|Baseline compensation for a 1st-time surrogate: paid in equal monthly installments after ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy; increased cost if carrying a multiple pregnancy. Compensation will vary based on circumstances and region.||$25,000-$30,000|
|Baseline compensation for an experienced surrogate: paid in equal monthly installments after ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy; increased cost if carrying a multiple pregnancy. Compensation will vary based on circumstances and region.||$30,000-$35,000|
|Monthly stipend for miscellaneous expenses: $200/month, estimated 15 months. Anticipated costs of travel, childcare reimbursements, prenatal vitamins; some contracts provide for this as a fixed monthly stipend and some provide for itemized reimbursements of expenses||$3,000|
|Maternity clothing allowance (singleton / multiples)||$500/$750|
|Gestational Carrier Fee Total:||$29,000–$39,250|
|Variable Surrogate Expenses|
|Maternity insurance coverage: surrogate may already have a medical insurance policy that is surrogacy friendly. If not, there are local insurance plans that offer comprehensive maternity care.||$6,000-$25,000|
|Disability and/or Term Life insurance||$450-$1,500|
|Newborn insurance: generally only considered by international intended parents.||$25,000-$50,000|
|Gestational Carriers Lost Wages: for any time off from work related to the surrogate pregnancy, including doctor’s appointments, bed rest, delivery and recovery; the actual amount will depend on the surrogate’s wages||$0-$25,000|
|Surrogates partner’s lost wages; usually around the time of delivery; actual amount will depend on wages||$0-$5,000|
|Gestational Carriers travel expenses; per trip travel expenses to intended parents clinic – flight, hotel, meals; actual amount will depend on gestational carriers location||$2,000-$5,000|
|Invasive procedure compensation – per occurrence (D&C, CVS, cerclage, etc.)||$500|
|Multiple pregnancies – per additional fetus||$5,000|
|Mock Cycle if ordered by Physician||$500|
|Cesarean Section per Physician Recommendation||$1,500|
|Breast milk – $250 per week (if agreed upon in Surrogacy Contract)||Varies|
|Ectopic pregnancy surgery||$1,000|
|Labor induction due to no heartbeat or abnormalities||$2,000|
|Loss of one or more fallopian tubes||$1,000|
|Loss of uterus||$2,500|
|The compensation and expenses noted are a guide. Actual compensation is negotiated between the Intended Parents, Gestational Surrogate, and their attorneys. Dakota Surrogacy requires a $20,000 surplus deposit into escrow for variable expenses, due upon execution of your Surrogacy Contract. This deposit is fully refundable approximately three to five months after the conclusion of your surrogacy journey, minus any required variable expenses paid out.|
|We provide these estimated figures to help you budget. Your clinic financial coordinator will provide you with a detailed cost estimate of all required procedures before your cycle begins.
We will be happy to assist you in obtaining your clinic’s actual fees for your surrogate’s medical appointments and procedures.
|Infectious Disease Screenings required by FDA||$1,000-$2,500|
|Medical Screening of Surrogate (Vaginal Ultrasound, Physical, Pap Smear, Sonogram, Hysteroscopy, or any additional testing||$1,000-$2,000|
|Cycle Medication Cost||$1,000-$2,500|
|Cost of Embryo Transfer Procedure||$6,000-$8,000|
|Clinic Fees (estimated):||$8,500-$13,500|
|Additional costs if you have not created embryos yet and will need to do an IVF cycle.||$9,000-$12,000|
|All fees not payable directly to Dakota Surrogacy are held in escrow by a licensed and independent escrow agent. The escrow agent charges a flat fee of $700 plus $10 per check issued from the account. Escrow agent processes all payments and reimbursements to your Gestational Carrier and will provide you with a monthly account statement.|
|Escrow / Trust Account Management Fee:||$1,500 estimated|
|Our in house attorney generally drafts all surrogate contracts for our program. Intended Parents are responsible for their attorney fees, as well as those of the Gestational Carrier.|
|Intended Parents Legal Counsel (For contract review & negotiation contract, parentage proceedings, etc.) :||$1,500 – $3,500|
|Gestational Carrier Legal Counsel (For contract review & negotiation contract, parentage proceedings, etc.)||$1,500 – $3,500|
|Legal Fees Total (estimated):||$5,000 – $7,000|
|Although we work hard to keep our fees low, our comprehensive services include everything you’ll need for a successful surrogacy journey, including:
|First Installment, due upon execution of Agency Agreement||$5,000|
|Second Installment, due upon execution of Surrogacy Contract||$15,000|
|Dakota Surrogacy Agency Fee Total:||$20,000|
|DISCLAIMER: The information in this fee structure is meant to assist you in planning your surrogacy and is only an estimate. There are many factors that determine the overall cost of surrogacy. Yours may cost more or less depending on your circumstances. These amounts are subject to change without notice.
Your Surrogacy contract will detail the amount and nature of reimbursements.
This estimate does not include any travel for intended parents. If you are international and/or will be traveling to your surrogate for doctor’s appointments and delivery, those costs will be in addition to those outlined here.
Total anticipated costs for a successful surrogate pregnancy are approximately $75,000-$125,000. This number may be higher if you undergo repeated medical treatments to create embryos for transfer to your surrogate. International intended parents should expect additional legal and insurance expenses as well as increased travel expenses for themselves. Your actual costs may be lower if you already have frozen embryos available for transfer.