Surrogacy is one of the most viable options for people who cannot conceive naturally. Although it is a complex process but considered to be most promising for infertile couples who need to have their own genetic baby. Surrogacy is a process in which a woman carries a child in his womb on behalf of another couple.
Surrogacy is not a standalone treatment; it is a series of steps combined to make a complete process. Each step of surrogacy process involves some expenses.The actual cost of surrogacy process varies country to country. A detailed analysis and payment schedule for surrogacy process is explained below.
- Expenses in Diagnostic Process
Prior to opting surrogacy as an option to fulfill a dream of parenthood, consulting a doctor is must. From counseling of intended parents to surrogate’s health tests are done under the supervision of medical practitioners. Some certain diagnostic tests are done related to the gynaecological, physical as well as the psychological status of the intended couples. Pelvic ultrasound of surrogate, a semen analysis for the man and combined couple consultation needs a certain cost that varies around the world.
- Expenses in Finding a Surrogate Mother
In a process of surrogacy, intended parents need to search for the surrogate mother who will bear their child for the next nine months. Nowadays, a surrogacy centres or agencies help couples to find a surrogate mother. Surrogacy centers or agencies help to select a suitable surrogate according to their profiles, medical evaluations, physiological test and legal background check. This whole process done by agency urges certain cost for helping intended parents.
Also, most surrogates are compensated by intended parents for their time, energy and sacrifices they make throughout the pregnancy.
- Cost involved in Legal Documentation
A clear legal document must keep intact between intended parents and surrogate mother to avoid any dispute in future. Various countries have their own laws for surrogacy. In some countries, laws are so complex to understand without any legal aid. Legal aid involves cost involving fees of legal expert, cost of registration process and expenses in legal documentation.
- Expenses in IVF Process
IVF (In-vitro Fertilization) process is widely used for eggs implantation. In addition to the fees of IVF specialist, the following cost involves in IVF process.
- Anaesthetist fees.
- Operating theatre & recovery room charges.
- Laboratory charges (ICSI/IMSI, Blastocyst culture) and cost involved in freezing and storage of embryos for 90 days.
- Cost for embryo thawing (if necessary) and assisted hatching.
- Cost involved in embryo transfer in uterus of surrogate.
- Expenses in Surrogate Care and Delivery
A routine of regular check-ups and ultrasound of the surrogate mother is required time to time. The health of baby depends on proper growth of the foetus and lifestyle of the surrogate mother during the pregnancy tenure. To create a healthy lifestyle for surrogate, intended parents need to spend money on healthy diet, some stress relief sessions such as concealing, yoga and exercise, and timely check-up of surrogate.
The final expense covers the cost of the delivery of the baby and the post-natal care of the surrogate.