Surrogacy FAQ’s

Why should I choose Simple Surrogacy as my Agency?

Simple Surrogacy has been a trusted leader among surrogacy Agencies for 15 plus years. We have seen and handled every possible situation that can come up during a Surrogacy and can guide you through it. Newer Agencies just don’t have the necessary experience to know what to do in an unusual situation.

  • Trusted managers of all the escrows in Men having Babies’ GPAP escrow program, so you’ll rest assured knowing your money is well managed.
  • Experienced in International Surrogacy to over 15 countries.
  • Our fees are the best value for your money, with the most all-inclusive and lowest Agency fee thanks to our Texas Advantage.
  • We offer references to over 30 of our previous clients, willing to speak to you about their journey.
  • Every client gets 24/7 access to our owners and coordinators.

 

In short, we are the most cost effective, trusted Agency, with the necessary experience to make your journey smooth and enjoyable for you.

We’re two men/women, can we both get on the birth certificate?

YES! Texas allows for two married people, of any combination of genders, to go directly on the birth certificate. There is no step parent adoption, nothing else required except for your marriage license from any location. If you’re not married, then we can also work with your situation, though in some states an extra step may be required. If you are single, welcome, we have worked with many single parents and can definitely get just your name on the birth certificate.

How are Escrow Funds Managed?

Escrow Funds are held in segregated accounts, bonded against fraud and/or criminal activity. In addition, we are the trusted providers of Escrow Management to the Men Having Babies non-profit organization for over 6 years. In 15 years of business, we have never lost a penny of client’s funding nor had a dispute over escrow funds management.

What if I live in a surrogate Unfriendly state?

The laws used in your Gestational Surrogacy Arrangement are the laws of the state that your surrogate resides in. We will match you in a surrogate-friendly state, depending on your needs for the birth certificate. We work with clients from all around the world, including the UK, Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, the U.A.E., China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and every state in the United States

What is your success rate?

Most Intended Parents leave our program with a child or children. In the few cases that a client has left our program without a child, it has been because they were not able to become pregnant using their own genetic material and decided not to use donor eggs or sperm to achieve their pregnancy,  because they had exhausted the number of attempts for IUIs or IVF in their contracts, and/or the had exhausted the funds set aside to attempt another cycle. Simple Surrogacy is committed to helping its clients become parents, and If you have gone through the agreed-upon amount of transfers with your Surrogate, and she does not become pregnant (and you decide you would like to try again with someone else) we will match you with another Surrogate for only a small additional charge. Although Reproductive medicine is not an exact science, we at Simple Surrogacy are committed to helping you become parents.

Do I have to live in Texas to work with your Agency?

No! The laws used in your Gestational Surrogacy Arrangement are the laws of the state that the Surrogate resides in. Surrogates can live in any state that is Surrogacy friendly, if you’re not sure please email us to ask!

Intended Parents, we will match you in a surrogate-friendly state, depending on your needs for the birth certificate. We work with clients from all around the world, including the UK, Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, the U.A.E., China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and every state in the United States.

How many times do I have to travel to Texas/ Where my surrogate lives?

Generally, three times. The first time, you will travel to meet your surrogate at the clinic you have chosen. You will both be screened and meet and get to know each other. The second trip, you will travel to your surrogate’s home and see her at the 20 week ultrasound. Then you will find out the gender of your baby or babies. The third visit, you’ll come for the birth of your baby! Most of our surrogates will be able to skype or conference you in at doctor’s visits so you can be a part of all the medical check ups.

Can you put me in touch with satisfied clients? Can you offer professional references?

We offer all prospective clients references to former clients who have utilized our program. Our referral network consists of some of the most respected doctors, attorneys and psychologists in the surrogacy field. We are highly committed to helping our clients achieve success.

When is the Agency Fee Paid?

Our Agency fee is pain in two parts, once due when you sign retainer agreements with us, and the second part due when your surrogate signs her surrogacy agreement with you.

What happens if my Surrogate or Egg Donor changes her mind?

Unfortunately, there are situations where a Surrogate or Egg Donor changes her mind before contracts are signed. (Although due to our intense screening process we have reduced the chances of this occurring. If this happens to you, Simple Surrogacy will re-match you immediately at no additional charge.

What are the advantages of using Simple Surrogacy instead of my clinic’s in-house program, or finding my own surrogate?

You have a few options when you are deciding on surrogacy. Some intended parents try to create their own surrogacy arrangement by seeking out a surrogate mother and personally coordinating all the travel, medical, financial, and legal details. This is very difficult to do if you do not have the experience with the respective laws, medical processes and typical occurrences that happen in a surrogacy. In this scenario, the Intended Parents are coping with the emotional aspects of the surrogacy process, while trying to manage medical coordination, and trying to make sure your contract is legal and your surrogate is legitimate, screened and has your best interests at heart. Others choose their fertility doctor’s in-house program, if one is available.

Alternatively, working with a surrogacy agency such as Simple Surrogacy, LLC, will result in the least amount of stress, the greatest amount of emotional and psychological support, access to the most thoroughly-screened surrogate mothers, and assistance with financial and legal agreements.

First and foremost, you want to find the best surrogate mother for your individual situation. Simple Surrogacy screens surrogate mother candidates for medical and psychological issues, reviews their entire medical and pregnancy history, and conducts intensive background checks. With your doctor’s in-house program or an independent arrangement, you are not guaranteed access to the most eligible candidates. A surrogacy agency often has a more formalized and thorough screening process.

Do you have any licensing or accreditation?

There are currently not any national licensing requirements for Surrogacy Agencies, though we continue to lobby our Government in Texas for such regulation. Texas has one of the strongest Surrogacy laws in the nation, and we adhere to all regulations in the practice of that law.

 

In addition, we have over 15 years in business as a trusted Agency, with no lawsuits, claims, or complaints on BBB. We hold an a+ rating on the BBB. We are members of Men Having Babies Advisory Council,  Holders of all their GPAP Escrow Funds, Professional members of RESOLVE, Path to Parenthood, and ASRM.

Do you offer Financing?

While Simple Surrogacy does not personally offer Financing, we do have a payment plan for our Agency fee, so that it can be paid in split amounts over time. Please see our retainer Agreement for more details. In addition, we can recommend CapexMD Fertility Financing. They can be reached at http://www.capexmd.com/

Are the estimated totals for my surrogacy journey accurate? Are there any hidden costs that you have not explained?

Simple Surrogacy takes the expenses that each Intended Parent in our program pays throughout their surrogacy journey and we add them all up to get an average estimate for surrogacy for the previous fiscal year. This cost estimate includes agency fee, medical, legal, surrogate compensation, incidentals, screening for all parties, and travel expenses for your Surrogate. While these are estimates only, they are based on our Intended Parent’s experience and are intended to inform you as to what to expect as far as the average cost range. Many agencies provide inaccurate or incomplete cost estimates or tack on additional fees for every process. We encourage you to add up their various fees and compare that with what we include in our all- inclusive fee. Please visit our Texas Advantage page to see how we compare with East and West Coast agencies, and to understand how we can offer these prices to our clients.

Why are other agencies so expensive?

Many of our clients ask us how we can offer much lower rates for our services than comparable East- and West- coast agencies. The answer lies in our Texas Advantage. As an agency located in Texas, we have the benefit of operating in a state with no State income tax, unlike comparable agencies that must pay income tax to their state on their earnings. That allows us to cut 10% off their costs right off the top.

In addition, the cost of living in Texas is 10-15% lower in Texas, versus California, or states back east such as Massachusetts, New York and Florida. What that means for us is lower overhead and expenses, so we can pass that savings onto our clients. That is why so many companies relocate to advantageous cost-of-living states like Texas.

We have also streamlined the surrogacy matching process, allowing us to pass the cost savings onto you. We offer professionally screened and background checked Surrogates, but we allow their medical screening to be done only once, by your selected clinic. That saves you the cost of paying for an additional medical screening, and makes sure your individual clinic accepts your selected Surrogate. That saves you an additional $1,000-$3,000, depending on clinic.

Have any of your owners or associates ever owned a business that has filed for bankruptcy?

No. Simple Surrogacy and its owners have no predecessor businesses that have ever filed bankruptcy.

How long have you been in business?

Founded in 2002, Simple Surrogacy is one of the most experienced agencies in the U.S. and has a proven track record of success.  We can provide references from former satisfied Intended Parents, Surrogates and Egg Donors, as well as references from some of the top IVF clinics in the country.

What is the difference between Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy?

A Gestational Surrogate has no genetic link to the child/ren she is carrying; rather, the egg is provided either by the Intended Mother or an Egg Donor. A Traditional Surrogate is genetically related to the child she is carrying, she is both the Egg Donor and the Surrogate. The Traditional Surrogate is inseminated with the Father’s or Donor’s sperm monthly at ovulation until pregnancy occurs. Traditional Surrogacy is an unsettled area of the law and a Traditional Surrogacy Agreement, in whole or in part, may be declared void as against public policy by the courts and/or legislature, or held unenforceable, in whole or in part, by a court of law. Traditional Surrogates are much harder to recruit, and you will have to be more flexible and open in your selection criteria if you are deciding on a Traditional Surrogate. Unlike choosing an Egg Donor and a Gestational Surrogate, you may not get everything you are looking for in a Traditional Surrogate.

How much interaction do the Intended Parents and the Surrogate have?

The level of interaction between the Surrogate and Intended Parents is a personal preference between the parties. You will need to decide how much interaction you are comfortable with, and also consider how much interaction the other parties to the surrogacy expect. Our Executive Program Director, Stephanie Scott will discuss your your hopes and expectations regarding contact before you are matched with a Surrogate or Egg Donor in our program. We pride ourselves on making the best match possible for all parties. Some Intended Parents like high levels of interaction; i.e., regular updates via e-mail and/or phone, and the expectation to attend as many of the doctor appointments as possible. It is highly important to some Intended Parents to be “included” in the pregnancy. Similarly, some Surrogates also desire a close relationship with their IP’s and may be disappointed if the Intended Parent’s did not maintain regular contact with them throughout the pregnancy and beyond. Many Surrogates and Intended Parent’s hope to have a life-long friendship even after the birth, and some correspond throughout the life of the child. A percentage of Intended Parents and Surrogates commit to a fairly low level of contact such as occasional updates, pictures, and/or phone calls – but do not necessarily have a close relationship. This type of Surrogacy is more of a “business arrangement.” Some Intended Parents may not be able to (or may choose not to) attend doctor appointments and may not see the Surrogate very often (or at all) throughout the pregnancy. A lot of Surrogates may also prefer this type of relationship because they may already have their hands full in their own lives, and may not desire an overly close relationship with their Intended Parents. Before entering into contract together, it is important that the IP’s and Surrogate decide what level of contact they prefer before they are matched.

Who coordinates our arrangements once we are matched? How much ongoing counseling and coordinating does the agency offer throughout the arrangement?

Many agencies match their Intended Parents and then do not provide follow-up guidance and counseling. As an agency operated by individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the surrogacy process, both as Intended Parents, Surrogates and Egg Donors, we can provide the guidance to see our clients through the entire Surrogacy Process. All agency owners are available to every client, and we offer continued support to our Surrogates and Egg Donors through our counselors and coordinators. Clients and Surrogates will have an assigned coordinator to help guide them through the surrogacy process and offer support. This eliminates much of the stress that can be sometimes associated with the Surrogacy process.

How are surrogates and egg donors screened?

Our Surrogates and Egg Donors go through a thorough screening and vetting process. To apply to be in our program, they must fill out a lengthy application including a detailed medical, psychological, personality, and educational and pregnancy history. After we receive their application, our Program Director reviews it and obtains records from their previous pregnancies. Surrogates undergo a detailed background and criminal check with 7 year address verification, which includes our Investigative Service going into courthouses and personally searching records where applicable. Surrogates and Egg Donors are also medically screened by your chosen clinic after you decide to match with them.

Why should I choose Simple Surrogacy as my Agency?

Our co-owner and co-founder, Stephanie Scott is a three-time previous surrogate. She completely understands and relates to the generosity and caring that are required to become a Gestational Surrogate. As women, and a 95% female staff, we can relate intimately to process of having a baby in a way no man can fully ever understand. Simple Surrogate is rated the most highly among all surrogates having been through an agency journey. We understand your concerns about the surrogacy form an insider’s perspective, and have though through all of your concerns in advance to make sure you are cared for and have the most wonderful experience possible in helping someone grow their family.

 

  • Compensation held in a Bonded Escrow account, endorsed by Men Having Babies.
  • No permission required from Intended Parents to reimburse or pay you like in 3rd party escrow accounts
  • We do NOT issue a 1099 to our surrogates
  • Agency is Female owned and run, by previous surrogates and egg donors
  • Surrogate chooses the Intended Parents FIRST, you will have the personal match you desire
  • Experienced team of previous surrogate support coordinators to provide 24/7 help by phone
  • Experienced Program Director who is a former Surrogate available 24/7
  • Retreat or getaway available if you choose
  • Personalized push gifts
  • BBB A+ Rated business for over 15 years

What is my base compensation? What Expenses are reimbursed?

For a New Surrogate, Base compensation is set at $35,000 for a surrogate with Insurance. Without Insurance, you would receive $30,000 and the Parents would pay for a policy for you.

If you are an experienced surrogate, we invite you to specify your own compensation in your profile. Experienced Surrogates typically get $38,000-$45,000 with Insurance for a second time repeat, and more if you have been a surrogate twice or more times before. We are happy to suggest a compensation within the range of current norms.

 

In addition, all of your expenses are paid.

Do you issue 1099 tax forms to your surrogates?

  1. Please ask your tax preparer for tax advice but you will not receive a 1099.

I’ve had my tubes tied, can I still be a surrogate?

Yes! Having your tubes tied does not prevent you from being a surrogate.

Can I pick my OB or midwife? Can I pick my delivery hospital?

Yes. You can keep your usual midwife or hospital. Your delivery preferences are noted in your profile, and we will match according to your preferences. You will also complete a birth plan so we can make sure your Intended Parents understand your wishes.

The only time you might have to be flexible is if there are complications in your pregnancy that require an OB/GYN or hospital delivery for your safety and that of the babies.

Why should I apply to be a Surrogate with Simple Surrogacy?

Simple Surrogacy is co-owned and co-founded by a three time previous surrogate who understands exactly the journey you are about to undertake. Our female owned and 95% female staffed agency intimately understands the gift you are becoming because we are all mothers and have brought children into the world. We will make sure you are appreciated, and cared for with the gift you are giving.

  • Compensation held in a Bonded Escrow account, endorsed by Men Having Babies.
  • No permission required from Intended Parents to reimburse or pay you like in 3rd party escrow accounts
  • We do NOT issue a 1099 to our surrogates
  • Agency is Female owned and run, by previous surrogates and egg donors
  • Surrogate chooses the Intended Parents FIRST, you will have the personal match you desire
  • Experienced team of previous surrogate support coordinators to provide 24/7 help by phone
  • Experienced Program Director who is a former Surrogate available 24/7
  • Retreat or getaway available if you choose
  • Personalized push gifts
  • BBB A+ Rated business for over 15 years
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