Surrogacy and Surrogate Mother Cost

How much does surrogacy cost? How much does a surrogate mother cost? How much surrogacy is? What are the expenses during a surrogacy process? How much does surrogacy cost if you have a surrogate? How much does surrogacy cost with a family member?

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These sorts of concerns are the first ones for every Intended Parent when they start surrogacy journey.

It´s essential to know there are a lot of factors that vary the final amount of your surrogacy process, are you going to purse gestational surrogacy or traditional surrogacy? Are you going to look for altruistic surrogate or you are going to pursue commercial surrogacy? Are you going to use a surrogacy agency  to support you during all the process?

One of the first decisions you should do is if you are going to use a surrogacy agency or you are going to work without one. Normally a surrogacy agency will support you to find a surrogate mother, to introduce a family lawyer, to find a fertility clinic, to manage the appointments of your surrogate, etc… they will support during all the surrogacy process.

Surrogacy cost can be break down in tree main groups: surrogacy professional costs (agency and or lawyer), medical cost (associated with the IVF treatment) and surrogate mother cost (i.e travel expenses, housekeeping, life insurance, etc). Usually, medical costs are a significant part of the whole process.

You should note that medical expenses can be quite variable and they will depend on the surrogate’s insurance situation and the medical procedures required during the fertility treatment and pregnancy, for example number of IVF cycles needed to achieve the pregnancy, if a C-Section is needed, etcetera

The number of embryos transferred to the surrogate can affect the final surrogacy cost, because with twins of triples the probabilities of bed rest for the surrogate are increased, also the risk of have a premature birth what can increase the medical cost post-birth.

In conclusion, it’s not possible to have a fix surrogacy budget, in general the expenses can vary a lot depending on different factors, including individual circumstances of surrogate mother and intended parents or if an egg donor will be needed and the different choices you will make during you surrogacy journey.

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How much does a surrogate mother cost?

In surrogacy, a woman, called as a surrogate mother or carrier, help other people to become parents carrying their  baby, usually as a result of the woman cannot conceive or carry a being pregnant to time period. Same sex couples or sinlges could also use a surrogate mother to be parents.

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There are two different kind of surrogacy: The primary is known as traditional surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is inseminated with sperm and this sperm which fertilizes her own eggs. The sperm used can be come from the intended parents or a sperm donor can be used. As the surrogate mother uses her own eggs, the kid is biologically connected to the surrogate. The second option of surrogacy is called gestational surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, an embryo is transferred to the surrogate, which may come from the supposed dad and mom or from donors. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate’s eggs are not used to create the embryos so there is no link with the kid.

The costs of surrogate mother and egg donor can vary depending on the Country / State you choose to take your surrogacy journey in.  Also they changes depending if a surrogacy agency  is used by the intended parentes to find surrogate mother.

The process of choosing a surrogate or intended parents is neither a transaction nor a one way conversation but rather something more personal where both parties have the opportunity to get to know each other first before making any decisions. Intended parents and their surrogate should have things in common, after all one cannot only talk about pregnancy and reimbursement for one year.

If you decide to become a surrogate mother, you need to know that normally surrogacy contracts are no legal in all the States of United States, some States do not recognize them as valid, and each state has their own laws that apply (you need to check with your lawyer).

Intended parents will take care of the surrogacy agency fee, this fee includes psychological assessment of the gestational carrier, criminal background check of surrogate, review of surrogate mothers’s insurance policy and referral to fertility/family lawyers qualified in reproductive law, coordination of the medical the In Vitro Ferlization process and finally the  surrogate support throughout all the surrogacy journey

Also, Intended parents are usually required to reimburse compensation for the surrogate mother’s pregnancy and birth of a healthy child, preparation of all necessary documents for the registration of the child and registration themselves as legal biological parents, as well as additional compensation for the restoration of health after pregnancy and childbirth

How much does a surrogate mother cost?

Surrogate mother is compensated lost wages, surrogacy related doctor’s appointment (i.e screener or embryo transfer), bedrest and post-delivery recovery time up to the earlier of either 6 weeks post-delivery or when gestational carrier is medically cleared to return to her daily work

Helping other people to have their own children can be very satisfying on its own along with the financial compensation a surrogate mother receives during her surrogacy journey.

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Being a Surrogate Mother

If you decide being a surrogate mother, your role will be to help to build a family, and this is truly priceless.  You and your intended parents must build a relationship based on individual respect, dignity and care each party deserve.

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Surrogacy procedures normally require that the surrogate mother to pass a medical screener and a psychological assessment, need the surrogate to be at least 18 or 21 depending on the Country and State where surrogacy is pursued and require the intended parents to agree to accept any resulting child, regardless of any impairment the child may have.

Although these requests may be a bit different between surrogacy agencies and countries , most surrogacy specialists ask that the potential gestational carrier would have had minimum one uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery and have also one kid living at home, have no history of drugs or alcohol abuse in her family as well as no family records of genetic , psychological or medical issues, be living in a stable home (most intended parents prefer with a helpful boyfriend, spouse or partner to have a good support network) and have medical insurance that will cover the pregnancy.

As explained before, every surrogate mother needs to pass a carefully screener , and agencies normally  will have control over what couple surrogates work with during the surrogacy journey, because it´s important to finding compatible matches (intended parents and surrogate mothers) that do for the best potential journey for all the parties involved in this surrogacy process.

Being a surrogate is a gift for couples or people who cannot have children. Some surrogates say that they have waited a long time to make the choice to go ahead and being a surrogate mother but that they become really happy and even cry when they found out we were pregnant, the first time they watch the kid in the ultrasound with the intended parents was a magic moment, the times and talks they spend with intended parents throughout the pregnancy and of course the day where they are able to meet the baby they carried. It´s an amazing adventure for a surrogate mother that all woman deserve to have the possibility  to choose. When a woman decides to become a gestational carrier (also an egg donor) it was out of her personal passion to be pregnant and have children of her own.

Counseling and advise for the surrogate mother is performed by surrogacy specialists so she has a clear understanding of the psychological issues related to the process of surrogacy journey, including handling a relationship with the expectant parents, managing with attachment problems due to the pregnancy, and coping with the impact of surrogacy on her own life, at work, at home, with her husband or partner

A surrogate must be willing to pass a deep medical screener, a criminal background analysis on her and her partner,  fill out a full health questionnaire, a psychological assessment and probably a home visit led by the surrogacy agency and sometimes for the intended parents.

For intended parents is not easy to find surrogate mothers but being a surrogate mother is not an simple decision.

One very important part of the surrogacy journey, that the surrogate mother doesn´t have to forget is the contract part. A surrogate mother needs to make sure that the agreement include topics such as the amount of reimbursement the gestational carrier will receive, who will be responsible for paying medical and psychological expenses, what will occur in the case of twins or triplets, what will occur if the surrogate mother or the intended parents wants to terminate the pregnancy in the middle, and what will occur if a miscarriage happens. All those details will be negotiated in put a written contract with your surrogate.

Surrogacy is a gift! Thanks to all the surrogate mothers that decide being a surrogate mother and to help other intended parents!! Tank you

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