Timeline to Build Your Family Through Surrogacy

The most popular question that we receive when we meet couples for their initial consultation  is what does surrogacy look like from a timing and financial perspective.

Typically, from start to finish the surrogacy process can take an estimated 16-24 months, depending upon many variables.

Here are things to consider that may affect the timeline:

  • Finding an Egg Donor (1-6 months)

  • Creation of Embryos (1-6 months)

  • Finances (Securing Finances to cover 80-100k)

  • Evaluating your requirements for a Surrogate (Health Insurance, Termination Beliefs, Location) the more you are open, the faster it may be to match with a surrogate)

  • Finding a Surrogate (3-12 months) 

Creating embryos is the first timing and financial hurdle to overcome when considering surrogacy. Depending upon your health insurance, you may have additional coverage to help with this cost. From start to finish, creation of embryos can take up to 6 months, and maybe longer if you need to first secure an egg donor.  The length of time depends upon if you have established care at an IVF clinic, any required testing by you and your partner, syncing up your cycle with the IVF clinic’s cycle requirements, monitoring, and how many attempts you will need to complete to create successful embryos for an embryo transfer.

Once your embryos are created, the next step is being able to have funds readily available to begin matching with a surrogate. The average cost of surrogacy after the creation of embryos can be $60,000 to $80,000. At minimum, you need to be able to fund an escrow account with a surrogate’s base compensation with an additional $15,000 for copays, deductibles, and missed time off of work.

Finding a surrogate that meets your requirements for a successful journey is the next item to accomplish and this can be done in coordination with creation of embryos if you have the available funds.  When searching for a surrogate you should consider how many embryos your clinic will allow for transfer, surrogacy laws in your state, if you have a budget that can accommodate paying an addition 10-30K for surrogate health insurance, what type of relationship you would like during and after the surrogacy journey, and lastly your beliefs on termination of a pregnancy.  How you define your requirements for what you want your surrogacy journey to look like will affect the length of time to find a surrogate.

Typically, once you have matched with a surrogate and she has passed medical screening, the remaining timeline is less than a year, depending upon how many embryo transfers it takes for a successful pregnancy.

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