Published on March 3, 2008 By Jim Gras In Parenting

As surrogate mothers go on with their surrogacy journey they come to the point where they are asked what their “fee” is. They may be asked this by and agency, a potential intended parent or even just a friend or family member. This question sounds simple enough but it is not. The compensation a surrogate mother receives may or may not include some or all of the many expenses the surrogate pregnancy will create for the surrogate and her family. For this reason there is no flat answer unless the proposed contract specifically allows for reimbursement for each and every surrogacy induced cost which before you has a contract you will not know if this applies to you. This means that while one surrogate may say she is asking for only $5,000 for her acting as a surrogate mother she may be receiving more than another woman who says she is receiving $20,000. Whether you are working with an agency or not may greatly change how much money you and your family require in order to do the surrogacy arrangement.

Figuring out exactly how much money you will need in order to do a surrogacy is can be complicated because you must imagine how much money you will need in each and every possible scenario to assure XXXXX. The best way to do this is to sit down with your partner, close friend or other family member and list some guesstimations on a pad of paper. The easiest way to begin this daunting task is too consider the costs in the order they would come up.

It should be noted that in some states it is illegal for a surrogate to receive a fee. In these situations the surrogacy is looked at as an adoption so the fee is disguised as living expenses. In these contracts a surrogate mother calculates costs of rent, car insurance, utility bills, childcare, etc. and the IPs agree to pay them.

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