Becoming a parent through surrogacy
Raising a child is one of the most wonderful experiences in life. However, millions of couples experience infertility or other factors beyond their control, making it difficult or impossible to become pregnant. For these people, becoming a parent through surrogacy is a wonderful way to make their dream of parenthood a reality.
In the past, parents who were unable to conceive a child could not create a biological family. The Center for Surrogate Parenting has changed that. Thanks to IVF, becoming a parent through surrogacy is now possible, and in many cases, the parents will have the same genetic link to their child that they would if they were able to carry their baby themselves.
Our dedicated staff has helped thousands of intended parents all over the globe bring more than 2,600 new babies into the world through surrogacy.
At CSP, we realize you will be full of questions and concerns about how surrogacy works. We want you to consider us not just surrogacy experts, but friends who are eager to help you along the path that leads to your baby.
What to know about becoming a parent through surrogacy at CSP
The surrogacy process matches intended parents with gestational carriers, also called surrogates
We work with both individuals and couples to match each family with a woman who has agreed to carry a child through pregnancy. Unlike traditional adoption, surrogacy allows for one or both of the parents to share a genetic bond with their child. Intended parents are not only able to experience the entire gestational time with the surrogate, they can also be present for the birth of their child.
The new lives created by CSP’s services are the result of the desire, dedication and hard work of intended parents like you, who want so much to begin a family. These children are truly born from the love in your minds and hearts. Becoming a parent through surrogacy helps dreams come true for many individuals, gay or straight, and creates loving families.
We know and understand your experiences
Over the years, we have met many people just like you: caring individuals who find themselves unable to fulfill their dreams of a family in the usual way.
- Many of our intended parents have undergone years of infertility treatments. Some were able to conceive, yet unable to carry the child through pregnancy, while others weren’t able to conceive at all.
- CSP supports the rights of same-sex singles and couples to experience the joys of parenthood. Our philosophy dates back to 1989, when we helped our first gay couple become parents. More than 30% of the intended parents we work with are same-sex singles or gay parents. Our screening process helps us to match you with a surrogate who also supports that philosophy.
- We’ve also worked with intended parents who have undergone unsuccessful surrogate attempts, some through private arrangements and others who attempted surrogacy through other agencies.
Screenings for a perfect match
At CSP, we believe the most vital link in the surrogacy process is the one between the intended parents and the surrogate mother. We begin with the input of the surrogate mother, who chooses from a selection of intended parents, all of whom are a good match for her.
Those generous women who were touched by your story and have selected you, are then presented to you. Intended parents and surrogate mothers are empowered because they select each other. Being comfortable with the match is an important component of successfully becoming a parent through surrogacy.
As intended parent(s), you will be given medical and personal background evaluations, as well as legal review and consultation. The surrogate mother also undergoes these screenings, assuring the intended parents of her physical and emotional ability to carry through the pregnancy.
Understanding surrogacy compensation and financing
Hopeful parents often have lots of questions about how surrogacy works, what it will cost, and how to find the right surrogate. CSP has some of the most strongest financial and ethical protections in place for both parents and surrogate mothers, designed to ensure a successful process from the very start.
We insist on strict guidelines regarding compensation for surrogate mothers. We only accept surrogate mothers who are financially independent or employed, or whose husband or partner is employed. CSP does not accept any applicants for surrogacy whose income falls below the Federal Poverty Level guidelines.
By only selecting financially stable women, we are assured that each is choosing to be a surrogate for the right reasons: generosity and a genuine desire to help someone, rather than monetary gain.
All financial agreements are carefully reviewed and agreed to by all parties and legally documented.
Role of the parent
Surrogacy creates a unique bond between the intended parents and the surrogate mother. Together, you’ll share the nine months of pregnancy and the birth of your new baby. This is a momentous and joyous decision in your lives, and we know you’ll have many questions about how surrogacy works. With CSP’s four decades of experience in surrogacy, you can be sure that we have answers. CSP is always available to intended parents for questions and concerns at any point during this exciting journey.
If you feel that surrogacy may be right for you, please contact us for additional information. We understand that becoming a parent through surrogacy is not only a significant financial commitment, but an emotional and psychological one as well. We promise to give you the personalized attention and support you need at every stage of the process.
We want your experience with CSP to be as calm and relaxed as possible. The surrogacy path may seem like a long one, but in the end, it results in a lifelong gift for generations to come.