When you began your first surrogacy journey, either as an intended parent or as a gestational surrogate, you didn’t fully know what to expect! That’s normal — no matter how much you research and prepare, there is so much about surrogacy that you can only understand once you’ve actually experienced it for yourself.
First of all, congratulations! This is always an exciting time. And now, you have firsthand knowledge and experience on your side.
Right now, you might be a little worried about what will differ from your last surrogacy experience. A lot will remain the same. But there are a few things that may change.
Here’s what you can expect as you begin your latest surrogacy journey through American Surrogacy:
1. It Won’t Be Exactly the Same as Last Time
No two surrogacy journeys are exactly alike. You may be working with different people, a different agency, different doctors, gamete donors, etc.
Even if all of that is exactly the same as your last surrogacy journey, no two pregnancies are alike! It may take more (or less) time for the surrogate to get pregnant, she may have more (or fewer) IVF and pregnancy side effects and the delivery may be different.
The surrogacy process always involves a few unknowns, even for veterans. Be ready to roll with whatever comes next!
2. The Process May Be Faster
This is particularly true if you’re working with the same agency. If you’re working with American Surrogacy again, we’ll have a lot of your information on file from last time, so you may be able to skip some of the paperwork you filled out for your first surrogacy journey — you’ll just need to make sure everything is up-to-date and still accurate.
The screening and matching process may also be sped up for repeat surrogates and intended parents. If you’ve already met the screening requirements before, you may be able to skip a couple steps. So, because you’re generally able to be re-approved faster this time around, you’ll head to the matching stage in less time.
If you’re going to be partnering with the same surrogate or intended parents as last time, you’ll be able to skip the wait to be matched altogether! If you’ll be partnering with someone new, you’ll still spend less time on this stage, because now you know what you’re looking for in a prospective surrogacy partner.
3. You May Not Be Partnered with the Same Intended Parents or Gestational Carrier
Many intended parents and surrogates who are interested in completing another surrogacy journey will approach one another for a repeat performance. This is a beneficial option if you already trust one another and enjoyed your last experience together.
However, your previous surrogacy partner may not be ready for another round! Or, you may just wish to work with someone new this time.
If you won’t be partnering with the same surrogate or intended parents as your last journey, don’t worry — your American Surrogacy specialist will help to match you with someone who fits what you’re looking for.
4. Repeat Surrogates Receive More Compensation than First-Timers
Women who have already completed at least one journey as a surrogate will receive a higher base compensation than women who haven’t been a surrogate before. This is because these women have proven themselves to be exceptional gestational carriers. Physically, mentally and emotionally, they have had a relatively easy time with surrogacy in the past.
At American Surrogacy, our average surrogate compensation for first-time surrogates starts at $35,000. Our experienced surrogates typically receive an additional $5,000 per pregnancy on top of that, but it may be more.
5. It’ll Come More Easily Now You Know the Ropes
Surrogacy is never easy, for the intended parents or the surrogate. However, this time you have the benefit of personal experience and knowledge. You can apply that knowledge and experience as you move forward.
Your first surrogacy journey was likely full of first-time nerves and no small amount of confusion. It is, after all, a complicated process — even with an American Surrogacy specialist walking you through things. But now you have a stronger understanding of the medical process, insurance, financials, the emotions and all the details that newbies haven’t encountered. You’re coming back better than ever!
Ready to begin your next surrogacy journey? Reach out to an American Surrogacy specialist now to get started.