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Updated: Aug 4
Surrogacy is one of a number of assisted reproductive technologies and the term refers to a specific process to realise a pregnancy where it would be ordinarily medically impossible to achieve. A surrogacy journey is a pragmatic option for many including those women who are incapable of completing a pregnancy; those where pregnancy would pose a health risk; single men and male couples.
Like all fertility treatments surrogacy can involve complicated circumstances and factors; if compensation is involved it can be expensive and understanding any surrogacy agreement will necessarily involve instructing an attorney or a law firm which will attract attorney fees. Costs of surrogacy can, therefore, mount in certain situations.
The cost of surrogacy is dependent upon the country in which you seek a surrogate pregnancy. As you will see in this article, there are a number of countries around the world where only ‘reasonable expenses’ incurred by the surrogate may be payable. In this situation, an egg donor and/or the surrogate (carrier) are considered to be acting in an altruistic manner.
In other countries, so-called commercial surrogacy is permitted under specific laws. Under this arrangement, an egg donor and/or surrogate can be compensated at a rate greater than that would be payable for medical expenses. The surrogacy cost will consequently be higher than in an altruistic surrogacy journey.