The decision to serve others as a gestational surrogate requires a lot of forethought. After all, the surrogate mother is going to have to give of her time, her body, and even her heart to some extent.
If you are looking to serve as a surrogate mother for deserving intended parents, you should take some time and make sure you can truly commit to the process. The last thing you would want to do is commit only to back out at the last moment. That would likely leave some disappointed people in your wake.
As you contemplate your decision, you need to ask questions and get answers. While your decision will largely focus on you giving the gift of parenthood, you have a right to ask about possible surrogate compensation. In fact, most surrogates do get surrogate pay of some kind. The following information is going to look at the question of “do surrogates get paid” in more depth.
About Surrogate Compensation
In most surrogate cases, the surrogate mother will contract to deliver a healthy baby to deserving intended parents for either surrogate pay, surrogate benefits, or both. How surrogate compensation is handled will vary from one state to the next and one fertility clinic to the next. By way of explanation, we want to cover the subject matter in general terms regarding the surrogate base fee and surrogate benefits.
The Surrogate Base Fee
The base fee paid to surrogates is the part of the compensation package that is directed at the investment a surrogate mother has to make. That includes the sacrifice of their time, the inconveniences to their lifestyle, and the physical strain that will be put on their body.
Depending on the circumstances of the surrogate and intended parents, the base fee might be negotiable. However, most fertility clinics have their own guidelines that dictate how much the surrogate base fee will need to be. It’s quite common to see base fees ranging from $30,000 to $40,000. The higher fee is generally reserved for surrogates who have successfully been through the process before.
The rest of a surrogate’s compensation will come in the form of benefits or what is often referred to as reimbursable expenses. The payment of reimbursable expenses is provided to ensure that the surrogate mother will not have to carry the burden of any expenses related to the entire surrogate process. Here is a list of expenses that are eligible for reimbursement:
- Medical and life insurance during the length of the pregnancy (includes co-pays)
- Additional compensation for additional invasive procedures
- An allowance for maternity clothes
- Compensation for any lost wages while attending scheduled appointments
- Reimbursement for household assistance if deemed necessary (housekeeping, child care)
- Reimbursement for travel expenses to and from doctor/fertility clinic
- Health supplies like prenatal vitamins
- Embryo transfer compensation
- Additional compensation for Cesarean procedure
- Compensation for providing mother’s milk
- Miscellaneous fee for incidentals
From the perspective of intended parents, the total financial investment could range from $60,000 to $70,000. That cost is exactly why you need to be sure you can commit to the surrogacy process. If you can give of yourself in such a caring way, it will be a win-win for all concerned parties.