Become A Surrogate: Compensation And What You Need To Know
So, you’ve decided to become a surrogate. Congratulations on making a personal decision that’s life-changing for both you and the intended parents. For you, there’s fulfillment and the reward of helping someone else realize their dream of becoming a parent. For the intended parents, there’s the joy of starting a family. But you no doubt have a lot of questions about the surrogacy process, including compensation for surrogates.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation will vary not only by surrogacy agency but also on whether you’re a first time surrogate or an experienced surrogate. Most agencies will provide higher compensation for surrogates who have already gone through the process once before and who have experience and knowledge about the process. Every agency has its own unique compensation package that’s centered on a base fee, plus additional benefits. Base fees are often higher in states that are in high demand for surrogates.
When is compensation paid?
Once conception is confirmed, you’ll begin receiving installments for compensation throughout the pregnancy until birth.
When you become a surrogate, it’s not expected that you pay for any of the costs of the surrogacy process. This includes those expenses during pre-pregnancy such as travel expenses, embryo transfer attempts, and legal counsel.
Benefits during pregnancy
Throughout the pregnancy, additional benefits are compensated depending on your own individual circumstances. Some of these benefits include:
- Monthly allowance to cover expenses.
- Additional monthly allowance if carrying twins/triplets
- Maternity clothing allowance
- Additional maternity clothing allowance if carrying twins/triplets
- Compensation for multiples in the result of twins or triplets.
- Housekeeping in the third trimester for twins/triplets
- Compensation for any invasive procedures.
- Lost wages for recovery from either a vaginal or c-section birth.
- Childcare for your own children for recovery time after birth.
- Health insurance premiums, if you do not have Insurance already
- Support and counseling
As a surrogate, you can expect to go through ups and downs throughout the journey. The anxiety of a successful embryo transfer is just the start. Experienced team of previous surrogate
Most surrogacy agencies provide support and counseling, helping you through the challenges of surrogacy such as mood swings and any reactions to medication. It’s not just your physical health that’s supported, it’s your mental health as well. At Simple Surrogacy we have support coordinators to provide 24/7 help by phone and an experienced Program Director who is a former Surrogate available 24/7. We also provide our surrogates with a retreat or getaway available if you choose as well as a personalized push present.
When you become a surrogate, agencies have different reimbursement policies, with some reimbursing your expenses monthly and others weekly. The surrogate agency you decide to work with will be able to clearly outline their compensation plan, providing you with detailed information about benefits before and during the pregnancy as well as any additional benefits that may arise on your journey.
No matter what the compensation, the experience of being a surrogate is one that can never be fully repaid. Compensation is there to support you through the process with the benefit of helping you realize specific financial personal goals for yourself and your family. The biggest reward is that you’ll be giving the gift of a lifetime to intended parents – the opportunity to be a family with their own little one.Go back