How Much Do Surrogate Mothers Earn From Surrogacy?
One of the first questions that many potential surrogate mothers ask is, “How much do surrogate mothers make?” The answer to this depends on numerous factors, including the location where the surrogate lives and such details as the type of pregnancy and the amount of experience the potential surrogate mother has.
Generally, once you become a surrogate, you receive paid compensation in addition to money that covers any lost income. All your co-pays, maternity attire, travel expenses (at the appropriate time), and medications are covered. When you consult with legal counsel while looking at the agreement prior to signing your contract, this cost is covered as well. In many instances, it is possible to receive between $35,000 and $70,000 (though, once again, the actual amount depends on numerous factors). Couples who are prepared to engage a surrogate mother have the resources to offer generous compensation, but make no mistake about this—you are going to earn the money you receive. Pregnancy involves a physical and emotional investment by you, even in the smoothest of experiences, and you really are giving a couple something they cannot give themselves—their own child.
More On Surrogate Mothers Compensation
Your compensation depends on a number of factors, so the answer to “How much do surrogate moms earn?” differs. Most agencies begin with a baseline compensation for surrogates that starts around $30,000. This can be broken down into monthly payments beginning with the baby’s initial heartbeats and continuing through delivery. (If there is an early birth, you will still receive all your monthly installments). If you were a surrogate before, some organizations pay an additional bonus per surrogate pregnancy. The reason behind this is that experienced surrogates feel less stress—about both the agency and the parents—because they are already informed about the process, and have fewer questions or concerns. Also, completing one successful surrogate pregnancy boosts a surrogate’s chances of going through another without physical or medical problems.
Another bonus applies in the event of multiples. If the embryo divides into twins, triplets, or more, you get more income every month. If you are on bed rest following the embryo transfer, you will get yet another payment. Also, you receive a monthly allowance for miscellaneous expenses, including local travel, meals, notary fees, phone charges, doctor visits, support groups, over-the-counter supplements, vitamins, and other products you’ll need to help you with your pregnancy. You will also receive a clothing allocation.
Other payments depend on what you must do based on what happens during your pregnancy. If travel is critical, those expenses will likely be covered. If the doctor places you on bed rest, you are entitled to all lost income as well as money that will pay for housekeeping and child care for your own little ones. Should your partner lose wages while helping you during this time, that loss may be covered. If you start pumping breast milk per your agreement, you’ll often receive a weekly stipend.
As soon as the child reaches term, you’ll be able to benefit from being a surrogate mother. Yet again, though, you earn every dollar you receive, as surrogate pregnancy will make major changes to your daily life. Someone who can’t conceive independently may be prepared to spend money on someone who can make the dream of children a reality. The answer to the question, “How much do surrogate mothers make?” differs widely, so you will want to obtain the most reliable quote you can.
If you have never been a surrogate mother and are curious about how to begin, contact a gestational surrogate agency for free advice. You may also get the contact information for surrogate mothers who have been successful and who will be able to discuss the process with you. Pregnancy can be both frightening and beautiful, whether or not you’re carrying your own child. Having information about how the process works can alleviate your stress level significantly.