Frequently asked questions
We are sure that you may have quite a few questions about our program and below are just a few answers for you. The best way to find out about our unique program is to give us a call! We offer a free phone consultation that should answer your questions or concerns and help you get started on your very own surrogacy journey.
- What is a gestational carrier?
A gestational carrier is the term for a woman who carries and delivers a baby that she is not genetically or biologically related to for a couple or a single intended parent. Sometimes you will hear gestational surrogate, surrogate mother, or just 'surrogate' interchanged with gestational carrier and they all can allude to the same thing.
- What happens after I submit my application?
Your application will be reviewed within one business day and we will let you know if we can move forward or not. If you qualify, we'll send you the second part of your application. Again, we'll let you know within one business day if we can continue to move forward.
Once the application has been accepted, we'll invite you to schedule your new surrogate phone consult, during which we'll discuss any questions and what Sowing Seeds Surrogacy offers you during your surrogacy journey. We will make sure that we have all of your completed paperwork, relationship planner, photos, and any additional information to add to your personalized intended parent profile.
Once you are matched, it's time for the medical screening. We will assist in setting up these appointments. Screening consists of two appointments; a medical screening with an IVF Physician and a psychological screening. We should know within two weeks if you have clearance to proceed. At any time you can contact us with your questions or concerns.
- How do I get matched with intended parents?
At Sowing Seeds we allow you choose the intended parents first, whereas most agencies let the intended parent read through the surrogate profiles they have available. We'll send you one intended parent profile at a time. Intended Parents are carefully screened and they have provided us with their own relationship planner so we are better equipped to match your preferences with theirs as well as any legal considerations based on where you live. You have the option to accept or decline the profile. Once you decide to move forward with your preferred IP, we'll send your information/profile along to the intended parent. If it's a hit, we'll schedule your match meeting. Once you're matched then it's on to complete your medical/psychological screening.
- Do I have to use my own health insurance or find a policy for this process?
If you have your own insurance we will review it to see if it covers surrogate pregnancies. Sowing Seeds feels very strongly about only using insurance policies that are safe for our surrogates and intended parents. So, if your policy has an exclusion for surrogacy or you do not have your own insurance, we'll have you apply for a surrogate maternity policy to cover your OB care and delivery. This policy will be paid for by the intended parent.
- Let's talk about screening... do you screen the intended parents?
Prior to being admitted to the program, Intended Parents go through an extensive application process and either an in-person or Skype/Face-time interview with one of the co-founders of the company. Sowing Seeds does not work with every person who applies to our program. To be admitted to our program each Intended Parent undergoes criminal background checks as well as medical screening.
- Do I have to take medications?
When the medical testing requirements are completed and reviewed by the physician, you will be ready to start your fertility treatment. You will receive specific instructions about your medications. You will take medications to help synchronize your cycle with the ovum donor's or intended mother's menstrual cycle and to help your uterine lining thicken in order to accept the transferred embryos. You will take medications both orally and through small injections under the skin that most women give themselves. Depending on the protocol given by the IVF Physician, you may also have to administer intramuscular injections, which need to go through the muscle. You will be given instructions on all the medications you are required to take.
- What will I have to pay for?
The Intended Parents will pay any and all reasonable and necessary expenses that you incur in connection with the surrogacy, including, but not limited to, all uninsured medical expenses, your legal fees for evaluating and negotiating the surrogacy agreement, any and all necessary counseling expenses, child care reimbursements and lost wages. At times you may have to pay a co-pay up front or some other small expense, however, you will be reimbursed in a timely manner as stated in your legal contract with your Intended Parents.
- How will I be compensated?
The Intended Parents will fund an Escrow account before starting your medical protocol. Your pregnancy compensation will begin on the first day of each month following confirmation of heart beat via ultrasound. Prior to pregnancy confirmation, you will receive a monthly expense account, as well as compensation for the embryo transfer. Payment will be handled by the escrow agent of your IPs choice and all compensation will be sent to you according to your Surrogacy Contract.
- Why work with an agency instead of "going independent"?
Unforeseen costs can backlog and delay the process. Dispute over cost, escrow accounts, doctors, lawyers and scheduling appointments can overwhelm and cripple the relationship between the Intended Parents and the Surrogate. Sowing Seeds will mediate, educate and handle the details, so you can realize the full joy that you are bringing into the lives of others.
- Does the agency work with all types of couples?
Yes. Sowing Seeds works with all types of couples and individuals. We do not discriminate against age, ethnic background, marital status or sexual orientation.
- How long does it take to become a Surrogate?
Realistically, intended parents should expect a several-month wait before being matched with their ideal candidate. Medical screening, psychological consult and legal process usually takes 1-3 months. The embryo transfer cycle is usually 3-4 weeks and, of course, the 9 months that you are pregnant. For those who qualify to become gestational carriers, matching can happen quite quickly after your have been approved. The fact is that there are many Intended Parents waiting to be matched and only a few qualified healthy women available.
- What are my responsibilities as a Surrogate?
Your responsibilities as a Surrogate will be to complete your application, and all other necessary paperwork in full. Arrive at all your appointments as scheduled. Take all medications and injections according to the calendar and follow your physician's orders. You will also need to keep your Sowing Seeds case manager informed of all appointments and issues that may arise. You will need to keep a monthly expense report so you may be reimbursed. Every match is different and there are many more issues that will need to be communicated with the Intended Parents and Sowing Seeds. We will go over these issues on an ongoing basis. We want this to be a rewarding experience for you and will do everything possible to make sure you are happy with your Intended Parents and our staff.