How Much Do Gestational Surrogates Make?

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How Much Does A Surrogate Make?

The reimbursement for being a surrogate varies on a number of factors. On average, it ranges from $30,000 — $40,000 and can be repeated a number of times. This is one of the many rewards for helping aspiring parents grow their families, often after years of them struggling with infertility.

Learn more about how it works below.

How Gestational Surrogacy Works

A surrogate is a woman who carries and delivers a baby for someone else. The surrogate is known as a “gestational surrogate”. Parents-to-be are the “intended parents” and they legally become the baby’s parents after delivery.

With gestational surrogacy, there is no biological connection to the surrogate mother. An embryo is created using an egg of either the intended parent or an egg donor, while the sperm is taken from the intended father or a sperm donor. That embryo is then implanted in the surrogate’s uterus — this takes place during a 15-minute, easy procedure (similar to a regular visit to a gynecologist).

Who Can Be a Surrogate?

The ideal surrogate is a woman who meets the following criteria:

  • Is between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Has given birth to at least one child
  • Had minimal complications during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum
  • Welcomes the experience of being pregnant
  • Maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle
  • Has no criminal background
  • Has access to transportation

If this sounds like you, then you may be a candidate for surrogacy. Please get in touch — we would love to hear from you.

Surrogacy in Canada

Is surrogacy legal in Canada?

A: Yes, surrogacy is legal in Canada. Direct compensation is not permitted, but the law does grant permission for reimbursement of all related expenses. These expenses  can add up — and reimbursement tends to offset meaningful amounts in the annual cost of living, providing the surrogate with real support for her lifestyle needs.

We strongly advise working with an experienced fertility agency, such as ELITE IVF, to help you navigate the Assisted Human Reproductive Act and safely guide you throughout the process. Email us or Call +1 (866) 354-8348 today to speak with a surrogacy coordinator. We would be happy to answer your questions.

How much can surrogates get reimbursed in Canada?

A: Every surrogate is different, however the average is between $30,000 — $40,000. ELITE IVF works hand-in-hand with you to ensure that the legal contract between you and the intended parents provides clear communication on all logistics, including related expenses and financial reimbursement.

What expenses are typically covered during surrogacy?

A: Related expenses that are eligible for reimbursement can cover pre, during and post pregnancy and may include:

  • Any lost wages
  • All medical and psychological screening
  • Any related legal expenses
  • Maternity clothing or pregnancy supplies
  • Groceries and/or prepared food
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cost of medications, testing and vitamins
  • Travel, lodging, parking and/or mileage
  • Breast pump, milk storage bags, etc.
  • Fitness/gym memberships
  • Housekeeping and/or support person
  • Childcare or animal care
  • Massage, acupuncture, dental, chiropractic, etc.
  • Life insurance policy and will
  • Snow removal or lawn care
  • And More

A global fertility agency, such as ELITE IVF, can guide you in detail to ensure that your expenses are properly reimbursed, and you are well taken care of throughout your surrogacy experience.

Surrogacy in the United States

Is surrogacy legal in the US?

A: Yes, surrogacy is legal in most areas in the US. However, each state has their own set of regulations and the specific laws vary from one to the next.

How much are surrogates compensated in the US?

A: Direct Compensation is allowed and typically starts at $20,000 and can reach up to $60,000 when combined with the additional reimbursable expenses. In states where surrogates are in high demand, such as California, surrogates may be paid slightly higher or have additional compensation for twin or triplet pregnancies.

Since the surrogacy contract is highly individualized, compensation or reimbursement depends on multiple factors, such as what the surrogate feels is fair for her and whether the intended parents accept and agree. For example, the surrogate may have more expenses if she has multiple children and will require childcare, or if she lives city or state with a higher cost of living.

How many times can you be a surrogate?

A: You can be a surrogate as many times as you wish, pending approval from the medical team (although it’s rare to see someone do it more than 5 times). They may look at a variety of factors to ensure that you have a healthy, successful journey as a surrogate, including: your medical history, lifestyle habits, fertility health, social support network, stable home/family, and are healthy in body and mind.

Becoming a Surrogate With ELITE IVF

Surrogates give tremendous hope to infertile couples and their future children. As a surrogate, ELITE IVF is committed to managing every detail to ensure you are taken care of throughout the process. That way, you can focus on the many rewards that come from helping someone achieve their baby dreams.


I want to personally thank all of you at ELITE IVF for how wonderful everything has been. I would refer ELITE IVF to anyone that needs your services. This is my first time experience as a gestational surrogate and it has been a beautiful experience that I will always remember.