Surrogate Mothers: Frequently Asked Questions
What are the health risks as a surrogate mother?
It is important that the surrogate mother consult with her OB/GYN to discuss the risks of pregnancy. A surrogate pregnancy has no more risks then a regular pregnancy.
Will the surrogate mother have contact with the prospective parents?
The amount of contact depends on the wishes of both the surrogate mother and the prospective parents. It is important to make your desires known upfront prior to matching. That way, you can match with prospective parents who have similar views on contact.
Will I miss work?
To become a surrogate mother it is important for the surrogate to recognize the level of responsibility required in her duties as a surrogate mother. Many medical appointments during the surrogacy process are time sensitive and you will either have to miss work or schedule appointments before or after work. Furthermore, many prospective parents will work with fertility clinics in their home state. If you match with prospective parents out of state, you will be required to travel to their fertility clinic for the embryo transfer.
Does this cost me anything?
No. The prospective parents are responsible for all expenses incurred as a result of the surrogacy. These expenses include surrogate mother compensation, surrogate mother medical expenses, attorney fees, and travel expenses.
How much am I paid?
Surrogate mother fees vary by experience. Most surrogate mothers receive $35,000-$40,000, plus expenses in compensation.
I had my tubes tied. Can I still be a surrogate mother?
You can still be a gestational surrogate mother since embryos are placed in the surrogate mother’s uterus.
What is required of the surrogate mother’s husband or partner?
The surrogate mother’s husband or partner will have to agree to infectious disease testing.
What happens after the delivery of the Child(ren)?
Prior to delivery, your prospective parent’s attorney will comply with the state’s laws where you reside and will either arrange for a pre-birth order, and for the prospective parents’ names to go on the birth certificate, or for a second parent adoption.