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Surrogacy: What to Expect

There is not a “typical” surrogacy experience on which to base expectations. Each person’s experience varies widely depending on their specific situation. However, we have outlined below several considerations and basic steps of the surrogacy process that should be helpful in planning to build a family.

On average, having a child through traditional surrogacy costs about $50,000 and having a child through gestational surrogacy costs at least $120,000-$140,000, according to Growing Generations, which describes itself as the only gay- and lesbian-owned surrogacy firm primarily serving the gay and lesbian community.

  1. The basic steps involved in the surrogacy process are:
  2. The intended parents must find the right prospective surrogate on their own or through a surrogacy agency.
  3. If pursuing traditional surrogacy, the intended father must donate sperm and wait for six months while it is quarantined and then tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  4. If using a surrogacy agency, the intended parents and surrogate may be asked to undergo a medical screening and psychological evaluation.
  5. The intended parents must hire an attorney and complete the required agreements specifying each party's rights and responsibilities.
  6. The intended parents, surrogate and medical staff must begin the process of conception through donor insemination or in vitro fertilization.

Acknowledgements: This information was provided by Diane S. Hinson, Esq. and Linda C. ReVeal, Esq. of Creative Family Connections LLC.

Disclaimer: This document is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding your specific situation, we strongly recommend that you consult a competent, licensed family law attorney who is familiar with these issues. It is also important that you understand that the information provided here in no way constitute, and should not be relied upon, as legal advice.