FAQs - Reproductive Health Clinic California - Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)


Do I have to use my own eggs?

No, you do not. Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI) only works with Gestational Surrogates and never do Traditional Surrogacy. A Gestational Surrogate only carries an embryo created from the genetic material of the Intended Parents or a donor. There is no genetic or biological link between you (the Surrogate) and the baby.

What is the difference between Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy?

In a Traditional Surrogacy, the Surrogate Mother is the biological mother of the child and carries the baby to term; whereas in a Gestational Surrogacy, the Surrogate Mother has no genetic relationship to the child and only carries the baby.

Will all of my expenses be covered?

You are not supposed to incur any out of pocket expenses. If you do, they will be reimbursed. You will be provided with a $400 non-accountable monthly allowance to cover miscellaneous expenses associated with the Surrogacy. Please read our Benefit Package for more details.

How much are Surrogates compensated?

At Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute, Surrogates are compensated very well at par with best industry standards. Our base compensation for first-time Surrogate Mothers is $30,000 (plus other items, which increase the compensation substantially) and experienced Surrogate Mothers receive between $32,000 and $40,000. For a more detailed breakdown of fees and other additions, please see our Surrogate Benefit Package.

Are there any risks associated with being a Surrogate?

The risks associated with being a Surrogate are typically the same as those associated with a traditional pregnancy. We implement strict requirements to ensure that Surrogates who work with us are good candidates for the journey. They typically have complication-free pregnancies, are mentally and physically prepared for the journey, and will likely give birth to healthy babies.

Why should I choose your agency over others?

We are extremely proud of the amount and level of care that we provide to our Surrogates. We hold your hand throughout the entire process and become your advocate. Among our team are former Surrogates and we understand the experience very well. Many of our Surrogates take repeat journeys with us because our heart is in providing you with all the resources and support for a most rewarding, profound, and gratifying experience possible.