Surrogacy parenting surveys for service providers feedback and the development of peer support networks.
Did you have kids through surrogacy? Don't you think it would be nice if there was more unbiased information out there, transparency and even price-competition?
SurrogacyAdvisor collects feedback from parents and prospective parents that is used in anonymous reviews and ratings about surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers, egg donation agencies and other service providers. We also use the surveys to help improve networking and programs for parents and parents-to-be from all over the world. This effort originally started by the Men Having Babies network and since then expanded to surrogacy parents and prospective parents everywhere. Our mission is to help future parents make more informed decisions and promote transparency and fair prices in the field. We also collect interesting "real life" statistics such as how much people actually end up spending on the process (a number that is fairly consistently around $110,000). Please take 5-10 minutes to add share your experience and improve our directory!
Note: the feedback we receive will remain anonymous and personal information obtained during this research will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. For more details about this and other questions - see our FAQ box below!
We already posted ratings and reviews on the surrogacy agencies and clinics that received most survey results. The tables show overall score and highlights of results, and link to full reports (updated in real time) with much more, including comments and personal reviews:
We selected a donor from their pool and found it to be the best solution for us. The donor was local and well screened and everything was handled directly by the clinic…
Dr. X was very helpful and very personable. He really seem to care about our situation. Every step was explained carefully and all of our options were presented…
The agency match us with a great surrogate and was very supportive during the initial stages of the pregnancy. But then we had a disagreement with the owner and the support became minimal and the agency was no longer responsive…
[Staff at Clinic x] were very ignorant and unprepared to work with gay people. However our doctor was excellent and tried to push for change and more opennes…
[Owner of agency X] showed interest in our case and the social worker was great. The surrogate they found and her entire family were terrific…
Frequently Asked Questions: MHB Surveys
- Are these surveys only for gay or straight parents?[+]No - we will welcome feedback from any surrogacy parent or parent-to-be, from anywhere around the world. The vast majority of the questions are common to all surrogacy parents, and the ones that irrelevant to you can be skipped.
- Are these surveys anonymous? If so why do you ask for an email address?[+]The feedback we receive will remain anonymous and personal information obtained during this research will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. Your answers will be used only for identifying needs, trends and satisfaction levels regarding service providers. However, we ask for a valid email so we can send you a confirmation email to verify that you indeed submitted this survey. This is one of the measures we take to make sure the feedback is valid and not fabricated (see below for more).
- Is this survey for Americans only? How about other languages?[+]our members live in more than 20 countries and speak different languages! We would welcome help in translating these surveys, and for now please feel free to offer reviews and comment in your own language. We will also use the survey results to help connect people within their own regions, and plan events where there is much demand.
- How do you insure that the responses are real?[+]First, we ask respondents for a valid email, and if they use a fake one, we will know since the verification email we send will bounce. If someone uses an email that belongs to someone else, we will also find out since that person will get an email from us asking to report if they did not submit this survey. We also use advanced technological protocols provided by SurveyGizmo to check the authenticity of the responses, including (but not limited) to IP numbers and geodata.
- If we are a couple, can / should we submit two surveys?[+]No - since we provide you with the space to report the names of both parents / prospects (if you choose), you should only submit one survey per family. You should only submit another survey if you previously filled one as a prospective parent and now your child is born. In this case you will fill the different version now, the one for parents.
- If I had a child / children through surrogacy more than once, should I fill more than one survey?[+]For parents who had more than one surrogacy journeys, you should first reply only about your first journey. At the end of the survey you will be prompted to submit a shorter version of the survey about your additional journey (up to a maximum of three), skipping most of the first and last sections. In any case you should only submit one set of surveys per family (not per person).
- Are owners of agencies, clinics and other service providers allowed to submit a survey?[+]If you own an agency, or act as a consultant, lawyer, etc., but also had children through surrogacy yourself, you are more than welcome to submit a survey about your personal journey. However all survey must only report real experiences as clients, or they will be discarded. Check below if you want to see how you can submit a test survey.
- Can I just test the survey, even if I am not a parent or prospect?[+]Yes you can. Please put the word "Test" as your first or last name. You may still use a valid email if you want to get a record of your test survey. We will then exclude your response from the survey results. Note that the same holds for partial entry (namely not pressing the "submit" button).
- Can service providers encourage their clients to submit reviews about them?[+]We encourage everyone to help spread the word about these surveys. However, we will strongly discourage service providers from applying any pressure on their clients or attempting to reward them in any way for submitting positive reviews. If we are notified about such practices we may consider removing said service providers from the directory.
- What will you do if you encounter fake responses?[+]We will be disappointed. We will also consider taking action if we find a systematic effort to skew the results, including removing service providers from our directory.