Welcome to the first step in your surrogacy journey – we’re thrilled that you’re considering becoming a surrogate in Idaho! Surrogacy is one of the most incredible gifts a person can give to others, especially loving couples who may not otherwise be able to grow their families without your help. Whether you call Boise City, Meridian, Nampa, Idaho Falls, or anywhere else in the Gem State your home, the Reproductive Possibilities team is ready to guide you through every phase of the surrogacy process.
At Reproductive Possibilities, we work hard to ensure potential surrogates have a good understanding of what they’re signing up for before they even fill out an application. If you have questions about becoming a surrogate in Idaho, our outline below will answer all your questions so that you can feel confident as you move toward completing your surrogate application.
Idaho is one of those states where, while there are currently no surrogacy laws in place, paid gestational surrogacy is considered legal. Gestational surrogacy arrangements are respected in Idaho, though it is recommended that all parties connect with an experienced agency such as Reproductive Possibilities to ensure that everyone’s rights and wishes are observed.
Gestational surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive technology in which a woman gives birth to a baby for someone else. Gestational surrogacy is often used by people who are experiencing infertility, single men who wish to become fathers, and same-sex male couples. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not considered the biological mother because she does not contribute any genetic material to the child’s creation. Instead, the embryo, which is later transferred to the uterus via IVF, is created in a lab using gametes from the intended mother and father or gametes from egg and/or sperm donors.
In Idaho, surrogacy is not defined legally as it is in other states. However, this does not negatively impact surrogacy arrangements because surrogacy arrangements are considered to be legal and enforceable within the state. To ensure that the rights and wishes of all involved parties are respected, surrogates and intended parents are advised to connect with a respected and experienced agency, like Reproductive Possibilities, so our staff can guide everyone through the process in Idaho.
In a surrogacy arrangement, the health and safety of the surrogate, as well as the child she carries, is paramount. To ensure the greatest chance for a healthy surrogacy pregnancy, Reproductive Possibilities has a few requirements that potential surrogates must fulfill in order to be considered for our program. These requirements include:
Each application is checked on a case-by-case basis. If we feel that you have met our criteria to the full extent, then you will be accepted into our surrogacy program. At this time, after acceptance, the matching process can begin. Learn more about surrogate requirements.
The gift of life that surrogacy provides is without value. Nothing can ever fully repay the amazing act of helping someone else become a parent. However, it’s only fair that surrogates be compensated generously for their role in making someone else’s dream come true.
In Idaho, surrogates can expect to receive somewhere between $55,000 and $60,000 for the dedication and effort that they put into the process. This range includes the main base fee as well as reimbursements for any expenses that the surrogate incurs, medical bills, and other miscellaneous benefits. The main base fee for carrying one fetus is $35,000. If the surrogate agrees to carry additional babies, the base will be increased by $5,000. Compensation tends to be higher for women who have already completed a surrogacy journey in the past.
At the start of the surrogate matching process, our team will conduct separate interviews with each party to understand everyone’s preferences and expectations. We ask surrogates, for example, if they want to work with a specific type of intended parent or if they want to work with someone who is nearby. At the same time, we also ask our intended parents what they are looking for in a surrogate. If we determine a possible match during these interviews, we will schedule a group interview.
The group interview will determine if all parties can agree on the core aspects of the surrogacy arrangement. Fortunately, the Reproductive Possibilities team has formed countless successful matches across the country and beyond, and we are completely confident in our ability to connect you with the right intended parents. The group interview will focus on topics such as:
If after this discussion, all parties have reached an agreement on the above points and are happy to move forward, then a match has been made! The Reproductive Possibilities team will continue to help facilitate communication as the surrogacy process begins in earnest.
To learn more, visit our surrogacy process page for surrogate mothers.
Surrogacy is a true journey and like most journeys, it starts with a single step. To become an Idaho surrogate mother, the first thing you’ll need to do is submit an online form to apply to our program. The Reproductive Possibilities team reviews every application on its own merit to determine if you are a good fit for the program and meet all of our essential criteria. Upon acceptance into the program, we’ll reach out to conduct a series of interviews where we’ll connect with you further about your personal history, medical history, and criminal history (if present).
Of course, should you have any questions about becoming a surrogate in Idaho, we’ll be happy to answer them at this time.