Karen Erikson is a mom and a former surrogate, who lives in the Inland Empire (Temecula/Murrieta area) and would like others to know what it’s like to become a surrogate.
In 2019, I delivered twins for a couple who couldn’t do it on their own. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done in my life. It’s now 2020 and I’ve recently started on my second surrogacy journey with Extraordinary Conceptions. I get asked a lot of questions about my journey – from the medications and emotions involved, to the compensation I received as a part of the process. Actually compensation and surrogacy is the most common question I’m often asked.
When you consider becoming a gestational surrogate, one of the many things to inquire about is the compensation package that you might be eligible for. Most agencies will not only reimburse you for living expenses, but will also cover health insurance, life insurance, and other expenses that might be associated with the surrogacy journey, including travel expenses.
Specific details about an individual’s compensation package are often confidential. However, I received permission from my agency to give broad examples of what a gestational carrier could receive. Compensation varies from agency to agency, but most base your compensation on the state that you live in, and whether you’re employed full time or not.For instance, the compensation for a first-time surrogate in the state of California starts at around $55,000. California is one of the most surrogacy friendly states, and Californian surrogates are in high demand.
There are a lot of factors that are considered before your agency offers you a compensation package. These factors include (but are not limited) to how many times you’ve been a surrogate, your age and, of course, your pregnancy history. In order to be eligible to become a surrogate you should be between the ages of 21-42, have had at least one pregnancy and be raising your child, and be in overall good health.
What could an extra $55,000 do for you or your family? Imagine paying off bills, getting out of debt, going on vacation, or even buying a house…the list of possibilities is endless! With surrogacy you aren’t just making dreams come true for another family, but you are also making it possible for some of your own dreams to come true. Compensation and surrogacy will differ for each individual, but starting with a base package of that amount, you’ll be able to do some wonderful things for your family. So if you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, read more about the process and more here.