In many ways, surrogate pregnancy is just like any other pregnancy. And unfortunately, that means it comes with the risk of miscarriage.
Experiencing a failed pregnancy is difficult for anyone. In addition to feelings of sadness and grief, surrogates often feel a sense of guilt, thinking they let the intended parents down.
Here at Surrogate Parenting Services, the health and well-being of our surrogates is our top priority. We ensure that you not only have the support you need in the event of a miscarriage, but also that you understand all the details of your contract at the beginning of your journey, so that your only focus during this challenging time is your physical and emotional wellness.
You can learn more about the process below.
What happens at the start of your surrogacy journey?
Before you begin your journey, you’ll agree on a contract with the intended parents, and your contract will determine what happens in the event of a miscarriage or a failed transfer.
You’ll have your own attorney that will review the contract in detail with you and your partner (if applicable) and answer any questions either of you may have. This process helps ensure that you know exactly what to expect during your journey—including if the pregnancy doesn’t go as planned.
Do surrogates get paid if they miscarry?
In short, yes. Any payments due to the surrogate mother are determined by how far along in the pregnancy she was. Sometimes this is a prorated amount, and other times it is a flat fee. These details are predetermined and agreed to in your contract.
What happens after the miscarriage?
We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for both the surrogate and intended parents, so first and foremost, it’s important to take time to process and grieve the loss and focus on your physical and emotional health.
Your case manager and the mental health professional that you’re connected with during your journey will reach out to you and offer any support that you need.
After taking some time to recover, there will be a conversation between the intended parents and the doctor to determine the next steps. If the miscarriage was determined to be the fault of the surrogate, the doctor may recommend a new surrogate. However, most times the surrogate is not at fault.
In most cases, if additional embryos are available, the surrogate and intended parents will try for another pregnancy, as long as all parties (the intended parents, surrogate, and doctor) agree.
The possibility of difficult situations like this is just one of the reasons why working with an experienced, reputable surrogacy agency is so important. At SPS, we have over 30 years of experience, and we support you during every step of your journey, including unforeseen events and challenging times.
If you want to learn more about SPS and how to become a surrogate, follow the link below.
Learn More About Becoming a Surrogate with Surrogate Parenting Services
Surrogate Parenting Services is proud to celebrate over 30 years of helping to bring dreams to life! Founded in 1990, Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is a full-service surrogacy agency that offers both parties an exceptionally supportive environment throughout the surrogacy relationship. We’re passionate about creating ideal matches between surrogates and intended parents, so the journey is fulfilling for both sides and the future child is brought into this world in the best possible circumstances.
Learn more about our Surrogacy Program online or by calling 949-363-9525.