Apply to Become a Surrogate in Indiana

Thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate in the state of Indiana. Surrogacy is an incredible act, one that changes the lives of deserving couples and individuals across the country year after year. If you live in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, or anywhere else in the Hoosier State, the Reproductive Possibilities team is ready to work with you.

Your Guide to Becoming an Indiana Surrogate

If you have questions about becoming a surrogate in Indiana, then we have answers! The Reproductive Possibilities team has outlined a comprehensive guide for prospective surrogates to review prior to completing an application for our program. On this page, you’ll find all the information you need to get started with the surrogacy process in Indiana.

  • Surrogacy in Indiana
  • Surrogate Requirements in Indiana
  • Surrogate Compensation in Indiana
  • How Surrogates Match with Parents
  • Benefits of Being an Indiana Surrogate
  • How to Become a Surrogate in Indiana

Surrogacy in Indiana

While surrogacy in and of itself is not explicitly illegal in Indiana, surrogacy contracts are not legally enforceable or recognized by the state’s courts. To ensure a smooth journey, prospective surrogates in Indiana are encouraged to connect with a reputable surrogacy agency, such as Reproductive Possibilities, who has experience handling the various legal processes that come up when coordinating a surrogacy agreement.

What is Surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is a process in which a woman carries a pregnancy and delivers a baby for someone else. The term “gestational” refers to the fact that, while the surrogate will gestate the baby in her womb, she will not be the baby’s biological mother and will not impart her genetics onto the baby. Babies born via surrogacy are first created in a lab via in vitro fertilization (IVF) using gametes (eggs and sperm) that have been provided by the intended parents. In some cases, gametes from egg and/or sperm donors may be used. Once the embryo has been created, it is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus.

How does surrogacy work in Indiana?

As noted above, surrogacy contracts are not currently recognized or enforceable in Indiana. Because the legal side of surrogacy in this state can be complex, we always encourage anyone considering becoming an Indiana surrogate mother to work with an agency like Reproductive Possibilities. Experienced agencies can successfully navigate legal areas to ensure a smooth surrogacy journey.

Asian surrogate mother with child

Surrogate Requirements in Indiana

Surrogacy is an amazing experience, but it is also a physically demanding process that inherently comes with some risks, even in the most ideal of circumstances. To increase the chances of having a healthy and safe journey while minimizing risks to both surrogates and babies, prospective surrogates must fulfill certain requirements in order to be considered for our program. Reproductive Possibilities requires that their surrogates…

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 44 years old, though we do sometimes work with older surrogates who have already completed a successful surrogacy cycle in the past
  • Are non-smokers and are not exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Have a BMI of 18-33
  • Have given birth at least once before, with zero medical complications and less than three c-sections

Learn more about surrogate requirements.

Surrogate Pay in Indiana

Because of the important role they play in helping someone else achieve their dream of having a family, gestational surrogates are generously compensated. Surrogate pay packages consist of a base fee that starts at about $35,000 for a first-time surrogate carrying a single fetus. If the surrogate agrees to carry multiples, she can receive an additional $5,000 as part of her base fee. It’s also very common for experienced surrogates to receive higher compensation. Between the base fee, as well as reimbursement for additional expenses and other benefits, surrogates in Indiana generally earn between $55,000 to $60,000 in total.

How Indiana Surrogates and Parents Are Matched

One of the most exciting phases of the surrogacy journey is the matching process. Reproductive Possibilities has extensive experience making excellent matches between surrogates and intended parents in Indiana, the US, and beyond. We devote a lot of time and focus towards this part of the process to make sure each surrogacy arrangement is agreeable to all parties.

To accomplish this, we begin by having in-depth discussions with both surrogates and prospective intended parents. The point of these discussions is to get an understanding of everyone’s expectations and preferences. We then use this information to identify who would make a great match with whom.

If we feel that the two parties are a good fit for one another, we’ll move forward and schedule a group conference. In the group conference, we’ll discuss the following topics relating to the surrogacy process:

  • Preferred forms and frequency of communication
  • Willingness to carry multiples
  • Perspective on pregnancy reduction and/or termination
  • Family and support systems

If both the intended parents and surrogate are on the same page about these topics, then you can consider yourself successfully matched! From here on out, the Reproductive Possibilities team will continue to facilitate contact and coordinate between you and the intended parents.

To learn more, visit our surrogacy process page for surrogate mothers.

Are you an intended parent looking to get matched with a surrogate in Indiana? Visit our Intended Parents page to get started.

Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate in Indiana

Although surrogacy in Indiana is a little more complex than in other states, the Hoosier State is still a great place to pursue surrogacy, especially when working with an established surrogacy agency like Reproductive Possibilities. One of the biggest benefits that we provide our surrogates in Indiana (or anywhere else in the continental US) is that we help them connect with the best fertility centers and hospitals in the state, whether you live in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, or anywhere in between.
Child sitting with pregnant surrogate mother

How to Become a Surrogate in Indiana

We want to sincerely thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate in Indiana. To get started, we invite you to fill out our surrogate application. The application is a thorough questionnaire that asks for information about your medical history as well as personal details (including criminal background, if existing). If our team accepts your application, we’ll reach out directly to discuss your application in more detail. You will also have an opportunity to ask us any questions about the surrogacy process.

Become a Surrogate in Indiana