Apply to Become a Surrogate in Ohio

Becoming a surrogate is one of the biggest life adventures you'll ever go on! Gestational surrogates help make dreams come true for intended parents. If you live in Ohio, you're in a great state to apply to become a surrogate mother. Ohio is one of our most popular states for surrogate applicants – you're in great company!

Your Guide to Becoming an Ohio Surrogate

Women who live in Ohio and are interested in becoming surrogates, here is everything to know.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Surrogacy in Ohio
  • Surrogate Requirements
  • Surrogate Compensation
  • How Surrogates Match with Parents
  • Benefits of Being an Ohio Surrogate
  • How to Apply
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Surrogacy in Ohio

Ohio is a surrogacy-friendly state for surrogates and intended parents.

What is surrogacy?

Through in vitro fertilization (IVF), intended parents can establish a biological relation to the child by using their own eggs and/or sperm, or they may use an egg and/or sperm donor. The eggs are fertilized outside the surrogate’s body in an IVF facility and the resulting embryo (or embryos) is transferred to her uterus.

Women from Ohio can apply to become surrogates to match with intended parents (IPs) and carry their baby(ies) and help the IPs achieve their dreams of parenthood.

It's easy to get started in applying to be a surrogate – also called a gestational carrier!

Surrogate Requirements in Ohio

What are surrogate requirements if you live in Ohio? There are certain criteria you must meet. And while each surrogate application is considered on a case-by-case basis, basic surrogate qualifications for Ohio include:

  • Must have given birth before (with no medical complications and no more than three c-sections)
  • Non-smoker
  • Between the ages of 21 and 44 years old (exceptions may be made for experienced surrogates)
  • Have a BMI of 18-33
  • Live in the U.S. (we do not currently work with women from HI, LA, MI, or AK)

Surrogate Pay in Ohio

Surrogate applicants from Ohio have the opportunity to earn between $55,000 to $60,000 as a gestational carrier, which includes base pay and benefits/expenses.

Surrogate mothers are compensated for their emotional, physical and mental dedication to their surrogacy journey. A single fetus can earn a surrogate $35,000 and an additional $5,000 for a multiple birth. An experienced gestational carrier typically receives a higher compensation.

You can speak about your personal compensation with the RP team once you apply.

How Surrogates and Parents Are Matched

After you've filled out the surrogate application and gone through our screening, you'll be ready for the next step. Once you are accepted into the surrogate program, you will be ready to match with intended parents.

Reproductive Possibilities works with intended parents from all over the country, and all over the world. As a surrogate from Ohio you will be asked what type of intended parents with which you wish to match. You will also have the opportunity to express a preference for matching with intended parents close to Ohio, or who live international, or anywhere in between!

The Matching Process

RP will begin sharing your surrogate profile with possible intended parent matches. Once intended parents express interest in your profile, we will recommend scheduling a conference call with a member of the Reproductive Possibilities team. We will host the call and ask all parties a series of questions including:

  • Preferred forms of communication
  • Willingness to carry multiples, reduce and/or terminate a pregnancy
  • Family and support systems.

We ask all parties to communicate with our team the following day to discuss whether you would like to move forward to matching.

If you and the intended parents both agree to move forward, then you are considered matched, and the screening process begins! If you feel that it’s not a good fit, share your thoughts and concerns with us, so we can help to find intended parents that are a better match.

Once matched, your coordinator in our office will share contact information to begin communication.

Building a Relationship

Every surrogacy journey – and relationship between surrogate and intended parents – is unique. Your relationship with your intended parents may start out slowly, but it will continue to develop as you progress through your journey. The more details and milestones you share with each other, the closer you can become.

From the very beginning – the initial phone call with your IPs – you’ll discuss communication so that everyone is on the same page from the start of the journey.

Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate in Ohio

There are many benefits to being a surrogate from Ohio!

  • Top-rated hospitals and clinics. From Akron to Cincinnati, Ohio has respected hospitals and clinic facilities. Women who live in Ohio have nearby access to high quality medical care during their journeys.
  • Local Intended Parents. While RP works with intended parents from around the country and the world, we also work with many parents who live in and around Ohio if you are looking to match with IPs who live close to you.
  • Experienced team and support. RP has worked with many surrogates from Ohio on their journeys!
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How to Apply to Be a Surrogate

The first step is to fill out a detailed application to share your medical and personal history. We will review the information provided with a focus on your pregnancy/delivery history, as well as your understanding of the surrogacy process and your support system.

If your application meets our surrogate requirements, you will be contacted to complete a series of interviews with our experienced team, where we’ll ask additional questions, discuss your medical and criminal background and answer any questions you may have about surrogacy, our support and your next steps.

Become a Surrogate in Ohio