While expenses will vary depending on your contractual agreement with your intended parents, all of your medical expenses will be covered. Worldwide will work with you to help you understand what insurance coverage you have and whether or not it may be used for maternity care during your pregnancy.
All other surrogacy-related expenses such as legal, travel, and miscellaneous costs will be covered by the intended parents. Upon confirmation of pregnancy, you will receive a base compensation that is broken down into ten payments and paid on a monthly basis. In addition to your base compensation, you will also receive a monthly expense fee, maternity clothing allowance, embryo transfer fee, fee for undergoing invasive procedures, etc. All payments will be clearly outlined in the contract between you and your intended parents.
Surrogate compensation will range from $35K - $55K, depending on experience.
Surrogates may also receive additional compensation for undergoing any invasive procedures, for the embryo transfer, for maternity clothing, etc. In addition, provisions for lost wages, housekeeping and/or childcare, and counseling, may be compensated as well, if requested. WSS highly recommends reviewing online surrogacy forums to get a better sense of what is considered fair compensation based on your specific circumstances.
No, your name will not appear on the birth certificate. Since the intended parents have all legal rights to the child, their names will appear on the birth certificate pre- or post-birth order. The pre-birth order will also voluntarily relinquish your rights as a surrogate before the child is born. However, in certain cases, specific state laws will dictate that your name will appear on the initial birth certificate, but it will later be removed once the intended parents are added. WSS will make sure that you have competent legal counsel for your protection and to ensure that you understand your surrogacy contract and all legal procedures.
Yes, all surrogates are required to undergo a medical and psychological assessment as part of the screening and matching process. The purpose of these assessments is to ensure there are no medical or psychological issues that could negatively impact the pregnancy.
During the screening process, WSS will need to obtain all of your pregnancy/delivery records and submit them to the clinic doctor for review and approval. Your medical screening will require approval from the IVF clinic, and your psychological screening will consist of two parts, a basic personality test (PAI) and a psychological evaluation of you (and your significant other, if applicable) by our clinical psychologist on staff. Once you are both medically and psychologically approved, you will move onto the matching stage.
To find out if you qualify, start by filling out our brief pre-screen register here.