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Low-Income Women Lose

Some women may become surrogates out of the goodness of their heart, but Lahl says the driving force behind most of their decision comes down to the dollar.

"It's low-income women that are more incentivized to do this," Lahl says. "You're not going to hear wealthy women say, 'I'll be a surrogate and carry a baby for nine months.'"

Many of the surrogates featured in Breeders are in situations where they need the extra income but are unable to work because they have to take care of their own children. By becoming surrogates, they are able to make $15,000 to $25,000 a year — not including medical costs — without sacrificing their role as mothers.

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