When you choose to become a surrogate, you will choose to give a great deal of your time, energy and, of course, your body to someone else to selflessly help them become parents. Your choice will include a lot of sacrifices in the year or more you spend in this surrogacy partnership. One thing it will not include? A financial sacrifice.
Sometimes, prospective surrogates wonder how much being a surrogate mother costs. Know this: When you choose to become a gestational carrier, the process will be entirely free to you. All of your pregnancy- and surrogacy-related expenses will be covered by your intended parents and your surrogacy professional. Becoming a surrogate will not cost you a dime — and Southern Surrogacy is here to make sure that is the case.
To learn more about the cost of being a surrogate in the South, as well as any surrogate compensation you may be entitled to, please contact our surrogacy professionals at 855-787-2229. In the meantime, you can read more about the “cost” to be a surrogate mother below.
How Much Does Being a Surrogate Mother Cost?
If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, you’ve been through a pregnancy of your own before — and you know how expensive the process can be. Understandably, your desires to help intended parents create their family may not extend as far as paying for your surrogate pregnancy yourself.
Fortunately, you are never expected to take on this responsibility. Surrogates never have to pay for their surrogacy journey; the financial cost of being a surrogate mother is nonexistent.
Before you begin your surrogacy, your intended parents and you will sit down to create a surrogacy contract, which will detail all of the surrogate mother expenses you may experience along the way. The contract will specifically state that the intended parents are responsible for paying these costs (or for reimbursing you shortly after the charges are made). These expenses will often include:
- Medical bills
- Prenatal vitamins
- Maternity clothes
- Transportation for appointments
- Childcare (for appointments)
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Phone bills for communication with the intended parents
- And more
When you work with our surrogacy program, your surrogacy professional will help ensure all necessary surrogacy costs are covered and you do not have to pay to be a surrogate mother for your intended parents.
Standard Fees for Being a Surrogate: Your Surrogate Compensation
The answer to the question “How much does it cost to be a surrogate?” involves more than just your pregnancy expenses. In fact, you are even eligible to receive base compensation when you take this journey — creating a financial benefit for you as a surrogate!
You will have the right to receive base compensation for your surrogacy journey when you work with our surrogacy program. Our professionals will work closely with you to determine what kind of compensation you are entitled to, based on your individual circumstances and experience. On average, our surrogates’ base compensation begins at $35,000, with an additional $5,000 per previous successful surrogacy.
Even those surrogates who considered an altruistic surrogacy find surrogate base compensation to be a great advantage of the process. Many use these funds for financial goals like putting a down payment on a house or paying off student loans. In addition, this extra compensation provides surrogates with a sense of worth and helps to make up for the time and energy that are the emotional costs of being a surrogate in their situation.
For more information about surrogate base compensation, please contact our program specialists.
The Emotional and Physical Cost of Surrogate Motherhood
While you will never be expected to pay for the financials of your surrogacy journey, it’s important to be aware of the other costs of being a surrogate mother — those you cannot measure in dollar signs.
As mentioned, surrogacy requires a lot from women. You will give a year or more of your time and energy to help someone else become a parent, and your body will go through complicated medical procedures and a surrogate pregnancy before you are done. It’s normal for surrogates to feel exhausted and drained during this journey, so you need to recognize these realities before starting your surrogacy process.
When you become a surrogate, your everyday lifestyle will need to change to accommodate your upcoming pregnancy. You may miss outings with your family or be unable to do the same activities you love. You may need to postpone planned vacations, and you should be prepared for the recovery time required after you deliver the intended parents’ baby.
You will always be made aware of these emotional and physical costs of being a surrogate when you work with our surrogacy program. A mental health professional will meet with you and the intended parents to confirm you are aware of the responsibilities and expectations that lie ahead before you even get started. This meeting will also give both parties a chance to air their concerns and reassure each other before you commit to this partnership.
We know that surrogacy is a big decision to make, but knowing that you do not have to pay to be a surrogate mother can make the choice a little easier for you. For more information about how to become a surrogate and the financial requirements (and benefits) of this journey, please contact our professionals today.