Gestational Surrogacy Program

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Gestational Surrogacy Program, open to full-time faculty and staff, reimburses gestational surrogacy parents up to $15,000 for eligible expenses associated with the gestational surrogacy.

Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple. The woman who carries the baby is the gestational surrogate, or gestational carrier. This benefit is designed to provide expense reimbursement for a JHU employee who is using the services of a gestational surrogate rather than for those acting as a gestational surrogate for another individual or couple.

To learn more about eligibility, plan details, covered expenses, and how to apply, click the tabs below.


To participate in our Gestational Surrogacy Program, you must be a full-time faculty, staff or bargaining unit member with at least one year of full-time JHU service immediately prior to the initiation of the surrogacy process and remain employed through the birthdate of the child. Visiting full-time faculty are not eligible for this plan.

Plan Details

This plan covers documented, eligible expenses for a single gestational surrogacy up to a maximum of $15,000 per family. For the simultaneous surrogacy of two children (more than one surrogate carrying a child for the same individual or family during the same time period), the maximum reimbursement will be $30,000 per family for all eligible expenses.

Requests must be received within 90 days of the birth of the child. Reimbursements are paid via payroll. In accordance with IRS requirements, gestational surrogacy expenses reimbursed by the university are fully taxable and applicable taxes will be withheld from the reimbursement. The reimbursement will be reflected on your W-2 as ordinary income.

Reimbursement under the program is limited to $15,000 for one gestational surrogacy birth or $30,000 for simultaneous surrogacy births during any two years. You can not receive reimbursement through the adoption assistance program and the gestational surrogacy program for the same child.

Reimbursable Expenses

The following expenses are reimbursable under JHU’s Gestational Surrogacy Program:

  • Reasonable and customary public and private agency fees permitted or required under the law of the state having jurisdiction over the gestational surrogacy
  • Reasonable and customary legal and court fees

Documentation of expenses includes invoices and paid receipts or bank statements of payment made in full.

The following expenses, however, will not be eligible for reimbursement under the Plan:

  • Medical expenses for the child, natural mother or parents
  • Donations
  • Costs associated with legal guardianship

As with the Adoption Assistance Plan, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate the gestational surrogacy benefit at any time and for any reason.


To participate in The JHU Gestational Surrogacy Program, submit a completed gestational surrogacy affidavit and all supporting documentation to Johns Hopkins University, Office of Benefits Services, Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C020, Baltimore, MD 21218, or fax to 443-997-6812.