Apply to Become a Surrogate in Virginia

If making the dream of parenthood come true for a growing family is an exciting prospect, then becoming a surrogate may be right for you! Surrogacy offers a unique, fulfilling opportunity to help a family in need. Fortunately, Virginia is a surrogacy-friendly state, with top-rated clinics and hospitals, and many intended parents waiting to be matched. If you’re from Virginia, we welcome you from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, and everywhere in between.

Your Guide to Becoming a Virginia Surrogate

If you live in Virginia and are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, welcome! Find information on everything you need to know about the surrogacy process right here:

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

If you’re interested in learning more about the surrogacy process as an intended parent, click here. We work with intended parents from across the U.S. and all over the world.

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Surrogacy in Virginia

Gestational surrogacy is legal in the state of Virginia, so there are no legal hindrances in place that would make becoming a surrogate anything less than straightforward.

What is surrogacy?

When a woman carries a child for someone else it is known as a surrogacy arrangement. There are actually two types of surrogacy: gestational and traditional. Gestational surrogacy refers to when the eggs and sperm are provided by the intended parents and/or donors. Gestational surrogacy is the more common of the two. Traditional surrogacy, which is less in practice today, refers to when the surrogate provides the eggs and thus is the biological mother of the baby she will carry and deliver. Both traditional and gestational surrogacy are legal in Virginia.

Pregnant surrogate holding her belly

How does surrogacy work in Virginia?

Both forms of surrogacy (outlined above) are legal in the state of Virginia. Due to the additional risk of legal and emotion-based obstacles throughout the process, Reproductive Possibilities will only work with gestational surrogacy cases. Surrogacy overall is highly regulated within the state, and our team is experienced in carefully navigating the legal process with all parties to ensure that the journey runs as smoothly as possible from the application process to delivery.

Surrogate Requirements in Virginia

Unsure if you can become a surrogate? Reproductive Possibilities has outlined our core surrogate mother requirements for your review below. Please check out our list below before starting an application.

  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be between age 21 and 45 years old (exceptions can and may be made for experienced surrogates)
  • Have a BMI of 18-33
  • You must have given birth previously with no medical complications and no more than three c-sections

Each application is reviewed on its own merit, and if our team feels that you fulfill our criteria, your application will be accepted. After this stage, you are now a future surrogate mother who is ready to be matched with intended parents.

Surrogate Pay in Virginia

During a paid surrogacy agreement, a surrogate can typically earn between $55,000 and $60,000 -- this includes base pay, benefits, and expenses. To break this down further, a single fetus can earn a surrogate $35,0000, and in the event of multiples, an additional $5,000 per fetus is provided. Compensation is an essential part of gestational surrogacy as surrogates are dedicating a significant physical, mental, and emotional commitment to the process. This is also why experienced surrogates normally receive higher compensation than first-timers. Should you have any questions about how surrogate compensation works, our team will be happy to assist.

How Virginia Surrogates and Parents Are Matched

After the surrogate application, screening process, and acceptance in the surrogacy program have all taken place, it’s time to arrange a match between you and your intended parents. The RP team has worked with growing families from every state in the country as well as internationally. We are prepared to offer a matching process that satisfies all parties.

To begin, our staff will ask everyone to outline their preferences so a quality match can be established. We will ask surrogates what type of intended parents you hope to match with, for example, as well as how you’d like communication to proceed over the course of the pregnancy. After we assess this information and a potential match has been made, Reproductive Possibilities will organize a conference to discuss relevant details like:

  • Family, friend, and other support systems
  • Willingness to carry multiples and an agreed plan on whether to move forward with multiples or not
  • How much communication is desired, including when and how

If an agreement is made and all parties are satisfied, then a match has been made. The surrogacy process will move forward with your RP coordinator initiating the agreed communication between you and the intended parents. Congratulations!

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

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

Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate in Virginia

Virginia offers surrogates a number of exciting benefits throughout the course of the surrogacy process. You’ll have an opportunity to build a unique, sometimes life-long relationship with your intended parents whose dreams you are actively helping to make a reality. Whether you hail from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, or elsewhere, our team is prepared to work with your local clinics and hospitals to help ensure that the medical process runs smoothly. The RP team also provides surrogates and intended parents alike with the personal care and attention you deserve on this journey.
Child sitting with pregnant surrogate mother

How to Become a Surrogate in Virginia

The first step toward becoming a surrogate is to complete an application so our team can review your personal and medical history. We’ll take the time to review your details carefully to ensure all surrogate requirements are met. If your application is accepted, the next step is to have interviews with the RP team to provide additional details on your background, such as an in-depth medical history, etc.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate and starting this journey with our team. We can’t wait to hear from you to get started. Should any questions arise that aren’t addressed above, please feel free to reach out so we can connect with you.

Become a Surrogate in Virginia