How much do you make for being a surrogate mother?
Surrogate pregnancies are becoming very popular among many couples and individuals who wish to have a child of their own. It is no longer a mystery that surrogacy is a very expensive process. From the actual fees paid to the surrogate mother to the medical fees to legal proceedings and requirements and other expenses, a surrogate pregnancy could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So if you’re still wondering why a lot of women are actually willing to become surrogate mothers, being financially rewarded might just be one of the major reasons.
Two Major Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate Mother
When a woman decides to become a surrogate mother despite it being a challenging role, she is expected to reap a lot of benefits out of it. These benefits and advantages would be reason enough for her to share her body and become the birth mother of another couple’s child.
- You are offering invaluable assistance to others.
The first major benefit of becoming a surrogate mother is the good feeling that you get when you are helping others. There are many couples who are having difficulties or can never have a baby on their own without any help. In most surrogate pregnancy cases, you are not giving up your own baby; rather, you just carry another couple’s baby in your womb with the intention of giving it up to them immediately after birth. This form of assistance is just priceless especially since not a lot of women are willing to become surrogate mothers.
- You will be greatly rewarded financially.
Think of it as a sideline job. You can still continue working as usual and while carrying a baby inside your womb, you will be paid extra. In fact, in most cases surrogate mothers will earn more during one pregnancy than the total amount they can earn for a few years on a normal job.
The Financial Benefits of Being a Surrogate Mother
Depending on the contract you agreed on and/or the agency you signed up with, a surrogate pregnancy can provide you with compensation of at least under $30,000 to as much as $100,000 or more. Usually, this compensation is divided into monthly payments that you will receive throughout the pregnancy.
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You may be thinking that you do not need sexual education, considering you understand sex based on the fact that you are pregnant. But, as you may have already discovered, sex during pregnancy can be substantially different than sex is normally. Please visit Adult Force One for any educational sex DVDs or sex toys for safety. It is pertinent that you educate yourself properly on healthy sex practices during pregnancy in order to ensure both your comfort and safety.
Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?
As long as you are having a healthy pregnancy, sex is safe to do. If you have been advised by your physician to not have sex during pregnancy, it is important that you follow the doctor’s instruction for you and the baby’s safety. In most healthy pregnancies, women may have sex right up until the moment their water breaks or labor starts. The baby is not hurt during sex. Keep in mind that the baby is completely separated from the vagina, surrounded by a closed cervix and snug in an amniotic sac. The penis cannot go beyond the vagina and poses no risk of rupturing the seal of the amniotic sac.
If you are concerned about sex triggering labor, in a normal, healthy pregnancy, it will not. Orgasms cannot cause a miscarriage or start labor. While sex can help get things going when you are at 40 weeks or more and your body is already prepared for labor, it, by itself, will not cause labor.
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The cost of surrogacy can vary substantially, depending on where you find your surrogate from. There are not only several kinds of surrogacy, but also agency fees have a range, depending on how involved they are. And, the costs will be quite different if you are using a surrogate that you know personally.
If you are going with an agency for gestational surrogacy, where the egg and sperm are not from the surrogate herself, there is a lot to consider when it comes to costs. The total cost of having a surrogate can run from $80,000-$100,000, if you are using your own embryos, up to $100,000 or higher if you are going with traditional surrogacy. But it is even recommended that the intended parents set aside an extra 10-20% of the fees in case of surprises later down the road of the pregnancy.
There are specific loans available to families to help pay for gestational surrogacies as most families do not have a spare $100,000 to foot up front. Speaking directly with a surrogacy agency will help you find the right kind of financing for your surrogacy. There are specialty medical loans available through a variety of companies as well who are experienced in handling the costs of surrogacy. You can also check with your lawyer about the legal protection of financing prior to committing to one loan or another.
Of course if you are on personal terms with your surrogate, the fees to the surrogate will change substantially, but here is a run-down of the different costs you may face during the surrogacy journey.
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There are several ways to find a surrogate mother to carry your baby for you. Regardless of the method you use, you will need to be prepared to ask a lot of questions.
Friends and Family
The first thing to try, and by far the easiest, is to start your search with your friends and family. Tell everyone you know, on a one-to-one basis, that you are searching. While you may not have anyone directly related to you or a personal friend who is able to be a surrogate for you, getting the word out there will start the process for networking. You may be surprised at who your friends know and get you directed to the right people. You may also be surprised at who would be willing to volunteer to help you out. This can be somewhat controversial as you may not be ready to let your family know that you are considering surrogacy, but the relationship between you and your surrogate is far easier to manage if you know your surrogate personally.
Check with your Doctor
Another simple way to begin is to ask an OB/GYN. If you have been using a reproductive educator or specialist, they often deal with fertility issues and may have some surrogates already in mind they could send you to. The office that will be handling the embryo placement should have some knowledge of where you could find someone to act as a surrogate for you.
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If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother and have not been approached directly by a friend or family member, you should start with a center for surrogacy. Also known as agencies, centers are a place where surrogates and potential surrogates go to be matched up with intended parents.
Where to Start
It can be overwhelming with the availability brought by the internet to choose a surrogate center that is right for you. There are many factors that should go into your decision of choosing a center.
- Age of the center: How long as the center been around? You will not want to sign up with an unknown center. This can put you at not just financial compensation risk, but can also risk your health. Remember that surrogacy is not a regular job. Your health is put on the line.
- Center involvement: When you are looking at the different centers and agencies out there, you should look for one that will be with you from start to finish. This means the center will help match you with the prospective family, help you coordinate medical appointments, facilitate the communication between the parents and the surrogate, and assist with the payments.
- Legal knowledge: A good center should know the legal issues faced by surrogates and be able to direct you to a lawyer that could help you secure your rights as a surrogate. There are quite a few legal factors involved with surrogacy, from birthplace to termination rights to what to do in the case of multiples.
- Medical screenings: A legitimate center will require you to have medical screenings to ensure that you are healthy enough to carry a baby as well as have the ability to get pregnant. If it seems like there is not much in the way of screenings, proceed with caution.
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If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother, there is a lot to consider before you decide.
Are you a Candidate?
Not just any woman can become a surrogate mother. There are quite a few common standards that are required by agencies in order for you to qualify. Typically, you need to have already given birth once. This ensures that your body already knows how it handles pregnancy and you understand what to expect through the process. Age is also a factor. Most agencies will require you be at least 21 years old and no older than 40, but the cut-off age varies between agencies.
Your home life and situation will also be taken into consideration. If you are in a committed relationship, it is crucial that your spouse or partner is supportive of you being a surrogate. Your family and home life will need to be stable as well.
Your health will also be taken into question. You will be required to go through any medical screenings to ensure that you are completely clear of any disease or medical concerns before embarking on a pregnancy. Your health is not just important in your ability to get pregnant, but your ability to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. In order to ensure this, you should go to your current physician and consult with them about your potential for surrogacy. Your physician should be able to confirm whether you will be able to carry a baby.
In addition, you should consider whether you are psychologically prepared to be a surrogate. Pregnancy is not just hard on the body, but hard on the emotions as well, which can be amplified if you are carrying someone else’s baby. You will need to be able to go through the entire pregnancy knowing that the baby in the end will be delivered to his/her biological parents.
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What is a Surrogate Mother?
Becoming a parent is truly a special experience. There is nothing in the world that comes close to raising and unconditionally loving a child. However, not all couples are blessed with children. While the most common option these couples have is adoption, surrogacy may also come to mind.
The history of surrogacy started back in the 1930’s when Parke-Davis and Schering-Kahlbaum, pharmaceutical companies from the U.S. started mass producing estrogen. Little did the scientists behind this know that what they started would open a lot of possibilities and developments within the next decades. It was in 1980 when the first surrogacy contract has been written and five years later in 1985, the very first gestational surrogate pregnancy was successfully carried out.
Surrogacy is a form of pregnancy through IVF or in vitro fertilization. A surrogate mother is the woman who would be carrying the baby in her womb for 9 months. As soon as she gives birth, she gives up all rights as a mother and the couple she is in contract with will immediately be the legal parents of the baby.
The Two Basic Types of Surrogate Mothers
A surrogate mother may either be a traditional surrogate or a gestational surrogate. With gestational surrogates becoming more common because it is less complicated when it comes to legal terms, there are over 700 babies born each year in the U.S. through this procedure.
- Traditional Surrogates
A father’s sperm is artificially inseminated into a traditional surrogate mother. Because her own egg has been fertilized, this means that she is still the biological mother of the baby. This leaves her with genetic ties, hence, more complications in legal and even emotional matters. In some cases, a donor sperm instead of the father’s sperm is used for this type of surrogate.
- Gestational Surrogates
Through IVF or in vitro fertilization, eggs are harvested from a mother then these are fertilized with the father’s sperm. An embryo will them be placed into the uterus of a surrogate mother. In this kind of surrogate, the surrogate mother is the birth mother. The biological mother is the mother whose egg was used in the IVF. Because there are no genetic ties at all to the surrogate mother and the couple’s DNA flows through the blood of the baby, this procedure has become more common.
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