Patriot Conceptions has been absolutely incredible throughout this entire experience. I have never felt so supported and uplifted. Never at any point in this journey did I feel alone or lost in the details. Haotian, Stephanie, and the lawyers that worked with me and my intended parents were always available for questions or concerns and were personally attentive and genuine in their care from the very beginning! This journey was nothing short of amazing and because of Patriot’s staff and organization I enjoyed every moment of it! My heart is so full!
Q: Can I be a surrogate if I am a single parent?
A: Yes! We just look to see that you have a strong support system via family or friends. They will be critical during the process.
Q: Can I be a surrogate if I don’t have health insurance?
A: Yes! Surrogate friendly health insurance will be purchased for you by the Intended Parents you match with.
Q: How long after my last delivery do I have to wait to apply for surrogacy?
A: You may begin the screening process 2 to 3 months after your delivery. Your profile would not become active on our database until you have stopped breastfeeding and the appropriate amount of time has passed to allow your body to heal after your delivery.
Q: How long does it take to be matched with Intended Parents?
A: Typically it takes about 4-5 weeks, from intake form to match the confirmation.
Q: How will I contact with the Intended Parents, will I meet them?
A: Intended parents are from all over the world. We work with Intended Parents in many countries who are seeking surrogacy in California. Typically our surrogates and Intended Parents will meet each other via a video call before moving forward with a match if meeting in person isn’t a viable option.
Q: Will I need to pay anything throughout the surrogacy process?
A: Initially you may have expenses for mailing your medical records etc. All other surrogate costs are covered by the Intended Parents.
Q: Who pays for me to travel if I don’t live in California or near the fertility clinic?
A: The Intended Parents you match with will cover all costs associated with your surrogacy.
Q: Can I choose the individual or couple I am a surrogate for?
A: Patriot Conceptions will choose Intended Parents that fit the criteria you have chosen by showing them your presentable profile. Once we have Intended Parents interested in you, we will set up a video interview via Skype/WeChat. When the video interview is over, both you and the Intended Parents will have the opportunity to decide if you would like to move forward with the other and be matched.
Q: Can I go to my own OB Office?
A: You will be required to be seen at the Intended Parents fertility clinic, or a local fertility clinic, for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Once you graduate from the fertility clinic, you may see the OB of your choice.
Q: Will the baby have any of my DNA as a gestational carrier?
A: Absolutely not. The baby shares 100% of the DNA/genetics of his/her parents or egg donor if one was used. Nothing will be passed on from the gestational carrier to the baby.
Q: Will this pregnancy be different for me from my natural pregnancies?
A: Physically speaking, pregnancy is no different from a traditional pregnancy once your body accepts the pregnancy.