Are you considering becoming a surrogate mother in Washington State? Future Parent Options works together with gestational carriers from across the state and we believe it’s an excellent place to become a surrogate. That’s why we’ve put together this list of everything potential surrogates need to know.
The women who become surrogates in Washington State are all kind and selfless; they show a real passion for their family and helping other people to experience the wonders and joys of having children. They come from a wide variety of different jobs and backgrounds.
Surrogacy Law in Washington
The first thing to know about becoming a surrogate are the laws surrounding it. Each state has their own surrogacy laws. You should choose an agency that understands the surrogacy laws in Washington and has some experienced lawyers working with them.
The latest statute in Washington – which came into effect on January 1st, 2019 – recognizes contracts for genetic and gestational surrogacy arrangements. Washington has comprehensive laws that work to protect the rights of intended parents, surrogates, the baby born from surrogacy and – if applicable – the donor.
Establishing the parentage of children from surrogacy is simple in Washington. If there are any problems, any party can petition the court to receive an order declaring that the intended parents are the full legal parents.
Surrogacy Requirements in WA
There are some requirements that must be met in order to become a surrogate in Washington State. At the very least, you will have to;
- Have delivered a child of your own and be taking care of at least one child
- Have uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, which can be backed up through medical records
- Be between 21 and 38 years of age
- Have a BMI (body mass index) under 32
- Be a citizen, legal immigrant, or legal resident of the United States
- Be a non-smoker and not use any kind of tobacco products
- Not be on any anxiety or anti-depressant medications
Benefits to Being a Surrogate in WA
There are plenty of benefits to becoming a surrogate in Washington. Here are some of the main ones:
Giving the Gift of Life
The biggest benefit of becoming a surrogate is that you get to give people the greatest gift of all; the gift of having a new life in their family. Many surrogates go on to have life-long relationships with the intended parents and become part of one huge family. It is a very empowering experience indeed.
Great Benefits and Compensation Packages
Women who become surrogates in Washington can earn up to $60,000 for being a gestational carrier. The benefits and compensation for being a surrogate mother include the base compensation fee, along with extra payments for travel, housekeeping, maternity clothing, and extra monthly expenses that can be used however you want.
Step-By-Step Process of Becoming a Washington Surrogate
There are several steps involved in the process to become a surrogate mother. These steps can vary a bit based on the location and needs of a surrogate mother and intended parents, as well as the physician. Surrogacy as a whole can take up to 18 months from the application to the delivery. As a surrogate, you must be flexible and patient. Don’t forget that we will always be with you for each step of your journey. We will help to keep things smooth and easy.
Learn more about the surrogacy process.
We work together with nothing but the best fertility experts. We only work with stable and healthy women that are becoming surrogates for all of the right reasons. It is those high standards that make us so happy and excited to meet you and learn more about you.
Not every surrogacy agency is created equal. Given that surrogates and clients come from across every state, and indeed the entire world, you may wonder how personalized your experience can actually be. Please know that we may have a global reach, but we are committed to delivering personal experiences, including a personalized level of care and service.
Please get in touch today to learn more about our surrogacy program and how to become a surrogate in Washington.