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In his Slate column this week, William Saletan discussed what happens when biological parents stop paying the surrogates who are carrying their fetuses. SurroGenesis is a California surrogacy service that sets up infertile couples with willing replacement mamas, and facilitates payments between the two parties—-well, it used to. It recently announced that its bank account is empty, along with $2 million in payments infertile families had intended for the keepers of their growing fetuses. Dozens of women currently undergoing the arduous and expensive task of carrying another couple’s child are now left without a paycheck.
How much is the going rate for a womb rental, anyway? Check out SurroGenesis’ surrogacy fees—-including $2,000 for “termination” (not guaranteed) and $5,000 for “Loss of Reproductive Organs (very rare)”—-after the jump.
Surrogates Compensation Fee (Experienced Surrogates may require a higher fee): $18,000 and up
Multiples Fee (Payable at 13 weeks of gestation): $5,000
Legal Fees: $5,000 approx.
Psychological Profile Fees: $500 approx.
Maternity Clothing: $750
Mileage reimbursed at 50.5 cents per mile when using personal vehicle
Invasive Procedures Including but not limited to: amniocentesis, cerclage, CVS, DNC, FUS: $500 approx.
Transfer fee (for gestational surrogates only): $750
Insemination fee (for traditional surrogates only):$500
Selective Reduction*: $2,000
Canceled cycle fee: $350
Mock cycle fee: $350
Bedrest weekly cap (covering childcare, housekeeping etal): $375 – $1000
Housekeeping (if *NOT* collecting bedrest monies): $120 per month
Loss of Reproductive Organs (very rare): $5,000
Lost wages per surrogate’s paystub/paycheck not paid for by disability insurance: per paycheck stub
Lost wages for surrogate spouse or partner limited to 8 days of a given pregnancy process: per paycheck stub
Medical insurance monthly: Actual cost
Life insurance face value $300,000: $400/yr approx.
Nutritional counseling professional charges (if recommended by ob/gyn): Actual cost
Agency fee for Surrogacy: $12,000
International client surcharge: $1,000
* Please note that not all surrogates will agree to do selective reduction ** Please note not all surrogates will agree to termination
The above is a list of surrogacy fee. This does not include costs associated with IVF, IUI or AI for surrogate.
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