Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should anyone choose Earthly Angels over other agencies?
Earthly Angels was founded just to help others build their families, and not as a career. We are strictly motivated by making dreams come true and not by making money.
- What qualifies Earthly Angels/Sharron Wooten to have an agency?
As the owner and founder of EA, I consider myself to be qualified due to my own personal experiences with infertility, Surrogacy and Egg Donation.
- Where is Earthly Angels located?
We're located in Jackson, Mississippi, but help people from all over the US and internationally.
- What hours can Earthy Angels be contacted?
I am personally available to my contracted Clients and Surrogates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. You do not have to set an appointment to call. If I miss your call, I will return it as soon as possible.
- Has Earthly Angels had any complaints filed or been sued?
No, we have never been sued or had complaints filed against us. We have never operated under any other names either.
- What are some questions that we should ask agencies about their fees?
You will need to know if their fees fit into your budget. Ask what their fee is, is it all inclusive or are there any hidden charges for photocopies, postal services, check writing fees, additional charges to find another match if your first or even second one doesn't work out?
For your info: All agencies/matching services do charge an additional fee for Egg & Sperm Donors.
- What should we ask agencies to know if their services are right for us?
When was the service started?
Why was the service started, and by whom?
What personal experience does the owner have that can help them to understand what you have been through? Have they been sued or any complaints filed against them?
Most agencies are started solely as a career, and they haven't had ANY personal experiences with Surrogacy or infertility at the time the agency is opened. They will state that they have been in the "surrogacy world" for years, but usually all that means is that they have been apart of message boards and groups. So they think that qualifies them to start agencies.
- How long is the wait time with Earthly Angels to be matched as an IP with a Surrogate?
The matching time varies, depending on your requirements. I have had Intended Parents matched within 2 days.
- What is a Traditional Surrogate (TS)?
It's a very special woman that is willing to have her own egg fertilized, and carry the child for the Intended Parent(s). Fertilization must occur by doing IUI through a clinic to obtain a pre-birth order.
- What is a Gestational Surrogate/Carrier (GS/GC)?
It's a very special woman that is willing to carry a child that isn't biologically related to her for the Intended Parent(s). The GS would do IVF either using eggs from the Intended Mom or Egg Donor.
- What is IUI?
Conception method used for Traditional Surrogates.
IUI also known as Intra Uterine Insemination is done at a clinic. This method requires multiple visits to a clinic for monitoring via ultrasound and blood tests to pinpoint ovulation. The insemination procedure is done by inserting a catheter into the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus.
- Does Earthly Angels facilitate at home inseminations?
Yes! I personally monitor/track the TS's cycle, and let them know the days that the inseminations need to be done. I also give detailed instructions on how to perform the insemination. This is no longer done since the Judges want a written statement from a doctor, confirming the procedure was done.
- What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
IVF is a more expensive, and more invasive clinical procedure for a woman/GS that requires following a protocol of daily injections and other medications to prepare the body for the transfer of the fertilized embryos(eggs)into the uterus using a catheter inserted into the vagina and through the cervix. The risk for multiples is increased with IVF.
- What is a Pre-birth order (PBO)?
It is an order issued by a judge for a Surrogacy arrangement. It allows the Intended Parents' names to go on the birth certificate at birth instead of the Surrogate's so an adoption is not necessary.
- Do you accept all Prospective Intended Parents that apply?
No. I have set standards for my clients that must be met. There must be open communication, honesty, financial security, no felony criminal history, etc.
- Do you accept all Surrogate Mothers that apply?
No. I also have set standards for the Surrogates.