Answers to Common Questions Asked by Surrogate Candidates

Published on Thursday July 15th, 2021 by WCS

If you’re thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate, it’s understandable to have questions – lots of questions. The world of modern family-building has grown so much in recent years, and there are options available today that people a decade ago would never have dreamed of. Thanks to the increasing number of favorable laws across the country, the spirit of inclusion for single parents and LGBTQ families, and better support from experienced case managers, surrogacy is a big part of this exponential growth.

We wanted to provide answers to some of the most common questions asked by surrogate candidates to help demystify the process and hopefully clear a path to the application process to become a gestational surrogate with confidence.

What Are Surrogacy Program Requirements, and Why Do They Matter?

Women who are applying to our surrogacy program are asked to please view our list of surrogate requirements prior to completing an application. These requirements are in place to best ensure the health and safety of every surrogate as well as the baby she will carry and deliver. We also want to confirm that you are prepared for and fully understand the mental and emotional commitments of surrogacy.

Do I Have a Say in Who I Get Matched With?

A core part of the surrogate matching process is ensuring that the surrogate and the intended parents are a good fit – this means doing our best to respect your wishes and desires about who you would like to work with. Our team will always take your preferences into account as much as possible.

Are There Any Fees That I Will Be Responsible for as the Surrogate?

No, gestational surrogates in our program are not responsible for any fees related to the surrogacy process. For example, if travel is required during your surrogacy journey, then the intended parents are responsible for those costs.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive as a Surrogate?

The amount of compensation you receive depends on a few factors, including:

  • The state you live in (states like California have a high demand for surrogates, so the compensation is typically higher)
  • Whether you are a first-time surrogate or an experienced surrogate
  • Whether the pregnancy is single or results in multiples
  • Whether a C-section is needed
  • Lost wages (if applicable)
  • Unique/unexpected medical circumstances

Can I Be a Surrogate More Than Once?

Yes, as long as you are medically cleared for it, you can be a surrogate multiple times. In fact, experienced surrogates can be in high demand and thus can earn higher overall compensation.

If you’d like to learn more about the surrogacy process, please visit our step-by-step guide, which details getting matched, medical and other evaluations, the legal side of surrogacy, embryo transfer, and more.