When you decide to give the gift of surrogacy, it’s normal to have many questions. How do I apply to become a surrogate? Are there surrogacy requirements? What does the surrogacy journey involve exactly?

A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a baby for a couple or individual who are unable to conceive. There are two types of surrogacy: gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. A traditional surrogate uses her own egg, which is fertilized in the laboratory or through artificial insemination. As a gestational surrogate, you are not biologically related to the baby or babies and you will be protected by a legal contract signed by both you and the parents or intended parent.

When you choose to be a surrogate mother, you’re helping an individual or couple experience the gift of having a child.

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It takes an extraordinary woman to become a surrogate. You’re helping someone achieve their dreams of parenthood.

Supporting a surrogate deciding to be a surrogate

At IMA ART, we offer unparalleled mental health surrogate support. Our Clinical Psychologist will play a critical role in your journey from the start. This involves private consultations and personality assessments, meetings with your significant other, and assessing your support network before implantation. Unlike with most surrogacy agencies, you’ll receive monthly check-ins with our Psychologist throughout your surrogacy journey, from embryo transfer through delivery. We also provide our surrogates with post-delivery check-ins to make sure you’re adjusting alright.

This professional evaluation compliments and enhances our processes to ensure surrogates and parents are as prepared as possible for what lay ahead.

Clinical psychology for surrogates

The gift of life

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Interested in becoming a surrogate?

Get in touch with our fertility concierge team today.

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Discover more about becoming a surrogate

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Becoming a surrogate

This home visit is an important pre-approval step. We look at physical conditions inside and outside your home. We meet your partner and children living with you to understand whether you have a strong support network to help you throughout the surrogate journey.
 
At this point, we want to hear more about your preferences and ideal environment as a gestational carrier. What do you hope for from the intended parents during the pregnancy? How much do you want them involved?

At this stage in the surrogacy process, we begin psychological and medical screenings to confirm your mental and physical health.

Home visits and support network

We work exclusively with those surrogate candidates who are domiciled in Surrogate friendly States.
 
The vast majority of US States legally protect the rights of parents seeking surrogacy, through statutes and case law. IMA ART Fertility will not engage a Surrogate in a State where the parents rights are not fully protected. Under US law, parents are recognized as the legal parents even when a Gestational Surrogate is used.

Where is surrogacy legal?

Your first step on this exciting and rewarding journey is simply to get in touch with us. We will then take you through our pre-screening process, which includes reviewing medical records and making reference calls, as well as conducting an in-home visit and interview. The next step is a meet-up with the parents, typically four weeks after successful completion of pre-screening. Given the global nature of our clientele, this first meeting often happens online.

Starting out

Surrogacy medical maternity and life insurance protect the surrogate’s health and client financial exposure. There are four types of insurance available for surrogate’s maternity care, including for the newborn. 

Insurance for surrogates

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Medical insurance plan for the surrogate’s medical expenses. Surrogates submit their current insurance policy to our Reproductive Law attorney and Insurance specialist to assess coverage. If surrogacy pregnancy is not covered, IMA ART LLC will arrange a meeting with the Insurance specialist for advice and guidance.

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The Surrogate Maternity Contractual Liability Insurance Plan indemnifies the Insured Parent(s) up to the Limit(s) of Indemnity. This is as stated in the Schedule for their liability assumed under contract to pay medical expenses related to Maternity and Childbirth Delivery. These expenses refer to those incurred during the Coverage Period by the person designated as their child-bearing Surrogate.

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In the case of an unforeseen incident, we want to make sure your family is taken care of. Parents are responsible for Surrogate Accidental Death Insurance for the surrogate’s family and the parents, so you can know that no matter what your family will be alright.

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There will also be medical insurance for the newborn baby.