Compensation for Surrogacy – The Mostly-Inclusive Surrogate Fee Schedule

Compensation for surrogacy will vary from surrogate motherhood contract to contract, but there are only three main ways to schedule a surrogate fee.

This discusses the mostly-inclusive surrogate mother compensation plan, a happy medium.

There are three main types of compensation for surrogacy fee schedules.

The third, and most rare, is the mostly-inclusive surrogate fee schedule. See also:

This type of surrogate fee schedule, the mostly-inclusive compensation plan, is the one that I personally have used for all of my surrogate motherhood arrangements.

I find that it is a happy medium between the itemized compensation for surrogacy plan and the all-inclusive plan.

The main benefit to the itemized plan is that it protects the surrogate’s finances no matter what may happen. She has a base surrogate mother compensation amount and gets extra compensation for every single additional thing that might happen.

This can include carrying multiple fetuses, having more than one transfer, and experiencing invasive procedures. It also provides for unexpected circumstances such as prolonged bed rest. The main drawback to such a plan is that it does not allow intended parents to plan the surrogate fee schedule. This uncertainty can make it difficult for intended parents.

Please note:
When there is uncertainty in the financial aspect of surrogacy, it is the intended parents’ responsibility to take on that financial uncertainty, not the surrogate mother’s. There are, however, ways to lesson the uncertainty for the intended parents.

With an all-inclusive compensation plan, in some situations the risk can fall to the surrogate mother more than the intended parents. For this reason, all-inclusive plans are rare. So what is the solution? The Mostly-Inclusive Compensation Plan.

My Experience

When I first got involved in surrogacy, I liked the ease and simplicity of the all-inclusive compensation for surrogacy plan, but there were a couple of items from the itemized plan that I felt were extremely important to include.

For instance, if I were to be placed on bed rest, I knew there was no one to take care of my children while my husband worked.

My family lived over 3,000 miles away, and we were not close to our neighbors.

My intended parents lived overseas, so they would be unable to help with this as well. To top it all off, we were a homeschooling family, so even though my children were older, they would not be attending school.

So I put together what basically amounted to an all-inclusive surrogate fee schedule, where I received one flat fee, no matter how many fetuses I carried, no matter if I ended up having a c-section, no matter if I had one or three transfers, and I added in a couple itemized fees, if the situation should occur.

This worked out very well for our arrangement, and luckily, though I did carry twins, I never had to utilize the bed rest provision.

Why Choose Mostly-Inclusive

Surrogates and intended parents that utilize a mostly-inclusive schedule like the idea of an all-inclusive plan, but have a couple of concerns with surrogate motherhood that they feel need to be itemized.

For example, they might choose to do an all inclusive for $22,000, but feel if the surrogate mother carries twins she should receive $25,000.

Or maybe she has not been pregnant for several years and has no maternity clothing. A mostly-inclusive compensation plan may provide an additional maternity clothing allowance.

The mostly-inclusive schedule should only have a couple of itemized items. Any more than that and it is simply an itemized contract.  This type of schedule may also provide reimbursements on small expenses, such as child care while traveling, doctor’s office co-pays, or mileage.

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