Surrogacy in New York, Legal at Last!

ConceiveAbilities has been amazing, especially throughout this process, because it is so new to New York and they have so much experience.

ConceiveAbilities Surrogacy Agency: Leading the Way in New York Surrogacy

Most Experienced New York Surrogacy Agency. Highest NY Surrogate Pay. Best Surrogate Support.

ConceiveAbilities is the most experienced surrogacy agency in the United States and the best for surrogates. While paid surrogacy is new to New York, we have been matching surrogates like you with the family they were meant to help for 25 years. Surrogates sit at the heart of our program and we are ready to guide you through your New York surrogacy journey from our Midtown office, where you can reach us at (929) 266-3644. We pride ourselves on providing a local, personalized experience for each surrogate, while using our decades of our on-the-ground know-how and national reach to help match NY surrogates with intended parents in New York, throughout the Northeast and across America.

Because of our earned reputation, NYC hospital systems, OB-GYNs, and fertility clinics are turning to us to help them navigate the surrogacy journey. We partner with the best IVF clinics in New York including CCRM-NY, NYU Langone Fertility Center, RMA of New York, Shady Grove Fertility in NYC and Weill Cornell Reproductive Medicine that are readily accessible for surrogates from upstate New York and the New York City metropolitan area alike.

ConceiveAbilities Surrogacy Agency was one of the first New York agencies to say, 'How can we help you navigate the surrogacy process in New York?' It's been a great asset to have them working with us.

Why do women become surrogates in New York? Simply put, surrogates have a remarkable opportunity to create fulfillment and joy for others, discovering a purpose and calling in an unforgettably unique way. Surrogates find happiness in helping others. And, we’ve used all of our experience to create something no one else has: a first-of-its-kind innovative program built just for surrogates to care, compensate, and protect you so you can do just that. New York is the perfect place to be a surrogate. Hear why from the fertility experts at Shady Grove Fertility.

All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program

ConceiveAbilities will expertly guide you through the surrogacy process. We know timing, matching and surrogate pay are priorities for you and your family. You may want a local match with intended parents that also live in the New York metro area and, if so, we have many hopeful New York families waiting to find their perfect surrogate. You should know that New York surrogates are in high demand and you will find many options to consider. Here is simply why ConceiveAbilities is the best surrogacy agency for surrogates to partner with: We offer a comprehensive All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program designed just for you.

Full partum care is part of the program from the beginning of your surrogacy journey through fourth trimester recovery. We help you take advantage of the immense resources available in New York so that you emerge from your surrogacy journey stronger than ever.

At ConceiveAbilities, you are surrounded by a complete support team, all in-house, including financial, insurance, legal guidance and a personal Match Manager, that guides you step by step through the process. We are fully invested in your emotional and physical health to ensure you have the best surrogacy journey possible.

Monthly packages appear at your home to show you how much you are valued. Can you smell those just-out-of-the-oven NY bagels? Those freshly cut flowers that you picked up at the corner market? We can too and we'll be sending you goodies like this in your monthly care package.

We offer great pay for you. We know, and you know, that surrogacy is motivated by the desire to help a family. And, compensation is also important. As a surrogate in New York, we give you straight talk about the money you earn as a surrogate. We’re not shy to talk about this and encourage you to ask us all your questions. Your estimated base pay with us begins at $57,000. Our pay package for you is the highest of any New York surrogacy agency, as others cap their packages at $60,000. And others require you to send in expense forms for reimbursement! Use our surrogate salary calculator to get your estimated base pay. Then take this survey and our Surrogate Engagement Coordinator will work with you to get you your personalized surrogate compensation package. Talk to us and we’ll make sure your package is the best for you.

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Of All The Surrogacy Agencies in New York, Why Should You Choose ConceiveAbilities?

We have earned our stellar reputation and we intend to keep it. Our surrogates are known for being exceptional by both intended parents and medical professionals. The proof is in our well-established networks and in the numbers.

  • 95% of our surrogates are medically cleared by IVF clinics.
  • 56% of our surrogates do a repeat surrogacy journey.

And, perhaps the ultimate proof: 78% of our surrogates want to refer a friend to be a surrogate.

Why? Because they loved their experience with us. We have decades of expertise helping hundreds of New Yorkers build their families. Prior to the legalization of surrogacy in New York, we had to match intended parents in the surrounding Northeast region and across the country to make surrogacy journeys happen. Now, for all of our dozens of hopeful parents in NY waiting right now, we can match them with a New York surrogate like you.

It's important to pick the right surrogacy agency for the intended parent, the physician and for the surrogate, because an efficient surrogacy journey that's encompassed in open communication and experience is what is going to make or break the process for you.
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Why New York Is A Great Place To Be A Surrogate

Always the over-achiever, New York wanted to get it right when it came to legalizing gestational surrogacy, and WOW did they ever!

New York's Gestational Surrogacy Law sets a high bar for surrogacy, providing surrogates with the strongest legal and health protections in the nation. For example, the Child-Parent Security Act includes a Surrogate’s Bill of Rights ensuring surrogates have the right to make their own healthcare decisions, access to comprehensive health insurance and independent legal counsel of their choosing – all paid for by the intended parents! This law is the difference that allows you, as a New York resident and surrogate mother, to fulfill your purpose to help your matched parents-to-be grow their family. As surrogacy industry leaders in New York, we were heavily featured in the news surrounding paid surrogacy becoming legal in New York. Watch our founder, Nazca Fontes, speak to NewsNation about the new law.

You are in really good hands.


New York is home to some of the most renowned medical and fertility centers in the country! You are sure to get the absolute best care and support in New York. While the list is long, according to "The Best Fertility Clinics and Resources in New York City" by New York Family Magazine, we are partners with many of the centers mentioned including: NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, Reproductive Medical Associates of New York (also recognized by New York Magazine for having five of the “Best Doctors”), and Weill Cornell’s Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine that has several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

New Yorkers are pretty amazing.


The Big Apple offers families the energy and excitement of living and raising their families in one of the world’s cultural epicenters. We are proud to serve the diverse, global community that, like you, calls New York home. With the passing of the New York surrogacy law, we are grateful to now expand our services and match surrogates who live in New York with individuals and couples who struggle with infertility.

Dr. James Grifo
The best part about practicing in New York is the patients. They are very educated and very savvy. They're diverse: they are single men and women, lesbian couples, gay dads, and heterosexual couples. We help people build families and it's great because loved and wanted children are the secret sauce to a better world.

Best Podcast for New York Surrogates? Check Out All Things Conceivable: A Surrogacy Podcast with Nazca Fontes and catch Dr. Grifo’s full interview about why he loves practicing in NYC, what the new law means for New Yorkers who want to become a surrogate and more from surrogates, intended parents, OB-GYN’s and other experts! You can also check out fertility podcasts Infertile AF and Pregnantish for more New York podcasts that are on topic.

Ready to start your New York surrogacy journey? Take 5 minutes to qualify now. No obligations!

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Who Can You Help By Becoming a Surrogate in New York?

1 in 8 couples struggle with fertility. Did you know surrogacy is the most successful treatment for infertility with a 75% success rate? And a growing percentage of all IVF treatments are completed with a surrogate, now over 5.4% in 2019? As more people turn to surrogacy to build their family, more surrogates are needed. You, as a surrogate mother, have the power to help hopeful parents’ dreams of a family come true. Why do people need a surrogate to build their families? There are many reasons hopeful parents turn to a surrogate, including:

  • LGBTQ community including single men and gay couples
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • Uterine medical conditions that are either genetic or caused by illness like cancer or endometriosis

With the legalization of compensated surrogacy, New Yorkers can now use a paid surrogate in their own state. Many families have experienced other painful infertility diagnoses that prevents them from carrying their own baby. With your help, they are able to realize their dream. For New York intended parents Kelly and Alex Cesare, having a surrogate local to New York was imperative due to their IVF clinic’s travel requirements. As a childhood cancer survivor and two-time heart transplant recipient, Kelly knew early in her life that she would have to use a surrogate to have children. Now that surrogacy is legal in New York​​, Kelly and Alex can finally make their dreams of a family come true. Read more about the Cesare family’s surrogacy journey, as well as the experience of our own New York-based surrogate Rebecca Kitchin, in the New York Post: Surrogacy Legal in New York: What This Means for New Yorkers.

Learn more about the families you will help by becoming a surrogate in New York:

  • Watch Kelly and Alex Cesare share their New York surrogacy journey.
  • Listen to Andrea Syrtash, founder of infertility community Pregnantish, share her emotional surrogacy journey with us on our podcast.
  • Read about Cynara and her surrogate Sara’s surrogacy journey and how legalization of surrogacy in New York could have made it easier.

What Is The Process of Becoming A Surrogate in New York?

A surrogacy journey in New York is a big commitment and you are the hero at the center of that journey. Our experience ensures that you have a step-by-step process, from applying to be a surrogate in New York all the way through a successful fourth trimester recovery. Learn more about our surrogate process here and how to apply to be a surrogate.

Curious what it is like to be a surrogate in New York? ConceiveAbilities Surrogate Rebecca Kitchin shared her motivation to be a New York gestational carrier with CBS 2 New York’s Carolyn Gusoff.

Inspired by Rebecca? Take the next step to become a surrogate in New York. Take our short survey to begin your surrogacy journey.

Matching with Your Intended Family in New York

Dr. Sheeva Talebian
One of the most important criteria is an agency that understands the importance of this relationship between the intended parent and the surrogate and make sure it's the right fit. ConceiveAbilities has always done such an amazing job matching.

How do we match you, as a surrogate, with the intended family of your choice? Our proprietary matching process pairs you with the family you were meant to help who has shared values and expectations. Matching Matters ® has a 97% success rate at first introduction, expediting your journey.

Throughout the screening process, we will have gotten to know you well; toward the end of that process, we will interview you in detail to learn more about your values and expectations for your surrogacy journey. The principles we prioritize in Matching Matters(™) are based on relationship compatibility, medical criteria of the intended parents’ clinic, reproductive choices and other specifics requested by you as a surrogate, and the intended parents. Our experts take into account all aspects of the surrogacy process to thoroughly vet compatibility.

We will then present you with a curated, carefully vetted profile of potential intended parent matches, so you can learn about the family you choose to help. The result? The right match the first time, helping you move closer to your dream of helping a family build their family.

New York parents, Morgan and Andy, struggled with infertility over five years, suffering multiple miscarriages. They decided surrogacy was the best option for them and began their surrogacy journey with ConceiveAbilities. Within three months, they found a mutual match with ConceiveAbilities surrogate, Chelsea. Their match was successful and they welcomed their son Maximus. Read more about how matching with Chelsea was life changing for everyone involved!

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Surrogate Requirements in New York

Our surrogate requirements make sure your surrogacy journey is as healthy and successful as possible. In addition to being physically and emotionally healthy, you will have to meet set criteria to be a surrogate. Review these basic qualifications to find out if you qualify as a New York surrogate candidate:

  • A long term resident of the United States
  • Between the ages of 21 and 40 at time of matching
  • At least one healthy, uncomplicated full-term birth
If you’ve considered becoming a ConceiveAbilities surrogate, do it! Do not hesitate to give someone such an amazing gift! This is by far one of the best things that has happened in my life!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Surrogate in New York

What Is Included in the All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program?


It’s not just about the base pay, we are deeply invested in your physical and emotional health. ConceiveAbilities is proud to offer our first-of-its-kind All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program.

Fourth Trimester Partum Care: A comprehensive plan to ensure a successful Fourth Trimester recovery, from the start of your pregnancy and based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists standard of care, including

  • A personalized intake session covering the facts behind, and options for, doula care and birth preparation, physical therapy, nutrition, and fitness / movement
  • Monthly Q&A sessions with rotating experts throughout your pregnancy
  • A dedicated program of postpartum emotional support, with a trusted network of knowledgeable and caring surrogates
  • Monthly Care Packages, because we love to let you know how much we appreciate you, with items that are hand-selected based on what is most appealing to you.

What Other Support Does ConceiveAbilities Provide Surrogates?


A surrogacy journey is a big undertaking. We understand that and want to support our New York surrogates through every step, so you can focus on the joy of helping another family build their family and get paid well for doing so. In addition to your dedicated ConceiveAbilities Match Manager who will serve as your primary point of contact throughout your entire surrogacy journey, you will also receive the following:

  • Legal Support: The comprehensive ‘Pregnancy on Paper’ is one of the most reassuring parts of the surrogacy process to have small details and ‘what-ifs’ predetermined so that you can feel secure and legally protected. Your own lawyer who represents you, but is paid for by your intended parents, ensures that the comprehensive agreement between you and your intended parents covers everything having to do with your surrogacy including obstetrical care, payments to you, communication between you and your intended parents, “What Ifs” like what happens if you go on bed rest and need additional support, and parentage.
  • Insurance Support: Insurance coverage? Money negotiations? Payment disputes? Handled. Not your problem. We work closely with an insurance specialist to manage all the details of your insurance coverage including billing and coverage.
  • Emotional Support: Continuing through your full recovery from the pregnancy, we provide dedicated support, with mental health professionals on staff, to guide and help you through this demanding time in your life. We help you build your relationship with your intended parents, using our decades of experience across 100s of surrogacy journeys to guide you through tough conversations and potential conflicts. You, your voice and your choices are at the forefront of your surrogacy journey. Additionally, we introduce you to the Surrogate Sisterhood, a private community of women who are actively engaged with us on a surrogacy journey. You will have routine opportunities to connect with this incredible network of supporters that totally “get it” and are available to answer any question you may have.
  • Educational Support: Learn more about surrogacy and collaborate with others in our one-of-a-kind community, the Surrogacy Learning Center.

Is Surrogacy Legal in New York?

Yes, as of February 2021, paid surrogacy is legal in New York allowing surrogates and intended parents in New York to embark on their surrogacy journey.

Will I Be Related To The Baby?

No. A ConceiveAbilities surrogate does not share any genetics with the baby they are carrying for another family.

How Much Do New York City Surrogates Get Paid?

New York surrogates at ConceiveAbilities earn top compensation for being gestational surrogates because New York is a high demand state. Base salary for a first time surrogate in New York City starts at $52,000. Plus if you sign up now, you earn an additional $7,500 for a limited time. Use our surrogate pay calculator to get your estimated base pay. Depending on your circumstances and current salary, you may earn more.

How Do I Choose The Best New York Surrogacy Agency For Me?

As the nation’s most experienced surrogacy agency, ConceiveAbilities is ready to help you navigate the new surrogacy law in New York. For years, we have been helping hopeful New Yorker parents build their families through surrogacy in surrounding states. We have the experience, surrogacy professional network and legal knowledge to help you through your surrogacy journey in your own state.

How Do I Start My Surrogacy Journey in New York?

As a potential surrogate, we have made it easy and fast for you to find out if you meet basic requirements. Learn more about some of the requirements here to be a ConceiveAbilities surrogate.

Can I Be A Surrogate If I Live In Upstate New York?

Yes! If you live anywhere in New York, you can fulfill your dream of being a paid surrogate for a hopeful family. We have surrogates applying from everywhere in New York: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, New Rochelle, Ithaca and more.

How Long Does A Surrogacy Journey in NY Take?

Once you are qualified to become a NYC surrogate, a surrogacy journey takes approximately 1-2 years to complete.

Will I Be Matched with a Local New York Family?

We know being close to your intended parents and fertility clinic throughout your surrogacy journey might be important to you - for convenience, relationship building and peace of mind. New York has some of the best IVF clinics in the world and with paid surrogacy now being legal, families are seeking local New York surrogates like you. You may find, in your matching process, that factors other than geographic proximity become more important to you. We see great success in both local and long distance surrogacy journeys.

What Protections Do The New York Surrogates’ Bill of Rights include?

New York's new law includes the Surrogates' Bill of Rights, the strongest protections for surrogates in the country. These include:

  • The surrogate must be at least 21 years old
  • Intended parents must pay for the surrogate's legal counsel
  • Intended parents are required to pay for health and life insurance for one year after the surrogate gives birth
  • Minimum compensation of $35,000 for the surrogate (and ConceiveAbilities’ minimum compensation for our New York surrogates starts well above minimum surrogacy pay at $57,000).

Can My Surrogacy Agency Help Me Navigate the Legal Aspects of Surrogacy?

Yes, ConceiveAbilities has been licensed by the NY Department of Health to assist Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers in NY. Additionally, ConceiveAbilities is registered on the Department of Health's Gestational Surrogacy Database as a licensed gestational surrogacy program. ConceiveAbilities assists surrogates with finding legal representation in NY who is specialized in surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology law. Your intended parents pay for your legal work and ConceiveAbilities works closely with that attorney to coordinate the legal aspects of your match.

Does ConceiveAbilities Surrogacy Agency Have An Office in New York City?

Our Midtown office in Manhattan is available to you and easily accessible from The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Greater New York metropolitan area and Tri-State area. We also work with ease through our own online platform to ensure surrogacy is efficient, convenient and safe for you. Call us at (929) 266-3644 and let’s get started!

Will My Intended Parent(s) be from New York?

With the legalization of surrogacy in New York, it is now possible for a New York surrogate to be matched with a family from New York. If a local match is important to you, we will prioritize matching you with intended parent(s) from New York and have many options to do so. You may find that once you go through the Matching Matters process, matching with the family you were meant to help who has shared values and expectations is the top priority.

Do New York Courts Grant Pre-birth Orders?

Yes, the Child-Parent Security Act allows for a judgment of parentage to be issued prior to birth, but the court order shall not be effective until the birth of the child.

Is A Hearing Required To Obtain A Pre-birth Order In New York?

No. The statute does not specifically mandate that a hearing is held before issuing a judgment of parentage, however, the need for a hearing may be left up to the discretion of a judge.

Do You Have More Information About The LGBTQ Community in New York interested in becoming Gay Parents?

Learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community and gay parenting at The Center. Men Having Babies is also a great resource as an international organization dedicated to providing gay men with educational and financial support to achieve parenthood through surrogacy. You can learn more about how hopeful New York gay parents and men all over the world become parents at their website. You can also check out our podcast with single gay dad Joseph Tito, The Dad Diaries, and his surrogacy journey experience.

How Do I Learn More About Infertility and Surrogacy?

You can get more information about surrogacy and fertility at American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Resolve: The National Infertility Association.

Testimonials about our surrogacy agency:

Thank you to ConceiveAbilities for being such an amazing support for myself and my family, for making a wonderful match and for caring about all of the gestational surrogates as if they were your own family. This experience has been one that has changed me as a person, mother, friend and wife.

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The process for getting started is easy, confidential, and secure. Go ahead and take the first step with ConceiveAbilities. We are looking forward to getting to know you.

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