Becoming a surrogate mother for family members is both rewarding and challenging. Being a surrogate mother for family members can complicate a long-standing familial relationships. It is best to work with a leading surrogacy agency to make sure the entire process goes along smoothly – from beginning to end. Surrogate mothers for family members must be fully-vetted by undergoing our strict – yet reasonable – screening process.
Family Members Surrogate MotherIf you have been approached about being a surrogate for a family member (or a friend) – our surrogacy experts can help you through the entire process. This is a big decision for both you and the Intended Parents. Before you provide the priceless gift of life to another, you must know your rights and responsibilities. There are both pros and cons to consider before undergoing vetting and committing as a surrogate mother for family members.
Family Members Pros
- You are known and trusted by the Intended Parents
- You will have a familial relationship with the baby after birth
- You are giving selflessly to a member of your family
Family Members Cons
- You may be micromanaged by the Intended Parents during the surrogacy process
- You may be pressured by the Intended Parents and undergo stress from a complicated familial relationship
- You may feel pressured into being the surrogate for a family member.
Know Your Rights and ResponsibilitiesEven as a family member surrogate, you must have a thorough understanding of every aspect of the surrogacy process – legal, medical, insurance, monetary compensation, and expense reimbursement.
What we offer:
- Devotion to an inviting, reliable and enjoyable gestational surrogacy experience
- Providing gestational surrogacy services above and beyond
- Taking care of you throughout every step of the gestational surrogacy process
- Offering a personal care dedicated coordinator
- Offering the best reference for legal consultation
- Offering a top rated reference for medical and psychological consultation
- Reference to a leading surrogate life insurance provider
- In-depth psychological evaluation
- Physical and medical testing
- Inviting, reliable, and enjoyable experience
- Service above and beyond to take care of clients every step of the process
- Personal care through dedicated coordinators throughout the gestational surrogacy process
- Legal and medical counseling
- Higher chance of pregnancy success
- Intended mother’s eggs
- Donor eggs
- Intended father’s sperm
- Donor sperm
Life Insurance PolicyAn insurance policy in the amount of $250,000 or $500,000 naming the surrogate as the insured, must be purchased. The amount of the policy is agreed to by the parties. The terms and cost of the insurance policy will be quoted by New Life Agency. The purpose of the insurance policy is to protect the surrogate’s health and the intended parents’ financial exposure. We highly recommend our surrogates and intended parents consider New Life Agency for information and assistance in securing a policy.
Legal CostsOnly attorneys having expertise in surrogacy contract law will be retained to negotiate, draft, and finalize the necessary written agreements between the parties. We provide referrals to attorneys who have a reputation for being well versed in drafting and finalizing surrogacy mother contracts. These contracts will be enforceable in court. This is a very important step in the surrogacy process to ensure that both parties’ rights and responsibilities are set forth with clarity in the event a dispute arises.
Clinical FeesTypical compensation for clinical fees are comprised of expected and unexpected medical expenses that could arise during a pregnancy.
- Embryo transfer fee – $1,500
- Invasive procedure fee – $500 (amniocentesis, D&C, CVS, other)
- Mock or canceled cycle fee – $500
- Selective reduction procedure fee – $1,500
- Loss of tubes benefit – $1,200 per tube
- Loss of uterus benefit – $2,500
Prenatal Care CostsThese costs will vary based on what the surrogate’s doctor charges for her prenatal care. The surrogate may have medical insurance that will cover prenatal care costs. If not, medical insurance coverage will be secured by the intended parents.
Delivery FeeC-section deliveries are far more common than vaginal births in surrogate pregnancies. A C-section may become a very viable or necessary option for delivery – especially in the event of a twin pregnancy. The typical fee for delivery of the baby via C-section is $2,500
Other common reimbursable expenses for a surrogate motherOther common allowances paid by intended parents:
- Monthly Allowance – $200 per month (typically child care/household support)
- Maternity Clothing Allowance – $750 for singleton and $1,000 for twins paid at the 12th week of pregnancy
- Breastmilk Pumping Fee – $250 per week plus supplies (when requested by parents post-delivery)