Top Surrogacy Questions Answered

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It is important for surrogates and intended parent(s) to have a foundation of knowledge about surrogacy. This blog will provide you answers to the most significant questions about surrogacy as you consider the process.

  • What is a Surrogate Mother?

This is a woman who carries a child for someone who is unable to conceive a child with his/her partner. The surrogate becomes pregnant through either the fertilization of her own egg by a sperm donor (traditional surrogacy) or the implantation of a fertilized egg from another woman (gestational surrogacy). A traditional surrogate has biological connections to the baby, while gestational surrogates do not.

  • How Much Does a Surrogate Make?

The amount of compensation granted to a surrogate varies depending on experience, circumstances, and the agreement made between the intended parent(s) and the surrogate. The cost could also depend on the state and the demand for surrogates in that specific state.

  • Why Would You Want to Be a Surrogate Mother?

Being a surrogate mother gives you the rewarding opportunity to assist intended parent(s) in bringing a child into their lives. Any reliable surrogacy agency will ensure compensation for and health monitoring of the surrogate mother, giving a much-needed sense of relief to each surrogate.

  • What’s the Difference Between Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy?

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are fertilized by the intended father or donor’s sperm, making the surrogate genetically related to the baby. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the medical procedure that transfers the sperm of the intended father directly into the uterus of the surrogate mother.

In gestational surrogacy, an egg donor’s eggs will be used to create the embryo. In this situation, the surrogate doesn’t have any genetic relationship to the baby and is just considered the “birth mother.” The fertilized embryo is implanted through in-vitro fertilization.

  • What are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate Mother?

Being a surrogate mother requires that you’re in good health and have taken the necessary steps before becoming a part of the process. Here are the requirements:

  1. Age 21-39
  2. BMI between 18-32
  3. Non-smoker living in a non-smoking home
  4. No criminal records
  5. No history of mental illness
  6. OB/GYN records and clearance letter
  7. Not currently receiving financial support from the government
  8. Resident of a state where surrogacy is allowed (e.g., California)
  9. Have had a previous, successful pregnancy and birth
  10. Has undergone medical examination of physical and mental health (e.g., psychological testing)
  11. Has a lawyer and has all legal contracts signed by the surrogate’s spouse, if applicable
  12. Has health insurance that covers 8 weeks post-delivery
  • Why Choose Joy of Life Surrogacy agency?

Joy of Life is a specialized surrogacy agency that helps surrogate mothers through its hospitable and professional services. Joy of Life gives surrogates every bit of knowledge they’ve gathered over the years that is significant to the surrogacy process before, during, and after pregnancy. We strive to prevent any complications and/or stressful factors, as the surrogacy process should be filled with health and happiness.

Joy is a California-based surrogacy agency and has helped many couples build families. If you have any other questions, please contact us at or 909-908-0772.

Everything You Need to Know About the Surrogacy Process

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Have you ever considered surrogacy? Here’s what’s important to know before entering the surrogacy world….

Surrogacy is a wonderful alternative for intended parent(s) when conceiving or carrying their own child is not an option. If you don’t understood the process completely prior to contracting with a surrogate, it can be a stressful experience, considering surrogacy’s medical, financial, and legal agreements, all of which are essential to the surrogacy process. While you will have a legal team assisting you along the way, it is crucial that anyone considering the process understand it in detail, so that you feel a sense of comfort and involvement during the surrogate’s pregnancy. In addition, a trustworthy surrogacy agency will provide you the guidance you deserve by answering any and all lingering questions you might have during the entire process.

General Terms

  • Gestational Carrier

The gestational carrier is a woman who carries a child that was conceived through in vitro fertilization, using the egg and sperm of the intended mother and father. Further, the gestational surrogate has absolutely no biological connection to the baby and is therefore referred to as the baby’s “birth mother,” rather than “biological mother.”

  • Intended Parent

The intended parent is the person(s) who will be the baby’s parent when the baby is born, regardless of the genetic connection. Whether the child was conceived using the intended parent’s egg and/or sperm or that of a donor, there is a mutual agreement that the surrogate makes with the intended parent.

  • Domestic Surrogacy

A domestic surrogacy is arranged between a surrogate and the intended parent(s), both of whom reside in the United States.

  • Compensation

Compensation is the money a surrogate receives from the intended parent(s) for her time and effort during her pregnancy. These costs are not bound to medical or legal laws and can therefore vary, depending on the agreement made between the two parties.

Medical Terms

  • Informed Consent

Informed consent is your authorization to proceed with any medical tasks, with the understanding that there could be possible health consequences. Usually, the patient has to inform the doctor that they have perfect knowledge of any risks and or benefits. In a surrogacy, this includes the IVF clinic, the legal team, and surrogacy agency.

  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

This test is a comprehensive assessment of a person’s psychopathology, which may be relevant to any medical process. This very thorough test lists 344 items, each ranked on a 4-point scale, and takes 50-60 minutes to complete. This assessment is significant for any potential surrogate in order to evaluate her mental health before she carries someone else’s child.

  • Monitoring Clinic

The monitoring clinic is an IVF clinic that does blood work and performs ultrasounds and other examinations of a surrogate prior to the embryo transfer. A monitoring clinic will determine her suitability for a transfer before she goes to a transfer clinic.

  • Selective Reduction and Termination

Selective reduction is the process of reducing the number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, usually to prevent any serious risks to the surrogate during her pregnancy. If one of the fetuses has an incurable disease or is outside of the uterus, then the process of termination will take place so a baby is not born with serious health problems. This process is different from abortion, because its underlying reason is a serious health issue. This two-day procedure was accepted in the 1980s when doctors became more aware of the health consequences that come with pregnancy.

Insurance Terms

  • Infertility Coverage

This is the health insurance given to intended parent(s) for infertility and IVF treatments. Only 15 states currently provide insurance for these treatments, and it has remained the same since the 1980s.

  • Surrogate Health Insurance

This is the surrogacy insurance granted to the surrogate during her pregnancy, in case any problems occur.

  • Comprehensive Surrogacy Insurance

This surrogacy insurance is given to the surrogate and is purchased by the intended parent(s). It will give the surrogate the ability to see any doctor and give birth at any hospital.

  • Newborn Health Insurance

This is the health insurance purchased by the intended parent(s) to protect their new-born child. The coverage will be effective as long as the intended parent(s) enroll their child within the first 30 days of birth. If not enrolled within the first 30 days, the child risks being subject to a pre-existing condition exclusion.

Legal Terms

  • Legal Clearance

This is an agreement between the legal teams for both the surrogate and intended parent(s). The contract covers parentage, state laws, and financial and medical terms in order to protect all parties involved in the process. It is required by the surrogacy agency before there is any direct communication between the surrogate and intended parent(s) to prevent any legal issues between the two parties.

  • Escrow Account

These accounts help you plan for future payments by ensuring money is set aside. In a surrogacy agreement, an escrow account is required in order to make sure the surrogate will receive her proper amount of compensation at an appropriate time.

  • Anonymous Signature Page

This page is signed by the intended parents and the egg donor during the surrogacy process to ensure anonymity after the Direct Agreement between the two parties has been signed. It will be signed as “Intended Parent” and “Egg Donor,” and both parties will receive a copy of this page for their files.

  • Gestational Surrogacy Agreement (GSA)

This agreement describes the surrogacy law of direct agreement between the gestational carrier and the intended parent(s). The contract covers medical decisions during the pregnancy, medical bills, medical complications, medical history, financial considerations, and the involvement that the intended parent(s) will have during the surrogate’s pregnancy. This is one of the few documents that involves direct communication between the intended parent(s) and the surrogate.

  • Parentage

This document covers the legal process of the intended parent(s) to obtain full rights over the baby once he/she is born and for the surrogate to be relieved from legal responsibility over the child she is carrying. This process begins after the pregnancy commences and is handled by the in-state attorney. The process of parentage involves many legal documents in order to give full rights to the intended parent(s) and varies depending on the state surrogacy laws.

  • Pre-Birth Order (PBO)

This is one of the legal documents involved in assigning parentage to a child. These documents are usually started in the fourth month and completed by the seventh month of the surrogate’s pregnancy but may vary depending on which state in which the surrogate resides.

  • Post-Birth Order

This is a legal document that assigns you as the legal parent(s) of the child and is required by some states, depending on their surrogacy laws. The state court will sign off on the document once the baby is born as a final step in the parentage process.

Surrogacy Process

As it may now appear to you, the surrogacy process is not to be taken lightly, and it is important to understand the different surrogacy definitions and surrogacy’s legal aspects if you are considering the process. However, it is an amazing option for intended parent(s) who aren’t able to conceive their own children. Our goal is to bring all families who are considering surrogacy a sense of comfort and knowledge about the process. This blog gives you everything you need to know about surrogacy.

Joy of Life is a California-based surrogacy agency that has helped many couples build families. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Requirements for surrogates

Want to Become a Surrogate? Here’s What You Should Know

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Becoming a surrogate requires a lot of steps to take before, during, and after your pregnancy. Joy of Life wants to ensure that surrogates and the intended parent(s) are aware of all the required procedures in order to better the chances of a successful surrogacy. This blog lists the requirements and options to help you determine how to approach surrogacy.

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Meet the Requirements of Becoming a Surrogate Mother

The physical and mental strength required during pregnancy is enormous. If you want to become a surrogate, you will need to remain in great physical and mental health throughout all nine months of pregnancy, as determined by a screening process completed through the surrogacy agency. Most agencies require the surrogate to be between 21 and 39 years old to prevent any health complications from extremes of age. You must also have had a previous pregnancy with no complications. As a surrogate, you must agree to drug and criminal screenings, among others, so that the fetus and/or your own body isn’t harmed in any way during the pregnancy.

Medical Requirements for Surrogates

Medical requirements for surrogates

It’s also important to know that health monitoring is crucial throughout the entire surrogacy process.

  • Medical screening:

This screening process takes place before the pregnancy and tests for STDs, infections harmful to fertility, the health of uterus, and any drug use. Your partner will be checked for STDs and drug use as well.

  • Fertility Treatments

Blood tests, injections, and ultrasounds will occur during the embryo transfer process to determine hormone levels and the health of the lining of the uterus. Medications will be prescribed to prepare you for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

  • Embryo Transfer

The embryo will be transferred into the surrogate’s uterus in an efficient and painless way. This process requires the surrogate to remain at the clinic for a few hours after the transfer and to rest for a few days following the transfer.

  • Prenatal Care

During the pregnancy, the surrogate is required to make regular visits to the fertility clinic to receive blood tests and ultrasounds. As soon as the pregnancy is confirmed through a heartbeat, the surrogate can see her own OB, whom she will visit frequently for check-ups.

I Want to Be a Surrogate Mother. Now What?

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Determine the type of surrogacy you are interested in.

  • Traditional Surrogacy

The surrogate’s own eggs are fertilized by the intended father’s or donor’s sperm, making the surrogate genetically related to the baby. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the medical procedure that transfers the sperm of the intended father directly into the uterus of the surrogate mother.

  • Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy requires the use of another woman’s egg to create the embryo. The surrogate doesn’t have any genetic relationship to the baby and is just considered the “birth mother.” The fertilized embryo is implanted through IVF.

Choose a surrogacy professional.

You have the choice to work with either a surrogacy agency or attorney, depending on your needs. Be aware of your own requirements and preferences while doing your research for a surrogacy professional.

Develop a surrogacy plan.

This takes place after you have selected a surrogacy agency and received a proper screening. The steps you take in developing a plan will guide you to your ideal type of surrogacy, because you will then know the type of intended parent(s) you want to work with, your comfort level with carrying more than one baby at a time, and anything else that will assist in making sure you have a smooth pregnancy.

Joy of Life is a California-based surrogacy agency that has helped many couples build families. If you have any other questions, please contact us at or 909-908-0772.

Medication during surrogacy

Medications (Estrogen, Progesterone, Lupron) Involved in Surrogacy

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Surrogacy allows women to help others bring new life into the world and grow a family, but the medical process itself is different for surrogates than with a personal pregnancy. With surrogacy, the uterus needs requires preparation  to support the upcoming pregnancy or implantation.

Three hormones assist in this process. Estrogen and progesterone prepare the uterus by mocking  the surrogate’s natural cycle, and lupron makes sure the timing remains synchronized.


It may sound counter-intuitive, but as a surrogate, it is typically required to take birth control pills to prepare for surrogacy journey and coordinate the ovarian cycle. Estrogen helps thicken and build the uterine lining, maintaining early pregnancy.

Estrogen replacements are also given until the twelfth week of pregnancy. Why that particular week? That’s when the placenta takes over the job of hormone production. Estrogen can be administered through oral pills, suppositories, patches, or injection.


The body makes progesterone after ovulation. Once uterine walls are thick enough, you start taking progesterone replacements to ensure successful implantation a few days before the embryo is transferred into the uterus. Progesterone signals the body  to start making the correct nutrients to nourish the embryo.

As with estrogen, you stop progesterone replacements around the end of the twelfth week. It can be taken in the form of pills, suppositories, or gels, but the typical administration form is by intramuscular injection. It’s just a pinch.


With that influx of hormones, your body will naturally react and try to reassert its natural cycle. Lupron keeps the timing on track by safely blocking the hormones that control your cycle. It’s like putting up a “Do Not Disturb” sign. It helps to synchronize your cycle with the egg donor’s or intended mother’s cycle before the transfer.

You start taking Lupron about two weeks after you begin birth control and stop it days before the intended mother’s or egg donor’s egg retrieval. You receive Lupron by a self-administered injection with a half-inch needle.

As you take these hormones, you also receive weekly blood tests and ultrasounds to ensure everything is proceeding accordingly . You only need to supplement the pregnancy with hormones during those few weeks of the first trimester. After that, the body makes its own hormones naturally. Because individual needs vary in pregnancy and surrogacy, contact Joy of Life to learn more about the medication process. As a leading surrogacy agency in California, Joy of Life has ample experience help surrogate mothers enjoy their special surrogacy journey.

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How to Remove Stretch Marks During and After Pregnancy

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Women often get stretch marks when they experience a shift in weight or growth. These marks commonly occur around your breasts, arms, abdomen, and thighs at any age and  during pregnancy.

So, what exactly are stretch marks? How do you remove them?

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are essentially scars. Collagen and elastin fibers tear during hormonal changes and growth.

Preventing Stretch Marks in Pregnancy

How many stretch marks you get can be influenced by genetics. Did your mother experience stretch marks after pregnancy?

You actually can prevent stretch marks in pregnancy. Here are three tips to stop stretch marks in their tracks:

  • Eat well, since good nutrition keeps the skin healthy.
  • Creams and lotions moisturize the skin as it stretches.
  • Gain weight slowly to reach the proper goal.

Timing Is Everything in Treating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks have their own life cycle. In the beginning, stretch marks are red-purple in color and are called striae rubra. It’s essential that you treat them right away to get rid of  or minimize them.

Over time, stretch markers become more silvery-white and blend in better with your skin. This type of stretch mark is called striae alba and doesn’t respond as well to creams.

Retinol Lotions and Creams for Stretch Marks After Pregnancy

Many lotions and creams contain ingredients derived from vitamin A, which many women avoid during pregnancy. Select a lotion with retinol, which triggers collagen production.

You can typically find retinol in face cream if you have trouble finding it anywhere else. A dermatologist can also prescribe a cream with retinol.

Other Lotions and Creams for Stretch Marks After Pregnancy

Other creams and lotions may minimize stretch marks. Look for over-the-counter products with vitamin C, onion extract, hyaluronic acid, and centella asiatica.

Lasers for Stretch Marks

Laser treatment offers the most effective treatment for stretch-mark removal, but it can be costly. Different types of lasers address stretch marks,based  on the stage. Wait to have laser treatment after recovering from giving birth.

‘Although stretch marks occur naturally, they may make self conscious.  Eating well, applying creams, and receiving laser treatment can help you get rid of stretch marks.

If you have any questions about stretch marks, please contact Joy of Life to learn more about surrogacy and how we will help you through each stage.

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Exercise during Pregnancy

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Exercise helps keep our body  happy and healthy — even during pregnancy . However  always seek professional advice from  your doctor for the types of activities that are appropriate for your health, the baby’s health, and your particular trimester.

When you have a healthy pregnancy, appropriate types and degrees of exercise do not present risk to the developing fetus. Exercise maintains your health, strengthens, and preparesyour body for the delivery of the baby.

How Often Should You Exercise While Pregnant?

A general rule of thumb is to plan for approximately  2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week. However, many health professionals recommend sessions of a minimum of 30 minutes, three to four times a week.

One study that followed pregnant participants undergoing similar levels of acrtivity  found that all carried to term, while the activities did not exceed 90 minutes.

Why is Exercise Good for Pregnancy?

Exercise helps you maintain a  healthy weight, get good sleep, manage stress, and prepares  your body for labor. Physical activity during pregnancy can also reduce the risk of premature birth and cesarean surgery.

What Types of Exercises Can Pregnant Women Do?

Plan your exercise regimen with your healthcare provider. Start slowly, with five to 10 minutes of activity at a time. Build up to 30 minutes. Consider these safe exercise ideas:

  • Brisk walking gets your body moving without putting strain on your muscles and joints.
  • Water workouts are great for all trimesters, since movement in water relieves pressure on your joints, offers buoyancy for all baby bumps, and keeps your heart rate up.
  • Stationary bike riding ensures you don’t crash and gives you virtually the same workout.
  • Yoga increases flexibility, strengthens your core and pelvic muscles and relieves stress. You can even do asanas in bed while eating chocolate. Win-win.
  • Low-impact aerobics are low-key but keep your body strong and healthy. Think running and jumping rope, but check with your doctor about the intensity level.
  • Strength training is still doable during pregnancy but talk to your provider first about exactly how much is too much to lift.

Conditions such as anemia, vaginal bleeding, hypertension, preterm labor, or more than one fetus can possibly restrain women from exercising . However, women with healthy pregnancies can and do exercise regularly.

Contact Joy of Life for more detailed information on surrogacy and exercise. As a professional surrogacy agency, we have plenty experience to help our surrogate mothers exercise safely during pregnancy, and we can guide you by forming a plan that works for you.

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THE ULTIMATE MODERN FAMILY STORY: A Same-Sex Couple Finally Gets Their Son Via IVF

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Nowadays, many male same-sex couples in their 30s and 40s are keen on becoming parents. In one of the latest breakthroughs of the gay pride movement, more same-sex couples are now embracing gestational surrogacy to have a biological child.

A successful surrogacy story from a same-sex couple

A couple from New Zealand is a successful example. The dubbed Baby Daddies Christian Newman, 34, and his husband Mark Edwards, 35, who have been together for 10 years, got their son Francis via IVF (In vitro fertilization), in June 2018 and could finally experience the joys of parenthood.

The idea of having a baby sprang into their mind five years ago. For years, they thought it would be impossible to have a child of their own, but their desire for a baby made them committed to giving it a try. It was hard, indeed. After being told that they cannot by law to adopt a child, Christian and Mark determined to turn to gestational surrogacy. They spent more than three emotional years trying to fulfill their dream.

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The beginning of surrogacy: looking for a surrogate

In 2016, they launched “Baby Daddies Looking for Kiwi Surrogate” on social media to search for a surrogate. To their surprise, there were more than 30 candidates. “It was devastating, as we were so excited and surprised. So many people willing to carry our child,” said Christian. “We went through a few rounds of applicants to find a suitable surrogate and eventually we found one”. Aleisha Hart, a caring, generous paramedic. The couple was delighted with her.

As for the egg donor, Christian and Mark wanted someone who was close to their family. Therefore, they approached their sister-in-law Alisa Herrera Hayman, 26 years old. She eventually made the gracious decision to donate her eggs to help them.

Before they could really start the surrogacy journey, they had to understand the whole process by meeting with doctors, counselors, and lawyers, as well as signing all their paperwork.

The surrogate fell pregnant

After one successful round of IVF, Aleisha fell pregnant. IVF is a procedure in which eggs are taken from a woman’s ovary and combined with sperm outside the body to form embryos. The embryos are nurtured in the laboratory for a few days and then placed in a woman’s uterus.


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A new life was born

When their baby Francis was born, the couple felt all the efforts were worth it. Christian expressed his feelings when he said, “I was speechless, which doesn’t happen often. I just kept giggling a super-nervous laugh. Then I got a bit teary and choked up. It was a feeling I have never had before”.  In the future, the couple said they will focus on bringing up their baby.  For those same-sex couples who are keen to become parents, Christian said: “If you are truly ready to give everything you have to someone else, and you are prepared to sacrifice a lot to make it happen, then go for it.”

“Everyone is entitled to their opinions. But you are entitled to have a family and you are entitled to be happy.”

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Joy of Life, as a professional surrogacy agency, works with ample resources to help intended parents and surrogate mothers overcome infertility. In the past two years, Joy of Life has helped a dozen other same-sex couples get their own babies. When you consult with Joy of Life, our specialists and doctors will provide other suggestions to help you have your new baby, such as IVF or surrogacy. Let Joy of Life bring the joy of new life to your family.

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The benefits of becoming a surrogate mother

SURROGATE MOTHERHOOD – A Surrogate Mother’s Real Story

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While it is an incredible gift to enable people to become parents by helping them create a family, becoming a surrogate is a big decision. To anyone who has not had any direct experience with it, surrogacy can be a completely alien concept. Who are these amazing women? What motivates some women to carry a child for another family for nine months? We decided to dig a little deeper to understand what drives a surrogate to carry for another family.

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“What is it like when becoming a surrogate mother?”

The answer is different for each woman. But for most surrogates, their responses have a lot to do with the joy they get from helping another family. Most women who pursue surrogacy enjoy being pregnant — they love the glow of pregnancy, all of the baby’s kicks and flutters, and the anticipation of the journey. In many ways, becoming a surrogate pregnancy will likely feel like any of her previous pregnancies, complete with many of the same ups and downs.

Of course, the personal emotions that every woman feels throughout her surrogate pregnancy are unique and varied. Most surrogates describe the overall experience as rewarding because they can help someone start a family.

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“How are the feelings different between carrying your own baby and carrying a surrogate baby?”

There are many steps for surrogacy, and there are complex emotions as well. Some prospective surrogates are concerned about potentially bonding with the baby they carry, but most surrogate mothers report that they do not experience the same feelings of attachment as they did with their own baby. In fact, many surrogates say they feel more connected with the intended parents, and they cannot wait to watch the intended parents meet their baby for the first time.

“The child is special. I am proud that I had the ability and spirit to bring that beautiful life into the world. I felt the same way I did with my own kids, but without the bond that comes with raising and nurturing them. But I’m in touch with the parents and get to watch her grow up,” one surrogate at Joy of Life said.

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“What are the loveliest results of surrogacy?”

Surrogacy is fulfilling, for both the parents as well as the surrogate. For the parents, the feeling is a sense of completeness from a new family member. For the surrogate, the feeling is one of pride from having provided the parents with a baby. “This journey changed my life in so many positive ways. Aside from the financial gain that we are experiencing, we have been able to positively educate people on surrogacy and teach our children the act of giving. Being able to help give something to someone is a wonderful feeling.”

Are you interested in learning more about surrogacy or starting it? Read up on our blog posts to find out more about the process, the laws, and the costs. Finally, if you think you may be ready to begin your surrogacy journey, contact

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Top 5 Myths and facts about surrogacy

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At the beginning of this year, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had their third baby through surrogate. The main reason for this choice was that Kim had too many complications during the last two pregnancies. Surrogacy, as a new option for couples with pregnancy problems, has become popular around the world. But there is still a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of myths on this topic.

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Here are the top five myths about egg donors, surrogate mothers, and surrogacy agencies, along with the facts of refuting these myths.

Myth 1: I will not be able to bond with my baby

Many intended parents are considering the emotional bond with their kids. This bond is extremely important to babies’ future growth. However, recent research says that the bonding is a result of subsequent nurturing instead of just carrying a pregnancy.

Also, intended parents can participate in every step of the surrogacy, and they wait at the hospital for the birth of the baby. Joy of Life provides a series of services that can help intended parents bond with the fetus even during the pregnancy.

Myth 2: A surrogate may want to get the custody of the child

This is one of the most common misunderstandings about surrogacy, since the public is not very familiar with the process. In fact, there is very little to fear.

It has been over 30 years since the surrogate industry sprang up in the United States. During this 30-year history, over 23,000 gestational surrogate births occurred through reliable and legal surrogacy agencies. However, only 26 surrogate mothers changed their minds and wanted to keep the babies after pregnancy—the rate is only 0.1%. The surrogate contract strongly regulates the rights and custody of children.


Myth 3: Surrogate is only for the wealthy or celebrities

Indeed, we are gradually becoming more familiar with the concept of surrogate, since more and more celebrities get their children through this method. However, it is gradually becoming a more common option for the general public.

The cost of surrogate depends on several factors, such as whether the intended mother is using her own eggs or getting help from an egg donor. Medical care and health insurance are also a huge part of the cost. If parents are worried about money, there are specific loan projects designed for surrogate.

The fee at Joy of Life is both reasonable and affordable, which can help each family get their little angel at a relatively low price.

Myth 4: Surrogates are usually the baby’s biological motherJOL

The majority of surrogates are gestational surrogates, which means that they do not form biological bonds with the fetus they are carrying. A common process is that the embryo is formed through a combination of the intended parents’ egg and sperm through IVF and is then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus.

Related post: Traditional Surrogacy vs. Gestational Surrogacy

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Myth 5: Women will choose surrogacy to avoid pregnancy

Surrogacy is a relatively expensive method for parents to use to get their kids. Generally speaking, parents turn to surrogacy after multiple other methods failed. It is usually the last resort.

Surrogacy is gradually becoming a popular option for couples with fertility problems. By understanding this industry, the myths can easily be refuted. Joy of Life will also provide professional advice and services to assist every couple to have their own baby.

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Celebrities Surrogates

Stories Behind the Celebrities Who Used Surrogates

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Nowadays, there are more and more celebrities surrogates in reality, especially using gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy refers to the arrangement in which a woman carries a baby for another family. The baby is not biologically related to the surrogate mother. Some people might consider this type of surrogacy because:

  • Struggled with infertility.
  • Single
  • Same Sex-couples
  • Cannot safely carry a baby to term.

For many celebrities, using a gestational surrogate is their method for bringing a baby into their family. Let’s see some cases about celebrities surrogates.

Celebrities Surrogates

Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen

This couple had their two baby girls back in 2013 and 2014. The late-night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, said: “My wife and I had been trying for a while to have a baby “. As a result, he is the dad to Frances Cole, 3, and Winnie Rose, 4, both born via surrogacy.


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Tyra Banks and Erik Asla

In January 2016, Tyra Banks and her boyfriend Erik Asla, welcomed their first child, York, via surrogacy. Tyra Banks, the “America’s Next Top Model” host empathized with parents who also have infertility issues. She said,  “As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child. I’ll continue to pray for them every day.”


Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
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After giving birth to her son, James Wilkie, the “Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to get pregnant again. After trying hard, Sarah and her husband welcomed their twins, Marion and Tabitha, in 2009 via surrogacy.






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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

After giving birth to her first biological child,  Nicole Kidman with Keith Urban opted to use a surrogate for her next child. Before that, Nicole Kidman has two adopted children—Connor and Isabella—with ex-husband Tom Cruise. In 2017, she said that she wanted to get pregnant for her fifth child with The Daily Mail. Moreover, She said, “I still have the faintest hope that something may happen to me this year. Keith and I would love to have more babies. Since my grandmother gave birth to my mother at 49, I would be beyond happy and just welcome it with open arms.”




Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, Kim and her rapper husband Kanye welcomed their third child via surrogate on January 15, 2018. She has been open about her past struggles with infertility. In the two previous pregnancies, Kim developed a life-threatening complication called placenta accrete, a condition that can lead to infertility and a high risk for heavy blood loss during delivery. After much discussion, Kim and Kanye decided to use a surrogate to carry their third child.

Surrogacy helps families bring new life to this world, and it is the first step that can lead to lifetime happiness. There are many examples of celebrities surrogates. If you have more questions? No worries, please contact us for more details.

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Surrogacy helps families bring new life to this world, and it is the first step that can lead to lifetime happiness.

If you have more questions? No worries, please contact us for more details.