copyright © 2018 All rights reserved

web design by JLMiller

We are committed to bringing you a memorable birthing experience

info@windermerebabyandfamily.com

407-760-1662

 

Surrogacy Program Services

for Intended Parents and Surrogates

 

Our goal is to foster understanding and encourage communication throughout your surrogacy journey, ensuring a positive and healthy relationship between all parties involved.

 

 

Services provided with our Surrogacy Program include:

  • Surrogate pre-screening, selection and matching process
  • Coordination of any necessary travel arrangements for Surrogate or Intended Parents
  • Arrangement of background checks for Intended Parents and Surrogate
  • Organization of legal services for Intended Parents and Surrogate with reputable collaborative reproduction attorneys
  • Negotiation of fees for contract
  • Referral to reputable escrow management service to handle disbursement of compensation checks, monthly expenses and all financial reimbursements to Surrogates, as well as provide monthly statements to Intended Parents
  • Locating a reproductive endocrinologist/infertility clinic that fits the Intended Parents’ qualifications
  • Coordination of required medical screening for all parties, per reproductive endocrinologist’s specifications
  • Referral of Intended Parents and Surrogate to a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of third party reproduction. We will arrange meeting for Intended Parents and Surrogate (and spouse/partner if applicable) and coordinate all necessary preliminary psychological testing, including scheduling of the MMPI.
  • Counseling services will be arranged for Surrogate throughout pregnancy if requested and agreed upon in contract
  • Locating life insurance for Surrogate (mandatory per contract). If necessary, although usually not the case, Family Source will help to find appropriate medical insurance to cover Surrogate during pregnancy and delivery.
  • Overseeing all necessary legal filings and procedures (such as pre-birth orders and step parent adoptions) to establish parental rights for Intended Parents
  • Attending transfer if requested and possible
  • Attending doctor appointments (RE and/or OB) with Surrogate if requested and possible
  • We would be honored to attend the birth, with your permission of course, when at all feasible!

 

Egg Donor Program Services

for Recipient Parents and Egg Donors


In order to make certain the egg donation experience is gratifying for all parties involved, we will oversee each step of the egg donation process in a supportive and proficient manner.


Services provided with our Egg Donor Program include:

  • Egg Donor pre-screening, selection and matching process
  • Coordination of any necessary travel arrangements
  • Arrangement of background checks for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor
  • Organization of legal services for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor with reputable collaborative reproduction attorneys
  • Disbursement of Egg Donor compensation, as well as other miscellaneous expenses to be paid per contract
  • Locating a reproductive endocrinologist/infertility clinic that fits the Recipient Parents’ qualifications
  • Locating satellite clinic to monitor Egg Donor (this may be necessary in the event the Recipient Parents’ clinic is not within a reasonable distance from Egg Donor’s residence)
  • Coordination of required medical screening for all parties, per reproductive endocrinologist’s specifications
  • Referral of Recipient Parents and Egg Donor to a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of third party reproduction. We will arrange meeting for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor (and spouse/partner if applicable) and coordinate all necessary preliminary psychological testing, including scheduling of the MMPI.
  • Locating mandatory health/life insurance for Egg Donor
  • Attending egg retrieval if possible and requested

 

Surrogacy is a service to humanity with invaluable reward.

“It is a privilege to be a part of making a miracle.”

 

There are many different types of couples and individuals who are in need of a gestational surrogate to build their family – from single mothers and fathers, to couples who have struggled with infertility, who are in need of a compassionate woman who is able to bring their miracle to life.

 

The decision to become a surrogate is not one that should be taken lightly. Carrying a pregnancy for an individual or couple who can’t bear a child of their own is a highly altruistic act and an enormous responsibility.  Only a select few find it in their hearts to take the journey.

 

Though the journey may be long and winding, the rewards are immeasurable.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Gestational Surrogate

 

Am I qualified to become a gestational surrogate?

It’s important to note the fact that not all women are eligible become gestational surrogates. Apart from desire to help build a family and a generous, compassionate spirit, some important criteria need to be met before any consideration.

 

You may qualify to become a Surrogate if you answer yes to the following:

I am a resident of the United States

Applicants need to legally reside in the United States. Due to unfavorable laws regarding surrogacy agreements, we are unable to accept applications from residents of Michigan, New York or Louisiana.

 

I am between the ages of 21-43

As with any pregnancy, the chances of risks and complications increase. Though the criteria may vary from clinic to clinic, this is the general age range which they will deem you an acceptable candidate.

 

I am healthy overall

I do not smoke or take illegal drugs

An important factor to consider is your basic state of health. Applicants are expected the least to be medically fit and live in an environment that is stable and healthy. The state of health of the baby in the womb during pregnancy depends on the health of the Surrogate carrying the pregnancy.

 

I am height-weight proportionate with a BMI of 35 or less

Being overweight does not necessarily disqualify you from being a surrogate, but most IVF centers will require a BMI of 35 or less.  This is not meant to criticize or shame, but simply to ensure your physical safety, minimize complications, and optimize the chances of a successful embryo transfer and viable pregnancy.

 

There are numerous potential complications for overweight women including:

  • Lower IVF success rates
  • Lower embryo implantation rates
  • Lower response to medication used to regulate ovulation
  • Greater need for carefully titrated dosing of medication
  • Greater difficulty with embryo transfer in visualizing the uterus and accomplishing the embryo transfer effectively
  • If a multiple pregnancy is conceived, there are greater risks of complications

 

I’ve experienced a full-term pregnancy and delivery

I have a child and I’m raising (or have raised) that child

Having carried a pregnancy to term and delivered a healthy child both establishes your biological fitness to successfully carry a child and also reduces the chances of you having a maternal emotional or mental connection to any child you give birth to via surrogacy.

 

I am in a stable living condition

I am not on any form of public assistance

Gestational Surrogates are required to be in a stable living situation, both emotionally and financially.

 

Pregnancy can be both emotionally and physically demanding, so it is imperative that you have the full support of your spouse/partner (or if you are single, a close family member or friend) throughout your journey.

 

We are unable to accept applicants who are enrolled in certain government programs such as cash assistance, welfare, public housing, and Section 8 housing.  There are strict laws about reporting income when you are on government assistance and any compensation you may receive as a surrogate could disqualify you from receiving further benefits.

 

I do not have a history of psychiatric illness

It’s crucial for an applicant to be truthful about your mental wellness. As a surrogate, you will be required to undergo a complete psychological screening to assess your personality type and potential response to crisis and stressful situations. The MMPI, PAI, or similar psychological screening tests assess many things, including deception and certain personality markers.

 

The psychological evaluation also provides you with an opportunity to talk with a professional and express any concerns you may have before you get pregnant.

 

I enjoy pregnancy and am motivated by the wish to help others create or add to their family

A clear motivation to help others is one of the most important criteria for determining the eligibility of any woman who’s applying to be a surrogate. Though you will be well compensated for the time and effort you’re putting forth, financial compensation should not be your sole desire.

 

The ideal candidate is an empathetic woman who can appreciate the sensitivity of a surrogacy arrangement. Surrogates must know that the happiness of a family is at stake. Only those with the best interest of baby and intended parents at heart should consider this enormous responsibility.

 

If you’re ready to become a part of our network of compassionate, caring women who are here to support you throughout your surrogacy journey and beyond, we encourage you to contact Windermere Baby and Family Wellness Center to become a surrogate today!

 

Requirements for Egg Donors

 

To be considered as a candidate for our Egg Donor program, you must:

  • Be a resident of the United States
  • Be between the ages of 21-31
  • Be healthy overall
  • Be height-weight proportionate with BMI of 28 or less
  • Have a minimum of a high school education
  • Be willing to take medications via injection
  • Not smoke or take illegal drugs
  • Have had a pap-smear within the last year
  • Not have any psychiatric illness
  • Know at least one half of your genetic make-up
  • Have reliable transportation (You will have several appointments as you get closer to the retrieval date)
  • Not have had the Depo Provera shot for at least 8 months
  • Not be on Nor-plant
  • Have a genuine desire to assist a couple or individual in creating or adding to their family

For more information about Surrogacy
Contact Us

 

 

 

Surrogacy Program Services

for Intended Parents and Surrogates

 

Our goal is to foster understanding and encourage communication throughout your surrogacy journey, ensuring a positive and healthy relationship between all parties involved.

 

 

Services provided with our Surrogacy Program include:

  • Surrogate pre-screening, selection and matching process
  • Coordination of any necessary travel arrangements for Surrogate or Intended Parents
  • Arrangement of background checks for Intended Parents and Surrogate
  • Organization of legal services for Intended Parents and Surrogate with reputable collaborative reproduction attorneys
  • Negotiation of fees for contract
  • Referral to reputable escrow management service to handle disbursement of compensation checks, monthly expenses and all financial reimbursements to Surrogates, as well as provide monthly statements to Intended Parents
  • Locating a reproductive endocrinologist/infertility clinic that fits the Intended Parents’ qualifications
  • Coordination of required medical screening for all parties, per reproductive endocrinologist’s specifications
  • Referral of Intended Parents and Surrogate to a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of third party reproduction. We will arrange meeting for Intended Parents and Surrogate (and spouse/partner if applicable) and coordinate all necessary preliminary psychological testing, including scheduling of the MMPI.
  • Counseling services will be arranged for Surrogate throughout pregnancy if requested and agreed upon in contract
  • Locating life insurance for Surrogate (mandatory per contract). If necessary, although usually not the case, Family Source will help to find appropriate medical insurance to cover Surrogate during pregnancy and delivery.
  • Overseeing all necessary legal filings and procedures (such as pre-birth orders and step parent adoptions) to establish parental rights for Intended Parents
  • Attending transfer if requested and possible
  • Attending doctor appointments (RE and/or OB) with Surrogate if requested and possible
  • We would be honored to attend the birth, with your permission of course, when at all feasible!

 

Egg Donor Program Services

for Recipient Parents and Egg Donors


In order to make certain the egg donation experience is gratifying for all parties involved, we will oversee each step of the egg donation process in a supportive and proficient manner.


Services provided with our Egg Donor Program include:

  • Egg Donor pre-screening, selection and matching process
  • Coordination of any necessary travel arrangements
  • Arrangement of background checks for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor
  • Organization of legal services for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor with reputable collaborative reproduction attorneys
  • Disbursement of Egg Donor compensation, as well as other miscellaneous expenses to be paid per contract
  • Locating a reproductive endocrinologist/infertility clinic that fits the Recipient Parents’ qualifications
  • Locating satellite clinic to monitor Egg Donor (this may be necessary in the event the Recipient Parents’ clinic is not within a reasonable distance from Egg Donor’s residence)
  • Coordination of required medical screening for all parties, per reproductive endocrinologist’s specifications
  • Referral of Recipient Parents and Egg Donor to a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of third party reproduction. We will arrange meeting for Recipient Parents and Egg Donor (and spouse/partner if applicable) and coordinate all necessary preliminary psychological testing, including scheduling of the MMPI.
  • Locating mandatory health/life insurance for Egg Donor
  • Attending egg retrieval if possible and requested

 

 

There are many different types of couples and individuals who are in need of a gestational surrogate to build their family – from single mothers and fathers, to couples who have struggled with infertility, who are in need of a compassionate woman who is able to bring their miracle to life.

 

The decision to become a surrogate is not one that should be taken lightly. Carrying a pregnancy for an individual or couple who can’t bear a child of their own is a highly altruistic act and an enormous responsibility.  Only a select few find it in their hearts to take the journey.

 

Though the journey may be long and winding, the rewards are immeasurable.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Gestational Surrogate

 

Am I qualified to become a gestational surrogate?

It’s important to note the fact that not all women are eligible become gestational surrogates. Apart from desire to help build a family and a generous, compassionate spirit, some important criteria need to be met before any consideration.

 

You may qualify to become a Surrogate if you answer yes to the following:

I am a resident of the United States

Applicants need to legally reside in the United States. Due to unfavorable laws regarding surrogacy agreements, we are unable to accept applications from residents of Michigan, New York or Louisiana.

 

I am between the ages of 21-43

As with any pregnancy, the chances of risks and complications increase. Though the criteria may vary from clinic to clinic, this is the general age range which they will deem you an acceptable candidate.

 

I am healthy overall

I do not smoke or take illegal drugs

An important factor to consider is your basic state of health. Applicants are expected the least to be medically fit and live in an environment that is stable and healthy. The state of health of the baby in the womb during pregnancy depends on the health of the Surrogate carrying the pregnancy.

 

I am height-weight proportionate with a BMI of 35 or less

Being overweight does not necessarily disqualify you from being a surrogate, but most IVF centers will require a BMI of 35 or less.  This is not meant to criticize or shame, but simply to ensure your physical safety, minimize complications, and optimize the chances of a successful embryo transfer and viable pregnancy.

 

There are numerous potential complications for overweight women including:

  • Lower IVF success rates
  • Lower embryo implantation rates
  • Lower response to medication used to regulate ovulation
  • Greater need for carefully titrated dosing of medication
  • Greater difficulty with embryo transfer in visualizing the uterus and accomplishing the embryo transfer effectively
  • If a multiple pregnancy is conceived, there are greater risks of complications

 

I’ve experienced a full-term pregnancy and delivery

I have a child and I’m raising (or have raised) that child

Having carried a pregnancy to term and delivered a healthy child both establishes your biological fitness to successfully carry a child and also reduces the chances of you having a maternal emotional or mental connection to any child you give birth to via surrogacy.

 

I am in a stable living condition

I am not on any form of public assistance

Gestational Surrogates are required to be in a stable living situation, both emotionally and financially.

 

Pregnancy can be both emotionally and physically demanding, so it is imperative that you have the full support of your spouse/partner (or if you are single, a close family member or friend) throughout your journey.

 

We are unable to accept applicants who are enrolled in certain government programs such as cash assistance, welfare, public housing, and Section 8 housing.  There are strict laws about reporting income when you are on government assistance and any compensation you may receive as a surrogate could disqualify you from receiving further benefits.

 

I do not have a history of psychiatric illness

It’s crucial for an applicant to be truthful about your mental wellness. As a surrogate, you will be required to undergo a complete psychological screening to assess your personality type and potential response to crisis and stressful situations. The MMPI, PAI, or similar psychological screening tests assess many things, including deception and certain personality markers.

 

The psychological evaluation also provides you with an opportunity to talk with a professional and express any concerns you may have before you get pregnant.

 

I enjoy pregnancy and am motivated by the wish to help others create or add to their family

A clear motivation to help others is one of the most important criteria for determining the eligibility of any woman who’s applying to be a surrogate. Though you will be well compensated for the time and effort you’re putting forth, financial compensation should not be your sole desire.

 

The ideal candidate is an empathetic woman who can appreciate the sensitivity of a surrogacy arrangement. Surrogates must know that the happiness of a family is at stake. Only those with the best interest of baby and intended parents at heart should consider this enormous responsibility.

 

If you’re ready to become a part of our network of compassionate, caring women who are here to support you throughout your surrogacy journey and beyond, we encourage you to contact Windermere Baby and Family Wellness Center to become a surrogate today!

 

Requirements for Egg Donors

 

To be considered as a candidate for our Egg Donor program, you must:

  • Be a resident of the United States
  • Be between the ages of 21-31
  • Be healthy overall
  • Be height-weight proportionate with BMI of 28 or less
  • Have a minimum of a high school education
  • Be willing to take medications via injection
  • Not smoke or take illegal drugs
  • Have had a pap-smear within the last year
  • Not have any psychiatric illness
  • Know at least one half of your genetic make-up
  • Have reliable transportation (You will have several appointments as you get closer to the retrieval date)
  • Not have had the Depo Provera shot for at least 8 months
  • Not be on Nor-plant
  • Have a genuine desire to assist a couple or individual in creating or adding to their family

For more information about Surrogacy
Contact Us

 

 

Windermere Baby and Family

Wellness Center