You have (a lot of) questions, we have answers.

  • What is surrogacy?

    Surrogacy is when a remarkable woman chooses to carry a baby for a person or people other than herself. Surrogacy through Family Inceptions is always gestational surrogacy. This means that the surrogate is impregnated through In-vitro fertilization (IVF), the embryo (egg and sperm) are donated by outside parties so she has no genetic connection to the baby.

  • What is the difference between traditional surrogacy vs gestational surrogacy?

    There are two types of surrogacy:

    (TS) Traditional surrogacy: The surrogate uses her own eggs and a third party’s sperm and carries a child that is genetically related to her.

    (GS) Gestational Surrogacy: The surrogate is not genetically related to the child and the embryo is created with third party eggs and sperm.

  • What is the difference between a gestational surrogate and a gestational carrier?

    There is no difference—a gestational surrogate and a gestational carrier means the same thing. Many use the terms interchangeably along with surrogate mother or simply surrogate.

  • How do I find a surrogate?

    There are a few options. (Please note that we are not advocating one way over another.)

    • See if a friend or family member will carry a baby for you.
    • Ask friends and family if they know of a surrogate.
    • Search the web and classifieds
    • Work through a third party reproduction agency such as Family Inceptions
  • What happens once I find a gestational surrogate?
    1. Determine the cost, create your budget and secure funding to pay for the expense.
    2. Locate and select your clinic (Family Inceptions can assist you with this process).
    3. Decide if you will be using your eggs and sperm or looking for suitable donors.
    4. Find out if the laws in your state allow surrogacy. From there, you can decide if you need to go to another state.
    5. Begin the medical/psychological screening.
    6. Create the contracts to cover all of the medical and financial details. (You will need an attorney qualified to help you with these specialized agreements.)
    7. Arrange for the surrogate to be impregnated. It’s a lot of work to try to go it alone, and because the laws vary from state to state, it can be tremendously frustrating to work out the details. This is why many people opt to work with a third party reproduction agency (like ours).
  • Can I use the gestational surrogate’s medical insurance for the IVF care and medical procedure?

    It is common for many insurance providers to restrict any fertility coverage. It is important you are aware of the insurance status before beginning your surrogacy journey with your surrogate.

  • Can I use the surrogate’s medical insurance for the pregnancy?

    If your surrogate has her own personal medical insurance coverage, without surrogacy exclusions, it is possible to use her insurance for the pregnancy care only. It would be the intended parent’s responsibility to cover any copays, deductibles or out of pocket medical expenses.
    Included in our full service program, is providing insurance policy review to verify your surrogate’s insurance status.

  • What happens if the surrogate does not have medical insurance?

    If your surrogate has insurance and there are surrogacy exclusions on her policy or if she does not have any insurance at all, you do have alternatives. You may opt to purchase a policy for her through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchange during open enrollment, self-pay and pay directly out of pocket or purchase a surrogacy medical plan.

  • What types of legal issues are involved in gestational surrogacy? Can I just handle the contracts myself?

    The big ones include things like who pays for what, liability issues, agreements about contact and birth methods, etc. We do not advise people handle the legal aspects of gestational surrogacy themselves. There are too many risks involved for you and the surrogate. It is best to hire a reputable attorney who specializes in reproductive law and understands the ins and outs of the state your child will be born in.

  • What rights do I have once my surrogate is pregnant?

    Your rights are determined by what is drawn up in your contract. An attorney specialized in reproductive law, in the state the child will be born in, will make sure that the contract is fair to you and the surrogate.

  • How involved will I be with the pregnancy?

    At Family Inceptions, we encourage you to be involved every step of the way, but your involvement is entirely up to you and your gestational surrogate. We will work with you both—before she becomes pregnant—to determine what is desired for everyone involved.

  • Can I be at the birth?

    We encourage you to be present to witness the birth of your child. However, this is another detail determined prior to contracts being signed and one that must be agreed upon by all parties.

  • What if the surrogate will not give up the child?

    This is incredibly rare, especially when you work through a third party reproduction agency. Since she is not biologically related to the child, her rights will be limited, especially if you have a solid contract in place (this is why it is very important to work in a surrogate-friendly state). Most women who agree to be a surrogate do not want another child, but they enjoy the experience of pregnancy and love to help others.

  • Will the surrogate have any rights to the child once the baby is born?

    Family Inceptions only works with a gestational surrogate because it simplifies the transfer once the baby is born. This factor goes back to the state in which the child is born and the laws governing that state. We only work with gestational surrogates who live in surrogate-friendly states.

  • How do I tell my child about the surrogate mother?

    What you choose to tell your child is entirely up to you. However, we never suggest that you hide the truth from your child. It is best to be honest, loving and positive once your child is old enough to understand pregnancy. It is usually a conversation that continues for years because it takes time for the child to understand the hows and whys of his or her conception. There is a book called Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From (Em Greenberg Press, November 1992) that has been helpful to many parents.

  • How do I choose the best surrogacy agency program?

    Selecting an agency can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, surrogacy agencies are not regulated. It is very important you do your due diligence to ensure you are working with a reputable agency. Here are some questions you should ask a prospective surrogacy agency before you make a decision.

  • Can you provide a list of references from former or current clients?

    We believe in transparency and will automatically provide you with a list of references you may contact directly and speak to regarding their experience in working with us.

  • How long has your agency been in operation?

    Our agency was established in 2008 under the name of Family Acuity. Due to ownership changes, the business name has changed to Family Inceptions.

  • Are you registered with any entities that provide standards of practice for the reproduction industries?

    Family Inceptions receives oversight by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) FEI: 3011042023, is registered with the (BBB) Better Business Bureau, Incorporated with the Georgia Secretary of State, New York State Department of Health - Tissue Bank ID No. LP344, follows all standards / regulations / procedures set forth by (ASRM) Assisted Society of Reproductive Medicine, and SEEDS (Society for Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy).

  • How are surrogate funds handled? How are the funds disbursed?

    We ensure that any and all surrogate funds are held in an escrow account that is managed through an escrow agent that is licensed, bonded and insured. We do not receive any kickbacks, referral fees or own any part of other professional companies we refer clients to.

  • Have you ever been sued by parents, surrogates or egg donors?

    Integrity is a cornerstone value of ours. We pride ourselves on our reputation and can unequivocally say we have never been sued by any parents, surrogates, egg donors or other professionals for that matter. We take each aspect of our business seriously and consider it the highest calling to be chosen by you to serve you and assist you in this most important journey of your life.

  • Does Family Inceptions carry an Errors and Omissions and a professional liability policy?

    Family Inceptions is fully insured and will provide proof upon request to our clients.

  • What is the average cost?

    In the United States, unfortunately, surrogacy can be very expensive. To get a general idea of cost, please visit our Surrogacy Cost page.

  • Do you screen all your potential surrogates and her partner/spouse? If so how?

    Yes. Each surrogate must go through various screening prior to acceptance into our program. The process is lengthy in order to evaluate the level of commitment of the surrogate and also to develop a personal relationship with Family Inception that establishes trust between the surrogate and the case manager. Each surrogate must complete a one-on-one assessment, detailed background check on her as well as her spouse/partner, psychological evaluation along with her spouse/partner and a psychosocial home assessment.

  • What types of services do you provide?

    We are a full service surrogacy and egg donation agency providing services such as: locating which clinic and or professional to work with, matching you with a surrogate and or egg donor, assisting you with paperwork to return home with your child in hand, and more.

  • Can I decide which surrogate I would like to work with or do you choose for me?

    Absolutely. It is incredibly important for you to have trust and a comfort level with your gestational surrogate.

  • What states do the surrogates you work with, live in?

    A large number of Family Inceptions surrogates are from the Southeast; Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee—however, we will work with surrogates that live in any surrogate-friendly state.

  • Will you assist me in selecting other professionals I need in order to make my surrogacy journey a success?

    We keep an updated list of other reputable professionals within the industry that are highly knowledgeable and would gladly assist you in making your journey a success.

  • Is there someone available to answer emergency questions 24/7?

    Our clients have access to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.