If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate in Maryland, you’re in the right place! Surrogacy is an amazing, inspiring process that helps most loving individuals and couples become parents. Although there are no specific laws detailing surrogacy, due to precedent, Maryland is considered a surrogacy-friendly state. Reproductive Possibilities has worked with surrogates from Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, and all around the state.
Below you’ll find all of the information you need to know in order to become a Maryland surrogate. Please review each part of the surrogacy process ahead of starting your application:
As noted above, Maryland as a state does not have any laws that relate specifically to surrogacy. However, due to precedent, surrogacy arrangements are considered legal in Maryland.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate (or gestational carrier) carries a baby to term for a couple or individual who is unable to carry or give birth on their own. The eggs and sperm are provided by either the intended parent(s) and/or a donor.
While Maryland has no laws that specifically outline the legality of surrogacy, there is a legal precedent of favorable outcomes for surrogacy agreements, which helps to ensure that all parties’ rights are firmly established.
Surrogacy programs, including the program provided by Reproductive Possibilities, will ask that those interested in becoming a surrogate first review the program’s list of requirements. These requirements are in place to ensure the health and safety of the gestational surrogate as well as the baby she will carry. We kindly ask that you review our list of core requirements below:
To become a surrogate you must…
Once received, Reproductive Possibilities closely reviews each application on a case-by-case basis. If we are confident that you fulfill our criteria, then you will be accepted into our surrogacy program. At this point, you are now a surrogate-to-be and are ready to be matched with intended parents. Learn more about surrogate requirements.
In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, surrogates are compensated for their substantial efforts. Surrogates dedicate themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally to this journey which results in hopeful individuals and couples becoming parents. Typically, in Maryland, surrogate compensation is as follows:
Once you’ve been accepted into the Reproductive Possibilities surrogacy program, our staff can assist with any specific questions you may have regarding surrogate compensation.
After completing our surrogate application, finishing the screening process, and being accepted into our surrogacy program, the matching process between you and the intended parents can now begin. Reproductive Possibilities works with intended parents all around the country and even internationally, so our team will be able to provide the best possible matching experience.
To start the matching process, we will ask surrogates and intended parents how they feel about the following aspects of surrogacy:
These questions are designed to ensure that the wishes of all involved are closely respected. If all parties are in agreement, then we consider that to be a well-made match and are ready to continue with the process. The next step is for the Reproductive Possibilities team to organize a conference between surrogate and intended parents where further details are determined.
As a note, surrogates can specify the type of intended parents that they most look forward to working with, and our team will work hard to find a suitable match.
To learn more, visit our surrogacy process page for surrogate mothers.
Surrogates are well-compensated for all of the time and energy they give to the surrogacy process. Outside of compensation, Maryland surrogates have access to the state’s top clinics and hospitals, including Johns Hopkins for those local to Baltimore as well as its surrounding areas like Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, and more.
Of course, the sense of genuine fulfillment that stems from knowing that you were the difference between someone wishing and hoping for a child vs. actually becoming parents is irreplaceable.
Are you ready to get started?
Your surrogacy journey can start today by completing an application with Reproductive Possibilities. Our team will carefully review each application we receive on a case-by-case basis, and if we determine that you meet our criteria, you’ll be accepted into the program!
Once accepted, we will reach out to you so we can have a more in-depth conversation about your background, specifically your medical, personal, and criminal histories. Should you have any questions along the way, we will be more than happy to assist with anything you need.