Surrogate Mothers Inc. is the world’s most reputable Surrogacy Agency for Over 30 Years
Creating Happy Families Through Surrogacy
Discover the possibility of having your own child with the help of Surrogate Mothers, Inc., one of the world’s most reputable and trusted full-service surrogacy programs.
Since 1984, we have helped countless individuals and couples — gay and straight — become parents with the help of generous surrogate mothers and egg donors.
Over the course of our 33-year history, we have never had a case of failed surrogacy; nor have we ever discriminated against clients based on race, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Look at our wonderful testimonials (and if you want additional references, we’re happy to provide them!).
Our Commitment To You
Bringing a child into the world and into the arms of a loving family is our most sacred mission. Surrogacy is a life-changing experience for everyone involved, and we want the journey to be stress-free, comfortable, and enjoyable.
This is a time of great happiness, and we want you to savor every moment of the journey!
The exceptional team at Surrogate Mothers, Inc. is fully committed to providing intended parents, surrogate mothers and egg donors with the highest level of personalized service, care, and respect.
You can feel safe and secure in knowing that we have decades of experience successfully managing the surrogacy process.
With over 500 babies born and not one failed surrogacy, we have established an unparalleled standard of excellence.
As your surrogacy agency, we pledge to guide you through every stage of the process so you feel well-informed and taken care of. We also unequivocally guarantee your privacy.
Helping You Make An Informed Decision
Surrogacy is not a quick decision. Please spend some time exploring our website, which acts as a means of connecting couples to surrogates and as a vast resource of useful information.
We have compiled many helpful articles in addition to information about our services and how we can assist throughout the process.
SMI also has the great advantage of having access to a network of attorneys from across the country to ensure that your surrogacy experience runs perfectly smoothly.
If you are someone who longs to have a child of their own, or is interested in learning more about becoming a surrogate or egg donor, please give us a call at 1-888-SURROGATE. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you create a beautiful family!
Surrogacy Mothers, Inc. provides a wide array of surrogacy services for intended parents and surrogate mothers, including:
- Coordination of all medical, travel, legal, and administrative matters
- Comprehensive and rigorous surrogate screening process: 97% of potential surrogate mothers who contact us never end up in our program
- Medical history screening
- Psychological testing and/or counseling
- Criminal background check
- A complete physical examination
- Blood testing
- Matching you with the most suitable surrogate mother based on your preferences.
- Surrogacy Options
- Artificial insemination (AI)
- In vitro fertilization/Embryo transfer (IVF/ET)
- IVF with an egg donor (IVF/ED)
- Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID)
- Egg Donation (ED)
What Are The Success Rates? Click here to learn more.
NOTE THAT IN THE IVF/ET PROGRAM, YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING A **GUARANTEED SUCCESS** PROGRAM.
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Understanding The Difference Between A Gestational Carrier And A Traditional Surrogate
Once you have decided to pursue surrogacy to conceive a child, you’ll need to choose which type of surrogacy is best suited for you — gestational or traditional.
Gestational Surrogacy: Intended Parents Are Genetically Linked To Child (IVF/ET)
Gestational Surrogacy has sometimes been referred to as “A Womb for Rent,”which essentially means you and your significant other would use another woman’s uterus (womb) to carry a child that is biologically yours.
This can be achieved through a process called In vitro fertilization/Embryo Transfer. IVF/ET is a medical procedure that involves retrieving an egg (or eggs) from the female and fertilizing them in a lab with her partner’s sperm.
The fertilized embryos are then placed into the uterus of the gestational carrier/surrogate. If the transfer results in pregnancy, the gestational surrogate will carry and deliver the child, and the husband’s and wife’s names go on the original birth certificate, with no adoption necessary.
Gestational Surrogacy Is A Good Option For An Intended Mother Who:
- is capable of producing healthy eggs but cannot carry the baby to term for specific reasons (medical or otherwise);
- has a record of recurrent miscarriage or repeated IVF failure;
- was born without, or now no longer has, a functioning uterus;
- had a hysterectomy for carcinoma, cervical or uterine cancer, fibroids, severe endometriosis or other reasons, but still has functional ovaries;
- suffers from disorders such as adenomyosis, extensive fibroids, or Asherman’s syndrome that makes her uterus unsuitable for pregnancy.
Intended Mother Cannot Produce Eggs But Wants To Use an Egg Donor: Gestational Surrogacy With Egg Donation (IVF/ED)
In vitro fertilization/Egg Donor (IVF/ED) is a procedure where the surrogate still is not biologically related to the child she carries, but in this case, neither is the wife of the couple. The couple has the comfort of knowing that the surrogate has no parental rights over the child since she is not biologically related to it, and by using an egg donor, the couple can focus on certain genetic traits they may find desirable.
Gestational Surrogacy For Male Same-Sex Couples Or Single Men Using An Egg Donor
Male same-sex couples frequently choose surrogacy through an egg donor as well, so one of the male partners (or even both) can be the biological father of the child. In this case, the donor’s eggs are combined with the sperm of the intended father(s), and the resulting embryos are transferred to a surrogate. Single men can also use an egg donor to become a father.
Traditional Surrogacy: Surrogate Is Biological Mother (AI)
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father. The insemination procedure can be conducted at home using an insemination kit, or can be performed by a fertility clinic. The surrogate agrees to carry the child to term, but gives up all parental rights to the biological father and his partner. The non-biological partner then adopts the child via a step-parent adoption, and a new birth certificate listing both partners is created.
When Both Intended Parents Are Infertile: Using Both Donor Eggs And Donor Sperm
In situations where both the man and the woman in a couple are infertile but still want to achieve pregnancy, donor sperm and eggs can be used together. Infertile couples may also want to consider IVF programs that offer unused embryos donated by patients who were done building their family.
This form of surrogacy is a complex decision because using donated sperm, eggs, or embryos means the child will not be genetically related to either parent. At SMI, we can help connect you to trained counselors or mental health professionals familiar with the issue who can provide counsel as you weigh this decision.
Discover The Possibilities of Having Your Own Child With The World’s Most Reputable and Trusted Surrogacy Program
If you are ready to apply now, click here for direct access to an application. If you would prefer an email answering the basic questions about our program, please scroll to the bottom of this page and provide your contact information.
Finding a Surrogate:
If you are considering surrogacy for your family, you may wonder where to start.
The amount of information available about surrogacy and surrogate programs can seem overwhelming; unless you already know someone who would consider becoming a surrogate, you may be unsure of how to find one.
We take pride in being the most reputable surrogacy program in the world. You can trust our years of experience to help you locate the perfect surrogate mother.
We will guide you through the process of finding a surrogate and will continue to be there for you throughout each step of the surrogacy.
“I felt very comfortable and I appreciate the personal warmth, yet highly professional atmosphere. I am sincerely impressed with the meticulous coordination you employ, and the years of success you have had in your practice. You must know you have brought a joyous miracle to so many lives.”
Don’t Put Your Dreams On Hold — Find Out More About Surrogacy Today
The idea of surrogacy can seem overwhelming, exciting, and frightening – all at the same time.
If you are considering surrogacy for your family, it’s important to not only be aware and educated, but also to have the support of an experienced program–with over 30 YEARS of helping families from across the world!
At Surrogate Mothers, Inc., we have an intimate understanding of the surrogacy process. We can help you determine whether surrogacy is right for your family and guide you through the process step-by-step.
Types of Surrogacy:
If you are considering surrogacy, there are two main types of surrogacy:
Traditional Surrogacy–Artificial Insemination
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is artificially inseminated with sperm from the husband of the couple, or a single man. She is genetically related to the child.
If the man is married, his wife or husband adopts the child after birth and a new birth certificate issues with their names on it. Oftentimes, our surrogates do self-inseminations, although this is entirely up to you and her.
While traditional surrogacy may still be applicable in some cases, it is utilized far less often than gestational surrogacy.
Gestational Surrogacy (either with or without an egg donor)–In Vitro Fertilization / Embryo Transfer
In a gestational surrogacy, the surrogate does not supply the egg. The biological mother may provide the egg, or the egg may come from a donor.
Gestational surrogacy is considered by families for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
- Same-sex partnerships. Often, same-sex couples will choose surrogacy as a way to grow their family. Male same-sex couples frequently choose surrogacy so one of the male partners can be a biological father to the child; however, female same-sex couples may also choose surrogacy if neither partner wishes to or is able to carry the child.
- Infertility. Infertility among females is common, and many women find themselves unable to become pregnant through natural means or unable to carry a baby to term.
- Medical problems. There are many medical issues that can prevent a woman from carrying a baby to term that are apart from infertility. Women who have certain medical issues may choose to have a surrogate carry a child instead.
- Single parenting. Many single fathers have chosen to take control over growing their family by choosing surrogacy. Surrogacy can allow a single man to become the biological father of a child without the need for a relationship with a woman.
Regardless of why you are considering surrogacy for your family, it is important that you obtain the guidance and support of an experienced surrogacy firm before embarking on your new journey.
Who Can Become a Surrogate?
For a woman to become a surrogate mother, she must first and foremost be healthy and stable. The other fundamental requirements are that:
1) she has previously had a child
2) she is 18-35
3) she is a non-smoker
4) she is a U.S. citizen, and not living in MI or NY
5) she is <200 lbs.
How Is Surrogate Candidacy Determined?
Before becoming a surrogate mother, a woman will undergo a variety of testing procedures in order to confirm that she is indeed healthy and able to carry a baby to term.
These tests may include:
- Medical history screening
- Psychological testing and/or counseling
- Criminal background check
- A physical examination
- Blood testing
If the results of these tests are satisfactory to medical professionals and the family considering surrogacy, the process of beginning the surrogacy can continue.
Why Do Women Become Surrogate Mothers?
Becoming a surrogate mother takes an exceptional amount of work. Not only is pregnancy physically and emotionally taxing for a woman, it is 24/7 job with no breaks. A surrogate cannot simply “walk away” from the task a few months in.
Women who choose to become surrogate mothers for other families honestly love children and have a deep desire to help people who are unable to have children of their own.
Surrogate mothers come from all demographic backgrounds, all races, all sexual orientations, and all belief systems.
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EGG DONATION—AN OVERVIEW
Thank you for your interest in our egg donor program. What follows is a simple overview of the process. The specific procedures to be used may vary from clinic to clinic, and certainly will depend on your cycle. You can use this guide as a general summary of what is involved. If you have any questions about the procedures, please contact us or the clinic with which you are working.
Egg Donation allows a donor to assist our client who is unable to have a child on their own. This may mean that the person has no uterus or is not ovulating for some other reason. It also may mean that a single man without a partner (or a gay couple) has chosen a donor to assist them in creating a family. Whoever the donor is working with, there may also be a surrogate who actually carries and delivers the child or, if our client can carry the child but isn’t ovulating, then the donor provides eggs just to her and she carries the child. Please note: it is not possible to fertilize an egg in a woman’s body, and then retrieve the embryo and transfer it to another person. Egg donation involves a donor providing eggs, which are then combined in vitro, or in a “test tube,” with sperm from our client, and the embryo(s) is then transferred through a non-surgical procedure to a surrogate (or to the wife of the couple).
Our donors are all between the ages of 18-30. They usually are college students or college graduates. They are healthy, intelligent, mature, and attractive. An application is sent to the donor and once we receive it back, we call the donor and interview her. We then make a profile sheet that summarizes the things our clients would want to know about the donor. After our clients have reviewed the profile sheets, they choose a donor, and the donor is then contacted and given the same information about our client. The donor then decides if the person sounds acceptable. The donor can choose to meet our client and/or the surrogate; however, a meeting is not required and often is unnecessary. This is the donor’s decision.
After the donor is selected and agrees to work with the person who selected her, contracts are signed. If a surrogate is involved, she will be screened psychologically prior to her acceptance into the program. The donor is not screened psychologically. Everyone—our client, the donor, and the surrogate, will be screened medically for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. Contracts are then signed. If the donor wishes to have an attorney, our client will pay up to $300 for this, although that is usually not necessary.
After the contracts are signed, the medical procedures begin. The key to this working is coordinating the donor’s cycle with the surrogate’s (or the wife’s) so that when the donor is ovulating, so is the person who carries the child. This may involve the use of certain medications, birth control pills, etc. Some medication (commonly “Lupron”) may stop the recipient’s or the donor’s cycle altogether for a brief period of time to allow one or the other to “catch up.” Some medication may speed up one or both cycles. The donor is then given another hormone (commonly “Pergonal”), which is a drug that increases the number of eggs produced. This drug is usually given by an intra-muscular injection. A young, healthy donor may produce upwards of 20 eggs at a time. This is a fairly powerful drug and will be monitored closely by the donor’s physician. The donor also will be monitored to make sure that her follicles are developing normally and at the pace necessary to see that this succeeds. Donors oftentimes are given daily blood tests to make sure that the cycle is proceeding correctly. There are some risks to using these drugs or any other drug, and the clinic will explain those to you. Generally, the risks are minimal, but you should be certain you understand the effects of the medication before taking it.
When everyone is “ready,” the donor will travel to the clinic, and the eggs will be retrieved transvaginally with the help of an ultrasound. This is a painless procedure that usually is performed under mild sedation. It takes about 30 minutes, and the recovery period is about 2-3 hours. After the retrieval, doctors will combine the eggs with our client’s sperm. Some clinics then wait about 2 days, and then transfer up to 4 embryos to the recipient. Other clinics may do the transfer earlier. If there are extra embryos, they are frozen, and can be used for subsequent embryo transfers, if necessary.
The donors in our program typically receive $3500- $5000 for their services. This fee is about half of what most other agencies allow their donors to charge. The contract the donor signs is a one-time agreement. If she wishes to do this again for the same person, or for someone else, that is fine. Each time the donor undergoes the retrieval she is paid a separate fee. The contract provides that the donor waives any rights she might have to the eggs, the embryos, and of course, to the child/children that may be born. The donor has no right to decide how many embryos are transferred, or what happens if there are extra embryos. Management of the pregnancy is the surrogate’s decision (or our client’s, if no surrogate is involved).
[NOTE: the following information is for the couple who is choosing an egg donor]
There is a $500 non-refundable application fee that allows you access to SMI’s donor database. Once you choose a donor, SMI’s fee for arranging the contract between our client and the donor is $2500. Once a donor is selected, our client must send in the donor’s fee (typically $3500), SMI’s fee, and $2000 for the donor’s travel (which includes $100/day for each day she is away from home), for a total of around $8,000. The contract provides, among other things, that the donor agrees to undergo the procedure, and that she waives any rights she might have to the egg(s), the embryo(s), the fetus(es) and, of course, the child(ren). The medical costs, which are not paid to SMI but rather are between our client and whatever medical facility they choose, average around $15,000-$25,000/cycle with fresh embryos. Frozen embryos can be used for future transfers if the first is unsuccessful, and the costs are reduced significantly if frozen embryos are used (as is the success rate). Any surplus money is refunded to you once the donor process is complete.
Again, if you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact us. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to working with you in our program.
Very Truly Yours,
Steven C. Litz
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