We understand that each surrogate is different, and our generous compensation packages are designed to be customizable and flexible. Use our form below to calculate your estimated surrogate pay based on your status and location. Earn up to $60,000!
Your surrogate compensation is paid to you throughout the duration of your surrogacy journey. In fact, you will receive payments before you are even pregnant.
Surrogate pay includes the following:
• Base compensation. Calculate your base compensation with the calculator above to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in your state.
• Payments before you are pregnant. You will be compensated early in your journey for completing tasks and milestones. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
• Payments during and after pregnancy. Surrogate mothers also receive financial support for necessities during the pregnancy, such as maternity clothing, housekeeping, for pumping and shipping breast milk and more.
• Additional benefits. Surrogates will also receive benefits that while are not in the form of monetary payments, are priceless in ensuring you're protected and you have a smooth journey. These benefits include: social work support, legal counsel, life insurance and more.
Read more details about surrogate mother pay and benefits below.
Gestational surrogates are paid for carrying a baby for someone. This compensation is often called a "surrogate base compensation" or "surrogate payment".
At Circle Surrogacy, base compensation can range from $30,000-$40,000, depending on where the surrogate lives, the surrogacy agency and whether or not the surrogate has insurance. As a surrogate, you will be paid your base compensation PLUS additional payments for milestones along your journey, up to $60,000.
Your base compensation is paid monthly in nine installments beginning with the confirmation of heartbeat, which occurs around six weeks gestation. However, you will receive compensation in the time leading up to that for transfers as well as the medical screening and signing your contract.
You can calculate your base compensation at Circle Surrogacy with the calculator above. Remember, you will also receive additional payments and benefits in addition to the number you see.
You'll have many milestones as a surrogate on your journey before you even get to the embryo transfer, such as completing your surrogate application and screening, signing your contract and beginning your medications.
The below payments and benefits are given to surrogates in addition to their base compensation, and paid to them before they are even pregnant.
As you progress on your surrogacy journey, you'll be paid additional payments. Below is a list of payments a surrogate receives during her pregnancy.
Benefits beyond your surrogate compensation come from working with an agency who has supported the needs of surrogates for over two decades. We have experienced gestational carriers on staff and at your disposal for questions, advice and so much more.
You will be connected with experienced surrogates on our staff from your first moment of communication.
Honoring and connecting surrogates across the country to share their stories and make new friends.
A private and safe online space for surrogates to connect and express feelings, experiences and reciprocate support.
Your intended parents cover any necessary travel expenses to your IVF clinic for the screening and transfer, including lost wages or childcare coverage.
Your base fee is paid monthly in nine installments beginning with the confirmation of heartbeat, which occurs around six weeks gestation. However, you will receive compensation in the time leading up to that for transfers as well as the medical screening and signing your contract.
*The first payment is the $500 Expedited Screening Advance. You are eligible to receive $500 if we receive all required paperwork (including previous Prenatal and Delivery records), medical pre-approval AND you and your primary support person complete your Social Work Screening within 3 weeks of submitting your application. In order to receive this advance, you must match with intended parents in our program. Of note, this amount is deducted from your base fee, but will be deposited shortly after matching, prior to receiving any other surrogacy payments.
The first step in becoming a surrogate mother is to review our list of surrogate requirements to see if you qualify to be a surrogate. If you do, you can fill out our surrogate application to start the process. If your application is accepted, an experienced surrogate from our team will reach out to you!
As you consider surrogacy, you may have questions along the way. With many experienced surrogates on staff, we've helped women navigate their surrogacy journeys successfully, and have answered almost every question out there!
Your insurance company (or the surrogate maternity insurance coverage we obtain for you and your intended parents) will pay most of the bills related to your pregnancy and delivery. If there are any additional unexpected costs, your intended parents will cover those costs. The family you choose to work with will pay for all IVF medical procedures, expenses, co-payments, and deductibles related to your surrogate pregnancy.
Surrogate reimbursements are divided up into equal monthly installments following the confirmation of heartbeat (around the 6-8 week mark) and paid on the first of every month. If you are carrying multiple children, a multiples fee is paid to you over the last five months. After 34 weeks, the pregnancy is considered viable (32 weeks for multiples). If you deliver before 40 weeks, you are given a lump sum for the remaining balance. The remainder of the miscellaneous fees are distributed at various times throughout the pregnancy and will be discussed in your screening.
The surrogacy process should never become an out of pocket expense for you. The family you match with will pay the fees outlined for you in your screening and agreed upon in the contract, while health insurance (which we’ll ensure work correctly) should cover the majority of healthcare throughout your surrogate pregnancy and birth.
Surrogacy arrangements are built to deliver both financial and emotional rewards for you, the surrogate. The Circle team is here to make sure that’s exactly happens.
Our coordinator works to find you a $250,000 life insurance policy. The intended parents pay the premiums; however, you choose the beneficiaries.
That’s a great question. Circle is a world leader in surrogacy services, with over 25 years of experience helping families grow. We’ve also partnered with premier fertility clinic organizations and advocacy groups as part of our ongoing work to promote American surrogacy.
But most importantly, our team includes many women who have completed the surrogacy journey themselves, and we bring that wealth of experience and passion to you throughout the surrogacy process. It’s through this devotion to our work that Circle has risen to such prominence in surrogacy services. We really do think of ourselves and our parents and surrogates as one big family.
There’s a very easy answer to this question: All kinds of women embark on the surrogacy journey. The high-powered executive; the stay-at-home mom; the woman who loves how pregnancy changes her body; the woman who wants to help a gay couple build a loving family… this list goes on and on.
For many people, monetary compensation makes surrogate pregnancy possible - but it’s just one of many rewarding aspects of the surrogacy process. You’d probably be surprised at the wide-ranging and diverse reasons people become surrogates.
Of course, certain women are better equipped for the surrogacy journey. The happiest and most successful surrogates tend to be healthy, organized, informed - and have a lot of support from the people they love.