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GESTATIONAL CARRIERS

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Why be a Gestational Carrier?

  • An undeniable joy and pride come with carrying a child for a person or couple unable to carry their own.
  • A rewarding bond can develop between you and the intended parent(s) that can last a lifetime.
  • Gestational carriers are compensated fairly for their services. 
  • As a surrogate you’re introduced to a community for whom surrogacy was a beautiful and rewarding process.

Do I Qualify?

While a big heart and a kind and generous nature are hugely important, additional requirements must be met. Click here (Link to page with the basic requirements listed below) to see if you meet the basic requirements to be a gestational carrier. 

    • Preferably 21-35 years of age, up to healthy early 40s
    • Has given birth at least once and is currently raising that child
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) above 19 and below 30 (in some instances, a higher BMI is acceptable). Calculate my BMI
    • Does not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes or marijuana, vape, consume cannabis products, or abuse alcohol
    • Does not participate in certain government aid programs, including cash assistance, welfare, Section 8 housing, or Medicaid
    • Women who have IUDs, contraceptive implants or have had the Depo Provera shot may apply; however, your application may be placed on hold
    • Has not undergone the Essure or Adiana procedure
    • Has the support and understanding of a spouse, close family, or a proven support network

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What does the surrogacy process look like?

The surrogate’s journey is beautiful, rewarding and not without its challenges (like pregnancy!). (Link to steps listed below)

    • Find an agency that is right for you. Do your research!
    • Apply!
    • A good agency will help you through every step from day 1 to postpartum. Some of those steps are:
      • Collecting & reviewing your medical records
      • Submitting paperwork such as insurance documents & paystubs
      • Background checks
      • Interview
      • Psychological evaluation 
      • Match meeting with potential intended parents
      • Medical workup at the IP’s fertility clinic
      • Legal contracts 
      • Start IVF Medication 
      • Embryo Transfer
      • Pregnancy (Hopefully!)
      • Birth!
      • IPs take their baby home!

Do I get paid?

You and your intended parents, with legal counsel, agree to your compensation plan. While there is no one plan that covers all situations, you can expect compensation that generally follows these guidelines. (Link to basic comp. guidelines)

  • Fee for gestational surrogate (experienced gestational surrogates may command higher compensation) — $40,000 to $45,000
  • Monthly incidentals (travel to doctors appointments, parking, childcare, FedEx, faxes, healthy diet, vitamins, etc.) — $200 per month
  • Housekeeping allowance — $200 per month
  • Maternity clothing allowance — $750 (add $250 for multiples)
  • Health insurance for surrogate (premiums, co-pays and deductibles) — $3,600 to $30,000+ (estimate, actual costs apply)
  • Life insurance for surrogate — $750 to $1,000 (estimate, actual costs apply)
  • Embryo transfer fee — $1,500
  • Group/individual support meeting allowance — $75 per month
  • Stipend for surrogate’s independent attorney — $3,000

Possible additional compensation

  • Multiple pregnancy — $7,000
  • Additional transfer fee (per transfer, as necessary) — $1,500
  • Fee for travel and lodging expenses if surrogate lives 100+ miles from IVF clinic — actual costs apply
  • Invasive procedures — $500 (most procedures)
  • Caesarean section — $2,500
  • Loss of uterus — $5,000
  • Companion travel (if desired, for invasive procedures only) — actual costs apply
  • Companion lost wages — variable with negotiated cap
  • Childcare during doctor ordered bed rest — variable with negotiated cap
  • Surrogate lost wages — variable with negotiated cap

What does the legal process entail?

The legal contract is an agreement that you, as the surrogate, have with the intended parent(s). The purpose of the contract is to protect the rights of all parties. For the surrogate, this contract provides financial protection from the medical costs and other costs incurred while pregnant and during the delivery. (Link to surrogacy contract provisions as seen below)

Legal surrogacy contracts should include the following provisions:

  • Compensation plan for the surrogate – spelling out every single thing – see costs above.
  • Financial responsibilities of the intended parents
  • Parental rights and obligations
  • Expectations for ongoing contact, lifestyle and birth
  • Plans that everyone has agreed to in case something goes wrong

About Bright Future Families

Bright Futures Families is the parent company to Colorado Surrogacy, Montana Surrogacy, Texas Surrogacy, Southwest Surrogacy, New England Surrogacy, and Pacific Cascade Surrogacy. We believe families are created with love. Because great parents come in all shapes and sizes, we created agencies committed to inclusivity and acceptance. BFF provides assistance to infertile couples, same-sex couples, and single men and women seeking to start a family through assisted reproductive technology. We screen and select qualified, open-hearted surrogates to help make the dreams of a child come true. Whether you are an intended parent or a gestational surrogate, we’re committed to supporting and protecting your health, finances and family throughout this extraordinary journey.

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