Become a Surrogate Mother

Learn How To Become a Surrogate

Our job is to help you realize your dream of how to become a surrogate with expert guidance, from learning about the surrogate process all the way to your fourth trimester care. Our proven process makes your dream of helping another family a reality. We are all-in as your guide for a healthy and successful surrogacy journey.

  • 78% of our surrogates want to recommend another woman to be a ConceiveAbilities surrogate
  • 56% of our surrogates want to do another surrogacy journey with us


We customize our qualification process to work at your pace, with no timing pressure, What timing works for you? Some potential GCs are motivated to move through the process quickly. Some potential GCs need time to process and learn. We are on your timeline.


Our proprietary matching process pairs you with the family you were meant to help who have shared values and expectations. Matching Matters® has a 97% success rate at first introduction, expediting your journey.


We prioritize your custom financial package so you have no bumps in the road that take you away from your dream of helping another family. Because we value your labor of love and because you are needed, ConceiveAbilities is proud to offer our first-of-its-kind All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program. Our pay package for you is the highest of any surrogacy agency. Period. Talk to us and we’ll make sure it is so.

  • Expert Guidance from application through fourth trimester postpartum care on how to become a surrogate
  • Top Pay through a simple, easy package that is custom-built for you
  • Monthly Care packages, with goodies that are chosen based on your priorities

Use our compensation calculator to find out your personalized base pay.

We tailor what you will earn according to where you live, your current salary, and whether you have prior experience as a surrogate. All put together into one easy and simple package of payments with no receipt tracking.

Two friends in the field
Our superwoman, you have been the light in our life during the darkest of times. You are the reason we will be able to meet the blessing that has taken half of my life preparing for. There truly aren’t enough words to express our most sincere appreciation towards the work you have put in to bring this baby boy into the world. WE LOVE YOU!

You Are Needed, A Message from our CEO, Nazca Fontes

For many of our would-be-parents, the pandemic made a difficult journey to parenthood even more painful. Travel restrictions, stricter health protocols and challenging access to treatment made for a tricky time to build a family through surrogacy. But now? We have intended parents who know, more than ever, family is everything. And You. Are. Needed.

These are the actual words, unedited and directly from live applications, about why women applied to be surrogates. This is their purpose and experience. Is surrogacy your calling?

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Your terms, our program:

  • The perfect match and timing for you. We have plenty of options for an immediate match, once you qualify. You want to get started but not be pregnant until next year? We can do that too.
  • Highest compensation in the field, meeting your needs for what you decide you need most. Housekeeping? Childcare? Maternity clothes? You decide what you need. Do you need to take some time off work? Covered. Totally.
  • Full post-partum care and support through your fourth trimester. You’ve come full circle and we are invested in ensuring you are fully recovered and stronger than ever at the end of your surrogacy journey, knowing the joy you have brought to another family.
  • Monthly care packages, because we love to let you know how much we appreciate you, with items that are hand-selected based on what is most appealing to you.

Our All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program is a first in the marketplace, and possible only because of ConceiveAbilities’ long-standing track record for doing what we say we will do for the surrogates, intended parents, and professionals we have worked with for decades. A surrogacy journey is a big undertaking, and you are the hero at the center of that journey. Our experience ensures that you have a step-by-step process, from applying to be a surrogate all the way through a successful fourth trimester recovery, for how to become a surrogate by expertly coordinating:

  • Medical care: We have a sterling reputation with the highest quality fertility clinics and reproductive endocrinologists, with nursing staff available to help field and guide resolution of your questions.
  • Health & Safety: More than 95% of our surrogates pass medical evaluation on the first attempt making sure you have a healthy surrogacy journey
  • Legal services: With decades of experience in every state, we use our know-how to ensure that the terms of your contract with your intended parents are both valid and enforced and that parentage is properly established.
  • Protection: Insurance coverage? Money negotiations? Payment disputes? Handled. Not your problem. And, you receive a simple, well-planned, generous compensation package.
  • Emotional support: Continuing through your full recovery from the pregnancy, we provide dedicated support, with mental health professionals on staff, to guide and help you through this demanding time in your life. We help you build your relationship with your IPs, using our decades of experience across 100s of surrogacy journeys to guide you through tough conversations and potential conflicts. You, your voice and your choices are at the forefront of your surrogacy journey.
  • And, as the nation’s most experienced agency, your ConceiveAbilities Match Manager will serve as your primary point of contact and lead your entire match management team to guide you and your intended parents on the journey ahead, step-by-step.
ConceiveAbilities State of Surrogacy

What Does ConceiveAbilities All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Package Include?

  • A comprehensive plan to ensure a successful Fourth Trimester recovery, from the start of your pregnancy and based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists standard of care, including
    • A personalized intake session covering the facts behind, and options for,
      • Doula care and birth preparation
      • Physical therapy
      • Nutrition
      • Fitness / movement
    • Monthly Q&A sessions with rotating experts throughout your pregnancy
    • A dedicated program of postpartum emotional support, with a trusted network of knowledgeable and caring surrogates
  • One straightforward no-surprises financial package for your compensation, including wage and salary replenishment for all income levels.
  • A monthly care package for you and your family, based on a menu of services you select, from the time you are matched throughout your time in the program. We love making sure you know how much you are needed and send you something special every month.

Do you have ideas on what this could look like and don’t see the answers? Please let us know so we can creatively meet you where you are.

ConceiveAbilities Is The Best Surrogacy Agency For Surrogates

78% (5 on a scale of 1 to 5) of our surrogates want to recommend another woman to be a ConceiveAbilities surrogate because of their outstanding experience with our agency and 56% (5 on a scale of 1 to 5) want to do another surrogacy journey. ConceiveAbilities is a leading surrogacy agency in the United States. For twenty-five years, we have been at the forefront of the industry, working locally in every major city and many rural locales across the United States. Throughout our history, we have matched thousands of surrogates with the intended family they were meant to help, making dreams of a family for hopeful people become reality. We have the knowledge and network of a national surrogacy agency, and the personal touch of a small one, to make sure we provide you with best-in-class service.

We Understand You

Not only do we have eight former surrogates on staff and nearly three decades of experience, we invest in the science behind it. We commissioned an independent research study to learn more about what moves a woman to become a surrogate. From your motivation, needs and desires to your decision process in becoming a surrogate, we have done the work to make sure our All-In Program reflects what you, the surrogate, needs. Why? Because we want to serve you better, exceed your expectations and create the safest and most rewarding experience. We build families with you.

I’m helping a family by bringing more meaning into their lives while creating more meaning for mine as well.
Surrogate Rebecca standing out in the snow

You Are The Heart of Our Agency

ConceiveAbilities elevates your surrogacy experience. From our first-class professionals to our proven methods, we have taken measures to provide you with the most successful and healthy experience possible. ConceiveAbilities invests in building a large community of available surrogates because, simply, surrogates sit at the very heart of our program. Because of this investment, we are able to move with experience, more quickly than any other agency, to serve your interests in achieving a healthy and successful surrogacy journey. We are your people.

What is the Process to Become a Surrogate?

A surrogate is a woman who carries a baby for another person or a couple. The person who is trying to have a baby with the help of the surrogate is known as an intended parent. At ConceiveAbilities, we work with intended parents who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that the surrogate can carry a baby to whom she is not genetically or legally related. The surrogate is paid for her time and efforts by the intended parent(s). The embryo is created from the intended father’s sperm, or donor sperm, and the intended mother’s egg, or donor egg. When the baby is born, the intended parents are listed on the birth certificate as the legal parents and assume all responsibility for the child.

The process to become a surrogate mother involves six basic steps.

  1. Research Surrogacy
  2. Find Out If You Qualify
  3. Match With Intended Parents
  4. Begin Pregnancy
  5. Carry and Deliver a Baby
  6. Conclude Your Surrogacy Journey

ConceiveAbilities will be your partner throughout each of these steps, allowing you to experience the joy of surrogacy while we manage the details to ensure your journey is successful and healthy. Our process is rooted in precision, support and compassion. We know how to look around the corner and anticipate the key decisions that are key to a great outcome, because we have years of experience with surrogates, families, physicians and experts across the country.

  • 1. Research Surrogacy

  • 2. Find Out If You Qualify

  • 3. Match With Intended Parents

  • 4. Begin Pregnancy

  • 5. Carry and Deliver a Baby

  • 6. Conclude Your Surrogacy Journey

  • 1. Research Surrogacy

  • 1. Research Surrogacy: Is This Your Calling?

    Women feel called to be surrogates for many unique reasons. Through our work with thousands of women, however, we do see some common insights about many surrogates:

    • Almost 90% find joy in giving to others, and demonstrate that through their actions. For instance, more than 50% regularly volunteer and nearly half are registered blood and organ donors.
    • The time must be right; over 80% examine the timing based on the needs of their family and turn to their inner circle for support about the decision.
    • Two-thirds have first-hand experience with a friend or family member’s struggle with infertility.
    • The financial incentive is meaningful and more than 60% report it will help to create a safety net by, for instance, paying down debt or saving for their family’s future.

    Would you like to learn more about why women find purpose in being a surrogate?

    Please join us, right now, at the Surrogacy Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind community where you can collaborate about surrogacy with both newcomers and experts.

    Can you be a surrogate during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Yes. Surrogacy is an essential service. With the right precautions, more hopeful people than ever are continuing to build their families with the assistance of a surrogate. Listen to a podcast conversation between our CEO Nazca Fontes and Dr. Marie Werner, a respected reproductive endocrinologist, as they discuss surrogacy during the time of coronavirus.

  • 2. Find Out If You Qualify

  • 2. Find Out If You Qualify, in Three Parts

    • Take 5 to 10 minutes and complete your personalized surrogacy application, where we explain each basic requirement, like your age, your prior deliveries, and where you live, and apply them to you. We love getting to know women who are considering becoming a surrogate, and please know that all of your information is maintained with utmost privacy. Read more about the basic requirements.
    • Once your application is approved, you will schedule and complete an introductory call so we can get to know you better, including a more detailed discussion of your medical history. Together, we'll gather your records about your medical history, past pregnancies, and background. This screening is very detailed to make sure that a surrogacy journey can be healthy and successful for you.
    • We will prepare you to become a surrogate by providing written details of how much money you will earn as a surrogate and more detailed information about what to expect. We will gain a deeper understanding of your values and expectations for the family you would like to help as a surrogate, and how we can support your entire family during your pregnancy. Get an estimate of your surrogate pay with our personalized calculator.

  • 3. Match With Intended Parents

  • 3. Match With Intended Parents, a New Relationship

    • Once you are qualified as a surrogate, ConceiveAbilities uses our proprietary matching process, Matching Matters®, to connect you with the family you were meant to help. We match you with a family that shares your values and expectations for the type of relationship you want. Our surrogacy agency has a 97% success rate on a successful match on the first meeting.
    • The intended parents will deposit all the money needed for your surrogacy journey in escrow so you have the peace-of-mind of knowing that the full financial resources for your journey are safe and secure.
    • You will meet your dedicated ConceiveAbilities’ Match Manager, who will work with you and your intended parents to guide your journey as a surrogate.

  • 4. Begin Pregnancy

  • 4. Begin Pregnancy, a New Life with Modern Help

    • This is getting real, yes? First, we introduce you to the Surrogate Sisterhood, a private community of women that are actively engaged with us on a surrogacy journey. You will have routine opportunities to connect with this incredible network of supporters that totally “get it” and are available to answer any question you may have.
    • The IVF clinic that the Intended Parents have selected will conduct their own review of your qualifications as a surrogate. ConceiveAbilities’ experience and careful screening process helps to ensure that this is a satisfactory review.
    • You and your intended parents will create a legal contract, with our assistance, that confirms your services and pay. We’ll tackle all the details like health insurance and the who’s who of all the professionals that will support your journey, such as the IVF clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, and more.
    • Your intended parents will have already created one or more embryos by this point, either with or without the support of donor(s), and the IVF transfer process will begin. For the embryo transfer, your body will need to be medically prepared. You will learn more about the medical protocol, restrictions and expectations during this time and begin certain medications.
    • ConceiveAbilities arranges not only a generous pay package for your surrogacy, but one that is well-planned and considers your time and energy. Pre-pregnancy payments start the day after your medical work-up and continue until the embryo is transferred to you.
    • Once you are ready and all the paperwork is in place, the embryo will be transferred to you. And, when your medical team is able to confirm a fetal heartbeat for a second time, we consider the pregnancy “established.”

  • 5. Carry and Deliver a Baby

  • 5. Carry and Deliver a Baby, the Gift of Family

    • As your pregnancy continues, your IVF clinic will determine when is the right time for your obstetrician to take responsibility for your care and you will begin routine appointments with your obstetrician. You will receive support from your match manager and your Surrogate Sisterhood and check-in regularly with your intended parents.
    • During your pregnancy, you will receive monthly pay, starting after the second confirmation of the fetal heartbeat.
    • During the middle of your pregnancy, we will work with you and your intended parents to create a Birth Plan, which is an exciting milestone to ensure everyone is ready with common expectations for the delivery of the baby. The legal work continues to ensure the parents have established court ordered parental rights.
    • The Birth!
    • After the baby's birth, the baby goes home with its parents and our support for your Fourth Trimester begins.

  • 6. Conclude Your Surrogacy Journey

  • 6. Conclude Your Surrogacy Journey, Your Calling Fulfilled

    • We work to ensure you have the support you need at the end of your journey, physically and emotionally, both with your Surrogate Sisterhood and one-on-one support you may want.
    • Your post birth one-time payment is adjusted to fully replenish your wage and salary, at all income levels.
    • The surrogacy journey is both demanding and rewarding. 56% of our surrogates are highly interested in a repeat journey and 78% want to refer a friend to be a surrogate. Their personal experience as a surrogate is the top driving factor for this strong interest.

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Process of Becoming A Surrogate Mother

    Our process anticipates the unanticipated, so you are supported and protected through the important milestones of your surrogacy journey. Our process is rooted in precision, support and compassion. We know how to look around the corner and guide you through the key decisions that are key to a great outcome, because we have years of experience with surrogates, families, physicians and experts across the country.

    Will the child be created from my egg?

    No. As a compensated gestational carrier working with ConceiveAbilities, you will not be genetically related to the child in any way.

    Can I use my own OB/GYN?

    Your initial care will be provided by the intended parent's Fertility Center and, as needed, a local monitoring facility that we help you arrange. As the pregnancy progresses, the Fertility Center will release you for care to an OB/GYN and, under most circumstances, your own OB/GYN can then take primary responsibility for your care. If a higher level of care is needed, you will be referred for care from other healthcare providers.

    Will I need to travel long distances?

    Depending on your location, long distance travel with a companion could be required. If you are required to travel, you can expect 2 to 3 trips lasting approximately 1 to 4 days in total. Additionally, it's important to understand local travel to various appointments is a requirement.

    Will lots of embryos be transferred to me?

    No. The field of assisted reproductive technology, and especially embryology, has undergone a revolution in recent years. For most surrogacy journeys, one embryo is transferred, per transfer, and usually no more than two.

    What if I don't become pregnant?

    Typically, intended parents ask for a commitment from you for up to 3 embryo transfers, which allows most surrogates to become pregnant.

    After the baby is born, what am I responsible for?

    You are responsible for taking care of yourself, and we help and support you through that fourth trimester! The intended parents, by law, will have parental rights and responsibility to their child or children.

    How do we connect you with the resources you need to become a surrogate mother?

    When you become a surrogate, you will need a strong support system.

    We ensure you have personal support, while we also provide and connect you with professional support including legal, financial and emotional health experts.

    Our surrogates tell us that they feel strongest when they are able to connect with other surrogates. We foster surrogate-to-surrogate relationships through support groups and social communities. And the surrogate community extends beyond the special women who make this commitment – we also recognize the men behind surrogacy.

    Surrogacy is not a solo journey and you will want to lean on your partner, family and obstetrician for their input. We provide you the tools you need to have meaningful conversations with the people who matter most in your decision-making process.

    We provide a dedicated ConceiveAbilities Surrogate Sisterhood group to interact with you during your surrogacy journey and our online community Surrogacy Learning Center to connect with surrogate experts, professionals, and other people who are on or have been on a surrogacy journey.

    What should I expect in my relationship with the intended parents?

    This is where our years of experience and Matching Matters® methodology is most meaningful.

    We cultivate the right relationship between all parties.

    We work to establish mutual expectations for the kind of relationship the surrogate and intended parents each envision.

    We know that expectations will vary from one match to the next. Some relationships can be business-like and other relationships involve frequent communication among the participants.

    The kind of relationship you are interested in will be explored before and during a potential match with intended parents.

    Why does choosing a national, experienced surrogacy agency make sense for you?

    If you are among the 1% of surrogates who meet ConceiveAbilities high standards, choose the most experienced surrogacy agency in the field. Not only do you earn top surrogate pay, fourth trimester care and monthly care packages with our first-in-class All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program, you avoid unnecessary headaches of working with a less experienced agency or navigating the complexity of a surrogacy journey without an advocate. Without a national agency, a surrogate opens herself up to many potential pitfalls and unnecessary risks financially, legally and medically. With 25 years of experience and an exceptionally strong network of industry experts, we know how to protect and advocate for a surrogate and head off potential liabilities in a surrogacy journey. Additionally because of our decades of expertise in the industry, we dramatically shorten the timeline and increase the chances for a sustained relationship for everyone involved in the surrogacy journey. And, most importantly, we honor your selflessness in helping another family who otherwise can’t build their family, allowing you to focus on translating your dream into reality.

    Find the family you were meant to help

    Since no two surrogacy journeys are the same, rest assured that we will guide you, step-by-step and with full transparency, putting in place a roadmap for a successful and healthy outcome - one that helps another family build their family. Discover if surrogacy is a calling for you and one that will send you forward even stronger than you were before.

    Surrogate Testimonials

    Thank you to ConceiveAbilities for being such an amazing support for myself and my family, for making a wonderful match and for caring about all of the gestational surrogates as if they were your own family. This experience has been one that has changed me as a person, mother, friend and wife.
    Gestational Surrogate
    ConceiveAbilities was definitely the best choice I could have made.
    Gestational Surrogate
    I cannot reiterate enough how wonderful you all are at ConceiveAbilities. You make these incredible things come together so beautifully and for that I am so grateful.
    Gestational Surrogate
    I feel so blessed to be a part of the surrogate group and ConceiveAbilities. The support we are able to give and receive is such a beautiful thing.
    Gestational Surrogate
    ConceiveAbilities was incredible. I felt supported and confident through everything and I am happy to have the opportunity to work with them again.
    Gestational Surrogate
    I have been working with ConceiveAbilities for five years as a surrogate. Take it from me that all of the staff are amazing. Everyone from the owner down to the intake coordinators are approachable, respectful and caring. At every step of the process, they are there for you. Not just there, but really connected and involved in every aspect. You can tell everyone loves what they are doing. I am honored and proud to work with this agency.
    Gestational Surrogate

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