FAQ

What is Nodal?

Nodal is a platform that efficiently connects vetted surrogates and intended parents, offering transparency, equity, education, and support for all parties on their journey. That means Nodal saves intended parents time and money by providing them with highly-vetted surrogates, all while giving surrogates the support and resources they need to find their best matches.

Who does Nodal work with?

We believe options are power, which is why we work with surrogates, intended parents, surrogacy agencies, and assisted reproductive (ART) attorneys to ensure you build a surrogacy journey that best suits you.

Is Nodal an agency?

No. Nodal is a matching platform that connects Nodal-qualified surrogates and intended parents together.

Does Nodal handle case management?

No. Nodal is currently focused on the matching process but will set you up for a successful surrogacy journey.

Is the surrogate biologically related to the baby?

No. The carrier has no biological relation to the child. An embryo created from gametes—egg cells and sperm—from the intended parent(s) or donors are transferred to the surrogate via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Can I join Nodal if I am an intended parent already working with an agency?

Yes! We work with intended parents seeking the right match regardless of whether they are already working with an agency, would like to eventually work with an agency, or prefer to go the independent route.

How does Nodal work?

Once surrogates and intended parents are vetted, they can access the Nodal platform. Both sides create profiles—similar to on a dating site—and the surrogate gets the chance to "swipe right" first (à la Bumble). If the intended parent(s) accept the invitation, they can meet for a match call. If it’s a match, Nodal helps both parties begin the next steps in their journey, including access to legal resources, educational tools, and nurse practitioner support.

Why should I choose Nodal as an intended parent?

The standard American surrogacy journey for intended parents often results in lengthy (and costly) wait times. Nodal eliminates those pain points by connecting you directly with Nodal-vetted surrogates who have been prescreened for fit and mutual compatibility. Our experienced team and trusted technology can help reduce the time it takes to find the right match.

Do intended parents have to pay to apply to the Nodal platform?

No, there is no application fee. Nodal fees are only incurred once intended parents have been vetted and approved for matching.

What does it cost me to join the Nodal platform as an intended parent?

The Nodal monthly fee is $500 for a 12-month membership.

Does it cost me anything to join the Nodal platform as a surrogate?

Joining Nodal as a surrogate is free. However, all surrogates must pass our Nodal screening before becoming a member of the Nodal platform.

How long does it take to match?

​​While each surrogacy journey is unique, Nodal is currently matching surrogates and intended parents within weeks.

What happens after I find a match?

It’s graduation day! It’s a bittersweet moment, but also why we created Nodal in the first place—to get your surrogacy journey on its way faster and more transparently. We are thrilled about your next step, which begins your time working with an agency or traveling the independent route.

Why should I choose Nodal as a surrogate?

Within the traditional surrogacy model, surrogates often face a lack of agency and support. Nodal bridges that gap, providing surrogates with the resources they need to make informed and healthy decisions, ultimately leading to a connection with the right intended parents for them. This makes for a happier, more aligned, and more empowered journey—for both parties.

What is gestational surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is a form of third-party reproduction in which a consenting individual carries a pregnancy for the intended parent(s).

What if I dont match after 12 months?

If you haven’t matched within 12 months, you will be charged the Nodal platform monthly subscription fee unless you opt-out.

Is surrogacy legal in all US states?

Surrogacy is legal in all states except for Nebraska, Louisiana, and Michigan.

What are the basic requirements for becoming a surrogate?

View complete requirements at Surrogate Requirements.

I want to learn more about Nodal - how do I reach out?

We want to hear from you, too. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out at hello@nodal.com.