How Much Do You Get Paid To Be a Surrogate?
At a very basic level, any woman who decides to serve as a surrogate mother is deserving of admiration. It takes a very special woman to agree to go through a full pregnancy for the benefit of intended parents who might not otherwise get the opportunity to be parents.
In reality, a lot of women who agree to go through the surrogacy process do so to serve others and gain some level of self-fulfillment. At the same time, the compensation they can earn will usually play some role in their decision to go forward.
As you contemplate moving forward as a surrogate mother, you are well within your right to ask how much do surrogates get paid. After all, it’s your mind and body that will have to endure the pregnancy even if the process is easy for you.
In the following sections, the information will address how does surrogacy work and any concerns you might have about how much do you get paid to be a surrogate.
How Does Surrogacy Work?
When people want a child and subsequently come to the realization they can’t have a child through traditional biological means, they still want a child. To get the child they want and deserve, they have to decide on the best way to make that happen. For some people, adoption is the preferred choice. With that said, there are a lot of intended parents who decide surrogacy is the right path for them. That’s where the surrogacy process starts.
From there, intended parents will need to find and contact a surrogacy agency/fertility clinic like our surrogacy agency in Philadelphia. it will be the responsibility of the surrogacy agency’s representative to find the intended parents an appropriate surrogate.
Before choosing a surrogate, the intended parents will need to decide between traditional surrogacy or gestational surrogacy. With traditional surrogacy, it will be the surrogate’s egg cell that will be fertilized by either the intended father’s sperm or the sperm of a donor of choice. With this process, the intended mother does not have a genetic link to the child.
With gestational surrogacy, the intended mother’s egg will be implanted in the surrogate with the sperm coming from the intended father or a donor of choice. With this option, both the intended mother and father could have a genetic connection to the child. It’s the surrogate who will carry the child but not have the genetic connections.
Do you get paid to be a surrogate if you agree to be one of our surrogates? Yes. Our focus now will be on you serving as a gestational carrier in Philadelphia. Through our surrogacy agency in Philadelphia, we would offer you compensation for your service as a gestational carrier in Philadelphia. The compensation package would be determined and the contract signed after we have successfully matched you with your intended parents.
How Much Do You Get Paid to Be a Surrogate?
Before we address compensation through our surrogacy agency in Philadelphia, we thought you should know that compensation might vary from one state to the next and one agency to the next. Our discussion here will address how much do you get paid to be a surrogate through our agency.
To keep things simple, we want to break the compensation package into two components: the base fee and supplement payments amounts (other fees and reimbursable expenses).
The base compensation fee represents what you would be paid for simply going through the surrogacy process. Through our clinic, your base compensation would be $35K as a first-time surrogate. If you have prior experience serving as a successful gestational surrogate, the base compensation could be as high as $40K.
Under this category, you would receive compensation in the form of reimbursements for certain expenses you might incur during the process. Should you be entitled to any other form of compensation because of extraordinary circumstances, that would also fall within this category. Here is a list of what we consider supplement payments/reimbursement with indicative amounts:
- Monthly miscellaneous allowance = $200 a month
- Maternity clothing allowance – $500 or more in a lump sum payment
- Reimbursement for any lost wagers due to pregnancy related appointments
- Childcare and housekeeping reimbursement should bed-rest be required
- Reimbursement of travel and transportation costs
- Breast milk compensation – $150 na week should you agree to provide stored breastmilk
- Full medical and life insurance coverage during pregnancy
- Multiples compensation – $5,000 should you agree to carry twins
- Embryo transfer compensation – flat fee of $1,000 once embryo has been successfully transfered
- Compensation for extra invasive procedures – $500 per procedure
- Cesarean section compensation – $3,000 is C-section is required for delivery
Costs of Being a Surrogate
Clearly, the answer to your question regarding do you get paid to be a surrogate is yes. As part of the compensation package we have listed above, we have hopefully covered all of the financial costs you might incur as a surrogate. However, there are some non-financial costs to you that we would be remiss to not cover.
First, there would be a physical cost. Yes, you would be going through a traditional pregnancy that includes all of the discomforts you might encounter. Since having successfully delivered at least one child as a condition of being accepted as a surrogate, you probably have some idea of what you should be expecting physically. Hopefully, there will be no complications.
Second, there will very likely be an emotional cost related to you serving as a surrogate. Remember, you will be carrying a beautiful baby in your womb for up to nine months. You would not be human if you didn’t form some kind of a bond with the baby, try as you may to not do that. It’s okay, it’s part of the process. You will get past it once you realize what a wonderful thing you have done for the intended parents.
Finally, the process will cost you some time. It might detract from your work or your own family. It will certainly take you away from enjoying some of your favorite activities. The best way to deal with this cost is to remember it’s only for nine months. The financial compensation is intended to help cover the loss of this time.
Process of getting compensated
Beyond your concerns about do you get paid to be a surrogate, you might want to know how you get paid. Since we know you will be dealing with a lot during the entire process, we like to keep things simple.
All of your compensation would be placed in an escrow account that is managed by an independent escrow company. At certain times and intervals, you would be permitted to withdraw some of the allowances and reimbursable expenses. When the process has been concluded, you would then get access to any remaining escrow funds.
We must say we are impressed by your desire to even consider serving as a gestational surrogate mother. We know it takes a very special woman of humanity to give such a great gift to deserving intended parents. If and when you are ready to move forward, please complete the online application and we’ll get things going.