Surrogacy Compensation

Did you know surrogates are often compensated? You might have questions about this, because many people do! So I’m going to address that here.

Surrogates often receive a compensation for their hard work they put into surrogacy. A surrogate pregnancy takes time away from the surrogate, their family and from work. A pregnancy is hard on the body. IVF medications are hard on the body and take a lot of time and can have some side-effects. Labor and delivery are difficult and can have lasting effects. All of these, plus more, are reasons why surrogates often receive compensation.

Most people ask how much compensation does a surrogate receive? Now this is a difficult question to answer because it varies widely. The range for first time surrogates can be $15,000 – $45,000. It’s hard to capture because it seems like the amount is going up each year.

Location of the surrogate will often impact the amount as well. There are some states that are more “surrogate friendly” which means they have laws regulating surrogating, making establishing parentage easier. In these states, surrogates sometimes receive a higher compensation.

Some surrogates prefer to do a lower compensation surrogacy in order to make surrogacy more affordable for parents. I’ve heard of surrogates requesting only payment for “extras” like massages or pedicures and not taking any comp. There are also surrogates who do it “altruistically,” which typically means they requested no compensation.

In any case, the compensation for first time surrogates varies. It seems like I hear that most first time surrogates are receiving around $30,000 right now. Sometimes the amount is set by the agency they work with and sometimes the surrogate chooses the amount. My agency allows the surrogate to choose their compensation so that they are comfortable with the amount they’re receiving.

Experienced surrogates will often make more than this. This is because they have “proven” they are able to handle a surrogacy successfully and thus it is assumed there is less risk for the Intended Parents.

I’m a huge advocate for compensation. I’ve seen surrogates greatly impact their family with this additional compensation. They have paid for kid’s braces, used it as a down-payment on a house, paid off debt, used the money to go back to school, replaced their cars, etc.

One word of caution though, this is not a ‘get rich quick’ method. The amount sounds like a lot. And it is, especially when you are the one paying it. But it isn’t without a ton of time and effort. Most surrogacy experiences take at least 18 months to complete and often times more. The amount of time that goes into it is not just being pregnant for 9 months. It’s many doctor’s appointments, time filling out paperwork, taking medications, travel, meeting with lawyers, etc. all before one even gets pregnant. Not to mention the countless risks that come with a pregnancy. The compensation can have a good impact on a family but for all the previous mentioned reasons, it shouldn’t be one’s only motivation for becoming a surrogate. Because when it’s all said and done, it wouldn’t be worth it for the money alone.

Compensation Quick Facts

Average first time surrogate compensation: $30,000

Average experienced surrogate compensation: $35,000 and up

This amount does not include expenses. The parents pay for actual costs related to surrogacy such as medications, co-pays, hospital bills, etc.

Some agencies have additional amounts of compensation for miscellaneous occurrences such as:

$500 medication start fee

$1,000 embryo transfer fee

$2,000 c-section fee

$3,000 and up for carrying multiples fee

$1,000 maternity clothing allowance

$200 monthly per diem (instead of submitting receipts for little costs like postage or vitamins)

All of these vary widely by different agencies and the amounts are agreed upon during the contract phase.

Interested in becoming a surrogate?

Reach out to me and let’s chat!

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