How much is surrogacy? This is probably the first question for almost every potential IPs. However the answer is not easy because there are many aspect that have an influence in the total cost of surrogacy
Below, find a list with an estimation of gestational surrogacy cost in US
- Agency fee $20.000 – $30.000
- Travel $3.000 – $4.000
- Psychological Evaluation $500 – $1000
- Trust management fee $1.000 – $2.000
- Legal fee – Contract $3.000 – $6.000
- Parentage order $5.000
- Medical expenses $10.000 – $20.000
- Surrogate reimbursement $20.000 – $40.000
Estimated cost $65.000 – $110.000
Please note, that in this least IVF treatment and the surrogate medical insurance have not been included. Also the final cost could change depending on the type of surrogacy process.
The fee payed to the agency normally covers surrogacy facilitator services such as: pre-screening, matching, recruitment, coordination, concierge and mediation of medical expenses. You must pay attention what is included in the fee, is it a one-time fee? if the surrogacy cycle is not successful the first time, you can continue with the same surrogate mother or proceed with another candidate until positive results are achieved without paying another agency fee or you have to pay a new fee if you want to change your surrogate
Typically this fee is not refundable.
This amount will cover airfare (if needed), lodging, mileage, childcare base in two trips (IVF screening and embryo transfer) and any monitoring appointments if the surrogate is requested by the intended parents to attend the IVF clinic
A psychological evaluation for the surrogate should be done with a clinic psychologist
The escrow company manages the disbursement of all the funds related to the surrogacy agreement and fund management agreement.
Lawyer – Surrogacy contract
This amount covers drafting, review and representation on the surrogacy agreement for both: intended parents and gestational carrier.
The Intended Parent shall also consider the payment of an lawyer for legal representation relative to obtaining a Judgment Parentage or adoption, if required. All court costs, filing fees and copying fees for a judicial declaration of parentage shall be paid by the Intended Parent. Depending on the state normally the process will begin at the 3rd or 4th month of gestation.
The Intended Parents are responsible for the surrogate medical coverage for the pregnancy, delivery and any procedures, appointments that she may incur after the delivery and related to their surrogacy cycle.
Also, they are responsible to reimburse Medical Expenses that surrogate will incur, as of the gestational pregnancy for his child.
Also a medical insurance for the new born need to be considered
The surrogate mother cost usually include: Inject medication, Life insurance, Embryo transfers, Living expense reimbursement and/or Maternity clothing allowance
Other potential payments: dropped cycle, invasive procedures, restriction of activities/bed rest, surrogate’s lost wages, surrogate’s husband lost wages, cesarean section, hysterectomy and/or breast milk
There are many things to think about to calculate the overall cost of surrogacy process. Surrogacy costs can increase fast, so it is important for intended parents to do deep research and thing about the worst case scenario, just to be in the safe side.