As a rule, these women love being pregnant and having their own children (usually several), and are willing to help other women experience the joy of motherhood even though they cannot have children on their own. In the US, finding a surrogate mother through surrogate mother agency is a time-consuming and costly process.
The surrogate mother cost in the US makes many couples search for alternatives such as surrogate agencies abroad. In the United States, traditional surrogacy program costs around $140, 000 USD.
That may seem like a huge sum of money, which can be cut in half, for example, by using an overseas clinic for IVF procedures. It is possible in countries that have same gestational arrangements as in the United States. It means that country's laws will not create a barrier for future parents in receiving parental rights.
In many European countries such as the UK, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden, surrogacy is legally prohibited. This causes the surge in demand on the American surrogacy from European residents who can afford it.
However, the costs for American surrogacy are extremely high, which makes many couples abandon their dream of becoming parents.
American surrogacy agencies offer the procedures under relatively stable prices. They can be lower if negotiated. The standard price list looks the following way:
Agency fee - $12,000
Surrogate Search - $33,000
Surrogate's Pay - $60,000
Legal Costs - $16,000
Clinical Fees - $17,000
Prenatal Care - $15,000
Delivery - $6,500
Immigration Help - $2,000
TOTAL COST - $146,500
However, the intended parents have to consider the difference of price in case of each individual situation with its peculiarities. The future parents have to be ready to cover additional expenses that may be necessary throughout a year-long process.