Apply to Become a Surrogate in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a surrogate in Washington, D.C. Becoming a gestational surrogate is an incredible journey, and a unique opportunity to help make parenthood a reality for loving, growing families. Whether you’re based in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Clarendon, Forest Hills/Van Ness, or elsewhere in the District, our team has the experience and support in place to guide you through this process seamlessly. We invite you to learn more about becoming a surrogate with Reproductive Possibilities.

Your Guide to Becoming a Washington, D.C. Surrogate

If you live in Washington, D.C. and are interested in becoming a surrogate, we’ve outlined everything you’ll need to know below.

Learn more about:

  • Surrogacy in Washington, D.C.
  • Surrogate Requirements in Washington, D.C.
  • Surrogate Compensation in Washington, D.C.
  • How Surrogates Match with Parents
  • Benefits of Being a Washington, D.C. Surrogate
  • How to Become a Surrogate in Washington, D.C.

Surrogacy in Washington, D.C.

Fortunately, D.C. is one of the most well-regulated areas in the country when it comes to surrogacy law. Since the enactment of the 2017 gestational surrogacy statute, the District has had favorable surrogacy laws for both intended parents and surrogates.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction in which one woman helps an individual or couple have a child by carrying the baby for them. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate (also known as a gestational carrier) shares no genetic relationship to the baby. The embryo used in a gestational surrogacy pregnancy is created using eggs and sperm from intended parents, donors, or both.

How does surrogacy work in Washington, D.C.?

With gestational surrogacy being legal in Washington, D.C. the surrogacy process is typically straightforward for both intended parents and surrogates. Intended parents can easily obtain pre-birth orders, which makes the process of establishing parentage relatively simple.

Asian surrogate mother with child

Surrogate Requirements in Washington, D.C.

At Reproductive Possibilities, our requirements for D.C. and all surrogates are outlined below. These criteria are in place to ensure the health and safety of both the surrogate and the baby she will carry:

  • Surrogates must have given birth before
    • No medical complications and no more than three c-sections can have taken place
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 44 years old
    • Exceptions may be made for experienced surrogate mothers
  • Have a BMI of 18-33

After reviewing each application on a case-by-case basis, we will determine whether you are a solid fit for the program. If accepted, then the matching process can begin! Learn more about surrogate requirements.

Surrogate Pay in Washington, D.C.

In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, surrogate mothers are paid for the emotional, physical, and mental dedication needed throughout their pregnancy and childbirth. On average, in Washington, D.C., surrogate mothers are paid between $55,000 and $60,000 per surrogacy journey, which includes base pay, expenses, and benefits. To further clarify, one fetus can earn a surrogate mother $35,000 and a birth consisting of multiple fetuses can earn an additional $5,000 per fetus.

If you’re an experienced surrogate, meaning you’ve already successfully completed a surrogate pregnancy, you will normally receive a higher rate of compensation.

How Washington, D.C. Surrogates and Parents Are Matched

Once you have filled out a surrogate application, completed the screening process, and have been accepted into our surrogacy program, the next step is to match you with your intended parents. Reproductive Possibilities works with intended parents from all over the country and beyond.

During the matching process, surrogates and intended parents are asked about their specific preferences for different scenarios within the process. For surrogates, you can specify the type of intended parents with whom you hope to match with. Reproductive Possibilities works with many amazing intended parents, all of whom are deserving, loving individuals and couples hoping to use surrogacy to help build their families.

Once a potential match has been made, the Reproductive Possibilities team will organize a conference in which you and your prospective intended parents discuss various details, including:

If the surrogate and intended parents come to an agreement on the core points discussed during the conference, then a match has been made. Congratulations! Now, the surrogate process can begin in earnest. The Reproductive Possibilities team will reach out to continue all relevant discussions.

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

Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. surrogates enjoy several benefits throughout the surrogacy process. Firstly, as noted, surrogate mothers are rightly compensated for their commitment. Secondly, surrogates have access to the District’s top-rated hospitals and clinics throughout their pregnancy and delivery.

Whether you’re based in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Clarendon, Forest Hills/Van Ness, or elsewhere in the District, the Reproductive Possibilities team will be available for the personal support all surrogates deserve.

Child sitting with pregnant surrogate mother

How to Become a Surrogate in Washington, D.C.

Your surrogacy journey can begin right now! Take the first step with Reproductive Possibilities by completing an online surrogate application. Our team will review whether you meet our requirements closely, and if we determine that you are a good fit for the program we will reach out directly to conduct a series of interviews. These interviews cover your personal, medical, and criminal backgrounds.

We’ll also be there to answer all of your questions about becoming a surrogate in D.C. and will discuss the next steps in the process.

Become a Surrogate in Washington, D.C.