Frequently Asked Questions
What makes First Step Fertility the ideal choice for my surrogacy journey?
At out agency, we take pride in providing the most extensive compensation and benefits package compared to any other agency. We understand that surrogate compensation can vary based on factors such as insurance, state of residence, and previous surrogacy experience. That's why we go the extra mile to collaborate with each woman individually, tailoring her benefits to align perfectly with her unique surrogacy journey and personal requirements.
Why should I choose working with an agency versus going independent?
At First Step Fertility, we firmly believe that partnering with an agency offers significant advantages, as we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance throughout your entire surrogacy journey. Our experienced team takes care of every aspect of the process, from meticulous matching and thorough screening to handling all legal work and offering social work support. By entrusting us with these responsibilities, we can effectively navigate any challenges that may arise, allowing you to focus on your pregnancy and fostering a meaningful relationship with your intended parents.
Is it necessary to pump breastmilk for the baby?
While it is not mandatory for surrogates to pump and ship breastmilk to intended parents, it is worth noting that some surrogates do opt for this option. The decision regarding breastmilk is a collaborative one, with open discussions held between the intended parents and the gestational carrier to determine the best course of action.
Is it possible to become a surrogate if you are serving in the U.S. military?
Given that surrogacy regulations differ among branches of the U.S. military, it is crucial to verify the specific guidelines applicable to your branch before initiating the surrogacy screening process. If you are a military spouse and interested in embarking on a surrogacy journey, we warmly encourage you to submit an application and explore the possibilities.
If I have undergone a tubal ligation procedure, can I still pursue surrogacy?
Certainly! Undergoing a tubal ligation procedure does not hinder your ability to become a surrogate mother, as the surrogacy process does not involve using your own eggs.
Is it possible for women who have already experienced menopause to become surrogates?
Women who are 44 years old or above generally do not meet the eligibility criteria to become surrogates with First Step Fertility or other surrogacy programs.
What is the reason for the requirement of having already had children to become a surrogate?
First Step Fertility upholds the ethical standards set by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), an organization that promotes the practice and advancement of reproductive medicine while ensuring ethical practices. To meet ASRM requirements, including the highest standards of care, First Step Fertility follows the guideline that a woman must have had a successful term pregnancy prior to qualifying as a surrogate. This criterion is in place to prioritize the safety and well-being of both surrogates and intended parents throughout the surrogacy journey.