If you’re wondering whether surrogacy is the right option for you, it may be helpful to understand some of the basics.
Gestational surrogacy occurs when a surrogate carries a pregnancy for another person without having a biological relationship to the child. Intended parents working with the surrogate may use their own sperm and/or eggs to establish that biological relationship, or they can elect to use donor eggs and/or donor sperm. The eggs are fertilized in a laboratory before embryo transfer to the surrogate’s uterus.
Though surrogacy involves medical and legal professionals, including reproductive endocrinologists, lawyers, and agency coordinators, Reproductive Possibilities is a trusted source to guide you through this process. Surrogacy can seem complex, but you can navigate the journey more easily when you work with a reputable surrogacy agency who helps manage each step.
We’re proud to be a part of many successful surrogacy cases — international and domestic, couples and singles, heterosexual and LGBTQ+.
Connecticut is a great state for intended parents and surrogates, and our mission is to help individuals and couples in CT and the tri-state area achieve their dreams of parenthood safely and close to home.
Surrogate mothers nearby. Connecticut is a surrogacy-friendly state, meaning intended parents can enter into a surrogacy agreement with a gestational carrier who lives in close proximity to them. The two key advantages here: more opportunity to bond with your surrogate and reduce overall travel costs.
World-class fertility clinics. There are many top-rated IVF clinics in Connecticut, including New England Fertility, which gives intended parents the chance to stay close to home.
RP is close to CT. With fertility clinics and surrogate mothers both in close proximity, it’s also helpful to have a reputable agency nearby. Reproductive Possibilities is conveniently located in New Jersey, putting it within driving distance for many intended parents in Connecticut.
Melissa Brisman is the founder of Reproductive Possibilities and her own first surrogacy client. From choosing a fertility clinic to having the right agency and legal support, she understands all aspects of the surrogacy journey, having her personal experience as an intended parent as a guide.
Melissa has developed strong working partnerships with many clinics throughout Connecticut and the tri-state area; many of these clinics refer their patients to Melissa to speak about their journey to parenthood through surrogacy.
At RP, your path forward with us is personalized to you. Melissa and her team recognize that there are different levels of support required for intended parents, which is why those working with us may choose full journey management or more ad hoc assistance. We will partner with your fertility clinic and keep your journey close to home, making the process more cost-effective.
For intended parents in Connecticut, we estimate the total cost range for a successful IVF pregnancy with Reproductive Possibilities at $80-100K, but this range does not reflect the medical expenses associated with the IVF procedure and pregnancy, which are paid directly to the fertility clinic. These expenses may be covered by the intended parent’s insurance, depending on the policy.
The cost of surrogacy is among the most frequently discussed topics related to the process. It’s important to remember that because each intended parent has a unique journey, the expenses associated with that journey will vary.
If you’re interested in a more detailed estimate, or if you have questions regarding costs, please call our office at 201.505.0078.
Finding the right match is one of the most important and exciting parts of the surrogacy journey for intended parents.
Matching process timeline.
The timeline for making a successful surrogate match will vary depending on several factors. The northeast is a desirable area for gestational carriers. If you live in Connecticut, and want to work with a local surrogate, the surrogate's location may impact the time it takes to find a match. When starting this process, it’s important to be mindful of your own expectations around location, timing, compensation, and more.
Finding the ideal match.
Of course, finding the right surrogate match is a crucial (and exciting!) first step, and will help intended parents feel more comfortable as the journey progresses. Here’s our process: Based on your desired criteria, we find a surrogate and share their profile with you, which includes her application, photos, and other essential information. After your review, you can tell us you’d like to schedule a meeting or search for other candidates.
Meeting a potential surrogate for the first time.
If you decide to connect with a surrogate our team has suggested, we will set up a call or virtual meeting to make introductions. You’ll have our support, too – someone from the RP team will participate in this meeting and help lead the conversation, asking questions and ensuring the right topics are covered.
If after this meeting, all parties are in agreement to move forward, the surrogate and intended parents can officially match.
Now is a great time to begin your surrogacy journey!
Reproductive Possibilities fully supports surrogates and intended parents at every step of their journey. We are here to answer any of your questions and aid you in the application process. Fill out an application today and begin the journey of a lifetime.