How Much Do Surrogate Mothers Get Paid?

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There are many good questions that women who are considering surrogacy ask. One of the most common questions is: How much do surrogates get paid? Our compensation package is one of the most generous in the field starting at $44,000 and up. Estimate how much you could get paid with our surrogacy compensation calculator below.

Competitive compensation

Factors which may impact surrogate mother compensation can include geographic location, the type of pregnancy (e.g., twins), and prior surrogate mother experience. In fact, experienced surrogates are highly encouraged to apply to receive additional compensation. Scroll down to view the additional benefits that are available.

Surrogacy Pay

Understanding How Much a Surrogate Makes

One of the most common questions we receive is - How much do surrogates get paid? At ConceiveAbilities, our surrogate compensation package is one of the most generous, and well-planned, in the field. As a first-time surrogate, you will earn $44,000 or more in base pay, depending on your specific situation, and with payments starting well before your pregnancy. Factors that increase what you get paid in base compensation include whether you live in a high demand state and whether you have prior experience as a gestational surrogate. As a surrogate living in one of our high demand states, which include California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, or Washington, or as a repeat surrogate, you earn more and you are highly encouraged to apply to receive our highest levels of base pay.

What you earn as a surrogate at ConceiveAbilities is structured into easy and timely scheduled payments, so that you can focus on a healthy and successful surrogacy journey without the burden of submitting receipts for reimbursement. Further, we package all of your payments in a simple way that allows you to plan ahead in the way that is best for you and your family. Our surrogates tell us how much they appreciate this convenience. Here’s how it works.

First, your base pay is one package, that is divided into pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy payments.

  • Your pre-pregnancy payments total $4,000 and are made in three installments, which start the day after your medical work-up and continue until the embryo is transferred to you. We make these payments because we know that your time and effort start well before you are pregnant.
  • During your pregnancy, you’ll receive 8 equal installments, which start after the second confirmation of the fetal heartbeat and are paid monthly. Your pregnancy payments are fully earned by 32 weeks of gestation. In addition to compensating you for your time and effort with a pregnancy, these payments are generous to cover those expenses that you decide on, based on what’s best for you and your family, such as maternity clothes, help with routine childcare and housekeeping, or over-the-counter vitamins.
  • Post-pregnancy, we know you’ll need dedicated time and expenses for recovery. We acknowledge your investment with a post birth one-time payment of $3,000.
  • Your pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy payments are, together, your base pay.

Next, depending on the circumstances of your pregnancy, you may earn more money in addition to your base pay.

  • Are you carrying twins? If so, you will earn an additional $8,000 in payments during your pregnancy. And, your pregnancy base compensation will be fully earned at 30 weeks of gestation, instead of 32 weeks.
  • Are multiple transfers required for a successful pregnancy? If so, you will earn an additional $2,000 for each transfer.
  • Are multiple fertility medication cycles required for a successful embryo transfer? If so, you will earn an additional $1,000 for each cycle.
  • Are other medical procedures necessary during your pregnancy or at birth? If so, you will earn additional payments including, for instance, $2,500 for a first-time Cesarean section.
  • Are you willing to pump breast milk, post-pregnancy? If so, you will earn $350 / week, plus shipping and supplies.
  • Is it necessary for you to be on bed rest? If so, there are generous provisions to allow you to recoup lost wages and to provide for additional help with childcare and housekeeping.
  • Is it necessary for your partner to take some time off of work to help you? If so, there are also provisions for your partner’s investment of time and effort in your surrogacy journey.

So, how much does a surrogate make... applied to you. Check out the calculator below to get an estimate of your own base pay. And, start dreaming a bit about how that money can help you and your family while helping someone else build their family. From paying off debt, saving for your child/children’s education, buying a car, funding a down payment for a new home, creating a safety net for your family, the list goes on and on. Would these funds allow you to homeschool your children? What would you do with $44,000, and more?

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