Most surrogates choose traditional surrogacy to:
- Help intended parents build a family
- Donate their egg to make the surrogacy medical process easier
- Possibly receive traditional surrogate compensation
If you are considering traditional surrogacy partly because of traditional surrogacy compensation, it’s important to understand that receiving money for your services may not be possible. Traditional surrogacy and traditional surrogacy compensation are illegal in most states.
Gestational surrogacy is a much more common process, which you can learn about here.
Thankfully, a surrogate professional can answer all your questions about gestational and traditional surrogacy compensation and the emotional, medical, and legal aspects surrogacy entails.
If you want to learn more about what it takes to be a traditional surrogate and traditional surrogacy compensation, you can find out more by talking to a surrogacy professional. For now, keep reading to find out three common questions people have about traditional surrogacy compensation.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is not legal advice. Only a surrogacy professional or attorney can give you the most accurate surrogacy information.
Question 1: Do Traditional Surrogates Get Paid More?
It’s no secret that traditional surrogacy is a more challenging journey than gestational surrogacy because the surrogate is the baby’s biological mother.
During traditional surrogacy, a prospective surrogate will “volunteer”:
- To carry a baby for intended parents
- Her eggs for the embryo creation process (either through artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization)
For this reason, you may wonder if traditional surrogates get paid more. But, because a traditional surrogate is the biological mother of the child they are carrying, they often:
- Don’t receive any compensation
- Receive far less compensation than gestational surrogates
The Complications of Traditional Surrogacy
The genetic relationship between a traditional surrogate and the baby she carries complicates any payment. Even though a woman signs a contract to give the intended parents the baby after birth, she is still the baby’s biological mother, and she has rights.
If you want the highest compensation possible (or any compensation), we recommend pursuing gestational surrogacy.
Question 2: Is Traditional Surrogate Compensation Legal?
Because the traditional surrogacy process is similar to adoption — in that a genetic mother must relinquish her rights before placing her child with intended parents — traditional surrogate compensation is illegal in many states in the U.S.
Why Traditional Surrogacy Payment is Often Illegal
No person can receive payment for placing a child in another family via adoption. A woman who receives payment for placing her child with other parents could legally be engaging in human trafficking. All involved parties could face serious legal trouble.
Although birth mothers and traditional surrogates can’t receive base pay for their services, they can receive:
- Financial help for living expenses
- Other financial reimbursements for pregnancy-related costs
Because of these rules, a biological mother in a traditional surrogacy cannot receive traditional surrogate compensation. But, the intended parents will always cover her medical and pregnancy-related expenses during her surrogate pregnancy.
Question 3: Who Should I Talk to About Traditional Surrogacy Compensation?
The lack of traditional surrogate compensation is just one of the reasons why many surrogacy professionals are moving away from this family-building option. This is why it isn’t easy to find a surrogacy agency that helps build families through traditional surrogacy.
If you’re still interested in pursuing traditional surrogacy, you can pursue independent surrogacy with the assistance of a surrogacy attorney who can inform you of your state’s laws.
Considering Generational Surrogacy
While many women are comfortable not receiving compensation for being a surrogate, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to receive compensation for your time and services as a surrogate while also wanting to help build a family. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, you may want to consider gestational surrogacy.
The Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy
There are quite a few pros of choosing gestational surrogacy:
- Good compensation rates: In addition to being reimbursed for other pregnancy and surrogacy-related expenses, first-time gestational surrogates, on average, receive at least $45,000 in base compensation.
- More money for experienced surrogates: If you’ve already served as a surrogate, you can often receive more money for your services.
- You aren’t related to the baby you’re carrying: Because you aren’t related to the baby, the emotions you feel during surrogacy often are different. Although you will bond with the child, you may feel like you’re “babysitting” the baby until their intended parents can come “pick them up.”
Again, it’s OK to want compensation for your surrogacy services. You should do what’s right for your situation.
Not sure whether gestational or traditional surrogacy is right for you? Contact a surrogacy professional today to learn more about gestational and traditional surrogacy so you can determine which surrogacy path is right for you: