Compassionate Carry Support Program
Vermont Surrogacy Network Fees —
- Short-term CC service: $ 5,000.00
- Long-Term CC Service: $10,000.00
Attorney fees —
- Contract: $3,000.00
- Birth certificate amendment: $2,000.00
- Carriers Legal Fees; $1,750.00
Total Legal Fees: $ 6,750.00
Psychological Evaluation – varies by clinic
Medical Screening for GS – varies by clinic
Escrow Trust Account Management: $ 2,000.00
Estimate Carrier reimbursements —
- Maternity Clothes: $1,000.00
- Life Insurance: $850.00
- Monthly Allowance: $2,400.00
- Medical Co-Pays: $8,0000-$20,000 (dependent on the carrier’s health insurance)
Total Estimate Intended Parent Costs Estimate —
- Short -$26,000 - $38,000
- Long - $31,000 - $43,000
*Please note that this is a rough estimate only, that every case is different. There is a wide range of possible costs, and the gestational surrogacy contract negotiated with your carrier will provide details on the reimbursements to the carrier under many different scenarios.
*Medical expenses for the IVF and medical screening are not included here, as they vary widely from clinic to clinic.
*With compassionate carry we do not run background checks unless you specifically want them done, as in most cases you know each other well. If background checks are requested or required, you will be billed for the additional expense.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a Gestational Surrogate and a Traditional Surrogate?
A: A gestational surrogate has no genetic connection to the child. A gestational surrogate is implanted with a fertilized embryo using the intended mother’s egg, or a donated egg, whereas a traditional surrogate is inseminated with the intended father’s sperm, and uses her own egg for the development of the embryo. Due to the genetic connection of the traditional surrogate, the surrogate then relinquishes rights to custody of the child through an adoption, with a gestational surrogate the Intended Parents would have there names placed on the birth certificate, with either a pre-birth order or post-birth agreement.
Q: Does VSN offer traditional surrogacy?
A: VSN does not offer traditional surrogacy. It is the view VSN that traditional surrogacy is legally risky, and can be emotionally devastating to both the carrier and the intended parents. By only offering gestational surrogates, the surrogate has no genetic connection with the child, and does not have the same legal rights to the child. Further, traditional surrogates are more likely to establish strong emotional bonds with the child, and to experience great loss upon the transfer of the child to the intended parents. These emotional and legal complications are greatly reduced using gestational carriers who are not genetically related to the child.
Q: Why do some people need Gestational Carriers?
A: Many Intended Parents use Gestational Surrogates because the Intended mother is not able to carry the child herself due to health risks, age or other medical reasons. In the case of gay couples the support of an egg donor is needed along side a Gestational Surrogate in order to produce a baby.
Q: How do you become pregnant as a surrogate?
A: The process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is used in Gestational Surrogacy. Through this process a fertilized embryo is implanted in the uterus. For more specific information follow this link: www.reproductivefacts.org
Q: How long does the surrogacy process take?
A: The answer to this question is unique to each case. Typically the surrogacy process takes about a year from the time you are matched. The duration of time before a match depends upon what requirements the Intended Parents are looking for in a gestational carrier and carrier availability.
Q: What groups of Intended Parents do you work with?
A: Vermont Surrogacy Network is pleased to serve all populations of individuals and couples looking to grow their family: same-sex couples, heterosexual couples and single individuals.
Q: Will I have legal representation for my surrogacy?
A: Yes! Vermont Surrogacy Network requires the Gestational Surrogate to have separate legal representation for the Carrier Agreement and for any questions or legal needs she might have throughout the process of surrogacy. All legal fees and expenses for the Carrier Agreement and legal consultation are paid for by the Intended Parents.
RESOLVE New England
Since 1974, RESOLVE New England has been the leading voice and progressive driving force connecting the New England community on the many paths to parenthood.
Welcome to RESOLVE New England, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Waltham, Massachusetts serving the infertility community in the greater New England region, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
At RESOLVE New England, we understand very personally the complexities of the infertility journey. Our personal connections to infertility drive our organization’s commitment to providing infertility patients with support, education and advocacy. As a trusted, unbiased leader in the New England infertility community, we support the professional development and comprehensive networking of infertility and adoption professionals within the region.
Whether you have questions about how IVF or adoption works to whether or not your insurance covers your infertility treatment, RESOLVE New England can provide you with answers. We offer a variety of educational programs and support groups throughout the year, from our full-day Adoption and Donor Egg Connect & Learn Seminars to our Annual Fertility Treatment and Adoption Choices Conference in November – the largest consumer fertility conference of its kind in the United States – RESOLVE New England connects you with the resources you need.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.
Provides a wealth of information for across the nation for both medical and legal resources.
Northeastern Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Peter Casson
B.A., M.D., FACOG, FRCS(C)
Dr. Casson is a nationally recognized researcher, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, multiple chapters, and long stints of NIH funding. His areas of expertise are Infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and androgens in women. In conjunction with Dr. Murray, Dr. Casson founded Northeastern Reproductive Medicine to focus on providing excellent, personal, compassionate, and affordable care to patients in Vermont and upstate New York. Dr. Casson is Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care for 15 years and was the REI Division Director for 5 years. As part of a national, multi-center Reproductive Medicine Network, Dr. Casson was instrumental in ground-breaking research including PCOS and primary infertility. To learn more about his recent work in the PPCOS II trial, click here. Dr Casson was recently elected to represent Vermont on the Executive Committee of the New England Fertility Society.
Dr. Christine Murray
B.A., M.D., FACOG, FRCS(C)
Dr. Murray is a Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility (REI) Specialist has spent 15 years in Vermont as an Academic Physician involved with the training of medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Murray has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Human Reproduction, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fertility and Sterility. She underwent OB/GYN residency training at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. From 1999-2014, Dr. Murray worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care and was an Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Murray became Residency Program Director in 2004 and held that position for 8 years. Along with Dr. Casson, Dr. Murray decided to open NRM to bring affordable, comfortable care to patients in a warm environment. She specializes in IVF, robotic surgery, PCOS, and provides care to French-speaking patients. Dr. Murray was elected by her peers to serve on the HealthFirst Board Of Directors from 2014-2017, leading the effort to provide Vermonters community-based, accessible, effective, and personalized medical care.
Dr. Jennifer Keller Brown
M.D., M.B.A., FACOG
Dr. Brown is a Board-Certified REI physician who joined the NRM family in January of 2015. Dr. Brown attended medical school at the University of Colorado and OB/GYN residency at St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, CO. During her residency, Dr. Brown co-authored research performed at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) in the areas of egg and embryo vitrification. While performing this research, Dr. Brown realized she could invest in her own future fertility, and have some sense of reproductive security by freezing her own eggs for potential future use. Today she works to educate the community about the option of Fertility Preservation for reproductive-age patients diagnosed with cancer and preparing for chemotherapy, or for women delaying conception for personal or social reasons. Dr. Brown completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Fletcher Allen Health Care, where she performed research in PCOS, which was published and presented at national meetings. She then moved with her family to Denver, Colorado, where she worked at CCRM from 2012-2014, expanding her infertility practice and learning a tremendous amount by treating complex patients from all over the world. Dr. Brown specializes in reproductive surgery, Fertility Preservation, PCOS, and IVF with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Dr. Brown was elected by reproductive endocrinologists across New England to be the President of the New England Fertility Society in 2019; she currently sits as the president-elect. Dr Brown was also elected by her peers in 2018 to represent independent practitioners in Vermont as an executive board member of Health First. Health First leads the medical community to provide Vermonters community-based, accessible, effective, and personalized medical care.
Address: 105 West View Road, Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: +1 (802) 655-8888
At NW Cryobank our business is creating happy, healthy families. For more than 25 years, our experienced medical professionals have been providing convenient, confidential and complete services and supplies. As a leader in the industry, NW Cryobank offers a full spectrum of fertility-related supplies and services including donor sperm and donor eggs, sperm and egg banking and storage and supplies.
Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA)
The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) provides a credentialed presence in the law of family formation and is the largest professional organization of its type. AAAA and its attorneys are dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and ART law, advocating for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and ART, and the rights of all interested parties including birth parents, adoptive parents, surrogates, donors, and intended parents.
Murdoch, Hughes, Twarog and Tarnelli P.C.
For over 20 years, Kurt M. Hughes has been assisting families with the legal aspects of adoption and assisted fertility, including gestational surrogacy and gamete and embryo donation, and he recently launched Vermont’s first local surrogacy matching organization. In 2015, Kurt was recognized by Vermont Senator Patrick J. Leahy as an Angel in Adoption™ at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). He is also selected by his peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers in the area of family law.
Kurt was one of the first Vermont lawyers to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the first Vermont lawyer to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), invitation-only national associations of attorneys who practice or have otherwise distinguished themselves in the fields of adoption and ART law, now known as the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA).
Kurt is passionate about helping clients to build their families, and he gives personal, individualized attention to each and every case. Kurt has helped hundreds of families provide legally secure homes for their children, and is happy to answer any questions you may have to start the process. Kurt is excited to have associate, Michelle A. Tarnelli, join the firm’s adoption and assisted fertility team.
131 Main St.
P.O. Box 363
Burlington, VT 05402
Vermont Surrogacy Network, LLC, in an effort to extend our mission to provide an ethical, affordable and supportive environment to both gestational surrogates and intended parents, has expanded our gestational surrogacy support program to include Compassionate Carry Support.
We now offer two options for inexpensive support packages to intended parents, who have found their own gestational surrogate. Both of these packages includes medical record review, health insurance review, coordination with the IVF clinic, preparation consultations with both the intended parents and gestational surrogate, assistance in preparing for legal contracts, connecting you to attorney’s and much more. We understand that not everyone requires the same level of support, which is why we offer a short-term and long-term policy.
Our short-term policy includes all of the services mentioned above, as well as support for all parties through the end of the first trimester. This option is most commonly chosen when the gestational surrogate is a close friend or family member, if all parties are very comfortable in their relationships with each other and do not feel they will need additional support past the first trimester.
Our long-term policy includes all of the services above, as well as support for all parties through the full duration of the pregnancy and post-delivery. This option is more commonly chosen when the gestational surrogate is someone the intended parents have found through an advertisement, or a co-worker, or in cases when the parties would simply like to know that they have outside support should they need someone to talk to or help problem solve along the way.
We have found that implementing a support program for any type of surrogacy process is helpful in decreasing the stress of all parties, as this is a very complex process to navigate, it is very helpful to have experienced professionals helping you every step of the way.
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