For those struggling to start or continue their family, having a healthy baby of their own can seem like a distant dream. You can help make a difference and achieve both emotional and financial gain by becoming a Surrogate Mother. As a Surrogate Mother, you and your family will have the experience of helping someone build their family in this unique way. It is a journey that spreads beyond your family and into the parent's family that you are helping. The joy of seeing the Intended Parents hold their baby for the first time is a lasting and cherished memory.
The time and commitment that a Surrogate Mother dedicates to this journey can be beyond measure so how do you place a price on such a thing? At The Surrogacy Experience, we do not dictate what you ultimately receive for your Surrogate Compensation package, but rather this is finalized with the help of your attorney. We understand that deciding what is fair for both parties can be difficult and have provided generally industry guidelines for your review:
Base Surrogate Compensation
First time Gestational Carrier residing in CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, ME: $30,000, based on approved insurance*
First time Gestational Carrier residing in all other states: $25,000 – $30,000, based on approved insurance*
Experienced Gestational Carrier: $35,000 + and based on approved insurance*
Multiples: $5,000 in addition to base compensation
*Approved insurance becomes a key factor in these amounts and refers to the Gestational Carrier’s current insurance that has been reviewed and does not contain any Surrogacy Exclusions and can be used for prenatal, labor and delivery cost for the surrogacy
Gestational Carrier Related Paid Expenses
Mock Cycle fee: $ 250
Canceled Cycle fee: $ 500
Embryo transfer fee: $1,000
Selective reduction and/or termination of pregnancy: $1,500 each
Invasive Procedure Fee (amnio, CVS, D&C, etc.): $500 per procedure
Cesarean Section Fee: $2,500
Loss of reproductive organs: $3,000 loss of uterus; $1,200 per loss of tube
Other Gestational Carrier Considerations (Costs varies depending on your specific journey and contract terms
Gestational Carrier reimbursement for lost wages for any pay not received due to her participation for any pre/post transfer monitoring appointments, overnight travel in conjunction with visits to/from the treating fertility clinic, surrogacy related doctor’s appointments, doctor-ordered bedrest and post-delivery recovery time up to the earlier of either 6 weeks post-delivery maximum or when surrogate is medically cleared to return to work.
Spouse/Partner reimbursement for lost wages at the actual rate of payat the time of the event missed for required travel, birth and up to 1 week postpartum (if requested)
Child Care up to $100 per day
Provided for any overnight travel, in the event of bedrest ordered by medical care provider, and for up to 4 weeks post-partum
For surrogacy related appointments that are outside of regular childcare hours
Payment will be made directly to childcare provider
Housekeeping due to bed rest or medical restrictions by medical care provider: starting at $75 p/week
Medical Expenses: Intended Parents are responsible for any medical costs related to pre/post transfer cycling, pregnancy and delivery and any issues that were symptomatic within 3 months post-partum and treated through 6 months post-partum
Costs will vary based on OB/GYN, hospital and insurance coverage
Psychological counseling / group support (if requested): $1,000
Term life insurance policy: $250,000 – $500,000
Travel Expenses: Approved travel-related expenses will be paid for by intended parents which typically include:
rental car fee, taxi or other ground transportation
mileage over 50 miles at current tax rate if surrogate uses own car
per diem of $50 per day, per person meal allotment, not to exceed a maximum of $100/day
Pumping Breast Milk (if applicable): $150 per week, plus cost of supplies and shipping
Monthly stipend for miscellaneous expenses: $200 per month beginning at confirmation of pregnancy via an Ultrasound showing heartbeat
Legal Fees (paid or by the Intended Parents)
Representation to review agreement on your behalf: $750-$1,500
If required, representation during the Declaration of Parentage proceeding
All details for your specific journey are discussed and outlined in the Gestational Carrier Agreement you sign with your Intended Parents and will be managed by our agency.
Surrogate compensation can depend on several different factors and is unique to each situation. To determine an estimate on how much you can receive for surrogate mother compensation please contact us.
The Surrogacy Experience (TSE) is a gestational surrogacy agency that was founded on personal experience. The founder of the agency, with the support of her fertility clinic, welcomed her first daughter into the world through IVF. She later went on to explore surrogacy and along with her surrogate mother, welcomed her second daughter. The Managing Director has been a surrogate mother twice herself. With this foundation, our surrogacy program is a boutique approach to bringing Intended Parents and Surrogate Mothers together on a surrogacy journey. Along with the support of our network partners we provide up-to-date information and education on such items as: what is surrogacy and the surrogacy process, becoming a surrogate mother / surrogate mother requirements, surrogate mother compensation, things to know as an intended parent, surrogacy medical process / medical procedures, how to find a surrogacy agency, surrogate laws / surrogacy laws, international surrogacy, and navigating gay surrogacy. Surrogacy information is out there, but finding the right gestational surrogate agency will help you decide if surrogacy is right for you. Let The Surrogacy Experience be your source of education and information.