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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?

There is a very important distinction between gestational and traditional surrogacy.

In a gestational surrogacy, the surrogate bears no genetic connection to the child she is carrying. The surrogacy process involves combining sperm from the intended father (or a sperm donor) and the egg of the intended mother (or egg donor) to form an embryo through in vitro fertilization.

In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own egg is fertilized via artificial insemination, and the surrogate is both the carrier and the biological mother. Consequently, there is a much greater legal risk involved for intended parents in traditional surrogacy cases.

Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists exclusively handles gestational surrogacies.
How do I find a gestational surrogate?

At WSS, we pride ourselves on making successful matches. We do this by investing the time to understand your unique needs as an intended parent as well as through a rigorous surrogate screening process.

Our surrogate screening process consists of:

  • In-depth consultations with potential surrogate candidates
  • Background & insurance reviews
  • Medical & mental health evaluations

We will match you with a prospective surrogate based on a number of criteria; however, it is ultimately your decision who you would like to be matched with.

What is in vitro fertilization?

In vitro fertilization is the process of creating an embryo from an egg and sperm combined outside the body. Once fertilized, the embryo is then transferred into the uterus of either the intended mother or the surrogate.

What is artificial insemination?

During artificial insemination, semen is inserted into the uterus of the intended mother in order to fertilize an egg.

What is the process for an egg donation?

In an egg donation, eggs are removed from the donor and fertilized either by sperm from a donor or the intended father to create embryos. The fertilized embryos are then stored or transferred into the uterus of the intended mother or surrogate.

What is the process for sperm donation?

Sperm donation involves obtaining semen from a donor that is then used to fertilize eggs from an egg donor or the egg of the intended mother.

Whose name will appear on the birth certificate?

The intended parents’ names will appear on the birth certificate. Worldwide helps IPs obtain pre- or post-birth orders, also known as court judgments, to establish their parental rights before or after their surrogate gives birth.

Do I have a right to information regarding surrogates and egg/sperm donors?

Yes, you or your chosen physician will be provided with all pertinent medical information to assist you in making informed decisions. Your surrogate will also be entitled to relevant information on your medical history as an intended parent.

What financing options are available to help cover surrogacy costs?

Worldwide provides references to lenders such as Prosper Healthcare Lending, a reputable medical lending agency, to help intended parents cover surrogacy costs and fulfill their dreams of starting a family. Although surrogacy is a substantial financial expense, we do everything in our power to ensure that it is not an insurmountable obstacle.

How long does the surrogacy process generally take?

There are various factors that can affect the length of the surrogacy process, but it generally takes about four to six months to locate a qualified surrogate. Provided your surrogate becomes pregnant after the first embryo transfer, the whole process will generally take about a year and a half.

Do you work with all intended parents?

At Worldwide, we celebrate the fact that every family looks different. Our team proudly supports all individuals and couples, regardless of sexual orientation and marital status, on their journey to parenthood. We have worked with intended parents across the globe and take pride in the wonderful matches we have made and the families we have supported along the way.

How do I begin the process?

Your personal surrogacy journey will begin with a free consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss our program offerings and help you understand the surrogacy process. We will also use this time to ask you about your experience and answer any questions you may have. We have found consultations to be especially helpful during the matching process in connecting you with your surrogate. All information you share is always kept private and confidential.