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The Ultimate Guide to Surrogacy in Memphis

If you’re intended parents with dreams of growing your family through surrogacy, or a young woman considering becoming a surrogate, starting the process can be exciting but a little daunting. As one of the most experienced surrogacy agencies in the U.S., Surrogacy4all can help you navigate surrogacy in Memphis City, Westchester, Long Island, or any other Memphis community. We help intended parents find surrogates and guide women through the process of becoming surrogates and helping families.

An Overview of Surrogacy in Memphis

Memphis recently passed laws allowing surrogacy, and surrogacy professionals have established safe, agreed-upon procedures for this family-building process in the state.

Couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and sexual orientations use surrogacy to build their families, with each unique journey. 

Surrogacy in Memphis for Intended Parents

Surrogacy and egg donation have been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples in Memphis grow their families for decades. Intended parents are able to safely become parents in Memphis. 

Below you’ll find information about surrogacy in Memphis, including what the surrogacy process looks like, how much surrogacy costs in Memphis, how to find a surrogate or egg donor, and so much more. The process can feel overwhelming at first, but the more you read and research, the more familiar it will become to you. Many professionals are involved in a surrogacy journey, and it is a life-changing experience. 

We’re ready to help intended parents from Memphis, Westchester, Long Island, or any other Memphis community. Read on to learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy.

 

The Surrogacy Process in Memphis

A surrogacy journey involves several milestones that lead to delivery day. Understanding and preparing for each of these steps is an important part of the process for intended parents.

Choosing to pursue surrogacy independently—without the assistance of a surrogacy agency—is an option available to anyone. That said, working with an agency such as Surrogacy4all which has almost 30 years of experience, helps you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey. This enables you to concentrate on getting ready for your baby’s arrival.

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If you do decide to work with an agency, it’s important to research your options. Some agencies may fit better with your specific needs and outlook. Choose one where you sense good chemistry, and which shares your views about the surrogacy process. It’s important to work with an agency whose lawyers are knowledgeable in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and surrogacy law, especially in a state such as Memphis, which only recently introduced state laws regarding surrogacy.
Finding the right surrogate match assisted by our Matching Team is an exciting time during your journey. We’ll get to know you and your preferences for a match and work to find the woman who most closely fits your personality and legal and geographical requirements. The relationship between intended parents and their surrogates is so unique, that finding the right match is an important first step.
An egg donor is a young, fertile woman who donates her eggs to enable another individual or couple to create embryos to build them family. Once embryos are created, an embryo transfer will take place into either the intended parent’s or gestational surrogate’s uterus to carry the baby. Egg donation is beautiful path to parenthood.
 
If you require an egg donor for your surrogacy journey, Surrogacy4all recommends starting your search for an egg donor with our partner, surrogacy Egg Donation Program, who offers both fresh and frozen egg donor programs. Surrogacy supports thoughtful decision-making for egg donation, including disclosed (known) donations and mutual matching between parents and donors. You can search their extensive database and learn about their programs. Many intended parents will search for a donor and create their embryos either coming to surrogacy or while they are waiting for a surrogate match.
 
If you select an egg donor with surrogacy4all and have selected Surrogacy4all as your surrogacy agency, your Surrogacy4all Surrogacy coordination team will be your support system during your egg donation and surrogacy journeys, giving you full support with one experienced team.
 
Developing a close relationship with your surrogate during pregnancy is an important part of the process. You may even be able to visit for her appointments if she lives close to you. Our agency supports you through each milestone, helping you prepare to travel for the birth and ensuring you have everything you need to return home safely.

Starting the Surrogacy Process

You’ve decided that you’d like to grow your family through surrogacy (hooray!), and you’ve selected an agency with whom you’d like to meet. What’s next? Scheduling a consultation is the first step. It’s important to meet with the agencies you’re considering so you can share your story, ask questions, and see if the agency team is a good fit for your journey.
 
Surrogacy4all offers complimentary consultations for intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months. These private consultations educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother.
 
We offer both in-person meetings and free consultations via Skype or Zoom. If you’re not ready for a full consultation but would like more information, you can schedule a short pre-consultation, which lasts about 30 minutes and is a great way to ask questions and learn more.
 

Becoming a Parent in Memphis

One of the most joyous moments you’ll experience is welcoming a baby into your family. In Memphis, becoming a parent through surrogacy is a safe, streamlined process when working with an agency such as Surrogacy4all.
 

We know that one of the first questions intended parents ask is how much surrogacy costs. Our comprehensive cost sheets outline the surrogacy costs you should expect in a typical surrogacy journey.

Finding a Surrogate in Memphis

An exciting milestone in your journey to parenthood is matching with a surrogate. We work with gestational surrogates from Memphis, as well as surrounding states. If you’re looking for a surrogate mother in Memphis (or in neighboring states), we can help you find your surrogate match.

How We Match Parents and Surrogates

If you choose to work with Surrogacy4all, we ask intended parents to fill out a profile that help us get to know them better and find appropriate surrogate matches. 

The information we ask for in the profile includes your:

  • Relationship (if you have a partner)
  • Family
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Plans for parenthood
  • Reasons for pursuing surrogacy

Sharing photos of yourself, your loved ones, and anything else that gives a good sense of who you are as people also helps us find the best possible surrogate matches. 

Your Matching Team uses your answers—as well as your geographic location and views on termination— to find you the best possible surrogate match, so it’s important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions. That’s a key element of finding the best surrogate match for you. 

Other preferences expressed by intended parents used when matching with your gestational carrier include:

  • Desired level of communication with their surrogate during the journey
  • Location of the surrogate mother
  • Number of embryos to transfer
  • Views on selective reduction and termination

You can use these criteria as guidelines as to what you should look for in a suitable match if you choose to pursue surrogacy without the assistance of an agency.

3 Criteria for Finding Surrogate

Health and Medical History

Ensure the surrogate has a clean bill of health, no history of significant medical conditions, and has had at least one successful pregnancy without complications.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Make sure the surrogate is fully aware of the legalities involved and is prepared

Emotional and Psychological Readiness

The surrogate should be emotionally stable, fully understand the implications of surrogacy, and be willing to undergo psychological evaluations to ensure readiness.

    Surrogacy Laws in Memphis

    As mentioned earlier, Memphis has recently adopted new laws regulating surrogacy. That means you can still safely use the surrogacy process in the state, but it’s even more important to have an agency such as Surrogacy4all help you navigate that process. That way, everyone involved in your surrogacy journey is protected and has an advocate.

    The Memphis Surrogacy Law – the Child-Parent Security Act – has made commercial surrogacy legal in Memphis. Intended Parents from Memphis can continue working with surrogacy4all, Surrogacy as they have in the past and take advantage of the new law.

    Here’s what the new law means for intended parents:

    Here’s what the new law means for gestational carriers:

    Surrogacy in Memphis for Surrogates

    There is so much to learn about becoming a surrogate! We’re here to help you navigate surrogacy in Memphis , from understanding what a surrogate is, what to expect, how being a surrogate can affect your life, to how to apply become a surrogate.
     
    We work with women from Memphis, Westchester, Long Island, and other Memphis communities. Becoming a surrogate is an amazing experience, and you have the opportunity to connect with other women in your area.
     
    Read on to see how rewarding being a surrogate can be when you help those who aren’t able to have a baby on their own experience the joys of parenthood.

    The Process for Surrogates in Memphis

    Your surrogacy journey involves several key milestones that lead to the day you get to give your intended parents their baby. Understanding and preparing for each of these steps is an important part of the process, and our experienced team will be by your side for every step.

    Working with an agency such as Surrogacy4all for your surrogate journey, which has almost 30 years of experience, means you’ll have a full team of support to navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey. This enables you to concentrate on getting ready for your baby’s arrival. 

    The surrogacy process can be looked at in seven steps:

    Getting Started as a Surrogate

    We recommend completing our online surrogacy application to start the conversation about surrogacy. It takes only about 10 minutes to complete and there is no obligation to proceed if you aren’t ready.

    Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Memphis

    What kind of women become surrogate mothers? They are generous, adventurous, and kind. They are teachers, nurses, and stay-at-home moms. They are passionate about their families. They are spirited, caring, and selfless. They are just like you.

    What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?

    Memphis residents who would like to apply to become surrogates should meet the following criteria:
    • Have delivered a child of their own and are currently parenting at least one child.
    • Have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
    • Be between 21 and 44 years old
    • Typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
    • Be citizens, legal residents, or legal immigrants of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
    • Not participate in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing, and Section 8. All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply to most states.

    Benefits of Being a Surrogate in Memphis

    Becoming a surrogate in Memphis appeals to women for several reasons, including generous compensation and a sense of pride like no other. Women who wish to become surrogates enjoy benefits such as:
    • Gaining an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
    • Building a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
    • Working with a personal Program Coordination Team and licensed social worker
    • An opportunity to work with local and international intended parents
    • And, as mentioned, Memphis surrogates receive generous compensation with a customized benefits package.

    The Surrogacy 4all Now Surrogate Promise

    We created the Surrogacy4all Promise because we truly care about our carriers, and we want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible. This program evolved after carriers shared their thoughts with their social workers or during their exit interviews. Those conversations led us to improve our offerings to our gestational carriers.

    Guaranteed Pay, Security, and Support

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    We are financially backs their intended parents, so a surrogate’s escrow account is always funded to ensure she is always paid in full and on time.
    We takes on the liability of medical bills. We listened to our past surrogates and their frustrations with medical bills, and we’ve made big changes. While we can never stop having you receive medical bills (since you are the “patient”), our new Fixed Cost programs for intended parents allow us to protect both the surrogates and the intended parents and ensure all medical bills will be paid in a timely manner.
    If you are accepted into our surrogate program and you are medically cleared and matched with intended parents – but you don’t achieve a pregnancy – we will compensate you for your time, energy, and dedication thus far in your journey (up to $5,000 total).


    Not every gestational carrier has the same desires when it comes to the birth of their surrogate baby. At Surrogacy4all, our surrogates have choices for her preferred birth options, such as doula care, a hospital birth, or using a birth center with a midwife.

    One of the first people you speak with at surrogacy4all may likely be an experienced carrier who guides you through the process until you are matched with intended parents. They will personally introduce you to your dedicated social worker and journey support team, all of whom are in-house at surrogacy4all. You’ll always be supported by a surrogacy4all employee who knows all the details about you and your journey. (You’ll never have to worry about working with a third party who doesn’t even know your name!) Plus, with our expanded team, we are able to offer support groups, virtual events, one-on-one surrogate mentorship, and more.

    How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Memphis?

    Carrying a baby for someone involves getting compensated financially. This compensation is often called a “surrogate base compensation” or “surrogate payment.” Previous surrogates helped Surrogacy4all create a compensation and benefits program for surrogates and their families. It provides security, benefits, and protection that are virtually unsurpassed.

    Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following benefits:

    • Earning up to $45,000-$85,000+ (your base fee plus additional benefits)
    • Protection for the surrogate and her family throughout the journey
    • All expenses paid, from travel to meals to gas and more
    • Benefits and support through postpartum (the 4th trimester)
    • Full transparency on what’s included
    • Benefits you won’t find at any other agency

    How Does Surrogate Pay Work?

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    All surrogates will start with a base compensation. This may be based on where you live, whether or not you have insurance, or whether this is your first time as a surrogate. This is only the beginning of your compensation as there are many additional payments that make up your total compensation.
    Signing payments and payments for your medical screening are examples of compensation provided by us early in the surrogacy process. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
    We compensates surrogates for their necessities during and after pregnancy, including maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and more. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
    Surrogates receive other non-monetary benefits—in addition to financial compensation—that are priceless in ensuring they’re protected and have a smooth journey. These benefits include legal counsel, life insurance, and more.

    How We Supports Surrogates

    Our team supports you every step of the way—from the day you begin exploring surrogacy to your meeting with the prospective parents and throughout your entire pregnancy to birth.

    We help surrogates navigate the screening process, ensuring they match with the perfect intended parent or parents, and guide them through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting. Because many of us are experienced surrogates, we bring authentic passion to our work. Some members of our team have completed 3 surrogate journeys. Besides having world-class expertise in the myriad legal, social, and medical aspects of your surrogacy process, we deliver hands-on guidance that’s informed by our experience. If you have questions, we’ll have the answers.

    When you need a lawyer to review legal contracts, we’ll recommend an attorney in your area with whom we’ve worked previously and who is thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproduction Technology law. We can connect you with trustworthy experts whenever needed.

     

    Finding a Perfect Intended Parent Match

    The prospective parents you help will be part of an incredible, intimate journey with you. And it’s why Surrogacy4all has developed a thorough matching process. 

    Your Surrogate Support Team uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and generally feel each other out. We also help schedule an initial video call. The goal is to ensure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. And of course, the surrogacy agreement only moves forward if you do. 

    We works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and others. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a great match.

    Surrogacy in Memphis: A Complete Guide

    Surrogacy in Memphis offers a structured and legal pathway for individuals and couples who cannot conceive naturally to have a child. Memphis has comprehensive surrogacy laws to protect the rights of intended parents, surrogates, and the child. These laws ensure that all parties are well-informed and legally covered throughout the process.
     

    FAQs Surrogacy in Memphis

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    A: Gestational surrogacy in Memphis involves a surrogate who carries a pregnancy created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the intended parents’ or donors’ egg and sperm. The surrogate has no genetic link to the child.

    A: In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not genetically related to the child, as the embryo is created using the egg and sperm of the intended parents or donors. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate uses her own egg, making her the biological mother of the child.

    A: To find a surrogate in Memphis, you can work with local surrogacy agencies, join surrogacy support groups, or use online matching services. Agencies often have pre-screened surrogates available for matching with intended parents.

    A: Consider the surrogate’s health, medical history, lifestyle, willingness to undergo medical procedures, and her motivation for becoming a surrogate. It’s also important to ensure compatibility and establish clear communication and expectations.

    A: Tennessee does not have specific statutes regulating surrogacy, but surrogacy agreements are generally recognized and enforceable. Intended parents can obtain pre-birth orders to establish parental rights, ensuring they are legally recognized as the parents from the moment of birth.

    A: Yes, intended parents and surrogates must sign a written agreement before any medical procedures begin. This agreement outlines the responsibilities and rights of both parties and helps ensure legal recognition of the intended parents’ parental rights.

    A: Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman (the surrogate) agrees to carry and give birth to a child for another person or couple (the intended parents). There are two types: traditional and gestational, with gestational being the most common.

    A: People choose surrogacy for various reasons, including infertility, medical conditions preventing pregnancy, same-sex couples wanting to have a biological child, and single individuals desiring to become parents.

    A: Some reputable surrogacy agencies in Memphis include Surrogacy4All, Tennessee Reproductive Medicine, American Surrogacy, and Family Inceptions. These agencies provide comprehensive services to guide intended parents through the surrogacy process.

    A: Surrogacy agencies in Memphis offer services such as surrogate matching, medical and psychological screening, legal support, and coordination of medical appointments.

    A: Recommended surrogacy clinics in Memphis include Surrogacy4All, the Fertility Associates of Memphis and Methodist Reproductive Health Specialists. These clinics offer advanced reproductive technologies and have experienced medical professionals.

    A: During the initial consultation, you can expect a discussion of your medical history, an overview of the surrogacy process, potential treatments, costs, and a personalized plan to meet your specific needs.

    A: The cost of surrogacy in Memphis can range from $90,000 to $150,000. This includes agency fees, surrogate compensation, medical expenses, legal fees, and other associated costs.

    A: Yes, many agencies and clinics offer financing options, payment plans, and referrals to lenders who specialize in fertility treatments to help manage the costs of surrogacy.

    A: The steps include finding a surrogate, completing legal agreements, IVF and embryo transfer, pregnancy monitoring, birth, and legal finalization of parental rights. Each step involves specific professionals and procedures.

    A: The surrogacy process in Memphis can take 15 to 24 months from initial consultation to the birth of the child, depending on various factors such as finding a surrogate and the success of IVF procedures.

    A: The surrogacy process in Memphis involves several stages: selecting an agency or going independent, matching with a surrogate, completing legal contracts, undergoing medical procedures for IVF and embryo transfer, and supporting the surrogate throughout the pregnancy.

    A: Support for intended parents includes counseling services, support groups, legal assistance, and guidance from surrogacy agencies to help navigate the emotional and logistical aspects of the journey.

    Getting Started

    Whether you are intended parents or interested in becoming a surrogate, the surrogacy process can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.  Learning more about surrogacy is the first step of your journey.