Depending on the agency or the intended parents you work with, each benefit package will be a little bit different. What we do know is that the agencies in our network and the intended parents in our Fertility Vault program offer some of the highest compensation packages in the country, many with some fun and unique perks! And don't forget about the $1,000 match bonus that we've pre-negotiated for each and every surrogate that applies with us!
Below is a sample breakdown of what surrogates can expect to receive:
Surrogate Compensation: This is the amount you receive throughout the pregnancy and it typically ranges anywhere from about $35,000 - $75,000. (Remember, we only handle gestational surrogacy arrangements, meaning surrogates are never biologically related to the baby they are carrying.)
Twin Compensation: Surrogates typically receive a minimum of $5,000 extra compensation when there is a multiple pregnancy.
Surrogate Expense Allowance: Surrogate's typically receive a monthly payment of about $200-$400 for non-accountable expenses that may come up throughout the surrogacy process.
Embryo Transfer Fee: Surrogates generally receive a payment of approximately $500-$1,000 for each embryo transfer procedure.
Maternity Clothing Allowance: Surrogates typically receive approximately $1,000 to help purchase maternity clothing.
Housekeeping Allowance: Most agencies offer surrogates a weekly allowance for house cleaning.
Life Insurance: The agency will typically require your intended parents to purchase a life insurance policy on your behalf.
Medical Insurance: If you do not have medical insurance that covers surrogacy, your intended parents will typically purchase a policy on your behalf and cover all related expenses. If your insurance does cover the surrogacy, your intended parents will typically reimburse you for all co-pays, deductibles, and premiums throughout the course of the pregnancy and several months following.
Physician Recommended C-section: Surrogate's typically receive an additional $2,000-$3,000 if a cesarean section is required.
Bed Rest: Generally, surrogates receive additional funds to help them in the event of doctored ordered bed rest.
Supplying Breast Milk (optional): Some surrogates are open to providing breast milk for the baby following birth. If this is something the intended parent(s) are interested in, surrogates are typically compensated a weekly fee in addition to reimbursement for any shipping expenses.
Travel Expenses: Depending on the surrogacy agency, and the location of the intended parent's doctor, some surrogates are required to travel out of town at various stages of the surrogacy process. Hotel, airfare, and all expenses are typically covered by the agency and/or the intended parents. The agency and the intended parents make sure the surrogate does not incur any out-of-pocket expenses.
Invasive Procedures: Generally, surrogates will receive approximately $500-$1,000 for any invasive procedures that may be deemed necessary such as a an amniocentesis, hysteroscopy, fetal reduction, etc.
Lost Wages: Both the surrogate and her spouse or partner are typically reimbursed for lost wages for any missed work as it relates to the surrogacy process.