What Does Surrogate Mother Compensation Cover?
Colorado surrogates are compensated for their time and labor. The intended parents cover everything from the medical costs to travel for appointments, maternity clothes, and more. A surrogate in Colorado, where compensated surrogacy is allowed, can expect to be paid at least $25,000 in exchange for the year of time and energy they spend bringing the intended parents’ baby to life. But what does the surrogate mother compensation cover?
Surrogates don’t get into this line of work because of the money, which is intended to serve as labor expenses but not as a source to live on. They are altruistic people, this community, and pursue surrogacy because they want to give back after completing their own families. However, it is natural to want to make sure you won’t have to pay for your medical expenses or worry about costs while performing this service for the intended parents. Your surrogacy agency and legal representation will make sure that your needs are covered and that everyone agrees to fair compensation while you support the life of a child.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a surrogacy agency that works to bring surrogates and intended parents together. This matching process is just the beginning of the support we offer throughout the surrogacy process. Surrogates who work with our agency will be fairly compensated, as our surrogacy specialists will advocate for you.
Factors For Surrogate Mother Compensation
Experience. A first-time surrogate mother can expect to receive the standard base compensation associated with her surrogacy agency. Experienced surrogates may receive up to an additional $5,000 in compensation.
Intended Parents. The intended parents you match with will likely have a set budget that they are willing to work with. Your surrogacy agreement with the intended parents will set this compensation, and your legal representation and surrogacy agency will assist in helping you get a fair rate.
Location. Certain states have higher costs of living, such as California. Surrogates in those states may receive an additional $5,000 to support their cost of living as base compensation. The demand for surrogacy is also higher in some states, which may raise the compensation level.
What Does Surrogacy Compensation Cover?
Maternity clothes. One of the changes that come with pregnancy is an expanding midsection, necessitating a whole new wardrobe to accommodate a larger belly. As part of the standard costs covered for a surrogate, you can expect to receive an allotment for purchasing maternity clothes.
Travel for doctor appointments. Surrogate mothers are expected to travel to multiple medical appointments over the course of the surrogacy journey. You may be reimbursed for your gas or public transportation fare or airfare if needed. This may include lodging if you have to travel more than a set distance. For invasive procedures, you will receive travel compensation for a support companion as well.
Childcare. While you are off at medical appointments, potentially with your partner, someone will need to be watching over your children. You will receive compensation to help pay for someone to babysit your kids when needed for surrogacy-related events.
Meals. Your compensation may include an allowance for meals if the intended parents ask you to maintain a particular diet. This will also help support your monthly budget.
Housekeeping. Your intended parents may agree to help pay for housekeeping to help maintain your standard of living while you are low on energy.
Phone calls. As a surrogate, you will be expected to maintain regular contact with the intended parents to give them updates on yours and the baby’s condition and to coordinate medical appointments. You may receive pay to help with the costs of your phone bill or data charges.
Vitamins and supplements. You will be expected to take prenatal vitamins and supplements as directed by your OB/GYN. The intended parents will cover the cost of these items.
Insurance copays. When you attend medical appointments leading up to and during the pregnancy, you will likely be charged copays. The intended parents will cover the medical expenses associated with the surrogacy, including the health insurance copays.
Legal expenses. At the beginning stages of the surrogacy, you will need to retain legal representation to help create legal documents of the surrogacy agreement. The intended parents are expected to cover your legal expenses.
Base Compensation for Surrogate Mothers
Not all states allow for base compensation for surrogates, but Colorado does. Compensated surrogacy allows the surrogate to receive a base pay and the covered expenses related to the surrogacy.
The amount of money a surrogate receives in base compensation depends on the factors discussed earlier and the guarantees the surrogacy agency and she agreed upon. A surrogate in Colorado may expect to receive at least $25,000 in base compensation.
How Are Surrogates Paid?
Surrogates receive their compensation in equal installments over the course of their pregnancy. A surrogate will first begin receiving payments once the physician detects a heartbeat during the six-week medical appointment, confirming the pregnancy.
Surrogate Mother Compensation in Colorado
Are you looking to become a surrogate? Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado can guide you through the entire surrogacy process and help you receive fair compensation. To learn more about how much Colorado surrogates get paid or how much you can expect to make as a Colorado surrogate, contact one of our surrogacy specialists today.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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