Surrogacy agency satisfaction - overall score (out of 10)

  Agency score
Overall
(8.74)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0

Agency experience

  Agency rating
Effective (contribution to the success of journey)
(8.91)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive and supportive throughout journey
(8.74)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Surrogate screening and matching
(9.26)
Count: 23
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
(9.73)
Count: 22
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
(8.27)
Count: 15
Not Applicable: 0

Agency recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 91.3%
No 8.7%
 
Statistics
Total Responses 23
Average 0.9

Agency reviews and comments

Response
(2013, International parents) We were guided throughout the process by the extremely knowledgeable and professional Ann Miranda. While the paperwork and hurdles that had to be overcome seemed daunting at times, she very much simplified the process for us and made the overall experience positive and enjoyable. We were recommended to Surrogate Alternatives from friends in a similar position in New Zealand, that successfully started their family with their help.
(2007, USA parents) Surrogate Alternatives was a great agency to work with. Unfortunately, we ran into every problem possible during our journey, which resulted in 3 egg donation cycles, 5 embryo transfers, 2 surrogates, 2 women who backed out of being a surrogate after signing paperwork, etc, etc, etc. Plus we were originally working with us in Minneapolis, the surrogate in California, and the egg donor (my sister) in Houston, Texas. The first IVF clinic we used was HORRIBLE -- the doctor should be banned from medical practice.
(2016, USA parents) As others have mentioned, Ann Miranda (SAI's Director) is a very knowledgable and a very caring person. She was the reason why we decided to sign up with SAI. We were matched within 2 days with an amazing surrogate who gave birth to our twins. They were very upfront and transparent regarding fees/process, including access to egg donor profiles and some surrogates (before signing up). There was never any pressure to sign up right away, and that made us comfortable to make our decision. Surrogates are treated very well and love the agency and so did all the other IPs we asked for references. The only "drawback": It is not the cheapest agency (none in California are) but they are very competitive for Southern California.
(2012, USA parents) VERY HELPFUL WHEN WE SWITCHED SURROGATES WITHIN THE AGENCY DUE TO CONFLICT WITH THE FIRST SURROGATES WANTS
(2016, USA parents) SAI was wonderful. Upfront about the process and expectations. I believe Ann Miranda sets expectations right from the beginning. That has been the most helpful.
(2011, International parents) I could not fault the service provided from this agency. They are very competitive and the service provided by Ann Miranda and her team was excellent. I have recommended this agency to another couple who have since had a baby.
(2015, USA parents) Was introduced through fertility doctor which I interviewed, and did not use the doctor, but used SAI and they were efficient and pleasant and knowledgeable, especially Ann. My surrogate however, for some reason had minimal contact with her coordinator (not Ann), and she found that to be unprofessional
(2017, USA parents) Working with Surrogate Alternatives (SAI) was amazing. Each person we encountered with at SAI was knowledgeable, experienced and handled our entire journey with ease. SAI is a very open, honest, ethical and transparent company. I would highly recommend working with them.
(2012, USA parents) SAI provides very nice surrogate mothers, escrow company, psycology doctor and lawyers. Overall thier survices are excellent.

Fertility clinic used

Value Percent   Count
La Jolla IVF 40.0%
8
Other 15.0%
3
San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) 10.0%
2
HRC Fertility 10.0%
2
CA Fertility Partners 10.0%
2
Pacific Fertility Center - Los Angeles (PFCLA) 5.0%
1
Fertility Specialists of Texas 5.0%
1
Pacific Fertility Center - San Francisco 5.0%
1
  Totals 20
Statistics
Total Responses 20

Other clinic

CountResponse
1 IGO (San Diego, CA)
1 Nova IVF
1 The Fertility Institutes, Encino, LA



Journey statistics for service provider

Overall cost of surrogacy journey

Value Percent   Count
$50,000 - $69,000 8.7%
2
$70,000 - $89,000 4.4%
1
$90,000 - $109,000 17.4%
4
$110,000 - $129,000 13.0%
3
$130,000 - $149,000 30.4%
7
$150,000 - $169,000 21.7%
5
$190,000 - $209,000 4.4%
1
  Totals 23
Statistics
Total Responses 23
Average 127.8

Number of IVF / IUI cycles done until journey resulted in a birth

Value Percent   Count
One 68.2%
15
Two 13.6%
3
Three 18.2%
4
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22
Average 1.5

Length of journey from signup to birth (months)

Value Percent   Count
10-12 months 13.6%
3
13-15 months 27.3%
6
16-18 months 13.6%
3
19-21 months 4.6%
1
25-27 months 9.1%
2
28-30 months 13.6%
3
More than 3 years 18.2%
4
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22
Average 22.1

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 36.4%
8
Known 50.0%
11
Other 13.6%
3
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 20
Legally anonymous but regularly meets with our children. 1
Semi-Open (Donor Sibling Registry) 1
she is currently anonymous but has agreed to consider meeting our son when he is 18 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Family or friend 9.1%
2
Surrogacy agency 50.0%
11
Independent Egg donation agency 31.8%
7
Fertility clinic 9.1%
2
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22



Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 90.0%
18
Straight 10.0%
2
  Totals 20
Statistics
Total Responses 20

Countries

Value Percent   Count
United States 68.2%
15
Spain 4.6%
1
United Kingdom 4.6%
1
Portugal 4.6%
1
Norway 4.6%
1
France 4.6%
1
Germany 4.6%
1
Australia 4.6%
1
  Totals 22
Statistics
Total Responses 22