What is the Difference Between Gestational Surrogacy and Traditional Surrogacy?
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is inseminated with sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor. The child is genetically related to the traditional surrogate.
Proud Fertility offers consultancy services for egg donation and gestational surrogacy (using either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs) only. As a gestational surrogate with Proud Fertility, you are not genetically related to the baby you carry.
Will I be related to the child I carry?
As a gestational surrogate, you carry a baby that is not genetically linked to you in any way.
Can I be a surrogate if I am single?
You can be a gestational surrogate regardless of your relationship status. Whether you are married, in a common law relationship, single or dating you can choose to give the gift of life to deserving intended parents.
My tubes are tied, can I be a surrogate?
Yes, you can still be a gestational surrogate if you have had a tubal ligation.
Will I be paid for surrogacy services?
Surrogacy in Canada is altruistic and you cannot be paid for surrogacy. You will, however, receive reimbursements for all surrogacy related expenses that may total up to $30,000+.
What kind of medications do surrogates take? Are there injections required?
You will require medications to prepare your body for the embryo transfer and surrogate pregnancy. Again, each clinic has its own preferred protocols and will give you detailed and thorough instructions and information about any medications you are required to take.
Your doctor’s recommendations may include:
- Oral medications
- Vaginal suppositories
- Intramuscular injections
What kind of intended parents can I help grow a family?
Proud Fertility is an inclusive agency and welcomes intended parents of all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, and lifestyles. We work with single intended parents, gay couples and infertile straight couples, cancer survivors, and others who cannot conceive a child without the help of surrogacy and/or egg donation. We will help you find the right intended parent(s) for you!
What are the requirements for becoming a gestational surrogate?
An ideal surrogate mother is strong and ready to open herself up to a new experience. She is considerate of others, compassionate, and a strong communicator. The bond between a gestational surrogate and intended parents is unique and special. You’ll be embarking on a very personal journey with someone who is initially a stranger but comes to be like family. Is this a path you’re ready to walk?
There are just a few basic qualifications you must meet.
To become a surrogate with Proud Fertility you must:
- be between the ages of 21-49
- live in Canada
- have a stable residence with no plans to move from Canada
- have had at least one healthy pregnancy
- have a strong support network
- not use recreational drugs, tobacco, or abuse alcohol
- be committed to building a respectful and honest relationship with the intended parents you choose
- undergo a criminal background check
- complete psychosocial and medical assessments
- follow medical protocols
- be aligned with Proud Fertility’s values of inclusivity