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Altruistic Surrogacy or Compensated Surrogacy

If you’re an intended parent or a surrogate mother interested in gestational surrogacy, you probably know how extensive the preparation process is. After submitting an application, you have to undergo interviews, physical examinations, and mental evaluations. After that, the matching process takes place and you’re finally introduced to the people you’ll be working with.

When a surrogate mother and the intended parents meet, they have to decide how they want to pursue the surrogacy. One thing they’ll have to discuss is payment. They’ll have to decide between altruistic surrogacy and compensated surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy is when a surrogate mother carries and delivers the intended parents’ baby for free. Compensated surrogacy is when the intended parents pay their surrogate mother. Regardless of whether they pick altruistic surrogacy or compensated surrogacy, the intended parents cover the in vitro fertilization (IVF) costs and the prenatal care costs.

What is Altruistic Surrogacy?

Altruistic surrogacy is less expensive than compensated surrogacy. Intended parents may pursue altruistic surrogacy because they have a limited amount of financial resources. They may want to save that money for the IVF and prenatal care.

Many critics argue that altruistic surrogacy isn’t fair to the surrogate mother. They argue that she shouldn’t have to go through the surrogacy process without receiving some form of compensation. Some surrogates may be unwilling to go through the surrogacy process if they don’t get something in return.

Altruistic surrogacy may be a good option if the surrogate mother and the intended parents happen to know each other. If the surrogate mother is a friend or a relative, she may not want to receive any money. She may understand the cost of surrogacy, so she may not want to inconvenience the intended parents. Her desire to help her friends or relatives would be her only motivation.

What is Compensated Surrogacy?

Compensated surrogacy may be a suitable option for intended parents who found their surrogate mother through a surrogacy agency, like Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma. If the surrogate mother and the intended parents are strangers to each other, the surrogate may want some form of compensation.

If you’re a surrogate mother, compensated surrogacy may be the most appealing option for you. You can’t make a living off becoming a surrogate, so money shouldn’t be your only motivation when applying for the role. Even so, surrogacy is a good investment. You can use that money for your own child’s college savings, or you could put it aside for the house or the car.

If the intended parents have enough money saved up, they should be able to pursue compensated surrogacy.

Altruistic Surrogacy or Compensated Surrogacy

At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma, our mission is to make the surrogacy journey as easy and fulfilling as possible for both the surrogate mother and the intended parents. We discuss their options with them so they can make the best decision. If you need help deciding between altruistic surrogacy and compensated surrogacy, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the community. We assist both intended parents and gestational carriers (surrogates). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process.
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Meet the Author: Heather Valenzano is an up-and-coming content creator with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in English. After graduating from Iona College in 2019, she got an internship – and then a part-time job – writing blogs and managing social media accounts for Hip New Jersey, a lifestyle website owned by Long Shot Productions. She has also produced website and social media content for CommonPage, an external collaboration platform.

When she isn’t working, Heather enjoys watching crime shows like Forensic Files or posting book reviews to under the username “LavenderLiterature2.”

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