A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a baby for another person or a couple. The person who is trying to have a baby with the help of the surrogate mother is known as an intended parent. At ConceiveAbilities, we work with intended parents who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that the surrogate can carry a baby to whom she is not genetically or legally related. The surrogate mother is paid for her time and efforts by the intended parent(s). The embryo is created from the intended father’s sperm, or donor sperm, and the intended mother’s egg, or donor egg. When the baby is born, the intended parents are listed on the birth certificate as the legal parents and assume all responsibility for the child.
ConceiveAbilities is a leading surrogacy agency in the United States. We are a pioneering company with twenty-four years of staying power in the field of surrogacy, working locally in every major city and many rural locales across the United States. Throughout our history, we have matched thousands of surrogates with intended parents, making dreams of a family for hopeful people become reality.
ConceiveAbilities elevates your surrogacy experience. From our first-class professionals to our proven methods, we have taken measures to provide you with the most successful and healthy experience possible. As you read about our process, you’ll see that ConceiveAbilities invests in building a large community of available surrogates because, simply, surrogates sit at the very heart of our program. Because of this investment, we are able to move with speed, more quickly than any other agency, to serve your interests in achieving a healthy and successful surrogacy journey. We are your people.
The process to become a surrogate mother involves six basic steps.
ConceiveAbilities will be your partner throughout each of these steps, allowing you to experience the joy of surrogacy while we manage the details to ensure your journey is successful and healthy. Our process is rooted in precision, support and compassion. We know how to look around the corner and anticipate the key decisions that are key to a great outcome, because we have years of experience with surrogates, families, physicians and experts across the country.
Women feel called to be surrogates for many unique reasons. Through our work with thousands of women, however, we do see some common insights about many surrogates:
Would you like to learn more about why women find purpose in being a surrogate?
Please join us, right now, at the Surrogacy Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind community where you can collaborate about surrogacy with both newcomers and experts.
Can you be a surrogate during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. Surrogacy is an essential service. With the right precautions, more hopeful people than ever are continuing to build their families with the assistance of a surrogate. Listen to a podcast conversation between our CEO Nazca Fontes and Dr. Marie Werner, a respected reproductive endocrinologist, as they discuss surrogacy during the time of coronavirus.
Your initial care will be provided by the intended parent's IVF Clinic and, as needed, a local monitoring facility that we help you arrange. As the pregnancy progresses, the IVF Clinic will release you for care to an OB/GYN and, under most circumstances, your own OB/GYN can then take primary responsibility for your care. If a higher level of care is needed, you will be referred for care from other healthcare providers.
Depending on your location, long distance travel with a companion could be required. If you are required to travel, you can expect 2 to 3 trips lasting approximately 1 to 4 days in total. Additionally, it's important to understand local travel to various appointments is a requirement.
No. As a compensated gestational carrier working with ConceiveAbilities, you will not be genetically related to the child in any way.
While most of the physicians we work with are conservative, this decision is made mutually between you and the intended parents. Usually no more than 1 or 2 embryos are transferred.
Typically, intended parents ask for a commitment from you for up to 3 embryo transfers, which allows most surrogates to become pregnant.
You are responsible for taking care of yourself! The intended parents, by law, will have parental rights and responsibility to their child or children.
When you become a surrogate, you will need a strong support system.
This is where our years of experience and Matching Matters® methodology is most meaningful.
Choosing a national surrogacy agency gives you the benefit of our vast network across the United States, in addition to our long track record of success and much admired reputation for excellence. ConceiveAbilities is a national surrogacy agency that has the special privilege of working with surrogate mothers from a variety of backgrounds and from every corner of the United States. From our locations in Illinois, Colorado, New York, Georgia, and every major city in the United States, along with many rural locales, we are in daily contact with dedicated and dynamic women in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, California, and across all of America.
Our experience as leaders and pioneers in the surrogacy field enables us to earn your trust throughout your journey. We have deep relationships throughout the nation, along with process know-how, making becoming a surrogate a fulfilling and successful experience for you. Because of our years of expertise in the industry, we dramatically shorten the timeline and increase the chances for a great match and sustained relationship for everyone involved in the surrogacy journey. Other agencies, using less sophisticated approaches, can leave surrogates and intended parents in an extended holding pattern while a fertility clinic, for instance, approves, or does not approve, the match.
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.
ConceiveAbilities was definitely the best choice I could have made.
I cannot reiterate enough how wonderful you all are at ConceiveAbilities. You make theses incredible things come together so beautifully and for that I am so grateful.
I feel so blessed to be a part of the surrogate group and ConceiveAbilities. The support we are able to give and receive is such a beautiful thing.
Finding a path to parenthood by working with a gestational carrier continues to grow in its appeal. In 2019, an estimated 7,000 births took place by surrogate in the United States, as the market is steadily growing at 15% per year based on data from the Centers for Disease Control. And, in 2017, we know that 4.2% of all In Vitro Fertilization transfers occurred with a gestational carrier, which grew from just over 1% ten years prior.
The proud first-time mother welcomed a son via surrogate in August 2015. At the time, a rep for the actress confirmed that "Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier."