Ara and Ani

Our Story

After my miscarriage 3 years ago, I was not feeling well. After months of going to different doctors, I had an MRI which changed our world. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For my safety and baby’s safety, it has been recommended to find a surrogate to start our family.

Our Interests

We love to explore new hiking trails with our maltese, Bella. We absolutely love being outdoors (bike riding at the beach) and immersing ourselves in nature. My husband loves to play the guitar and watch sports. I love to swim, go to the beach, and craft for those I love.

Extra Information

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of embryos: NA
  • Not currently with an Agency
  • Surrogate Compensation: Open to Medium or High based on GC experience 


  • BMI <30
  • Fewer than 2 deliveries via C-section
  • Age <35 years
  • No history of reproductive problems
  • Not using Depo-Provera 6 months+
  • Pass blood test for Syphillis, Hepatitis B &C, HIV & other STD’s
  • No tattoos or piercings within the past 12 months
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

The Biggest Ask Says

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine provides the following recommendations for evaluation of gestational carriers (i.e., many fertility clinics will require the following for their gestational carriers) :

  • Carried at least 1 child without complications
  • Fewer than 3 deliveries via c-section 
  • Body mass index in between 19 and 32
  • No smoking, abusing drugs, alcohol or prescription medications
  • Not receiving welfare, public housing or cash assistance from the government
  • Has a stable home life with emotional and child care support
  • No mental health conditions requiring the use of medications within the last 6 months (including depression)
  • No criminal record
Watch the following video to review the Medical and Psychological Clearance procedures that surrogates must complete.

No one likes to talk about surrogate compensation, but it is an important factor in any surrogacy agreement. The following is how we classify high, medium and low compensation (excluding the value of any benefits). Many factors affect surrogate compensation including surrogate experience (e.g., has the woman been a surrogate before?), whether the surrogate is signed up with an agency and surrogate preferences.

  • Low = surrogate compensation less than $20,000
  • Medium = surrogate compensation between $20,000 and $40,000
  • High = surrogate compensation greater than $40,000

You can learn more about how much surrogates get paid in our surrogacy guide’s module: “How much does surrogacy cost?”.

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