If you’re considering becoming a gestational surrogate, you're looking at one of the most profound contributions you could make to another person’s life. It’s an adventure that's as rewarding emotionally as it should be financially.
Let's dive into what fair compensation looks like for surrogates and how this plays into the broader surrogacy landscape.
Understanding Surrogacy Compensation
Becoming a surrogate isn’t just a noble act of kindness; it's a commitment that involves your time, body, and emotions. This is why at SurrogacyMentor, we staunchly believe in fair compensation for surrogates. But what is "fair" and who decides?
As a surrogate, you're not only reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses that directly relate to the pregnancy but also compensated for the broader impact on your life. This can include lost wages, maternity clothing, travel expenses for medical appointments, medical costs not covered by insurance, and funds for support services like childcare during appointments or recovery time.
Compensation varies widely based on many factors including location, experience, and which surrogacy agency you are with. But, to give you a very general ballpark, first time surrogates can expect to receive a base compensation anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000.
For more detailed information on compensation and to see if you qualify, take our 2 Minute Surrogacy Quiz on our website.
The Balance Between Fairness and Accessibility
While fair compensation is a must, it's also important to discuss keeping surrogacy accessible to a wide range of intended parents. Surrogacy is very expensive for intended parents, with overall costs including medical procedures, legal fees, and surrogate compensation reaching well into 6 figures. When surrogacy costs become too high, it means surrogacy is no longer an option for many hopeful families who already have limited ways to create or build their family.
Making the Decision That’s Right for You
Every surrogate’s situation is unique, and what feels like fair compensation to one person might differ for another. It's critical to consider your personal circumstances, including your employment situation, health insurance, and support system - among many other factors. It’s okay to have an open and honest conversation with your surrogacy agency or lawyer to determine a compensation package that feels right to you.
When you’re ready to explore this conversation further, SurrogacyMentor is here to guide you through every step. Our team understands that while the financial aspect is important, it's the whole experience that truly counts.