Attorney Victoria Ferrara, of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, talks about the steps toward having a child through surrogacy.
Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists in Fairfield, the first full-service “matching” agency in Connecticut, was established by Ferrara, well-known for her work with the gay community, in 2000.
Over the last two years, Ferrara says her business has tripled: “Connecticut happens to be a very favorable state for surrogacy.” In 2011, she won a landmark case in front of the Connecticut Supreme Court, enabling both “intended parents” to be listed on the birth certificate as long as a valid surrogacy contract is in place. But laws vary from state to state, and Ferrara believes old-fashioned stigmas remain.
“We do gestational surrogacy. So the woman is not carrying her own baby. She is agreeing to be paid to carry an embryo that’s made from a different sperm and egg,” she says, noting that her surrogates, who earn between $25,000 and $40,000, outside of medical expenses, are primarily educated women that enjoy being pregnant. “They know what they’re doing; they’re respected,” she says. “It’s really a very positive group of people coming together to help a family have a baby.”