I am an IM and a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 weeks after my daughter was born. I started chemo and 9 weeks later had a full hysterectomy so I am unable to have anymore children. We have one remaining embryo that would complete our already blessed family of 4! The embryo is ready to be implanted. So you would need to be screened by our RE and approved in order to start the process. My husband is self employed and I am currently on disability due to being on ongoing chemo. We live in NJ and go through IRMS. They have given me a list of criteria that a GC should have and will do a prelim screening. They have a dedicated 3rd party team to guide us all through this journey. Love and blessings for doing such a great selfless deed!
I was born in India. I have been in the United States since I was two years old and in New Jersey since I was seven years old. My husband was born and raised in England (he is also Indian) and has lived in the west coast before moving to NJ in 2009. We got married in 2012.
We have two daughters age 4 (going on 16) and 2 (also thinks she’s 16!). We currently live with my parents in central NJ and continue to do so. My parents are a great help with the kids especially with all my doctors appointments due to the cancer diagnosis.
We love to spend time with our kids. Travel (pre-covid!), cooking, and going to parks with the kids.
- Names: Jenan and Indy Samra
- Location: Freehold, NJ
- Number of embryos: 1
- Agency: No Agency
- Surrogate Compensation: Between $20,000 and $35,000
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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
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