We have received a lot of questions about why gestational surrogacy costs so much. While it's difficult to put a price on starting a family, the reality is that there are a lot of people, organizations, and technology involved in creating an embryo through in-vitro fertilization from a donated egg and then transferring that egg to a gestational surrogate whose body has been prepared to become pregnant through medical technology. Add to that the necessary financial, social, and emotional support for our gestational surrogate as she carries our child, and the numbers start to make more sense.
Below is a summary of the expenses based on our research and meetings with various local surrogacy agencies and reproductive medicine clinics.
Surrogacy Agency Fees, Screening Costs, Legal Fees: $19,000 – $25,000
Gestational Surrogate Compensation: $34,000 – $36,000
Fertility, In-Vitro Fertilization, Embryo Transfer, and Other Medical Fees: $45,000
Variable Expenses Deposit (to cover unexpected medical or personal expenses): $20,000
Total Costs: $120,000 – $125,000
If you're curious about more details, there are a lot of resources available online. We drew much of this cost information from All Families Surrogacy and Oregon Reproductive Medicine. Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us via our Contact Us page if you have specific questions, or reach out to a surrogacy agency or a fertility clinic in your area.