Lindsay and Andy
Lindsay was born with MRKH Syndrome, which means she was born without a uterus. She was diagnosed at the age of 16, and it took time for the reality that she would never carry her children to fully set in. But in learning this at a young age, Lindsay has had many years to think about her journey of building a family through surrogacy. Without the incredible, selfless gift that a gestational carrier gives, they would not be able to have children of their own. They hope that through a journey together their carrier will feel how truly grateful they are for everything she is doing for them and their future family.
Lindsay and Andy met their sophomore year of college but after graduation they embarked on years of long distance as Lindsay attended medical school and residency in a different state. After a decade of dating, they got married and moved to Charlotte together a few years ago. Through IVF cycles and countless doctors appointments, this has always been a process they’ve approached as a team. They are so excited to start a family together and feel optimistic that 2023 will be their year!
One of their biggest loves is our 2 year old mini irishdoodle, Fenway. They enjoy taking her on runs around the neighborhood and to the local schoolyard to play fetch. Andy is an avid golfer and recently has even talked Lindsay into trying out the sport! (Although she may be more interested in the outfits and beautiful scenery than her score!) Lindsay has found a new interest in baking and cooking recently, finding it therapeutic and fun to try out new recipes. They both have a love of traveling. They find it so exciting to experience different cultures and explore new countries together.
- Names: Lindsay & Andy
- Location: Charlotte, NC
- Number of embryos: 4
- Agency: Southern Surrogacy
- Fertility Clinic: Women’s Institute at Atrium Health
- Surrogate Compensation: High 35,000-$45,000 range
- Requirements: No more than 5 total pregnancies
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
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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