Understanding Surrogate Pay & Compensation

Most aspiring surrogates are motivated by the goal of helping others create or grow their families. It is understood that compensation plays a role in the decision process for potential surrogates. It is normal to compare benefits and compensation packages from agency to agency as you look for the best fit for you.

Growing Generations offers a generous compensation package. Here is what you can expect when you review our benefits package. 

Full Disclosure

The first thing you’ll notice about our compensation package is that it looks short. That’s because we want it to be simple and straightforward. We believe in total transparency, giving you all the information upfront before you’ve committed to anything. It is our goal to make sure you understand every aspect of compensation and benefits from day one.  

Flat Compensation

The very first item in our benefits package is your compensation. In 2017, we nearly doubled surrogate compensation, so you won’t incur any surrogacy-related expenses on your own. We trust our surrogates to make wise financial decisions with their compensation. As a result, you won’t see line-item expenses for childcare or housekeeping explicitly spelled out in our benefits package.

Itemized Reimbursements

There are a couple of places in our financial package where you will be eligible for reimbursements. When you travel for screenings, matching, the embryo transfer, invasive procedures, or court hearings, you will be entitled to a number of reimbursements including a daily food allowance and childcare expenses, each with a maximum amount. As the surrogacy journey continues, you will be eligible for reimbursement for a handful of additional expenses including insurance co-pays, prescription drugs, and mileage to drive to required medical appointments more located than 200 miles round trip from your home.

To receive reimbursement, you’ll need to print the correct form from the financial handbook provided by Growing Generations, fill it out, and either fax or email it to your financial specialist. You will need to keep and submit receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, with the exception of the daily food allowance during travel. Our finance department cannot begin working on your reimbursement until all documentation, including receipts, has been submitted. In instances when a receipt may not be provided, you’ll need to have the service provider fill out a “receipt of services” form, also found in your financial handbook. Once everything has been submitted, our finance department will process your reimbursement and issue you a check, which is done every two weeks.

Variable Numbers

Some numbers may vary within the same line-item expense. This is another example of our dedication to full disclosure. The variance in numbers is the result of things we can’t predict. For example, there is uncertainty whether you become pregnant with one baby or multiples. You will find an explanation for most fee variances in the description of the expense.

Unlikely Scenarios

Pregnancy can be dangerous, and surrogacy is no exception. Sometimes things go wrong, and very rarely, a surrogate will require medical assistance that results in the loss of reproductive capabilities. We don’t believe that only the surrogates who experience this should be compensated, as each of our selfless surrogates understands that this is a risk. For that reason, we’ve built reimbursement for these unlikely scenarios into our compensation. Every surrogate is compensated for being willing to bear this potential risk, however rare it may be, to help someone else’s dream of building or growing a family come true.

Along with life insurance, intended parents are required to add a rider to the policy for an additional insurance payout for their surrogate if she needs a partial or full hysterectomy. This also provides a benefit for permanent disability caused by pregnancy.

If you would like further clarification on anything in our compensation package, email email hidden; JavaScript is required and a financial specialist will reply promptly.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.

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