Do surrogates get paid?
Yes. While many women say that they simply want to be a surrogate to help someone, there is also a significant amount of dedication to becoming a surrogate both mentally and physically. A first time surrogate can expect to receive a base compensation of $35 – $45K. Additionally, surrogates receive a monthly allowance, payments for medical procedures and maternity clothing.
What is the difference between a traditional surrogate and a gestational surrogate?
A traditional surrogate uses her own egg to create the embryo, and a gestational surrogate uses the biological material of the Intended Parents and/or a donor. A gestational surrogate is not related to the child she is carrying.
Are Intended Parents involved in the surrogacy process?
Intended Parents are always involved in the surrogacy process with Family Makers. You can expect that Intended Parents will attend the embryo transfer and as many doctor appointments as possible during the journey. Intended Parents also plan to be at the delivery to support their surrogate, and to have initial skin to skin contact with the baby immediately after delivery. Surrogates can expect an organic relationship to develop with their Intended Parents during the course of their journey, staying in contact with each other through the methods that are most convenient for all parties. Many surrogates and Intended Parents become close and remain in each others lives after delivery.
Where do the Intended Parents live, are they in my state?
Family Makers Surrogacy only works with Intended Parents who live in the United States. While your Intended Parents may not live near you, they will still be involved and supportive in the journey.
What should I expect at the clinic appointment for the medical clearance?
Each clinic has different protocols. However, you should expect to have a physical, bloodwork, urine sample, breast exam, saline ultrasound and HSG. Some clinics will also require a mock transfer cycle.
What medications are required for the surrogacy process?
In addition to birth control pills to prevent a natural pregnancy birth control pills allow the clinic to control the surrogate’s menstrual cycle. Surrogates will also take additional medications and hormones as part of the IVF process including, but not limited to estrogen, lupron, antibiotics, steroids and progesterone. For more detailed information, visit our Surrogate IVF Information Page.
Do I have to pay any of the bills associated with being a surrogate?
As a surrogate, you will not be responsible for any of the costs associated with being a surrogate.
Will I have legal representation as a surrogate?
Yes, surrogates and Intended Parents have separate legal representation during the surrogacy journey. The Intended Parents will pay for the surrogate’s attorney. You can check out www.aaarta.org for more information on ART attorneys.
Will I be required to deliver in a hospital?
Most Intended Parents prefer for the surrogate to deliver at a hospital with a level III NICU in the event of a medical emergency. Some Intended Parents may be willing to have delivery take place at a birthing center.