Gift of Life




Women who choose to become surrogates are able to give the gift of life to people who are unable to have children on their own for a variety of reasons. If you are considering becoming a surrogate, it is important to understand the process, as well as the many factors and emotions that are involved.

Gestational Carrier Criteria

Gift of Life has several requirements in order to ensure you are able to be a successful surrogate. Our staff will review all requirements in detail at your initial consultation; however, there are several prerequisites a potential surrogate must meet:


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Not be on government or state assistance of any kind
  • No history of any pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal) complication
  • No more than 2 C-sections
  • Not currently on any medication for a mental health disorder
  • Be able to travel as needed for appointments, screening, transfers and monitoring
  • Have a stable lifestyle and support system

Financial Compensation Guideline

Base compensation

$30,000 – $60,000 (first-time carrier – experienced carrier)

Monthly expense allowance


Maternity clothing allowance


Multiple Birth

$9,000 – $16,500 per additional child carried (depending on experience and insurance)

Loss of organs


Lost wages per week (carrier)

Dependent on carrier’s work

Lost wages per week (spouse)

Dependent on spouse’s work


$0.65 per mile (Flights dependent on locations)

Meal reimbursement

$20 per meal


$100 per week

Child Care

$20 per hour

What to Expect

After meeting with our staff and determining you would be an ideal surrogate through the intake and medical screening, the matching process begins. Review our step-by-step process to get a better idea of what it is like to be a surrogate:

Step 1

Our team will present you with potential intended parents (whether an individual or couple) based off your matching criteria.  You will have the ability to select for whom you would like to be a carrier.

Step 2

You will meet your potential match either in person or via a video conference call. At this time it will be determined if all parties agree with the match and choose to proceed.

Step 3

Once your match is finalized, legal contracts will be created for all parties to review and sign.

Step 4

The medical process starts, which includes the IVF process. Medication and potential embryo transfer dates will be scheduled, and you will continue to work closely with the IVF clinic, doctors and Gift of Life Surrogacy Director during this time.

Step 5

The most exciting step for most surrogates is finding out you are pregnant! The next few weeks will consist of ultrasounds and other medical testing as needed.

Step 6

The remainder of your pregnancy will be similar to your own previous pregnancy experience, with visits to your OBGYN and with Gift of Life. The intended parents will most likely accompany you to as many doctors visits as they are able to in order to experience the growth and, eventually, the birth of their baby.