Jun 01 2016

Understanding the Costs of Gestational Surrogacy


A woman holding her baby bumpDr. Janelle Dorsett is one of the leading fertility specialist in the Lubbock area, offering advanced treatments that can address male infertility and female infertility. In addition to offering in vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination services, she and her team have also connected couples and individuals with surrogate carriers.

Gestational surrogacy allows people to have children when they did not seem viable before. Let's explore the surrogacy option and what costs may be involved with these services.

About Surrogacy and Gestational Carriers

Surrogates refer to women who who agree to carry a couple or an individual's child to term. They are also known as gestational carriers. Surrogates are very important when there is a biological impossibility for a woman or a couple to have a child. For instance, a surrogate may be considered if a woman runs the risk of experiencing a miscarriage. A surrogate may also be considered if a same-sex couple would like to use their own genetic material to have a child.

A surrogate carrier is an additional party brought into the process through a special arrangement, whether through an agency or other means. The cost of hiring a surrogate can be hefty but worth it in a number of circumstances.

Working with a Surrogacy Agency

One way to find a healthy and willing surrogate is to consult with a surrogacy agency. These groups will connect individuals and couples with healthy women who will carry a child to term. Agencies such as these can make the process much easier than attempting to find a surrogate through other channels. The cost of an agency may boost the price, but it is often worth the convenience.

Is There a Set Cost or Average Cost for Surrogacy Services?

Since there are plenty of factors that affect the cost of surrogate carrier's services, there is rarely a single set cost to consider. Carriers are compensated for their services, certainly, but there may be additional fees to cover and unforeseen expenses as well.

In general, the cost of surrogate carriers costs tens of thousands of dollars. In some instances, the cost of a surrogate's services can cost up to $100,000.

Factors That Affect the Cost of a Gestational Carrier

Some factors that affect the cost of gestational carrier services include the following:

  • Varying levels of compensation for the carrier herself
  • Fees owed to the surrogacy agency
  • The cost of fertility treatments and assisted-reproduction services
  • Insurance
  • Legal fees and expenses
  • Potential travel expenses

Loans and Financing for These Procedures

Since the cost of surrogacy can be considerable, it is not uncommon to seek a loan or consider financing options in order to pay for a surrogate's services. These financial considerations can be discussed with our team or with a surrogacy agency.

We'll go over all the details of these financial matters as well as other practical matters so you get all the answers to your questions.

Learn More About Surrogacy and Gestational Carriers

For more information about your fertility treatment options and how our team can help you start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our fertility treatment and assisted-reproduction center today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team of specialist will work with you and help you make smart choices and confident decisions.

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