Creating Happy Families Through Surrogacy
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 31-year history, we have never had a case of failed surrogacy or a complaint filed against us; nor have we ever discriminated against clients based on race, marital status, or sexual orientation.
In addition, we’ve earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
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 450 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 being run by an attorney who is happy to answer any legal questions or concerns you may have about the surrogacy process.
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 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)
- Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID)
- Egg Donor (ED)
- Legal counsel
What Are The Success Rates?
Our success rates should only mean one thing: the percentage of couples/individuals who actually end up with a child. In the AI program, your success rate depends on the male’s sperm count and the surrogate’s ability to conceive.
85% of all of SMI’s clients in the AI program end up with a child. On the average, it takes our surrogates 3 cycles to conceive. Some take longer. Many get pregnant on the first try.
In the In vitro fertilization/Embryo transfer (IVF/ET) program, the success rates depend primarily on the age of the egg donor. Generally, success rates where the donor is less than 30 are quite good, and oftentimes just as high as artificial insemination rates, although success rates vary depending on which clinic you use.
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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 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 the 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 can be the biological father to the child. In this case, the donor’s eggs are combined with the sperm of the intended father, 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.
Many IVF clinics recommend an attorney’s help in the donation process, and some states require it.