How much does a surrogate cost?

The average cost of gestational surrogacy ranges between $153,000 and $300,000 and is impacted by four main factors: number of attempts to achieve pregnancy, surrogate compensation and expenses, singleton or twin pregnancy, and optional or additional services.

  1. Number of pregnancy attempts: Pregnancy success rates have mostly to do with the age of the egg being used. For instance, intended parents using eggs 30 years or younger get pregnant on the first attempt around 68% of the time, whereas eggs 38 years or older usually take multiple attempts to achieve pregnancy. Each additional pregnancy attempt can add $15,000 to $50,000 or more to your total costs.
  2. Surrogate compensation and expenses: Surrogates are compensated more money each time they do a successful surrogacy. Also, surrogates living in California receive additional compensation. So, if you want a second-time surrogate from California, your total costs will increase by at least $10,000. 
  3. Singleton or twins: Surrogates receive $10,000 in additional compensation for carrying twins. Plus, they will often need some kind of help at home (childcare, housekeeping, etc.), and may go off work early, increasing your liability for her wage reimbursement. Surrogate maternity care insurance costs will increase by $10,000 or more for a twin pregnancy.
  4. Optional and additional services: Your surrogacy agency fees will depend on the program you select. Additional services you might need are egg or sperm donation. The cost of an egg donor cycle ranges between $50,000 and $80,000 and can go higher than that depending on the compensation of your egg donor. The cost of donor sperm ranges from $2,000-$33,000.

If you need help figuring out your personal costs for the surrogacy process, we can help. One of our Growing Generations finance team experts will be happy to work with you to create a tailor-made budget that fits your desires for the surrogacy process, as well as for different cost scenarios. Click here to contact us and schedule a time to talk.