Why іѕ thе Cоѕt оf a Surrogate Arrangement So Much?

Why іѕ thе Cоѕt оf a Surrogate Arrangement So Much?


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Let us get straight to the point, shall we? Surrogacy is expensive. Very expensive. So, before you start to think that surrogacy agencies are charging more than they should, just keep in mind what a typical prenatal and postnatal birth costs alongside everything in a surrogacy arrangement costs. The former will cost you approximately $10,000 dollars, and the latter, $90,000. Keep in mind that these costs vary from state to state. These numbers are simply averages of the varying prices  


So, why the big difference in cost? It is mainly due to the fact that there are more professionals involved with surrogacy than there are with a typical pregnancy. There are a lot of moving parts here. Let us start with the surrogate mother who, by all accounts, is qualified to be called a professional in the surrogacy field because of everything she has to be qualified to do. These women typically make up to $35,000 for their time and efforts. From the day that a heartbeat is detected from the fetus, she receives, give or take, $3,500. The same amount is then given monthly until birth. Again, this varies state-to-state.  

Fees to the agency that matched the potential mother to the surrogate mother can also vary widely. Seeing a difference of $40,000 is not uncommon when you know that some agencies do not include costs for the psychologistattorneyand insurance. The ones that do will be more expensive. The ones that do not, will not be, but the potential parents will have to foot those bills themselves.  


And then there is hormonal medication. Especially with first time surrogates, they will need to take hormone medication for at least a month to help ensure that the egg to sperm matching process will result in a pregnancy. This is the main cost the potential parents will incur before even knowing if the entire process will be a success. It goes without saying, then, that the would-be parents are dedicated to this from start to finish.  


If you happen upon a surrogate mother who has done this before, this medication may not be needed. But as far as cost is concerned, they do charge more for their services, so those two costs can end up cancelling each other out.  


There are also insurance policies that are dedicated to the surrogacy process. Nothing can happen without this. Agencies won't match you, doctors will not deal with you for this purpose, and hospitals especially will not be allowed to participate in any process of the pregnancy or birth.  


This is all just a general run-down of most costs involved, but it serves a very important point: Costs can and will add up fast. For most people who go through this process, though, it is a small price to pay for an extra addition to their family. With most people, not being able to have children the natural way does not deter them from wanting more children. It just motivates them to find viable alternative, with surrogacy being just that.