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Surrogacy 101: Understanding the Basics

Surrogacy is a process in which a woman carries a baby for another person or couple. It can be an excellent option for individuals or couples who are struggling with infertility or unable to carry a pregnancy themselves. Here are the basics of surrogacy, including the different types, who can benefit from it, and how the process works.

Types of Surrogacy

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Traditional involves using the surrogate’s own eggs to conceive the baby, while gestational involves using either the intended mother’s or a donor’s eggs to conceive the baby. Gestational surrogacy is more common and preferred by many intended parents.

Who Can Benefit from Surrogacy?

Intended parents who may benefit from surrogacy include same-sex couples, individuals or couples struggling with infertility, women who have undergone a hysterectomy, and women with medical conditions that make it unsafe for them to carry a pregnancy.

The Surrogacy Process

The surrogacy process typically involves several steps, including:

  • Finding an agency or attorney
  • Choosing a surrogate
  • Medical and psychological evaluations for both the surrogate and intended parents
  • Legal contracts outlining the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved
  • IVF treatment to create embryos
  • Embryo transfer to the surrogate
  • Prenatal care for the surrogate
  • Birth of the baby
  • Postpartum care for the surrogate

Legal Considerations

It’s important to note that surrogacy laws vary by state and country. It’s essential to work with a reputable agency or attorney to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that the agreement is legally binding.


The cost can vary widely depending on several factors, including whether it is traditional or gestational, your location, medical expenses, and legal fees. On average, surrogacy in the U.S. can cost between $110,000 – $200,000.

It’s essential to work with a reputable agency or attorney to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that the process runs smoothly. With the right support and knowledge, it can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Are you an intended parent ready to start your journey? Let the Family Inceptions team guide you

Want to learn more about working with a surrogate to build your family? Tune in to the most recent episode of The Fertility Café  to hear from our Founder, Eloise Diane, and get a comprehensive understanding of this journey.

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Eloise Drane
Eloise Drane, Founder

"I believe that we are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Each one of us has a specific calling in this world and although it is different for everyone, we are here to serve one another. My purpose is to help women who wish to become surrogates and egg donors and the hopeful parents who wish to partner with them. I feel very lucky to be living my purpose."