Common Questions

Q: What is surrogacy?

A: Surrogacy is the act of a woman carrying and giving birth to a baby that isn’t hers. 

Q: What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy? 

A: In gestational surrogacy, intended parents create embryos and one of these embryos is implanted in a surrogate (sometimes known as a gestational carrier), who carries the child, but has no genetic relationship to them. Gestational surrogacies make up the vast majority of modern surrogacy arrangements. In contrast, traditional surrogates become pregnant through artificial insemination, and have a genetic connection to the child they carry for their intended parents. 

Q: Can I work with a surrogate I already know? 

A: Yes, intended parents sometimes work with a friend or family member. 

Q: Is surrogacy legal everywhere? 

A: Intended parents may live anywhere in the United States, and Modern Conceptions will work with intended parents in any US state and a number of countries overseas. However, since statutes and case law are different in every state, carriers must reside and deliver in a state where it is legally accepted. 

Q: Do you work with gay couples and singles? 

A: Modern Conceptions is an agency that works with intended parents of all backgrounds - same-sex couples, married or unmarried, single men and women, as well as heterosexual couples who are ready to start or add to their family through surrogacy. 

Q: If I am or my partner is HIV positive, can we be a parent?

A: Absolutely! Thanks to HIV testing and a sperm washing technique, it is possible for HIV positive men to safely father a biological child of their own with no risk to the baby or surrogate.  

Q: Does your agency partner with international intended parents? 

A: Modern Conceptions works with intended parents worldwide. We have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complex process of international surrogacy. 

Q: What is the average time frame for the surrogacy process? 

A: The length of the surrogacy process depends on a myriad of factors. Intended parents should plan on average, a year and a half from the time they sign on with our agency until they have a child. However, this time frame could vary based on the legal requirements involved and the course of the IVF treatment. 

Q: How do I begin the process? 

A: Starting your surrogacy begins with a free consultation with Modern Conceptions staff. We will provide an overview of our surrogacy program, ask you about your needs and wants, and answer any questions you have.

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