Many women are interested in surrogacy because of the opportunity to make a true difference in someone else’s life, helping them meet their dreams of being a parent. However, having heard about gestational surrogate compensation, they may also ask, “How much does being a surrogate pay in Kansas or Missouri?”

Every surrogacy is different, which means that every surrogate mother’s pay will be different, as well. There are many factors that influence how much surrogates are paid, and it’s impossible to give an accurate estimate without knowing a prospective surrogate and intended parents’ personal situations. Any surrogate wondering about surrogate mother earnings should contact a local surrogacy professional.

While payment for being a surrogate is discussed early on with a surrogacy professional, it’s solidified in a legal surrogacy contract. This is where attorney Kevin Kenney can help. As he drafts your surrogacy contract, he will represent your interests and rights, ensuring that you receive proper surrogate mother compensation for your surrogacy journey.

To learn more about the legal services attorney Kevin Kenney offers, please contact his offices at 913-671-8008. If necessary, he will connect you to a local surrogacy agency like American Surrogacy to help you start your surrogacy journey and explain your legal rights during the surrogacy process, including any surrogate mother pay you may be entitled to.

In general, there are several different aspects that make up a gestational surrogate mother’s pay.

Base Compensation

When people ask, “How much money do surrogates get paid?” they are commonly asking about the base compensation a surrogate receives. This payment for being a surrogate is determined by several factors, including:

  • A surrogate’s experience
  • Intended parents’ budget
  • Surrogacy professional’s guidelines
  • State laws regarding compensated surrogacy

The total base surrogate mother compensation in Kansas or Missouri is typically negotiated during the  contract phase of the surrogacy process. Intended parents and a surrogate will have their own attorneys, who will discuss the expectations for gestational surrogate mother pay to determine an appropriate amount of compensation. As mentioned, if the parties are working with a surrogacy agency, the agency may have already set guidelines for this compensation.

A first-time surrogate will typically receive a smaller base compensation than an experienced surrogate. Base compensation is usually paid in monthly installments after a pregnancy is confirmed, with a surrogate receiving the rest of her surrogate mother pay after a successful delivery.

While most surrogates do not enter into the surrogacy process for the compensation, it can still be a huge advantage for those who already have the intrinsic desire to help another family. Many surrogates put this base compensation toward financial goals like putting a down payment on a house, paying off student loans or saving for their children’s future education.

To learn more about base gestational carrier compensation, please contact a local surrogacy agency.

Surrogacy- and Pregnancy-Related Expenses

In addition to a base surrogate mother pay, surrogates can also expect for the costs of their surrogacy process and pregnancy to be covered by the intended parents. Because surrogates already give their time, energy and body to help intended parents, surrogacy professionals arrange for the payment of any additional expenses a woman may incur because of her decision.

Like base compensation, surrogacy- and pregnancy-related payment for surrogate mothers will be outlined in the legal surrogacy contract. A surrogacy attorney will walk both parties through every expense that may be incurred, detailing how much of and at what time a surrogate will receive these payments. This is another reason why an experienced surrogacy attorney is needed — to list every potential expense that first-time surrogates and intended parents may not be aware of on their own.

Some examples of these expenses include:

  • Lost wages from bed rest (and lost wages for a spouse attending appointments, if applicable)
  • Daycare costs for a surrogate’s child(ren)
  • Housekeeping
  • Health insurance, co-pays, deductibles and other medical costs
  • Medications, vitamins and special diet requests
  • Maternity clothing
  • Counseling
  • Travel costs

This compensation and reimbursement will usually be paid out in monthly installments. Even if you are completing an altruistic surrogacy, these surrogacy- and pregnancy-related expenses will still be covered by your intended parents.

Additional Compensations

In addition to the surrogate mother compensation expected in a normal process, a surrogacy attorney will also make provisions for unexpected events that may harm the surrogate, the intended parents or the baby. These circumstances do not occur in every surrogacy process, and some are extremely rare, but it’s important they are discussed before starting the process to avoid legal complications down the line.

Some examples of these situations are:

  • Invasive procedures
  • Multiple babies
  • Mock cycles and cancelled cycles
  • Fetal reduction
  • Loss of organs

The surrogate’s attorney and intended parents’ attorneys will negotiate how much a surrogate mother will get paid in these situations, should they occur.

Why a Lawyer is Necessary for Surrogate Mother Pay

As mentioned, surrogates will need to work with a surrogacy attorney to protect their rights to surrogate mother compensation in Kansas or Missouri. An attorney will ensure that a prospective surrogate is comfortable with her surrogate compensation and make sure that all necessary expenses are accounted for. A surrogacy cannot be completed in Kansas or Missouri without a surrogacy lawyer completing this necessary legal contract.

Whether you work with a local surrogacy agency or not, attorney Kevin Kenney can always offer his legal services. For those completing an identified surrogacy without an agency, Kevin can provide escrow services to manage appropriate payments to the surrogate. He can also provide references to any additional surrogacy professionals you may need during your process.

Remember, each surrogacy journey is different, which means that how much a surrogate mother makes during her surrogacy can only be determined by her, the intended parents, their attorneys and, if used, a surrogacy agency. To learn more about the specifics of surrogate mother compensation in Kansas or Missouri, please contact a local surrogacy agency or attorney Kevin Kenney.