environment. The assisted reproduction doctor and psychologists will determine if the candidate should or should not proceed.
2- Q. Can I be a surrogate even if I have my tubes tied?
A readily created embryo will be positioned gingerly in your healthy uterus. Therefore, it is irrelevant if you have had your tubes tied.
3- Q. Who needs a surrogate mother?
There are many reasons why a couple may not be able to carry their own baby. Thanks to advances in assisted reproductive technology, today these couples achieve their dreams of becoming parents; and thanks to in vitro fertilization the baby resulting from the process will have the genetics of one or both parents. For many couples, having a genetic connection with their baby is very important. They prefer this method to adopting a baby already born. In the State of Florida it is necessary for the couple to show a medical reason why they cannot carry, such as: lack of uterus, multiple losses and cases in which it can be risky for the mother to carry a pregnancy. For these and many other reasons, the only way that the couple can become parents is with the help of a surrogate mother.
4- Q. Will I have to give my baby up for adoption?
Absolutely not. The baby you’ll carry is created by fertilization in vitro using the ovum of the future mother (or her egg donor) and the sperm of her partner. Therefore, the baby will not be of the same genetics of the surrogate mother. The baby does not look like her nor like any member of her family. Any questions about this procedure and its risks must be asked of the assisted reproduction doctor who will help the surrogate mother become pregnant.
5- Q. Who makes the most important medical decisions during pregnancy?
The assisted reproduction doctor makes the surrogate mother pregnant. Once the ultrasound shows the baby’s heartbeat, the surrogate mother goes under the care of an obstetrician of her choice. The surrogate mother is the patient and as such has the last word in terms of her health care. The Intended Parents pay for the services of the obstetrician through health insurance and are responsible for any co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, and all additional costs.
6- Q. Am I obliged to have an amnioscentesis or an abortion if needed?
The final decision about additional procedures during the pregnancy falls on the surrogate mother and her obstetrician. Before entering a surrogacy agreement, both sides will discuss the possibilities of having to undergo such procedures. There are situations in which it is recommended that the surrogate mother undergo an amniocentesis when eggs or sperm are from an older person. There are cases in which the obstetrician may recommend an abortion in the case of defects in the fetus. Before entering into the surrogacy agreement, these situations are discussed so that the surrogate mother’s decision is not an unexpected point for the couple.
7- Q. Why does the mother receive compensation?
The surrogate mother is compensated for all of her expenses and losses due to the surrogate pregnancy. Expenses include the costs of doctors and psychologists, costs of living, prenatal care, pregnant women’s clothing, transportation and loss of revenue due to bed rest as determined by your obstetrician.
8- Q. what are the guarantees?
The process of surrogacy is completely legal in the State of Florida. To ensure a process without surprises, the couple desiring to be parents will hire two attorneys: one to represent them and one to represent the surrogate mother. In this way there is no conflicts of interest and the needs of both parties are taken into consideration. The agreement details all fees and bonuses in favor of the surrogate mother. When the baby is born, prospective parents take immediate custody of the baby(ies). If there were no unexpected difficulties, the Courts grant parentage to the couple desiring to be parents. It is possible that the State of Florida will require a home study but most of the time this adoption is treated as a step-parent adoption case since the baby has the genetics of one or both parents. Once the Court approves the case, the names of the couple desiring to be parents is included on the birth certificate. Lawyers facilitate all this legal process.
9- Q. What if pregnancy is not achieved or there is a loss during the same?
In that case a new attempt is tried again as many times as the parties have agreed to in the surrogacy agreement and as recommended by the physician of assisted reproduction and the obstetrician.
10- Q. What if the baby is born with malformations, mental retardation or illness?
The responsibility of that baby rests upon the intended parents. The surrogate mother has no obligations towards the baby(ies) no matter the reason(s) why the baby(ies) has such malformations, illness, etc.