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Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

Work with a gestational carrier to bring your dreams to life.

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Getting Started with Surrogacy

Surrogacy is a path to parenthood that can allow for one or both partners to be biologically linked to a child without the intended parent(s) carrying the pregnancy.

Finding a gestational carrier is only one of many steps in your surrogacy journey, and your dedicated team at Illume Fertility will guide you every step of the way.

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The Surrogacy Process

With surrogacy, pregnancy is achieved through IVF. During the IVF procedure, the intended parents’ sperm and egg (or donor sperm and/or egg) are combined to produce embryos.

Embryos develop in the lab for 3-6 days, then transferred to the uterus of the gestational carrier. If pregnancy occurs, she carries and delivers the baby for the intended parents.

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Financial Support for Intended Parents Considering Surrogacy

Surrogacy can be costly, which is why Illume Fertility has specific plans to help those working with a gestational carrier. Our IVF with Surrogacy Plan covers essentials like embryo transfer to your gestational carrier and cryopreservation.

If your embryo transfer is unsuccessful, the Surrogacy Plan covers the cost of one additional frozen embryo transfer.

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Expert Guidance for Your Surrogacy Journey

Choosing to pursue surrogacy and work with a gestational carrier involves many different steps and can be a complex process. Surround yourself with the support you need to navigate your surrogacy journey. Illume Fertility offers a variety of mental health professionals, surrogacy experts, a dedicated program for LGBTQ+ parents-to-be and more.

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What We Offer You

On top of your dedicated Care Team, which is made up of your reproductive endocrinologist, social worker, nurse, patient navigator and your insurance & billing advocate, we offer additional support services for your journey.

Your Surrogacy Journey Begins Here

When you choose to work with Illume Fertility to grow your family, our experts will guide you through the surrogacy process with support and resources the entire way.

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Testimonials from Parents via Surrogacy

“Our angel Olivia is proof that every step of the surrogacy process is worth it. We would go through it all again in a second, knowing the incredible gift we now have in our lives.”

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“It was important to us to work with a doctor and a clinic that really embraces the LGBTQ+ community, and it was immediately clear that the entire Illume Fertility team truly derives joy from helping us grow our families.”

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“Everything vanished right away as soon as she was born. All the heartache, all the anxieties I had to endure, the sacrifices I had to make, they were all worth it.”

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Surrogacy FAQs

Learn more about what working with a gestational carrier is like and what to expect from your surrogacy journey at Illume Fertility by exploring these frequently asked questions. 

What is the difference between a surrogate and a gestational carrier?

Should I look for an egg donor or a gestational carrier first?

How are surrogates screened at Illume Fertility?

How much does surrogacy cost?

Should I use a surrogacy agency or search for a gestational carrier myself?

Can we use an egg donor we know personally?

Can we use a surrogate we know personally? If not, how do we go about finding a surrogate?

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Our surrogacy experts have decades of experience working with intended parents and gestational carriers to build families. When you're ready, Illume Fertility is here to help.

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