Gestational Surrogacy2024-06-28T15:58:14-06:00

Gestational Surrogacy in Virginia Beach, VA

Serving the Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake & Hampton Roads Area

At CCRM of Virginia Beach we’re honored to offer a comprehensive and compassionate gestational surrogacy program, designed to connect the dreams of intended parents with the generosity of incredible women willing to become surrogates. Our program is built on the foundation of expert medical care, respect, and support for the surrogates who choose to embark on this life-changing journey with us.



Don’t wait any longer, start your journey with us today!

Understanding Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy is proof of medical and emotional collaboration, where the surrogate carries a child with whom she has no genetic link. This process involves the creation of an embryo through in vitro fertilization (IVF), using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors. The embryo is then transferred to the surrogate’s womb. Gestational surrogacy opens the door for both members of a couple to maintain a genetic connection with their child, sidestepping the complexities of traditional surrogacy and fostering a clear distinction between the roles of surrogate and parent.

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate (aka the carrier) also plays the role of the egg donor, making her genetically related to the child she carries. This method typically involves artificial insemination, using the sperm of the intended father or a sperm donor. Traditional surrogacy, once the primary route to surrogacy, has become less common due to the emotional and legal intricacies arising from the genetic connection between the surrogate and the child.

Fraternal Surrogacy: Expanding the Family Tree

Fraternal surrogacy introduces a unique scenario where the surrogate is genetically related to one or both intended parents, blending the lines of traditional and gestational surrogacy. This form of surrogacy, though less common, highlights the diverse ways families can be created, emphasizing the strength of genetic bonds while navigating the intricate landscape of surrogacy agreements.

CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach Surrogacy Program – How It Works

Navigating surrogacy can be complex, but at CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach, the process is only 2 steps. Through the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), the eggs are fertilized in the lab and then the embryo is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate. Our exclusive, in-house Surrogacy Program is designed to provide seamless and comprehensive support to both surrogates and intended parents.

If you are a healthy woman under the age of 44 and have experienced the joy of motherhood yourself, becoming a surrogate might resonate with you. It’s a decision that embodies generosity and compassion, offering a rewarding experience that extends beyond the surrogacy journey.

ART Treatment Options with a Gestational Surrogate/Carrier at CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach

Navigating the path to parenthood through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) with the support of a gestational surrogate or carrier embodies hope, innovation, and the shared dream of family. At CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach, we offer comprehensive ART treatment options tailored to meet the unique needs of each family. Our dedicated team is committed to guiding you through every step of this journey with expertise, care, and compassion.

Learn about CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach Success Rates

Learn about CCRM Fertility’s Overall Success Rates

Gestational Carrier with Autologous Egg

For couples opting for an autologous approach, the intended mother’s own eggs play a central role in the creation of their future child. This process begins with a thorough infertility evaluation, complemented by all necessary FDA-required screenings. The intended mother will undergo a traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, aimed at retrieving her eggs for fertilization. Using her partner’s sperm, the eggs are fertilized in our state-of-the-art IVF laboratory. Subsequently, one of the resulting embryos is carefully transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus, marking a pivotal step towards achieving pregnancy.

*In specific scenarios, the journey may involve the transfer of a previously frozen/cryopreserved embryo(s), offering an alternative to the use of fresh embryos.

Gestational Carrier with Donor Egg

For same-sex male couples or couples facing challenges with egg viability, donor eggs provide a valuable pathway to parenthood. In these cases, the intended parents embark on a Donor IVF cycle to secure eggs from a carefully selected donor. The eggs are then fertilized using sperm from one or both partners in a same-sex male relationship, or the male partner in a heterosexual relationship. Following fertilization, one of the embryos is transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus, setting the stage for the growth of a new life.

At CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach, we understand the profound significance of your decision to pursue parenthood through ART with a gestational surrogate or carrier. Our team is here to support you with advanced medical techniques, personalized care plans, and a deep commitment to making your dream of family a reality. Together, we celebrate the opportunity to embark on this extraordinary journey with you.

Meet Our Virginia Beach Fertility Specialists

Robin Poe-Zeigler
Robin Poe-ZeiglerMD

​Who Would Benefit from Gestational Surrogacy​ in Virginia Beach

At CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach, we embrace a philosophy of inclusivity and compassion, extending our expertise and support to all individuals and couples on their journey to parenthood. We proudly welcome future parents from all walks of life, recognizing the diverse paths to creating a family. CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach is committed to providing exceptional care without discrimination, supporting Intended Parents including, but not limited to:

  • Single individuals, regardless of gender
  • Members of the LGBT+ community
  • Individuals facing infertility, whether single or in a relationship
  • Couples navigating infertility together
  • Mature couples embarking on the journey to parenthood later in life
  • Cancer survivors looking to fulfill their dreams of having a child
  • Interracial and bi-racial couples celebrating diversity through family

Financial Considerations in Gestational Surrogacy in Virginia Beach

The Cost of Gestational Surrogacy

Intended parents are responsible for covering all costs associated with the surrogacy process. This includes medical and IVF treatments, embryo transfer, genetic testing, gamete and egg banking, and support programs post-birth. Additionally, the surrogate’s needs during pregnancy, such as nutrition, housing, transportation, and medical care, are also covered by the intended parents. Given the extensive medical procedures and the surrogate’s well-being, gestational surrogacy can be a significant financial commitment.

Surrogates may receive total compensation and benefits ranging from $50,000 to $60,000, with a base fee of $30,000 to $35,000 plus additional benefits. The overall cost of surrogacy can vary, averaging between $190,000 to $230,000, with potential variations based on location and specific arrangements.

Comparing Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy Costs

Gestational surrogacy, which involves creating an embryo through IVF for implantation in the surrogate, can differ in cost from traditional surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy, where the surrogate’s egg is used, generally incurs fewer medical expenses since it may not require IVF. However, gestational surrogacy remains a preferred option for many due to its ability to allow both intended parents to be genetically related to their child.

Surrogacy with a Friend or Family Member

Choosing a friend or family member as a surrogate can personalize and deepen the surrogacy experience. While this option can potentially reduce costs, especially if the surrogate opts not to receive compensation, legal contracts and thorough surrogacy processes must still be adhered to, ensuring clarity and protection for all parties involved.

Insurance Coverage for Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy is not typically covered by standard ACA medical plans. A surrogate’s existing health insurance policy must be carefully reviewed by a professional knowledgeable in fertility industry standards to determine if it can support surrogacy-related maternity benefits. Options for maternity care include traditional health insurance plans and maternity liability insurance, the latter of which covers the intended parents’ obligations for the surrogate’s medical expenses. Costs for these plans vary, with traditional ACA plans ranging from $11,000 to $13,000 and maternity liability insurance plans averaging between $25,500 to $28,350 for singleton pregnancies.


  • Aetna – PPO / POS
  • BC/BS – PPO / POS / HMO (i.e. Healthkeepers)
  • Cigna – PPO / POS / HMO
  • Carrot
  • Coresource
  • Fed BC/Bs
  • First Health
  • Golden Rule
  • Kindbody
  • Maven
  • Optimum Choice
  • Oxford Health
  • PHCS
  • Progyny
  • Sentara
  • Unicare
  • UHC – PPO’s
  • VHN
  • WINFertility

TRICARE: While we do not currently participate with Tricare, we do honor Tricare allowables for covered services.

CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach also offers Military discounts on non-covered ART services.


Gestational Surrogate Requirements in Virginia Beach

To ensure the health and safety of both our surrogates and the babies they carry, and to follow the surrogacy guidelines established by American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), we have established the following criteria for potential surrogates:

  • Between the ages of 21-44
  • Non-smoker
  • U.S. citizen living in the U.S.
  • Have given birth to and parented at least one child
  • No more than 5 deliveries total, including no more than 3 C-sections
  • History of uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries
  • An appropriate height to weight ratio (BMI between 19-32)
  • Excellent health history
  • No use of medications harmful to pregnancy
  • If in a relationship, partner must be available for evaluation
  • Recommended to complete the COVID vaccine series, though not required

CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach’s Commitment to Surrogates

Our surrogates are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to providing:

Expert Medical Care: Your health and well-being are our top priorities. You’ll receive care from our award-winning team in our state-of-the-art facilities until your care is transitioned to your chosen OB/GYN.
Competitive Compensation: We ensure that your generosity is acknowledged with competitive compensation, recognizing your dedication to this life-affirming process.
Ongoing Support: From creating community through monthly meetings to offering 24/7 access to mental health professionals, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Where You Go Matters

Choosing CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach for your surrogacy journey means entrusting your care to a team that’s been creating families for over 30 years. With some of the highest success rates globally, we’re dedicated to ensuring that your act of generosity results in a healthy baby for the intended parents.

Becoming a surrogate is a profound journey that can change lives. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in becoming a surrogate with CCRM Fertility of Virginia Beach, we invite you to apply today. Our Surrogacy Coordinator will be in touch within 1-2 business days to discuss the next steps.

Your decision to become a surrogate could be the beginning of a beautiful story for a family dreaming of a child. Join us in making dreams come true.

Book your appointment Call