Hello and allow me to quickly introduce myself! My name is Gennifer Rose from Surrogacy Mama and I’m here to tell you about my surrogacy journey, along with my professional experience in the industry. I am a surrogate myself, and I have worked for a surrogacy agency for over 2 years. I have personal experience working alongside many surrogates as they carry and deliver babies for their Intended Parents.
Surrogacy has recently become a popular way for compassionate mothers to help other families welcome their own baby. All the while they earn significant income for their own household. If all goes well, it truly is a win-win for both parties! In this guide I will share some insights into what surrogacy entails, and how much women can expect to make as a surrogate.
What is a Gestational Carrier?
A gestational carrier, also known as a surrogate, is a woman who carries a pregnancy for another individual or couple. Unlike traditional surrogacy, in which the surrogate’s own egg is used, a gestational carrier has no genetic relationship to the baby she is carrying. The embryo is created using either the intended parents’ or donors’ egg and sperm, and then implanted into the gestational carrier’s uterus using in vitro fertilization (IVF). The gestational carrier carries the pregnancy to term and gives birth, and the child is then placed in the care of the intended parents or parent.
How do you qualify to be a surrogate?
The qualifications to become a surrogate can vary depending on the surrogacy agency or fertility clinic, but there are some consistent truths that must be followed.
Generally, all surrogate applicants must fit into the below criteria:
- Age: Most surrogacy agencies require that a surrogate be between the ages of 21 and 45 years old.
- Health: A surrogate must be in good overall health and have a BMI (Body Mass Index) within a certain range, typically between 19 and 35.
- Previous pregnancy and delivery: A surrogate must have previously given birth to at least one child and have had a successful pregnancy and delivery without any major complications.
- Lifestyle factors: Surrogates are typically required to abstain from smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs throughout the surrogacy process. This can also include prescription drugs.
- Psychological evaluation: A surrogate must undergo a psychological evaluation to ensure that she is emotionally stable and prepared for the surrogacy process.
- Legal requirements: A surrogate must be a legal adult, typically 21 years of age or older, and be a resident of a state where surrogacy is legal. She must also have the support of her spouse or partner if she is married or in a committed relationship.
How much money do surrogates make?
The compensation for surrogates varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the surrogacy agency or clinic, the location, and the specific circumstances of the surrogacy arrangement.
In general, a surrogate can expect to receive a base compensation of between $45,000 and $60,000, plus additional payments for expenses related to the surrogacy process, such as medical bills, travel costs, and legal fees.
In some cases, surrogates may be compensated more if they have specific qualifications or experiences that are in high demand, such as being a proven surrogate, having a certain educational or professional background, or being willing to carry multiples.
It is important to note that surrogacy compensation is not regulated by law and can vary greatly. It is essential for both the intended parents and the surrogate to have a clear understanding of the financial terms of the surrogacy arrangement before moving forward.
If you’re at all interested in becoming a surrogate, or just want to learn more, please feel free to contact me directly.