Become A Surrogate

Give the gift of life and become a surrogate in northern California.

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If you love being pregnant and you enjoy helping others, surrogacy could be for you. As a Surrogate Mother, you help intended parents build their family. What can you expect when you choose to become a surrogate mother?

Can I Become a Surrogate Mother?

To become a surrogate mother, you’ll need to make sure that you’re legally able to do so. While requirements may vary from state to state, in California a surrogate mother must be over the age of 21 and should ideally be younger than 35. During this time frame, it is easiest to have a healthy pregnancy. You also need to have experienced pregnancy in the past. If you’ve experienced a healthy pregnancy and childbirth and are physically, emotionally, and financially ready to take on a pregnancy to allow another family to fulfill their dreams, you could become a surrogate.

How Do I Find a Family to Help?

You may feel called to be a surrogate simply because you enjoy pregnancy, or you may have a specific family in mind. Many surrogates have friends or family members whom they want to help and this is why they choose to become a surrogate. If you do not have a family in mind, you can connect with an agency or law firm to match you with intended parents.

What Legal Support Do I Need During This Process?

As a surrogate, you choose to help someone else become a parent. This is different than carrying a child you will raise. An agency or law firm can support you as you qualify as a surrogate, create a profile, and meet with intended parents. It will also help you with the legal aspects of surrogacy so that the child you carry can become part of that child’s intended family. Choose a local agency with a good track record, and be sure to ask for references.

Through an agency or law firm, you can find intended parents who would love to add to their family.

Are There Expenses Related to Surrogacy?

As a pregnant woman, you may experience changes in your ability to work as you progress through your pregnancy. To become a surrogate mother, you should have an alternative source of income such as a spouse’s income. Since you will deliver the baby, you will also need health insurance to cover your medical expenses.

What Medical Procedures Can I Expect?

Every pregnancy and every surrogacy is different, but you will need to be available to undergo medical procedures related to your pregnancy. At first, you’ll need to have a uterine ultrasound and bloodwork to make sure that you are physically ready to have a baby. You’ll need to work with a fertility center to monitor your menstrual cycle and you’ll also have medical procedures related to the pregnancy, such as IVF. At the beginning, your pregnancy will be monitored, and then you’ll be transferred to the care of your own physician.

When you become a surrogate mother, you will be creating an amazing experience for you and for the intended family. To become a surrogate mother, you’ll need a history of good health, legal support, and good medical care.

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If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate mother and you’re uncertain about where to start, contact Family Formation today.

Call 925-945-1880 or email

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  • From the time we first met with Megan, until the time we brought our baby girl home, it was only 9 months! Megan coached us through every nerve-wracking situation we encountered. You cannot go wrong with choosing Family Formation for your adoption. I couldn't imagine my life without my daughter. Megan and her team are true miracle-makers!
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  • After reading the family backgrounds that Megan had sent us and talking it over, we got to meet the family we chose. We talked about what we wanted this adoption to look like, all 4 of us, and through that we got to learn each other’s stories. I learned how long they had been searching for their child, and how much turmoil they had gone through in order to find him. We decided that we wanted our adoption to be open, and that the whole family could stay in contact. I wanted the adoption to look like more of a friendship than a contract, and only after expressing this did I find that they were completely open to that. They expressed to me their need for space, however, to become a family, and I was completely understanding to that as well. I still love my son with all of my heart, and that illuminates the path toward the best possible solution.
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  • I couldn't be happier with the service I got and continue to get from Family Formation. I have formed an intense bond with Megan. She has also helped me connect with other birth moms around my age and in my area so I have formed a community of young women who know what I am going through. Adoption isn't an easy choice, but Family Formation helped me to be strong. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for their ongoing services to help me and my beautiful daughter and her family.
  • As the biological grandmother of an adopted child, I can honestly say that had my daughter not found Megan and Family Formation, the whole process of adoption would have been completely overwhelming for our whole family. Megan was there for my daughter, the baby's father, and even us, the grandparents. She encouraged each of us to call with any questions or concerns (and there were a lot), and was exceptionally understanding. She made answering our concerns her only priority. Megan was there in person before and after the birth, and she was always, and still is, there for us, by phone or email. She found the perfect parents for our grandchild, and we couldn't have asked for more. Megan made going through this heartbreaking experience less so, and I would highly recommend her. It's not business for her. It's personal, and it's something you feel each time you speak with her.
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  • Megan and Family Formation helped us with the legal side of our surrogacy. From the very start, they were fantastic; communication was great, everything was prompt and on time, and Megan gave us a lot of great advice. The coordination of the whole process was amazing, we will definitely work with Family Formation again in the future.
  • The team at Family Formation did a terrific job in matching us with a surrogate that was a perfect fit for our family. It took a long time to find the match, but patience paid off. Our surrogate was fabulous. We have had a great relationship built on trust and mutual respect. We got a twin boy and girl as a result. Dory was there to answer any question we had and help us every step of the way. Great team!
  • I have had such a great experience with Family Formation and being a Surrogate that I have done it twice. I couldn't imagine going through anyone other than Family Formation. I appreciate their organization, guidance and encouragement throughout the process. They are always so friendly and supportive. Thank you to all that work together at Family Formation!
  • My name is Jessica and I live in Central California. When I first decided to become a surrogate mother, I was really nervous about the whole process. That all changed when I walked into Family Formations, they all welcomed me with open arms. I knew that this was the right place for me to begin my journey as a surrogate. My experience with them was perfect, and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about everyone there. Being a first time surrogate I liked the fact that they basically took me by the hand and guided me through every step. Every question was answered, every concerned was addressed and no detail was left unturned. I would recommend Family Formation Law Offices of Michelsen and Cohen to anyone. Everyone there, is there to help you.