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Cost of Surrogacy by the help of agencies or going independent?

Surrogacy is one of the modern and practical ways in infertility treatment that has given new hopes to the couples who are suffering from infertility for a long time.

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What is surrogacy?

 In simple terms, a woman would be selected as a surrogate and spends nine months of pregnancy while the embryo either has one of the real parent’s genetics or it belongs to both (intended parents and surrogate). Remember that before beginning the process, consult with a physician and consider the advantages & disadvantages of surrogacy for infertility.

For pregnancy by the use of surrogate, first of all eggs and sperms are derived from the intended couple and then by using one of the ways of infertility treatment like IVF or ICSI, the embryo is formed so it has the same genetics as the parents. This method is called gestational surrogacy.

In the other type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother’s eggs are used to conceive the embryos in a laboratory environment by IVF in Iran or ICSI. These embryos are transferred to the surrogate mother’s womb. This is called traditional surrogacy.

 But the main question here is: How much does surrogacy cost? Should we use agencies for this process or not? What are the pros and cons of that?  We will go through these questions and try to answer them in the following lines.

Surrogacy cost

First thing that you should know about is that there is no fixed price for the procedure and it has various cost all around the world. For example, an overall budget for US gestational surrogacy is $150,000 to $220,000 and for Canadian gestational surrogacy is $80,000 to $100,000. Of course these amount of money is out of financial budget of so many couples. Here we are going to help you find cheaper countries for doing the process with the approximate affordable costs.

 

 

Country 3 times IVF cost Guaranteed result cost
Iran $ 12000 $ 20000
Turkey * $ 25000 $ 40000
Georgia $ 42000 $ 60000
Ukraine $ 44000 $ 60000

 

*Surrogacy in Turkey is illegal since last few years.

 

Cost of surrogacy in Iran

Among all the countries that are doing international surrogacy all around the world, the best and cheapest countries to perform surrogacy are in Asia.

Iran, is a perfect choice because of its equipped fertility centers, specialized physicians, and low treatment costs for cross-border surrogacy.

Iran is one of the most affordable countries in terms of price for surrogacy. Surrogacy in Iran can be performed at a cost between $12,000 and $20,000 along with guaranteed legal procedure.

Cost of surrogacy in Turkey

Surrogacy procedure in Turkey is illegal since last few years. The 282/1 article of the Turkish Civil Code says that the relationship between mother and child is established through birth. This means that surrogate motherhood “has no basis in Turkish law” and that the surrogate mother is the mother.

Cost of surrogacy in Georgia

One of the cheapest countries for surrogacy in the world is Georgia. It offers cheap medical procedure and legal protection to the intended parents.

The cost of surrogacy in Georgia ranges from $32,000 to $42,000 on average. Of course different variables and circumstances will affect the price of surrogacy. The full guaranteed surrogacy plan in Georgia costs between $55,000 to $60,000, which is almost 70% lower than the same plan in the USA, although the quality and success rate of infertility treatments such as surrogacy in Georgia are not equal with the quality of infertility treatments in USA or Iran.

Cost of surrogacy in Ukraine

Ukraine is another secure and cheap country for surrogacy in Europe. The cost of surrogacy in Ukraine is approximately between $44,000 to $60,000.

Differences in expenses will depend on the surrogacy program you choose. For instance, low-cost programs typically only include one IVF attempt, without an egg donor.

Cost for surrogacy in India

India was also a very popular destination for international surrogacy between 2000 and 2018 and costs were very low compared to countries like the U.S and Canada. However, legislation in Surrogacy Bill form of the 2016 and 2019 bans international surrogacy and it only allows surrogacy for infertile Indian residents.

Surrogacy process Step-by-step

Surrogacy process step by step

 Step one: Consulting with physician and Deciding if surrogacy is the best choice

The first step in each surrogacy procedure is to carefully consider whether there are other options or surrogacy is the best and last choice for you.

Being a surrogate or a parent through surrogacy can be a life-changing decision. It can involve you emotionally and it is a huge commitment for both parties so you have to meet your physician and review the options and be informed about matching process, legal works, insurance details, surrogacy cost, etc. You seriously need to consider pros and cons of this routine and finalize your decision. If you are still uncertain about it, you can ask a surrogacy agency for more information.

 

Step two: Finding donors and Surrogate matching

Once you have decided that surrogacy is the right choice for you, you need to draw an outline for your plans in surrogacy process and consider several factors to make decisions based on your situation. These are the most important considerations in this process:

  • Choosing your type of surrogacy (gestational or traditional)
  • Deciding whether you need donor(s) or not
  • Deciding if you need a surrogacy agency to help you throughout the whole journey or you want to do it independently.
  • If you need an agency, which one would be the best?

 

After choosing the type of surrogacy, selecting a donor is the next step for intended couples. This decision could be interesting and important at the same time because the egg or sperm donor will be genetically linked to the future baby. These links go beyond just appearance. They can also have an influence on personality features, potential future health conflicts, etc. In this case, you should not only consider donor’s own genetics but the whole genetics tree running in their families.

When the surrogacy agency identifies the intended parents and the surrogate, the agency presents the profiles and the whole details of both parties for evaluation and to see if there is an interest to match or not. If they are interested, they may get to know each other through phone call, emails or face to face meetings.

 

Step three:  Going through legal requirements

If everything goes well, they may make it official by drafting initial contracts. Each party will have their own attorney to protect their legal interests. The lawyers will meet each parties and discuss about all the aspects of the process with them. They will review the contract that has been drafted to make sure it will fulfill your needs. Once the contracts are signed, it is the time for moving on into the next step.

 

Step four: Surrogacy process: by IVF or ICSI

For IVF process, the male parent (or donor) gives a sperm sample. Also an egg retrieval process happens on the female parent (or donor). It is good to know that these two procedure does not have to occur on the same day because sperm can stay frozen safely for several years. Then the sperm and egg will be combined in a laboratory so that the embryos are formed. The medical team will let you know how many embryos are mature and have a well growth to be transferred to the womb.

ICSI process is different from the IVF process by this way that the sperm will be injected into each individual egg to skip the stage of natural sperm penetration.

 

Step five: Transferring the embryo(s) and Starting the pregnancy process

Before transferring the embryo(s), the surrogate will undergo fertility treatments. After creating an embryo, it will be transferred to the uterus. This procedure is simple and the surrogate can go home right after that.

Once a healthy pregnancy is confirmed, the surrogate will go under the fertility clinic monitoring. She also starts receiving payments for compensation and monthly allowance. The surrogate and the intended couple share the 9-month of pregnancy and emotional support until the end of the journey.

 

Step six: Delivery and Saying hello to the newborn!

After the baby is born and the surrogate is discharged from the hospital, they can all go home and start their new lives. By growing their family, they now start feeling the joy of parenthood and plan the whole future together by knowing the huge responsibilities they will have. On the other side, the surrogate is pleased to give this priceless opportunity to a couple who didn’t really have any hope left to become parents in the beginning.

What services do surrogacy agency fees cover?

The agency fee covers several aspects of your surrogacy process including:

  • Management of the entire journey, from the beginning to the end
  • background checks
  • Screening and Matching surrogate and donor
  • support during the procedure
  • Legal works
  • Coordination between different role players of a successful surrogacy process
  • Insurance, etc.

 

Surrogacy can really be a frustrating and complicated process. So most of the intended parents prefer to have the support of a professional surrogacy company to ease the path and provide the services they need. But some others choose to purse it independently where they have no guidance and they have to go through the whole procedure on their own.

What services do surrogacy agency fees cover?

The agency fee covers several aspects of your surrogacy process including:

  • Management of the entire journey, from the beginning to the end
  • background checks
  • Screening and Matching surrogate and donor
  • support during the procedure
  • Legal works
  • Coordination between different role players of a successful surrogacy process
  • Insurance, etc.

 

Surrogacy can really be a frustrating and complicated process. So most of the intended parents prefer to have the support of a professional surrogacy company to ease the path and provide the services they need. But some others choose to purse it independently where they have no guidance and they have to go through the whole procedure on their own.

Pros and cons of independent surrogacy

If you are considering doing the process without an agency, it’s important to know some of the advantages and disadvantages of this decision. We will talk about some of them briefly.

 

Pros:

  • In some cases, couple may save some money by pursuing surrogacy independently.
  • Legal and medical professionals may be the only necessary professionals.
  • Choosing a private surrogacy arrangement means that you may have a closer relationship with the surrogate mother and know her in person.

 

 

Cons:

  • Finding many services are more difficult in independent surrogacy, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the surrogacy process.
  • Intended parents and surrogate may not have the emotional support without counseling services.
  • It can increase the risks of reliability without monitoring by an agency.
  • Professional fees can increase by doing the process individually even more than an agency- related surrogacy.
  • You will not have 24-hour support of the professionals if you encounter any unexpected situations.
  • You will be responsible for all the sensitive decisions
  • You will not have a professional beside you to support your rights.

 

Although going through surrogacy without an agency is certainly possible, the process will have additional responsibilities for you. Besides, working with a surrogacy agency will give you professional guidance from the beginning of your surrogacy journey till the end. On the other hand, doing an independent surrogacy needs you to handle and carry out many aspects of the process on your own. Also, keep this fact in your mind that pursuing an independent journey does not necessarily mean cost savings.

In summary, managing a surrogacy journey can be very time consuming, and that is the reason why many intended parents choose to work with a surrogacy agency to handle all of the details. Remember that agencies provide valuable services in exchange for their fees. The importance of having a third-party support throughout the process which is usually only provided by surrogacy agencies is undeniable.

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