Surrogate Alternatives has one of the best surrogate benefit packages in the industry. The surrogate benefit package, or the “SBP” which is how its often referred to as, is a description and listing of the funds you will receive while acting as a surrogate mother. We offer our surrogates up to $50,000 for their help in the process. There is such a thing as a fair compensation in our industry but please be wary of other agencies claiming to offer up to $70,000+. Often times surrogates sign with other agencies under the impression that they’ll receive the highest pay and end up waiting months to get matched, only to be told they could only give them $30,000 – $40,000. They knew the surrogate was excited and just wanted to be matched and she was tired of waiting for her journey to begin. The saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” is an accurate one.
SAI believes in transparency and we pride ourselves in having operated our agency since 1998 with the highest ethical standards in the industry.
Surrogate Alternatives’ SBP has other items in it that most agencies do not. Below is a list of what we offer in our SBP.
Pregnancy Compensation: This amount will be paid to you after the confirmation of a fetal heartbeat through ultrasound. You will be entitled to 10 monthly payments of this pregnancy compensation.
“Extra” Pregnancy Compensation for carrying Twins or Triplets: This fee begins at the 18th week of pregnancy, if it is determined that you are carrying twins or triplets for your intended parents.
Monthly Non-Accountable Expense Allowance: This monthly non-accountable allowance is paid to you the month following the finalization of legal contracts between you (the surrogate) and your intended parents. You are entitled to receive this allowance as long as you are in contract with your intended parents, and for one month after giving birth. You do not need to provide receipts for this allowance. This allowance covers a variety of things such as over the counter medication, faxing, postage, and non-reimbursed childcare.
IVF/Embryo Transfer Fee: You are entitled to this fee every time you have an embryo transfer for your intended parents. Hopefully it works on the first try, but in case it doesn’t, this fee compensates you for lost wages and childcare, since most IVF clinics require you stay on bed rest for 2-3 days following the embryo transfer procedure.
Maternity Clothing Allowance: This is a one-time fee given to our surrogate mothers to purchase maternity clothing. If the surrogate becomes pregnant with Twins, this fee will increase by $200.
Monthly Attendance for Support Group Meetings: SAI holds fun monthly support group meetings at our office in Chula Vista, CA. Our meetings are on Sundays at 11:00 AM, to make it convenient for our surrogates to attend. If you do not live in the San Diego area, we have designed our SBP so that an out-of-town surrogate will still benefit and receives this fee.
Housekeeping Allowance: This begins at the 13th week of pregnancy and continues throughout the pregnancy until delivery. You are given a weekly allowance for this service.
IVF Physician Appointments: You will be entitled to receive this fee if you are employed full-time and have to miss work to attend an IVF appointment.
Cancelled Cycle Fee: This fee is paid to you only if you begin stimulation medication, and then at no fault of yours, the cycle becomes cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Life Insurance: Our surrogates can be reimbursed for obtaining a term life insurance policy.
Medical Insurance: If you or your spouse does not have medical insurance through your employer, you will have to apply for a health insurance policy, which SAI will keep you do. The amount of the monthly insurance premium will be reimbursed to you by your intended parents through an escrow account.
Physician Recommended C-section: If your OB doctor recommends you deliver by c-section this fee will be paid to you. This fee covers, the pain and suffering that also happens with delivery and recovery. It also covers childcare and housekeeping during the postpartum period.
Physician Ordered Bedrest: If your doctor determines that he wants you on bed rest due to the pregnancy, you will be entitled to this weekly fee.
Supplying Breast Milk (optional): After delivery if you choose to pump milk for your surrogate baby, you will be compensated a weekly amount for this. You will also be reimbursed for any supplies you purchase.
Invasive Procedure Fee: Unfortunately, things can happen in pregnancy that we have no control over. If this happens, you will be compensated a fee for the inconvenience and pain or suffering.
Long Distance Travel: If your IVF clinic is located in a different city & county than where you live, you will be reimbursed all your travel costs. This includes, (if needed): air fare, mileage, car rental, hotel and food per diem.
Pregnancy Wellness Program: Surrogate Alternatives prides itself in offering our surrogate mothers a unique health and wellness program that includes monthly acupuncture or massage sessions each month, along with high quality prenatal vitamins healthy and stress-free pregnancy. We encourage all surrogates to take advantage of this unique program!
Surrogate Retreat Weekends: We are one of the only agencies that has up to 3 retreats per year. Our staff, with much time, attention and love, puts these retreat weekends together. We make sure our surrogate mothers enjoy a weekend away full of fun, bonding and relaxation. You will be entitled to attend one retreat per calendar year at no cost to you. This fee is covered for your attendance by your intended parents. SAI usually holds these retreats in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and at beautiful spa resorts around San Diego County.
Family Events: We love to meet our surrogates families and are grateful to them for all of the support they are providing. We hold our family events once or twice a year, that include fun activities for the kids, catered lunch and raffle drawings for prizes. In 2013 SAI gave away a brand-new 2013 Mini Cooper to one of our surrogate moms.