Surrogacy is the act of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a child or children that will be raised by a single person or couple known as the intended parent(s). A surrogate, also known as a gestational carrier, is a healthy woman that carries out this pregnancy. With surrogacy, embryos are created in a laboratory with either the intended mother or egg donor’s eggs and the intended father or sperm donor’s sperm, through a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). The child has no biological relation to the surrogate, except in the rare circumstance in which a surrogate agrees to a traditional surrogacy.


A Gestational Carrier must be:

A Gestational Carrier must have:

  • between the ages of 21-39.

  • within an appropriate height to weight ratio (BMI between 18 - 30). Calculate My BMI.

  • drug-free*, alcohol-free, and a non-smoker. 

  • in a stable home environment, either married or single.

  • have given birth to and parented at least one child.

  • financially independent and not receiving government assistance.

  • living in a surrogate-friendly state within the United States
    (we are very sorry but we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in AK, WA, LA, MI, NY, NJ, ID, WY, NE, IA, MS, TN, or VA).


  *Some medication use may disqualify your participation in the surrogacy program or may require pre-approval.

  • an excellent health history.

  • had no more than 5 deliveries.

  • had no more than 3 c-section deliveries.

  • had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries.

  • had no pre-term labor, no gestational diabetes, no high blood pressure, etc.

  • no psychological problems; depression, anxiety, etc.

  • no high-risk sexual practices (no more than 2 sexual partners in the last 6 months).

  • reliable transportation.

If you have questions about something specific that you believe may disqualify you, please contact us here.


  • An online application is submitted, along with appropriate photos for submission to our surrogacy network.

  • The application is reviewed by an S.O.A. employee, who will contact the applicant to ensure a full understanding of the process.

  • Consent signing will then be required.

  • Non-identifying information, as well as photos, are available for viewing by our intended parents. 

  • Once a match is agreed upon by all parties, the surrogate is required to complete the diagnostic screening. 
    (Sometimes requires 1-2 days of travel).


  • Upon medical clearance, legal documents are then signed by all parties.

    (The general terms of the agreement are discussed beforehand).

  • Surrogates are typically required to take oral and/or injectable hormones for up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Surrogates are required to attend multiple medical appointments in preparation for the embryo transfer.
    (Many of these appointments can take place at a local monitoring facility).

  • Once medically and legally cleared, surrogates are required to be near the treating fertility clinic for approximately 3-5 days for the embryo transfer process.

  • The embryo transfer typically requires NO sedation and is performed by a board-certified physician.

  • Following an embryo transfer, surrogates are required to follow all terms of the legal contract and attend all medical appointments as recommended by the fertility clinic and their OB.

  • An S.O.A. employee will be in close contact with you throughout the length of the pregnancy.

  • Reimbursements will be provided regularly throughout the pregnancy.

    (These terms will be outlined in your legal contracts).


  • Fair and competitive compensation packages.

  • Support and advice from experienced staff members.

  • Monthly support group by a licensed therapist.

  • Pregnancy support.

  • Experienced guidance to ensure you match with compatible intended parents.

Become an S.O.A. Surrogate today.

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