Sunshine Hanson, co-founder and president of Surrogacy Is, was looking to supplement her income as a high school English teacher, without adding many more hours of work to her already packed schedule, when she discovered gestational surrogacy.
“I was looking for something meaningful I could do that wouldn’t take up a lot more time like a part-time job would,” Hanson told CBS MoneyWatch.
While the money is good — Hanson has earned six figures as a gestational surrogate for one couple — “it’s definitely not something you can do for the sole purpose of a side hustle if you need additional income,” she said.
She noted the risk of pregnancy-related complications, as well as the toll that even a normal, healthy pregnancy can take on the body, including postpartum.
“If you are doing it solely for the purpose of earning money, I don’t think there is any amount of money worth it, if that’s your sole motivation,” Hanson said.