Surrogacy costs can be broken down into four major categories: IVF clinic costs, surrogacy agency and legal fees, and egg donor & surrogate compensation.
Surrogacy costs can vary depending on the clinic and surrogacy agency you use, your specific requirements for an egg donor and gestational carrier, and the part of the country in which you live.
Because of this, the "ballpark estimate" for total surrogacy costs varies greatly, but the average cost of surrogacy in the United States is around $140,000. You may see cheaper alternatives advertised in other countries, but it is not possible to guarantee that your rights, your surrogate's rights, and the rights of your future child will be equally protected.
The total cost of surrogacy includes:
- IVF clinic costs
- Egg donor compensation
- Gestational carrier compensation
- Surrogacy agency feeds
- Legal fees (both for you and the gestational carrier)
- Medications for egg donor and gestational carrier
- Travel costs for intended parents and gestational carrier
- Pregnancy expenses (i.e. maternity clothes and prenatal vitamins, etc.)
- Health insurance for gestational carrier
Keep scrolling for information and cost estimates on each piece of your surrogacy journey.