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Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)

Understanding your options

Many people become parents by using a gestational carrier (or surrogate), a woman who carries and gives birth to a child for a man, woman, or couple who cannot. Many women decide to become gestational carriers to help people who want to become parents make their dreams of having a family come true.

Your Options for Using a Gestational Carrier

The Center for Collaborative Reproduction offers you comprehensive information and support to navigate the surrogacy process. Our goal is to streamline the surrogacy process from selection to treatment for you.

The ideal gestational carrier or surrogate is a woman between the ages of 21 and 27 who has had at least one healthy pregnancy and has at least one child of her own. She must be physically healthy, a non-smoker, non-drug user, and must pass an extensive medical screening, as well as, a criminal background check, before she can begin helping families.


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"Meeting Kaiyen for the first time was truly surreal. Everything about him – how he smelled, how he looked, how he cried – mesmerized us then, and still does today."

Choosing a Gestational Carrier

This is an intimate, personal process. We work closely with the following organizations that help match families with prescreened, readily available gestational carriers and can help guide you, step-by-step, through this very personal journey of creating your family.

Graceful Conception
825 S Waukegan Rd, A8 Suite 113
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Family Source Consultants (FSC)
200 W. Madison, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606

Parenting Partners
5250 Grand Ave., Suite 14
Gurnee, IL 60031 847-782-0224

Golden Surrogacy
40 Skokie Blvd, Suite 260
Northbrook, IL 60062

Forward Fertility
313 Price Pl, Suite 108
Madison, WI 53705

Hope Surrogacy
320 E Wilson St, Suite 510
Madison, WI 53703

The Surrogacy Center
1400 Van Buren St NE, Suite 230
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sowing Seeds Surrogacy
102 E. Kimberly Rd, Suite I #176 
Davenport, IA 52806

2 N. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60606

Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP)
(West Coast Office)
15821 Ventura Blvd, Suite 675
Encino, CA 91436
818-788-8288 or 818-788-8289
(East Coast Office)
9 State Circle, Suite 302
Annapolis, MD 21401

Legal Resources

As intended parents, it will be crucial to understand the legalities involved in your specific situation. Laws can vary by state, and we will connect you to experienced legal experts in your area.

You likely have a lot to think about and discuss with your partner or those closest to you as you’re deciding whether surrogacy is the right option for you to build a family. It may help to read experiences of other families who have pursued having a child through surrogacy successfully.

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