If you are interested in surrogacy, whether that is becoming a surrogate or starting a family using a surrogate in Washington state, it’s important to know the facts. In either case, Washington state residents have more surrogacy options today than ever before. However, there have been recent changes to surrogacy laws that you should know about. Read on to learn all about surrogacy in Washington state so you can start your journey with confidence.
Surrogacy Laws in Washington State
As surrogacy becomes increasingly popular, more lawmakers are becoming aware of the legal protections that both surrogates and intended parents need. Washington state has recently updated the Uniform Parentage Act with new laws to help to protect these rights.
Washington previously allowed only altruistic surrogacy, meaning surrogates were not allowed to receive any compensation. The state has since reversed this law, allowing surrogates to be compensated for their time and energy. New surrogacy laws in Washington state also protect the rights of intended parents, making it easier for them to find a surrogate in their home state, or work with a surrogate in Washington even if they are based elsewhere in the Unites States or the rest of the world.
Is Surrogacy Legal in Washington State?
In Washington state, surrogacy is legal for all types of parents, regardless of their marital status. This means that single people, unmarried couples, and married couples can all enter into surrogacy agreements. Single people and unmarried couples can also be declared a baby’s legal parents in a pre-birth order. Some other states limit this option to married couples only.
Washington state requires that both intended parents and surrogates have legal representation during the surrogacy process and the two parties cannot share the same representation. The state also requires that both intended parents and surrogates create a surrogacy contract. This is a document that will help to establish parentage, medical rights, and the exact terms of the surrogacy process.
How to Become a Surrogate Mother in Washington State
Becoming a surrogate is a wonderfully rewarding way to help another family. While surrogacy can be a challenging journey, the result is helping a person or a couple have a child, an option that often would not be possible for them without the help of a surrogate.
Surrogates in Washington state are now allowed to receive compensation for the time, effort, and medical leave required for this process. Surrogates in Washington are also allowed to make certain medical decisions on their own during the process. Rest assured you will be able to take the actions needed to keep both you and the baby healthy during your journey.
If you are wondering how to become a surrogate mother in Washington state, we’ve got the answers; here at Premium Surrogacy we have successfully worked with many surrogates in Washington and will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us online, or if you would like to see if you qualify to become a surrogate, please submit a short application online here, and we’ll be in touch straight away.
How Much Do Surrogates Get Paid in Washington State?
If you are considering becoming a surrogate and wondering how much do surrogates get paid in Washington state, that’s understandable. Although surrogates are helping a couple or a person to realize a dream of having a child of their own, they are also making a huge personal commitment, both emotionally and physically as they go through this process. There are demands on their time and of course, as with all pregnancies, there are also physical and emotional changes. They deserve to be compensated fairly and generously.
Surrogates in Washington state can expect to get paid at least $50,000, and experienced surrogates can expect to make more.
The reason we say “at least” is that in addition to the basic pay, there are several other factors that will determine the amount Washington state surrogates will make. Every surrogacy journey differs from another and these differences have an effect on the exact amount of the compensation package. For example, if a surrogate is carrying more than one baby or she has more than one embryo transfer, then these factors will affect the amount.
There are also other compensations including a maternity clothing allowance, reimbursement for childcare and travel, and if the occasion should arise, lost wages reimbursement.
More detailed information about how much do surrogates make in Washington state can be found on our surrogate pay and benefits page.
Requirements to Become a Surrogate in Washington State
Potential surrogates must be healthy women between the ages of 21 and 40 who have delivered at least one child for whom they are currently caring. Other medical and psychological requirements ensure that surrogates are up for the physical and mental task of carrying a baby for someone else. These guidelines are here to protect both the surrogate and the intended parents, as they ensure the health of both the surrogate and the baby.
To qualify to become a surrogate mother in Washington state you must meet the following requirements:
- Your age must be less than 40 years old.
- Your physical and emotional health must be good and you should not have a history of smoking or recreational drug use.
- You cannot have any criminal record, nor can any members of your household have a criminal record.
- You must have carried a healthy pregnancy to term and delivered the baby, with no history of medical conditions associated with the pregnancy, including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, or early (preterm) labor.
- You must possess United States citizenship or be a permanent resident of the United States.
- You must be financially stable, plus you cannot be currently getting either federal or state financial aid, which includes section 8, public housing, welfare, or cash assistance.
For a complete description of our surrogacy qualifications click here.
If you have questions or you are not sure if you qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us on 310-566-1470. We do consider each application on an individual basis, and we’d love to connect with you to review your personal circumstances.
Once you have met our basic requirements, the next step is for us to conduct a comprehensive medical, psychological, and socio-economic screening. These evaluations help us to ensure you are a good candidate to become a surrogate as well as make certain this journey is as safe as possible for both you and the baby. More information on our screening process can be found here.
Surrogacy for Gay Men In Washington State
In 2015, marriage equality became the law of the land in all 50 states. Because same-sex marriage is now legally recognized across the country, gay and lesbian couples are guaranteed the same rights to assisted reproduction as heterosexual couples.
Of course, these rights vary from state to state. In Washington, this means that LGBT couples are welcome to pursue surrogacy. This also means that single females and single males and unmarried couples of the opposite or same sex can access these services as well.
Because Premium Surrogacy is in partnership with Santa Monica Fertility, if you are a gay man or gay couple, this makes us an ideal place for you to pursue family building. Because of this partnership, we have integrated care that will meet all your needs, including egg donation, surrogacy, and an IVF clinic and lab. Plus, we have the highest surrogacy success rates in the country.
How Much does Surrogacy Cost in Washington State?
One of the most common questions from intended parents we get is how much does surrogacy cost in Washington state? When you decide to use a surrogate to build your family, you need financial information that is transparent and complete. We understand and respect that and we take a very direct and straightforward approach with our fees.
The average cost of the entire surrogacy process at Premium Surrogacy is typically between $140 and 160k. Individual circumstances can and do play a part in the total amount. Costs will rise if the gestational surrogate has to travel, is carrying twins, or has to have a c-section. Plus total costs are also affected by the gestational surrogate’s health insurance coverage.
You may see some surrogacy agencies offering slightly lower fees, but we can almost guarantee this pricing does not reflect all the costs involved in the surrogacy process, as intended parents will still have to pay for insurance, legal representation, a fertility doctor, and escrow charges on top of their initial quote from the agency.
More information on the cost of surrogacy can be found here.
Washington Surrogacy Agency
We are confident in our claim that Premium Surrogacy is the very best surrogacy agency, not only in Washington state but in the entire United States. We work with surrogates across most of the states, including Washington, as well as intended parents from all over the U.S. and globally, who wish to work with a surrogate in Washington state.
We back up our claim with a completely integrated surrogacy service which means working with a single cohesive team that includes a dedicated surrogacy staff who are all previous surrogates, plus a world-renowned fertility specialist. All of our surrogates are thoroughly screened, both medically and psychologically, prior to being matched most of the times.
We have many great testimonials from both our surrogates and intended parents.
A’s journey as a surrogate is just one example of the stellar experience we strive every day to provide:
“I am currently a surrogate working with Premium and it is my first journey. I can not express enough how truly incredible this agency is. As a first-time surrogate, it was incredibly overwhelming starting out, and I had spoken with several agencies. But Premium really stood out to me, as the advisor I spoke with made my decision to move forward with them so easy!”
Or P’s experience, who is now a happy parent of a gorgeous baby boy:
“We are so grateful and ecstatic to have our new son in our family. We experienced heartbreaking miscarriages and were told we could not have another. Our other son wanted a sibling so bad, that he wrote a note to “the storks” asking for a brother or sister to play with and help take care of. Thanks to Premium Surrogacy, Dr. Jain and his wonderful staff, we have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy! We feel that our family is “complete” but we would highly recommend Premium Surrogacy to any family seeking to bring another child into their family. Perhaps it’s not quite “in the usual way” but just as amazing and wonderful. We are forever grateful!”
You can see more Premium Surrogacy reviews and testimonials right here.
Start Your Surrogacy Journey In Washington State
Washington state is a great state for surrogacy and has very favorable laws for everyone involved, both the intended parents and surrogates. So whether you are interested in becoming a surrogate yourself or you are looking to grow your family with the help of a surrogate, the Premium Surrogacy and Santa Monica Fertility teams are here for you. Our dedicated doctors are experts in assisted reproduction.
For more information, check out our Surrogate FAQ here and our Surrogacy Intended Parent’s FAQ here. Our surrogacy blog has plenty of information too, including Surrogacy epigenetics – does a surrogate share DNA with the baby, Can the surrogate keep the baby? and stories from surrogates who completed their journeys with us.
We will answer all of your questions and help you choose the best path forward. Contact us online or call 310-566-1470 to start your journey. You can be confident that you will be in great hands
If you are looking to become a surrogate in Washington state and are ready to apply, please fill out our short application form online and we’ll be in touch straight away.