Surrogacy Payments and Reimbursements and Benefits, Oh My!

Surrogacy Payments, Reimbursements, and Benefits

As you’re going through the surrogate application process and initial screenings, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how much does a surrogate get paid? We want you to be sure how the financial side of the surrogacy journey work, so let’s break down Fairfax Surrogacy’s compensation and benefits package for surrogates.

First off, we want to make sure you know that what we’re sharing here is just a basic overview. Every surrogacy journey is different, so there might be some small changes in how things go or in your agreement with the intended parents. That’s why we always recommend talking to a lawyer and a tax expert. They can help you understand any specific laws or tax details that might affect you and your compensation.

We believe in being completely open about how things work, especially when it comes to money. By sharing our compensation details upfront, we want to be sure you know exactly what to expect from the start.

What does a surrogate compensation package include?

Becoming a surrogate is a remarkable journey, and we want to make sure you’re fully supported every step of the way. That’s why we’ve put together a compensation package that truly reflects your dedication and commitment. Let’s break it down so you know exactly what to expect, all with the goal of making things as clear and straightforward as possible.

First up, we have the Base Compensation. Think of this as the core of your compensation package. It includes a pre-agreed amount, plus all the guaranteed payments you’ll receive for reaching certain milestones in your surrogacy journey, just as we’ve outlined in your agreement.

Next, there’s Contingent Compensation. This part covers any extra payments and reimbursements you might receive based on specific situations that could come up during your journey, like lost wages and travel expenses.

We also include Additional Benefits. These aren’t direct payments to you, but they cover important services and support that you’ll need, like life insurance and health insurance. It’s all about making sure you have the support and resources you need, without any extra hassle.

Then, there are the Optional Fees. These are a bit different because they cover services that you and the intended parents decide on together and are specific to your own journey. They’re paid directly by the intended parents through the escrow agency. You’ll want to talk about these with your attorney during the contract phase to make sure everything is crystal clear.

We’ve designed every part of this package with your well-being in mind. Our goal is to make sure you feel valued and supported, recognizing the incredible gift you’re giving through surrogacy.

How much does a surrogate earn with Fairfax Surrogacy?

For First-time Surrogates, the total guaranteed base compensation package is $53,000.

For Experienced Surrogates, the total guaranteed base compensation package increases to $58,000, including a $5,000 fee for repeat surrogates.

Now let’s break down our base compensation package. Remember, this is the amount you’re guaranteed to earn throughout your surrogacy journey with Fairfax Surrogacy.

  • Base Compensation: $45,000
  • Milestone Bonuses: $3,000
  • Maternity Clothing Allowance: $750
  • Embryo Transfer Fee per Cycle: $1,000
  • Monthly Personal Expenses: $3,250*
  • Repeat Surrogate: $5,000

* Personal Expense Fee is paid in up to 10 installments of $350 at the confirmation of heartbeat. This fee is intended to cover all miscellaneous expenses relating to the pregnancy.

Factoring in all the possibilities

As we talked about above, although many steps in the surrogacy journey are the same for everyone, there are other variables involved in the surogacy process. Some of the variables are logistical, such as distance to travel, and others are medical, depending on how the pregnancy unfolds.

This is where contingent compensation comes in. Contingent compensation includes things like:

  • Lost wages for Surrogate and Companion if applicable
  • Long-Distance Travel Expenses
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • Housekeeping Expenses
  • Childcare Expenses
  • Multiple pregnancy (per additional fetus)
  • Mock Cycle
  • Dropped/Cancelled cycle
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Cerclage
  • CVS or amniocentesis
  • Selective fetal reduction or termination
  • D&C or D&E
  • Physician recommended cesarean section
  • Procedure requiring anesthesia
  • Loss of fallopian tube(s) or ovary(ies)
  • Loss of uterus
  • Complete hysterectomy

We’re committed to making sure that every aspect of your surrogacy journey is fully supported, both emotionally and financially. It’s important to us that you understand our goal: to cover all costs associated with your journey as a surrogate. Life can be unpredictable, and if any changes or new situations arise, rest assured, we’ll stand with you every step of the way. Our team will provide you with professional guidance, making sure that any expenses that come up are promptly and thoroughly addressed. This commitment is part of our dedication to making your surrogacy experience as smooth and worry-free as possible.

Optional fees you can choose to include in your contract

We recognize that every journey is unique, with its own set of needs and preferences. So, in addition to the base compensation package and the contingent compensation, you may choose to include certain fees in your compensation. These fees should be discussed with your attorney during the contract negotiation phase, because they can’t be added later in the process.

Optional fees include equipment, supplies and shipping if you choose to pump breast milk for your intended parents, a wait fee if intended parents request a delay in the process, the option to have a birth doula by your side during labor and delivery, and individual psychological counseling sessions to support your emotional well-being throughout the journey and beyond.

These options are designed to empower you with choices that can enhance your surrogacy experience, providing additional support where and when you need it.

Additional benefits included in your surrogacy compensation package

When you start your surrogacy journey with us, we’ll take a close look at your health insurance to figure out what’s covered when it comes to surrogacy. If it turns out your plan doesn’t quite fit the bill, don’t worry—we’ve got it covered. If necessary, we will purchase a surrogacy-friendly health insurance policy at our expense.

We also want to make sure you and your family feel secure every step of the way. That’s why we include a $750,000 term life insurance policy in your benefits package. This policy is there to give you and your loved ones an extra layer of financial protection while you’re on this journey with us. Plus, we include short-term disability insurance to make sure you’re covered if you are required by your physician to take a break from work due to pregnancy.

Your surrogacy compensation package is designed to ensure your surrogacy experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible. After all, you’re doing something amazing, and we’re here to support you every step of the way!

Learn more about the support and benefits Fairfax Surrogacy offers our surrogates

If you’re considering becoming a surrogate with Fairfax Surrogacy, the first step in your journey is to find out if you qualify. We’ll send you a detailed copy of our compensation and benefits package, which outlines everything you can expect—from financial compensation to additional support and perks designed to make your surrogacy experience as rewarding and stress-free as possible.

We want to be sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about joining our surrogate program. By understanding the comprehensive support and benefits we offer, you’ll be better equipped to embark on this life-changing journey with confidence and clarity.

Reach out to us today to take your first step towards making a profound difference in the lives of others, all while being fully supported by Fairfax Surrogacy.