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Become a Surrogate or Gestational Carrier

​If you are interested in becoming a surrogate host or gestational carrier it is important to understand the legal aspects of the process in the state in which you reside.  You have the right to be represented by an attorney throughout the process and it is recommended that you not  enter an agreement where one attorney represents both you and the intended parents.

Is There Compensation For A Surrogate Host or Gestational Carrier?

Compensation for surrogate hosts and gestational carriers varies by state.


In Washington the intended parents pay expenses related to the pregnancy and birth including out of pocket medical expenses, maternity clothing, lost wages, counseling, any costs associated with the procedure, and attorney fees. The birth mother may not be compensated, however, for carrying the child. 


In Idaho, the surrogate host or gestational carrier may be compensated and ordinarily receives at least $15,000 in addition to any expenses related to the pregnancy and birth. 

Who May Act As A Surrogate?

In some cases, a friend or family member acts as a surrogate and there is very little screening other than that performed by the medical provider or clinic performing the necessary procedure. In situations where the Intended Parents seek to be matched with a Surrogate, the Surrogate must undergo a screening process before being considered.  That screening process includes the following:  physical; medical and social history information; genetic screening and psychological testing.

Fact Sheet

 The patient education website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for Gestational Carrier (Surrogate) can be found here.


Mark R. Iverson is available to answer any questions during a free consultation. Contact us at 509-462-3678 or 800-338-8273 or via email at