Prospective surrogacy parents willing to speak to the media

Ways willing to share their experience (now or future)

Value Percent   Count
Speak to the media / press in your country / language 100.0%
115
Speak at a surrogacy workshop / seminar in your city 86.1%
99
Participate in relevant academic research 84.4%
97
  Totals 115
Statistics
Total Responses 115


Demographics / family makeup

Country

Value Percent   Count
USA 43.5%
50
Israel 8.7%
10
France 7.0%
8
Spain 5.2%
6
United Kingdom 4.4%
5
United States 3.5%
4
UK 2.6%
3
Sweden 2.6%
3
Italy 2.6%
3
Canada 2.6%
3
FRANCE 1.7%
2
Portugal 1.7%
2
Belgium 1.7%
2
Switzerland 1.7%
2
Costa Rica 0.9%
1
China 0.9%
1
Usa 0.9%
1
Travis 0.9%
1
israel 0.9%
1
Denmark 0.9%
1
España 0.9%
1
Hungary 0.9%
1
75007 0.9%
1
México 0.9%
1
Philippines 0.9%
1
England 0.9%
1
  Totals 115
Statistics
Total Responses 115
Average 652.2

Languages

Value Percent   Count
English 99.1%
114
Spanish 35.7%
41
French 30.4%
35
German 5.2%
6
Italian 10.4%
12
Portuguese 5.2%
6
Dutch /Flemish 2.6%
3
Chinese 2.6%
3
Korean 0.9%
1
Hebrew 13.9%
16
Other 15.7%
18
  Totals 115
Statistics
Total Responses 115
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 98
Catalan 2
Hindi and thai 1
Hungarian, Russian, Polish 1
Polish 1
Russian 3
Russian/Ukrainian/Romainian 1
Russian; ASL 1
Swedish 4
danish 1
hungarian 1
polish 1

State (USA or Canada)

Value Percent   Count
NY 35.2%
19
TX 9.3%
5
MD 7.4%
4
NH 5.6%
3
CA 5.6%
3
NE 3.7%
2
CT 3.7%
2
ON 1.9%
1
OK 1.9%
1
OR 1.9%
1
Oregon 1.9%
1
UT 1.9%
1
Cumbria 1.9%
1
VA 1.9%
1
NV 1.9%
1
FL 1.9%
1
MA 1.9%
1
London 1.9%
1
MI 1.9%
1
BC 1.9%
1
NJ 1.9%
1
DC 1.9%
1
IL 1.9%
1
  Totals 54
Statistics
Total Responses 54

Sexual orientation

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 90.4%
104
Straight 9.6%
11
  Totals 115
Statistics
Total Responses 115

Couple / single

Value Percent   Count
Single parent 19.1%
22
Couple 80.9%
93
  Totals 115
Statistics
Total Responses 115


Status of surrogacy journey

Stage of surrogacy research or process

Value Percent   Count
Doing research only 6.5%
7
Hope to start within 1-2 years 21.5%
23
Plan to start in the next 6 months 14.0%
15
Actively pursuing surrogacy (in process) 57.9%
62
  Totals 107
Statistics
Total Responses 107
Average 0.8

If started - how far along in the surrogacy journey journey?

Value Percent   Count
Interviewing agencies and / or clinics 16.1%
10
Waiting to find or be matched with a surrogate / donor 9.7%
6
Medical process (IVF, IUI, home insems) 30.7%
19
Our surrogate is pregnant 43.6%
27
  Totals 62
Statistics
Total Responses 62

Professional services using or intend to use

Value Percent   Count
Surrogacy (and possibly egg donation) agency 85.3%
64
Fertility clinic (and possibly egg donation) 82.7%
62
Independent egg donation agency (outside your clinic or surrogacy agency) 30.7%
23
Legal services (outside a surrogacy agency) 54.7%
41
Escrow / fund management (outside a surrogacy agency) 34.7%
26
Psychologist / social worker 22.7%
17
Surrogacy consultant 14.7%
11
Other 6.7%
5
  Totals 75
Statistics
Total Responses 75
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 110
ED-IVF/ICSI-PGS-SURROGACY 1
Funding 1
SPAR 1
Surrogacy and clinic 1
an altruistic surrogate 1

Agency - if already selected

Value Percent   Count
Other 38.0%
19
Fertility Miracles 12.0%
6
Simple Surrogacy 10.0%
5
Reproductive Possibilities 8.0%
4
IARC 8.0%
4
None / I found my surrogate independently 6.0%
3
Family Source Consultants 4.0%
2
Creative Family Connections 4.0%
2
The Surrogacy Source 2.0%
1
Worldwide Surrogacy 2.0%
1
Open Arms Consultants 2.0%
1
Circle Surrogacy 2.0%
1
CSED (Bob Nichols) 2.0%
1
  Totals 50
Statistics
Total Responses 50

Surrogacy type

Value Percent   Count
Gestational surrogacy (surrogate and egg donor) 83.6%
92
Traditional surrogacy 7.3%
8
Not sure yet 9.1%
10
  Totals 110
Statistics
Total Responses 110

Estimated budget for surrogacy journey

Value Percent   Count
$10,000-29,000 5.3%
5
$30,000 - $49,000 12.6%
12
$50,000 - $69,000 6.3%
6
$70,000 - $89,000 14.7%
14
$90,000 - $109,000 27.4%
26
$110,000 - $129,000 19.0%
18
$130,000 - $149,000 11.6%
11
$150,000 - $169,000 1.1%
1
$170,000 - $189,000 1.1%
1
$190,000 - $209,000 1.1%
1
  Totals 95
Statistics
Total Responses 95
Average 93.7

Desired donor type

Value Percent   Count
Anonymous (you will not know her identity, she will not be asked to be available to meet your child/ren) 24.8%
25
Known (you will know who she is, she may agree to meet the child/ren in the future) 53.5%
54
Uncertain 17.8%
18
Other 4.0%
4
  Totals 101
Statistics
Total Responses 101
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 112
Anonymous, with agreement to meet child if child desires at 18+ 1
open to anonymous donor eggs, frozen egg bank, and Embryo Adoption (California Conceptions) 1
open to either 1


General feedback

Comments

Response
In the meantime you can find me on Fb: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTselfconsulting
Loan and financial resource information would be very helpful
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Thank you !
Thank you for the possibility of financial assistance.
The couple of meetings we've been to have been enormously helpful in providing perspective from parents and related professionals. It would be nice to have a meeting with other people who had already reached a certain stage in the process, to make the most of limited seminar time.
there is a need of more open discussion in Italy about surrogacy. And also a need of more media involvment
I'm looking to begin the research and gather more information for my concerns & questions and I'm also lookin in joining a workshop to speak amoung other parents
We have been actively searching for a surrogate for just over a year and have had no luck. We don't have a lot of money at all right now but will in the future. We are both in school for Accounting and will have no trouble raising a child in the future. But currently our options have been limited to only asking if our friends could carry for us. We are willing to pay for all medical expenses but cannot afford much more than that currently.
If there is any way I could help with this non-profit organization to grow in Dallas, TX, I will do it.
i started on a path for adoption to then investigating foreign surrogacy to then domestic surrogacy to now i'm going to be coparenting with a lesbian friend. WE are using a surrogate here in CA and just the other day got confirmation at 6 week ultrasound that there is a heartbeat. I know it's early but trying to celebrate the little victories since it's been a long and stressful journey.
I would love for their to be a follow-up group. For families that have children via surrogacy, so we can discuss issues, etc. that might arise.
I think that review on agencies are important. We had bad experience w. ours and it's important to use that no one else experiences what we did
Simple Surrogacy is a business that solely supports its business partners and is completely unsupportive of intended parents when ANYTHING doesn't go as planned. They are present to make money and not to provide children to desiring parents. Intended parents are disposable to them.
Spanish is my mother language, so please excuse my English ...
It has been very hard for us as costarican gays since here in Costa Rica even IVF is not legal and that traduces in a lack of specialists and labs. The only possibility is to go abroad, so we went to Panama (Centro de Reproducción Punta Pacífica) with terrible results of malpractice that obligated us to go to the Court to get our money back (we lost one year on it). Due to our terrible experience in Panama we decided to explore the possibilities in California (one of our best friends lives there and offered me his house and other help in his hands). It is being very hard to find an affordable clinic/ED/Surrogate there but especially to find a physician that we trust. Please feel free to contact me to my email address. Thanks.
My husband and I have found a young woman who is willing to carry a child for us; we have spoke with an attorney on the matter and plan on hiring him for the legal work; we are running into road blocks trying to raise funds to pay for our child to come into the world. We have been actively seeking this out for more than 5 years now and we are seeking guidance, assistance, whatever we can get help with. Other barriers include; the woman is a NYS resident and we are unsure if its legal, one of us has a sex offender in the family and have both as a couple been turned down for foster/adoptive children, some mental health issues w/ one of us (active counseling) anxiety, depression, etc... We just need help... Please contact us...
We are particularly interested in the inequitable distribution of access to care. The fact that significant economic barriers to IVF and surrogacy exist in many countries results in the preferential availability of these technologies to couples or singles in a position of financial power. This particular barrier may push desperate parent(s)-in-waiting to participate in unethical and socially irresponsible practices. But we are excited to continue learning more and advocating with more awareness. Just some thoughts.
Networking meetings are invaluable and should be arranged more often. Also advice of how to help your child fit into an ethnic community that you belong is a major hurdle that needs to be overcome.
I have attempted Domestic/US surrogacy- awful
Adopted two children via International Adoption (Guatemala)
Fell through the ice during adoption # 3 in Guatemala, causing divorce from my first husband.
Remarried, attempted surrogacy with SCI and was ripped off, then attempted again with Delhi IVF/ Dr ANoop Gupta, 100% so far, due APril '13
Have experience with Canadian surrogacy so can help IPs with questions/doubts they may have around Canadian surrogacy
My partner and I are very happy for all the advocacy you are all doing. We are looking forward to know more about your organization,to work with you in the future and to be a part of this organization.
As attorney in France, I have a lot of clients who want to obtain passports, national identity card, transcription of the BC, adoption for their children
Surrogacy legislation needs to become less complex and the funding needs to become much more accessible for those (such as myself) who simply cannot afford it but cannot live a fulfilled life without children.
My partner and I have been to a circle surrogacy seminar at The Center about 2 years ago. Since then we have alkyd about starting a family off and on but the biggest factor that holds us back is the Financial aspects. We just bought our first home 2 years ago and wonder how we could ever really afford to have children. It's not like in a hetero relationship, where you can just have sex and there it is. For us men trying to have babies of our own it becomes a Financial thing more than anything. I'd love some more info, guidance and advice on the financial aspect of surrogacy. How to get funding, what to plan for? etc.

Thank you.
Been through both this journey in the US and also several failed attempts in UK using known surrogate and working with LWC as fertility clinic.
I would like the page to be more a little cleaner, updated, something like http://www.engadget.com. With articles, and comments and forums. Thank you!
We choose the open adoption path, and are an approved family but have decided to investigate switching to surrogacy. Currently talking to a few agencies and your surveys and information have been a life saver!
We appreciate the work you are doing, as we find that the psychological, financial and social support for gay parents, particularly men who need a surrogate is hard to find.
I would be interested ion the relative experiences of surrogacy in the US vs overseas (India in our case). Contrary to conventional wisdom, we've heard that US agencies are actually less reliable when it comes to logistics and legal issues, and much more expensive.
We have literally tried every avenue: Domestic Adoption, International Adoption, Domestic Surrogacy and International Surrogacy.
In my first relationship, my former husband and I adopted two children together (ages 9/8.)
Dustin and I have been married for five years. We have been working toward having a baby together for 4 of those years.
We would like to apply for one of the assistance programs.
Thank you for putting this conference together!