What is a Fair Compensation for Surrogacy?

Fair Surrogacy Compensation

We all love finding a great deal while shopping, don’t we? The thrill of scoring a bargain can be quite exciting. But let’s admit it, sometimes that irresistible price tag doesn’t quite match up to our expectations. And that feeling of disappointment? Not so great.

Now, you might be wondering, why are we talking about shopping on a surrogacy website? Well, here’s the thing: gestational surrogacy is indeed a service provided by the surrogate to the intended parents. But it goes beyond just being a transaction—it’s a profound and transformative experience for everyone involved. For the surrogate, it’s a journey that encompasses her entire being, both physically and emotionally. That’s why it’s crucial for her to receive fair and comprehensive compensation.

But how can you distinguish between a realistic pay package and those too-good-to-be-true offers that seem to come out of nowhere, like those “today and today only” sales pitches?

Here’s one invaluable piece of advice: trust your intuition. As you start researching surrogacy agencies, pay attention to your gut feeling. If the financial information appears vague or if there are loopholes in the requirements for surrogates, it’s wise to take a step back. Similarly, if you’re being promised millions of dollars and your own private island, that’s definitely not what surrogacy is about. When those alarm bells start ringing in your mind, it’s important to listen and heed their warning.

So, let’s dive deeper into the world of surrogacy compensation and explore what fairness truly means in this remarkable journey.

How much and how exactly are surrogates paid?

There are 3 categories of payment that a surrogate may receive: base compensation, variable additional compensation, and additional benefits.

Base compensation is the amount that a surrogate mother receives as financial compensation for carrying and delivering a baby on behalf of intended parents. Most reputable surrogacy agencies and surrogacy authorities agree that the national average base compensation for a first-time gestational carrier is $30,000-$40,000. Fairfax Surrogacy’s base compensation starts at $45,000 – much higher than average, but no islands named after you. The reason for our pay scale is simple: Our standards are high for both surrogates and intended parents. We don’t cut any corners when it comes to the application process and medical screenings. Typically, the surrogate begins receiving her base pay when there is a fetal heartbeat detected, and the base pay is given monthly until delivery.

Variable additional compensation depends on the circumstances of each pregnancy. For example, if you happen to carry twins, you will receive an additional $8,000 in compensation. Or say your doctor orders bed rest during your pregnancy — you’ll receive compensation for housekeeping and childcare.

Depending on how far away you are from the intended parents and the agency, you may receive additional compensation for travel or mileage reimbursement, for medical testing and embryo transfers. Other invasive medical procedures and things like lost wages or childcare if your doctor orders bed rest also would be reimbursed.

Additional benefits are items like health insurance, life insurance, and short-term disability. All of these are included at no cost to you. With your overall welfare in mind, we also provide valuable benefits to you in your surrogacy journey. You will receive both term life insurance and short-term disability coverage. Optionally, you may choose to receive a health insurance policy and counseling services, as well. As you may know, each of those is both financially valuable and potentially emotionally redeeming.

Your time and effort are invaluable

Being a gestational surrogate and the experiences associated with your surrogacy should not cost you money out-of-pocket. Surrogacy requires enough physical and emotional investment as it is – you shouldn’t have to worry about the costs along the way. That is where the additional compensation comes into play.

Believe us, with our experience, we have thought of all of the potential ways to make sure that you are compensated for your time and effort on the surrogacy journey. We want to be transparent about what is covered, and we want you to know that we understand the value of what you are doing.

Fair and square compensation

We pride ourselves on being up-front and transparent about surrogacy compensation. Playing games always means that someone has to lose, and we only specialize in winning, so no games for us. Surrogacy may be the biggest win-win you ever experience — helping someone else grow or start a family!

Join Fairfax Surrogacy and Make Dreams a Reality

Helping intended parents achieve their dream of starting a family is a profound and rewarding experience. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate, trust your intuition and choose an agency that values fairness and transparency. Contact Fairfax Surrogacy today and embark on a journey where everyone wins. Let’s make dreams come true together.



$ 50,000 to 60,000

How is that compensation paid?

$ 45,000 First-Time Surrogate

+ $5,000 Repeat Surrogate

+ $3,250 Personal Expenses

+ $1,000 Embryo Transfer Fee

+ 750 Maternity Clothing

Additional fees

+ $8,000 Multiple Pregnancy
(per additional child carried)


Lost Wages for Surrogate and Partner

Long-Distance Travel Expenses

Mileage Reimbursement

Housekeeping, lost wages, and childcare for physician-ordered bed rest

Invasive Medical Procedures

Additional Benefits

Term Life Insurance

Short-Term Disability Policy

Option of Health Insurance Policy

Option of Counseling Services