Surrogates usually receive a base compensation amount as well as other compensation and benefits throughout the process.
At 3 Sisters Surrogacy, YOU decide your base compensation.
We recommend that compensation packages usually start around $40k, and go up depending on experience, insurance, location, and other variables such as multiples, travel, bed rest, etc. The compensation package is just one part of the total surrogacy experience and each case is individualized.
The exact amount of base compensation you will receive as a surrogate is determined on an individual basis and depends on a number of factors:
Intended parents’ budget
Previous surrogacy experience
Number of previous pregnancies
The overall success of surrogacy
Health insurance coverage
Compensation Varies By State
The average base surrogate compensation amount can also differ from state to state. One notable trend, however, is that states along the East and West coast tend to offer more compensation. This difference in compensation may be due to the increase in surrogacy agencies in coastal areas; to stay competitive, surrogacy agencies in those regions offer higher compensation.
Who Pays the Bills?
Pregnancy can be expensive, and the toll on the surrogate can be great. All medical bills should be covered primarily by your health insurance, but any other medical expenses directly related to your pregnancy will be covered by the intended parents (including insurance co-pays).
Benefits and Compensation
Benefits and Compensation Before You’re Pregnant
In addition to your base compensation as a surrogate, there are special benefits you will receive in the time before you are pregnant. Below are a few examples of common pre-pregnancy benefits:
Travel expenses for doctors’ appointments
Relevant medical expenses not covered by your own health insurance (including co-pays)
Fees for screenings, cycle medications, and embryo transfer (varies by agency)
Lost income (from time off for surrogacy obligations)
Benefits and Compensation After You’re Pregnant
Once pregnancy has been confirmed, you’ll begin to receive additional compensation. Availability and amounts may vary depending on agency policies, but the following are examples of commonly offered benefits:
Continuing travel, medical, and childcare assistance
Monthly allowance, typically around $150-200 a month (unless agency uses flat-rate)
Money for maternity clothes
Legal and social work support
Counseling, support groups
Coverage for additional invasive procedures
Additional Benefits and Compensation
Other benefits that may or may not be offered by a given surrogacy agency include the following:
Termination fee (if necessary)
Canceled cycle fee
Compensation for breast milk
Coverage for damage to reproductive organs
Coverage for bed rest (as ordered by a doctor)
Coverage for post-delivery recovery expensesAmniocentesis
Become a Gestational Surrogate
If you’re ready to get started, fill out our initial application today!
We are the only surrogacy agency that has two highly educated career infertility specialists on staff, as well as 35+ years of experience in the field. For women looking to become gestational surrogates, we offer competitive compensation packages and a variety of resources and staff support throughout your pregnancy.
Our Finance Coach Can Help
As a Gestational Surrogate, there is an enormous investment of time and money throughout the process. 3 Sisters Surrogacy is leading the industry in providing you with a team of experienced, personal coaches, rich video content, and templates that will identify the financial resources available to help you on your journey. Please let us know and we will provide resources to you.
What are the requirements for becoming a surrogate mother?
3 Sisters Surrogacy requires that all prospective gestational surrogate mothers must meet the following guidelines:
A resident of a surrogacy-friendly state (e.g., Texas)
Previously has delivered a live child at full term
Has undergone a thorough medical exam to determine physical and gestational health
Both the surrogate and any spouse/partner(s) must pass a psychological evaluation and a full criminal background check
Has a lawyer not the same as that of the intended parents, and has all legal contracts signed by the surrogate’s legal spouse, if applicable
Has health insurance that covers 8 weeks post-delivery (must be purchased by intended parents if the surrogate does not have it)
Can I still be a gestational carrier if I’ve had my tubes tied?
Yes! Having your tubes “tied” only affects your body’s ability to release eggs for insemination, not your body’s ability to take up an embryo in the womb. Because 3 Sisters Surrogacy only employs gestational carriers and not traditional surrogates, there is no need for you to provide an egg.
Do STI/STDs disqualify me?
Possibly, but it depends. You will, of course, be asked to complete a medical exam that includes a pap smear, vaginal ultrasound, hysteroscopy, and blood testing for infectious disease as part of the application process to be a gestational surrogate. Any spouse or partner(s) will also be required to undergo this blood testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate mother, you may have questions like “what is surrogacy?” and “who can be a surrogate mother?”
The following FAQ should help you find answers to these and other burning questions.
What is a surrogate mother?
A surrogate mother is a woman who agrees to carry a baby to term for the purpose of giving that child to a set of intended parents. Surrogate mothers are commonly used by couples who suffer from infertility (or otherwise choose not to conceive on their own) to have and raise genetically related children.
Why would you want to be a surrogate mother?
There are many reasons for being a surrogate mother, so it depends on the individual. The common thread all surrogates share is a desire to help couples have the biological children they dream of.
What’s the difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy?
In traditional surrogacy, the egg is provided by the surrogate, making the baby the surrogate mother’s biological offspring. In gestational surrogacy, the egg is donated by the intended mother, and the embryo is implanted in the surrogate by In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
What’s a gestational carrier/what is a surrogate pregnancy?
A gestational carrier is a woman who becomes pregnant with the genetic offspring of the intended parents in gestational surrogacy. A traditional surrogate pregnancy is the carrying of an embryo formed by impregnating the surrogate with the intended father’s sperm.
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