“How much does surrogacy cost?” This is often one of the first questions prospective intended parents ask us here at Circle Surrogacy — and for good reason, too. With all of the moving parts in the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs can be a complicated subject to tackle.
In short, surrogacy is a substantial financial investment, though the actual costs can be unclear and highly variable. That’s why we are here to explain the costs of surrogacy and help you know what to expect during your journey as an intended parent.
The Average Cost of Surrogacy in the US
On average, gestational surrogacy costs in the United States range from $80,000 to $180,000 depending on the needs of the individual or couple.
For example, surrogacy becomes less expensive if a woman’s own eggs can be used or if the intended parent(s) have frozen embryos from prior fertility treatments available. The same goes for sperm, too — if one of the intended parents is male and his sperm can be used, then that will make the process slightly less expensive than it would be if donor sperm was required.
Surrogacy Costs Breakdown
Surrogacy is a legitimate financial investment, so it’s smart to learn how all of the different costs factor into the process.
The typical costs associated with gestational surrogacy are as follows:
Agency fee: ~$20,000–$35,000. This range depends on the services an agency provides, as each agency includes different offerings for their Intended Parents. Some agencies with a higher fee will perform all of the legal work, surrogate screening, trust account management and more, while other agencies keep their agency fees lower and charge individually for these services.
Compensation to the surrogate: $30,000 – $60,000. This cost reflects the typical base fee compensation. Surrogates will receive additional compensation and benefits throughout the journey, and their compensation may become higher if the pregnancy ends up being multiple births.
Health insurance for the surrogate: $15,000 to $30,000. Many health insurers will not fully cover surrogacy.
Expenses and other payments to the surrogate: $10,000 to $15,000. Expenses might include maternity clothing, travel to the clinic, childcare, help with housekeeping at the end of pregnancy, additional life insurance, etc.
Legal fees: $14,000. You’ll need an experienced surrogacy and family planning lawyer to help ensure that your journey proceeds according to the law, which can vary by state and affect your surrogacy costs.
Counseling services: $7,000. Most clinics require that both the intended parents and the surrogate undergo counseling, especially if the surrogate is doing it for the first time.
IVF or embryo implantation: Up to $20,000. This is more than traditional IVF for various reasons.
Surrogacy Costs at Circle Surrogacy
It is important to understand the costs before embarking on your surrogacy journey, and if you need more information to make the right decision to grow your family, fill out our Parent Application today. We’re happy to walk you through all of the costs intended parents can expect when becoming a parent with the help of Circle Surrogacy.
About the Author: Lauren Mello
Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Prior to joining the team at Circle, she worked at several different advertising agencies in Boston as a Strategic Social Media Manager, Agency Brand Manager, and Digital Marketing Manager. Lauren’s focus is on social media and growing a digital brand presence.