NorthEast Surrogacy Partnerships, LLC
203-234-7752
877-223-5446
fax: 203-647-7104
 
Your Lives, Your Needs, Your Children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why work with NES Partnerships, LLC?

NES Partnerships, LLC is a full service agency dedicated to helping intended parents achieve their dreams of having a family. Every single gestational carrier accepted into our program has been medically and psychologically screened and successfully passed all background checks BEFORE being presented to an intended parent as a potential match.  This is where our Agency differs from others.  What that means to you as an intended parent is that if you both agree you are a good match you are “good to go” in every sense of the word.  No rejections from the doctors, no disappointing psychological screenings, no more wasted time or money.  Every single match we have presented to a clinic or physician has been immediately confirmed to have met all criteria necessary for program acceptance.   top

What services do you provide?

We match intended parents with the right gestational carrier for them. Using the details you submit in your profile and from discussions we have with you, we locate a gestational carrier who has the same views as you do. There are some very specific aspects of surrogacy which need to be agreed upon before we even tell you about a prospective gestational carrier. For example, if you want three embryos to be transferred at the time of transfer there is no point in matching you with a gestational carrier who will only agree to having one embryo transferred.

Our services include coordinating the testing of the gestational carrier and her spouse; coordinating the background and psychological evaluations; coordinating the contract process between you and your gestational carrier; coordinating with the fertility centers, attorneys, psychologists, obstetricians and hospitals.    top

What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Using the process of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), eggs are retrieved from the intended mother or egg donor's ovaries and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor. Embryos are then transferred to the gestational carrier's uterus where she will carry the fetus to term and deliver a baby for the intended parents.   top

Why choose gestational surrogacy?

In the past adoption and/or childlessness were the only options for infertility. Now surrogacy is the alternative to adoption and/or childlessness . Many couples choose gestational surrogacy so that they can have a baby that is genetically related to one or both of them. In states like Connecticut that have legalized same sex marriage, for male same sex spouses, gestational surrogacy is the only way to have legal issue of your marriage, a child genetically related to you.   top

What is your application process?

Our application process starts with a telephone consultation with our program coordinator. We try to arrange an in person follow up with visits or additional telephone consultations. A detailed profile is submitted with a copy of your driver’s license and consent to do a detailed background check. You will also need to sign our agency agreement for services.

We coordinate with your treating physician as to your requirements and needs.   top

How will I be matched to a gestational carrier?

Our gestational carriers complete a very detailed profile. The gestational carrier states her views on various aspects of surrogacy. Based on the information in your profile, your views and our consultations with you, we review the profiles of gestational carriers to make sure that their beliefs are in line with yours. Once we determine that there is a match we exchange your profile and the gestational carrier's profile without identifying information. If you both indicate an initial willingness to move forward, we coordinate an exchange of photographs and then a three way telephone consultation so that you may speak with each other, and finally we personally introduce you to each other.   top

How long does it take to be matched?

The typical match can be made within 2 to 8 months on average. If you are looking for a gestational carrier of a specific ethnicity or in a particular geographic location it can take a little longer.   top

Why does a woman want to be a gestational carrier?

There are many reasons why a woman chooses to be a gestational carrier. Often a gestational carrier has had someone close to her experience infertility, loves being pregnant, experiences the joy of giving the most precious gift, has a history of easy and uncomplicated pregnancies, knows the importance of her own children in her life, and has an opportunity to make a unique contribution to a family's life.   top

How do we know we can trust a gestational carrier to carry our child?

Our gestational carriers go through an extensive evaluation process. We conduct reference checks and make sure that the gestational carrier has support around her from her family and friends. Unlike other Agencies, before a gestational carrier is accepted into NES Partnership’s program she undergoes a detailed psychological evaluation to determine, among other things, that she is ready for and can handle going through surrogacy. Every single gestational carrier presented to an intended parent has undergone medical, psychological and background screening BEFORE meeting an intended parent.   top

Where does the gestational carrier give birth?

The gestational carrier will deliver your baby at a hospital that is local to her. Typically the hospital and obstetrician she chooses are the same as they were for her own children.   top

What is a surrogacy friendly state?

A surrogacy friendly state is one in which surrogacy is not outright “illegal”. Some states have proactive affirmative laws supporting surrogacy, some states are “silent” and the “friendliness” can be inferred. Creating families with medical assistance (Assisted Reproductive Technology) is an area known as an “emerging” field of law and is in a state of flux and change. We only work with surrogacy friendly states.   top

What if surrogacy is illegal in our state?

Depending on the status of the law at the time of your surrogacy, it should not matter where the intended parents reside. As long as surrogacy is legal in your gestational carrier's state, the state where your baby will be born, there should be no issues.   top

Will our names be put on the birth certificate?

Some surrogacy friendly states allow a pre-birth order to be issued by the courts which instructs the hospital to put the intended parent's names on the birth certificate. The attorney, acting on behalf of the intended parents, usually starts the work for the pre-birth order in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy so that the order is granted before the birth of your baby. In other surrogacy friendly states, with the help of your attorney, the birth certificate is re-issued in your names shortly after the birth of your baby or, depending on the circumstances, requires a non-genetic parent to engage in an abbreviated “adoption” process. (Note: legislation and court cases are pending in Connecticut on this last point).   top

What are the costs associated with gestational surrogacy?

Depending on a variety of different factors, a very general estimate is between $80,000 - $120,000 (this does not include any medical costs and fees paid directly to the health care provider).   top

Do I have to pay all the fees all at once?

No, you do not. The first fee, which is due with the signed agency agreement, is a portion of the agency fee. After that, fees occur at the time of service until the signing of the contract between you and your gestational carrier. After the contract has been signed you will deposit funds into an escrow account. These funds will cover the monies required for the pregnancy and include the gestational carrier's fees.   top

If we already have a gestational carrier can we still use your services?

Yes, you can. In this circumstance NES Partnerships, LLC is retained to assist with all the other aspects of the surrogacy arrangement. There are many steps involved in a surrogacy arrangement and we are intricately familiar with each. We coordinate all the testing required - medical, background checking and psychological evaluations. We also assist in the contract negotiations between you and your gestational carrier. We coordinate all the medical procedures as well as monitor the entire pregnancy to ensure a smooth pregnancy and delivery. We are there to ensure that the birth certificate process is smooth and we also assist with arrangements after the birth.   top

Do you work with international clients?

Yes we do! We have a very large international client base.   top

Can I work with my own fertility center for the medical treatment of our chosen gestational carrier?

As long as your fertility center operates in a surrogacy friendly state then there are no issues. If your fertility center is not in surrogacy friendly state we can refer you to a reputable fertility center in your gestational carrier's state.   top

How much contact can we have with our chosen gestational carrier?

When you complete your profile you tell us how much contact you want to have before, during and after the pregnancy. We will match you with a gestational carrier who wants the same contact as you do.   top

How is the gestational carrier paid during the pregnancy?

Once the gestational surrogacy agreement has been signed by you, the intended parents and your gestational carrier and her spouse, you deposit funds into an escrow account. The gestational carrier will be paid from these funds according to your signed gestational surrogacy agreement.   top

What kind of support do you provide before, during and after the surrogacy process?

The process of surrogacy is emotionally challenging. The Agency provides a mentor to both the carrier and the intended parents! Someone who has been in “your shoes” not too long ago who has volunteered to give you a “guided tour” and answer all those questions you “never knew you never knew”!. The Agency also requires professional support to be available to your gestational carrier and it is provided for as a standard expense in your contract. We also encourage the intended parents to utilize support resources and our staff and coordinators are always available to provide support in a professional and caring way. We will not hesitate to guide you to other resources that may be helpful. We provide you with frequent updates so that you know exactly where we are in the process. Also, we know that most intended parents work during the day and cannot talk from their offices so we accommodate your schedule with evening telephone appointments and emails.   top

Who takes custody of the child if both of us die during the pregnancy?

If you both should die prior to the birth of your baby, the person you named as guardian of your child in our application form will take custody of your child. This guardian will be so named in the signed gestational carrier agreement between you and your gestational carrier.   top

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