Surrogate Compensation

Financial Information for Surrogates

Becoming a surrogate is a profound, selfless, and life-changing act — one that involves many factors. Because over half of our staff have been surrogates ourselves, we understand on a personal level everything that goes into it.

As you are helping create another family, you are also devoting time and energy, as well as engaging in medical and legal processes that all merit surrogate compensation. At International Surrogacy Center, we provide gestational surrogate pay to reward you for the incredible journey you’re undertaking. Below is a surrogate compensation breakdown to give you an idea of how this works and how much you may receive.

Surrogacy Salary and Insurance

First-time compensation for surrogacy varies. Surrogates can expect to earn up to $76,000 with the base fee of $60,000 included. Please be aware that surrogate mother compensation packages vary per surrogacy, as each pregnancy is different. Surrogate pay also includes the following:

  • Health insurance if a new policy is required. This is paid for by the intended parent(s) and includes the period throughout the pregnancy and for up to 3 months after delivery. The monthly premium varies.
  • Life insurance for a 1-year term, $500,000 policy paid to the surrogate’s chosen beneficiary/ies. Surrogates receive up to $700 to cover this expense.

Medical/Health Care Compensation

We also provide compensation for the many medical expenses that arise throughout the surrogacy journey, from medications to procedures. These include:

  • IVF embryo transfer fee: $1,000
  • Dropped or cancelled cycle fee: $250
  • Invasive procedures (e.g., amniocentesis, CVS, cerclage, D&C, uterine biopsy, cyst aspiration): $500 each
  • Termination or reduction fee: Starts at $1,000
  • C-section: $3,000
  • Multiples fee: $7,000
  • Doctor-ordered bed rest (including housekeeping and childcare): $250 – $450/week
  • Medication fee: Starts at $500

Other Surrogacy-Related Expenses

Additionally, we provide miscellaneous coverage for other needs and desires that may arise as you’re selflessly carrying a baby for the intended parents, such as:

  • Travel expenses if the surrogate lives more than 50 miles from the IVF clinic: the rate is based on the current IRS standard mileage rate.
  • Monthly miscellaneous allowance to cover local mileage, gas, parking, childcare, etc.: $300
  • Maternity clothing allowance: $800 – $1,000
  • Housekeeping (upon confirmation of heartbeat ultrasound): $150/biweekly
  • Support group meeting (optional): $100/month

A lot of questions arise regarding compensation for being a surrogate. If you want to know more, please call our Intake Department for details at (619) 591-9113, Ext. 3. You can also reach out for more information via email at


Because so many of our staff members have been surrogates, we have a unique understanding of what you will experience. We offer compassion, comfort, and support for you at every step of the process, helping you as you help another family’s dreams become reality. We take pride in our honesty and transparency with our surrogates and the intended parents who choose us because we want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout your journey. When you work with us, you’ll receive the finest medical care from our network of qualified IVF doctors. If you would like to learn more about why working with ISC is your best choice as a surrogate mother, reach out and speak with one of our representatives today.