Compared to Ukraine, US Surrogacy is Expensive!
Compared to Ukraine, US Surrogacy is Expensive! Here's How Much Surrogacy Actually Costs, Because It Isn't The "Easy" Way Out
For many Americans, the only information they have about surrogacy is what they've gleanedfrom the 2008 romantic comedy, Baby Mama. However, the real goings on of surrogacy are a lot more complex than Tina Fey and Amy Poehler might make it seem. And as news broke last week that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly hired a surrogate to carry their third child, many are wondering how much surrogacy actually costs, and is it an affordable option for the average American?
As Baby Mama viewers will remember, Fey's character shelled out a cool $100,000 for Poehler's character to carry her baby. Hijinks then ensued, obviously, but that number stuck out as being exceptionally high. However, the real cost of surrogacy depends on a variety of factors, including location, the cost of care, and more. Typically, hiring a surrogate in America will cost families an average of $98,000, although those costs could rise (up to $146,500) if the parent needs to use IVF, according to SensibleSurrogacy.com. And as the definition of "family" shifts to a more progressive lens, the number of surrogacy births in the United States is also rising, with an estimated "average of 9 children born every year in each state through a surrogacy agreement," according to Brandongaille.com. Typically, the cost of surrogacy depends largely on agency fees, insurance costs, and legal and travel costs. Of course, that is all in addition to the flat rate gestational surrogate cost, which in itself runs at least $42,550, per Conceivabilities.