Compensation for Surrogates
We choose our surrogates from among the top 1% of applicants. We know they’re the best out there, and that’s why we’re so proud of our industry leading compensation package.
A surrogate mother’s compensation package is about more than base pay for the surrogate mother. It’s about trust, and ensuring that she has what she needs, when she needs it.
The total Growing Generations surrogate pregnancy compensation package offers up to $63,000, with additional benefits up to $40,000. This attractive compensation of a surrogate mother makes us one of the highest paying surrogacy agencies around.
Frequently Asked Questions
With an emphasis on total transparency, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about surrogate payment.
How much do surrogate mothers get paid?
A surrogate mother’s pay varies. We use a flat rate pay model, which in black and white, means surrogacy pay with Growing Generations looks like this:
- $58,500 – First time surrogate mother compensation for working surrogates in California
- $52,000 – First time surrogate mother compensation for stay-at-home moms in California
- $53,500 – First time surrogate mother compensation for working surrogates in all other states
- $47,000 – First time surrogate mother compensation for stay-at-home moms in all other states
Experienced surrogates and some surrogates residing in Southern California are compensated an additional $5,000-$35,000. Call us to learn more!
What is “flat-rate pay”, and why is it better?
Flat-rate pay programs, vs. line item compensation programs, are based on trust, and are simply easier to manage. Here’s how:
- Flat-rate based pay models are more lucrative to our surrogates. On average, surrogates will be paid between $1,000-$5,000 more per journey with a flat-rate model than they would be through a line item package.
- Who has time for paperwork? Line item-based benefit packages require you to submit paperwork constantly in order to have funds released to you. Simply put-that’s busy work for us and for you. So, we got rid of it. We’ll pay you more up front because we trust you, and we want you to trust us.
Does the flat pay model allow for any additional incentives?
Yes! Through our rapid application incentive, you can earn up to $4,000 in incentives before you’re ever pregnant. Ask your admissions specialist how you can earn the following:
- Up to $1,000 screening incentive
- Up to $1,500 contract signing incentive
- Up to $1,500 medication start incentive
What does surrogacy pay for services like childcare, housekeeping, and bed rest?
Certain services, like housekeeping and childcare, have rates that vary by state. When you receive more base pay vs. an itemized amount per service, the hourly rate at which you can spend on these services is determined by you; not by us. Hire the service providers you like and trust at whatever rate works for you. Need a pet sitter? Would you rather fly grandma in to watch the kids than hire an overnight babysitter or to help out if you’re placed on bed rest? Traditional line item packages rarely cover care for your pets or untraditional childcare arrangements while you travel. But we trust you to do what’s best for your family. That’s why you’re a Growing Generations surrogate, and that’s why we give you more freedom and more base pay. It allows you to make the choices that are best for your family.
How much does surrogacy pay for maternity clothes?
On average, most agencies pay $500-$1,000 for maternity clothing. Growing Generations understands that different bellies grow at different rates and believes that you are responsible enough to manage your own budget. As such, your maternity clothes will be funded out of your monthly compensation. This allows you to buy what you need, when you need it.
How much do surrogates get paid for monthly expenses?
Allowances are for teenagers who clean their rooms, right? Since we only accept mature, responsible surrogacy candidates, we’ve abolished the monthly allowance model. While most agencies pay an average of $200 a month for allowance, we pay you more up front, and allow you to manage the small, miscellaneous fees that come with surrogacy on your own.
How much does being a surrogate mother pay in the event of complications?
While surrogacy is no riskier than any other pregnancy, complications cannot always be avoided. We don’t believe women bold enough to help others create a family should only be compensated in the event of an actual complication. We’ve built complication fees into your base compensation. For example, only 15% of our surrogates experience an “invasive procedure” (such as a D&C or amniocentesis) during their journey. Instead of paying a surrogate $500 for one of these invasive procedures, we pay every surrogate more because she is willing to take the risk that comes along with any pregnancy. In the unlikely event of a more serious complication, additional insurance benefits are provided to ensure our surrogates receive the care and support they deserve.
We know that most women do not become a surrogate mother for money. Most successful surrogacy candidates are more interested in helping to create a family and fulfill a dream for others than they are in how to become a surrogate mother for money. Even so, paid surrogacy allows women the opportunity to do things that they otherwise may find difficult. Common examples of things that become possible for a paid surrogate include launching their own business, buying a car, putting a down payment on a new home, paying off debt, or the ability to stay home with their young children.
Whatever your motivations are for investigating surrogacy and Growing Generations, we’re glad you’re here and look forward to speaking with you more.