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The Cost of a Gestational Carrier/Surrogate

By Michael Vermesh on January 15, 2016

A woman who is pregnantHere at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we have helped countless people start the families o their dreams through expert care. In a number of cases this includes using gestational surrogacy to help people have a healthy baby, which is important to concern when there are potential issues with a mother's reproductive health or a couple's biological viability to have a child.

We'd like to go over the basics of surrogacy right now, and then focus on the costs involved in the process.

Gestational Carriers Defined

Also known as a surrogate, a gestational carrier is a woman who agrees to carry a couple's child to term via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Many couples turn to gestational carriers when they face a significant risk of a miscarriage or if they are biologically unable to carry a child to term on their own.

Since a gestational carrier is an additional party in the process of starting a family, there can be a substantial cost to consider in these matters.

Is There an Average Cost for a Gestational Carrier?

There are many factors that affect the total cost of a gestational carrier, and it is quite an expensive process. The reason for this is that there are numerous factors to consider in addition to the cost of IVF and other fertility specialist services.

While the total cost of treatment can vary from patient to patient, it's not uncommon for parents to spend upwards of $100,000 for the entire process. This is why it's important to weigh your options when it comes to starting a family of your own.

Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Surrogacy

When it comes to surrogacy, prospective parents need to consider the follows fees or factors that account for the total cost:

  • Compensation for the surrogate
  • Fees from a surrogacy agency
  • Fertility treatments (i.e., IVF and other procedures)
  • Insurance
  • Legal fees
  • Potential travel expenses

Working with a Surrogacy Agency

Surrogacy agencies are an excellent way to find a healthy and willing surrogate who can help you start a family. These agencies can connect you with people who fit the criteria you're looking for, and they can also eliminate the hassles of finding and screening surrogates on your own.

Financing and Loans for the Process

Given the costs associated with gestational carriers, it's not uncommon for people to consider financing plans and loans to cover the total cost of the process. Surrogacy agencies and fertility centers offer their own options for payment, which typically includes various kinds of payment plants.

If you are seriously considering a gestational carrier, be sure to discuss these financing plans with your fertility doctor and, if applicable, a surrogacy agency. This will help you make smart choices before initiating the process.

Helping You Make Smart Choices About Surrogacy

Starting a family is always a big decisions, and when it comes to involved fertility treatment concerns, it's important that you ask questions and voice concerns whenever you have them. During your consultation with us, we will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need to make empowered decisions about this process.

Contact the Center for Fertility and Gynecology

For more information about gestational carriers and your many other options when it comes to fertility treatments, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our fertility treatment center today. The team at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology will help you make smart choices about your options.

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