How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in the United States

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in the United States

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When a couple is looking for a surrogate mother, many questions come to mind. One of the more important questions to arise will be that of the cost of becoming a surrogate parents. While these costs vary from state to state, they do not vary so much that you cannot get a good guideline to go forward with, by looking at any one given state.

For instance, the average cost nationwide varies from $80,000 to $120,000. The difference represents one third of the most expensive example. The total costs vary simply because of the amount of detail going into making sure that everything about the process is covered medically and ethically.

An average breakdown of the most common medical costs can look something like this:


First time surrogate base pay - $45,000

Experienced surrogate compensation - $5,000

Completed IVF transfer - $1,000

Monthly living allowance (12 months) - $2,400

Fee for twins - $5,000*

Fee for Triplets - $10,000*

*Fees that represent the cost in addition to the regular, one-baby cost.


As you can see, the costs that intended parents incur can add up quickly. These costs are representative of California prices, which can be the highest in the nation, so it is a good benchmark to go by. The twin and triplet fees are obviously not an expense that occurs a lot, but it is something that should be planned for, just in case.

In most cases and most states (state laws vary in regards to this legality), there are screening costs to determine the legal eligibility of both the intended parents and the surrogate mother. Criminal background checks on both parties are only a couple of hundred dollars. Psychological tests are also run on both parties and these tests can add up to $1,000.

The medical screening on both parties is going to be a little different for either party. For the surrogate mother, it is done to determine whether she is fit enough to carry a fetus to term. For the intended parents, it is done to determine the estimated amount of time both parents can be expected to be in good enough health to raise a child for at least 18 years. When you think of it this way, you begin to realize how much of a personal commitment it is to raise a child.

Miscellaneous medical, legal, and medication costs, which can go as high as $38,000, round out the typical fees that intended parents will incur. It adds up fast so it is best to be prepared with the information and financials well ahead of time. This not only gives peace of mind that the brunt of the responsibilities are taken care of before the process even starts, but it allows the intended parents more time to focus on getting the right agency and just the right surrogate parent. 

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