What Compensation Do Surrogates Receive
Monday, December 05, 2016
If you're exploring the path of surrogacy, you might be surprised at how much a surrogate makes. A first-time surrogate in most states, for example, will make a minimum of $38,000 for a successful pregnancy that carries and delivers a healthy baby. However several other states like California, Nevada, Illinois and Maryland a surrogate will receive $42,000 for a first time successful surrogacy. for That fee doesn't include compensation for lost wages or other expenses to accommodate the surrogate's changing body during the pregnancy.
For intended parents, this can be a stressful situation. However, when you think about it, two things are true about surrogacy. First, the joy of bringing a new baby, a new life, into the home of the intended parents outweighs the financial aspects. Especially for those who have been trying to start a family and have not succeeded. Second, the surrogate not only needs to take care of herself during the pregnancy, but she also needs to take care of the baby growing inside of her.
Once the surrogate agrees to carry a child for the intended parents, she's agreeing to share her body with the growing baby for the next 40 weeks to ensure this gift of love receives the proper care and nutrition it needs to survive. The surrogate needs to be able to take care of the child as if it were her own, and that means making sure that she never wants for necessary expenses. For example, eating nutritional food during pregnancy is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child. By providing the surrogate with a financial cushion through surrogacy compensation, you ensure that she has the wherewithal to act upon what her body and the child are telling her they need. If she's able to keep a refrigerator full of healthy snacks and meals, she won't have to stress about trying to afford the right foods to give the baby a good, healthy start. She'll be able to plan out her meals accordingly and make sure that she and the baby are getting the nutrients they'll need.
When pregnancy changes a woman's body, it also changes her physical abilities. As her body grows, the surrogate might lose the ability to complete certain tasks at her regular job, which can lead to a loss of compensation, because duties have been reduced. As the pregnancy continues to develop, the surrogate might need to be placed on bed rest to ensure that she doesn't cause harm to herself or the baby. We know, from 36 years of experience, that surrogacy is most successful when both the intended parents and the surrogate don't have to worry about finances and can put the child first, so we think it's important to provide relief for lost wages.
Even if the surrogate doesn't experience lost wages, she still faces adjustments to her body. The right level of compensation helps her get through the difficulties of pregnancy while giving the intended parents the peace of mind of knowing that their child is well cared for.
For the intended parents, the question of providing the surrogate with the right level of compensation isn't a matter of desire, it's a matter of finding a way to afford it. Almost all individuals who choose the path of surrogacy would gladly pay any amount of money for the chance to love and care for a child of their own, but affording all surrogacy costs at once can often be another manner. We understand, so financing is an option to help afford compensation for the surrogate and make the experience less stressful and more memorable.
Our goal is helping intended parents and the surrogate mother leave with a positive experience and positive feelings. By providing proper compensation for the surrogate throughout the pregnancy, the intended parents can make sure that both their future child and the surrogate have the care they need to make the experience a success.