How much does a surrogate earn?
The answer to this question is: it varies! But usually a first time surrogate earns a base compensation of about $30,000 right now and then there are additional amounts she earns on top of that.
Experienced surrogates usually earn $35,000 and above in base compensation and then additional amounts. This varies from state to state and honestly, most agencies let the surrogates set their compensation so surrogates can choose the surrogacy compensation they are comfortable receiving. Read more here.
In Surrogacy, is the baby related to you?
No, not usually. It’s most common for surrogates to be what is called a Gestational Surrogate (GS) or Gestational Carrier (GC). That’s when the embryo is created using an egg from either the mother or a donor and sperm from the father or a donor. The embryo is not genetically related to the surrogate in any way. In Traditional Surrogacy (TS), the embryo is created using the surrogate’s egg. Traditional Surrogacy is not very common anymore and not recommended.
What to expect as a surrogate?
Surrogacy is a rewarding experience. As a surrogate, you can expect to receive compensation that can be used however you like. Many surrogates use the money to pay down debts, used as a down payment on a house, to take their family on vacation, etc. The compensation a surrogate receives is separate from the expenses of the pregnancy. Legal, medical, travel, and other expenses related to the pregnancy are covered by the Intended Parents.
Many surrogates enjoy a rich experience where their family learns about compassion and giving back, they develop a close, intimate relationship with the Intended Parents, and grow new friendships and connections within the surrogacy community.
How do you find a surrogacy agency?
You will want to find a good, reputable agency to work with. In Minnesota, we currently have one agency and it has been around for over 30 years. They are the agency I worked with and they are great. The best part is the surrogacy community in Minnesota is tight and we do get togethers pretty often. That being said, you do not need to work with a surrogacy agency in Minnesota if you are in Minnesota. You can work with an agency in another state. I just highly recommend doing your research on agencies and choosing a surrogacy agency that is well established and has good reviews. It seems like new agencies are popping up everyday and some are really shady. Be very diligent in choosing the right agency. If you have questions on this, please send me a message and I can help.
Are the parents of the baby local?
Intended Parents can be local to you, in another state or even international. You will choose what you are comfortable doing. It’s very common for Intended Parents to be in at least another state. Although I do have friends who have worked with local Intended Parents. They usually just have a longer wait to find them. Close relationships can develop anywhere in the world. My IPs that I’m closest with live on the other side of the world. We text everyday. Personally, I recommend not letting location be a determining factor unless you feel strongly about it then that is your choice!
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I will keep adding to this list as I get more questions.