Using a Gestational Carrier

Using A Gestational CarrierUsing a gestational carrier is a way to achieve your goal of having a child. A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a pregnancy for another woman. This alternative is available to parents who are unable to bear their own children. The gestational carrier does not provide any genetic contribution (ovum) to the pregnancy. Either donor eggs or intended mother’s eggs will be utilized via the in vitro fertilization process. The resulting embryos created from their egg or donor egg and sperm are transferred, and hopefully will implant, in the uterus of the carrier. The fetus then develops inside the carrier until she gives birth, and then the baby is legally discharged from the hospital to the care of their parent(s).

Know The Process Before Using a Gestational Carrier

Gestational Carrier Screening & Matching Process

(1) Applicants are reviewed based on the criteria set forth by A Woman’s Gift; upon acceptance as a candidate, the gestational carrier becomes available for selection by intended parent(s).

(2) Intended parent(s) may bring additional requirements or preferences to the choice of carrier; selection, however, is a mutual matching process in which both the carrier and parent(s) choose each other; the carrier retains the option to reject intended parent(s) for any reason and actual medical treatment does not begin until the carrier formally notifies A Woman’s Gift that she is ready to proceed.

(3) After a mutually satisfactory selection has been made, initial medical evaluation includes both physical and psychological screenings (these may be performed simultaneously or at separate times at intended parent(s)’ request).

  • Evaluation of the carrier’s uterus, including cervical cultures and a pap test (which must be updated annually).
  • Blood work to screen for infectious disease, including HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis and other assorted blood work relevant to the gestational carrier medical protocol (performed in conjunction with testing for infectious disease).

(4) Legal contracts are signed and the next phase of the process begins on a timeline convenient for both the carrier and the intended parent(s) and as outlined by the medical facility chosen by the intended parent(s) medical facility.

 Costs of Using a Gestational Carrier

Below is a list of fees associated in the costs of using a gestational carrier. This is a good faith estimate based on a typical case. Actual costs may vary.

—-

Retainer Fee:

$2,500 – This fee is paid when Intended Parent(s) decide to work with Agency in finding a Gestational Carrier and is applied to the Agency Fee. Retention of our services is not necessary to work with our Agency but may be helpful, dependent on your specific situation. Retainer fee is applied to the full Agency fee when Gestational Carrier is located. For any consultation / meeting in person there is a $250 fee in addition to the agency fee but if signing with our Agency that fee is placed toward the Agency fee.

Agency Fee:

$13,500 – Outline of services provided for this fee is provided in separate agreement between agency and parents regarding Gestational Carrier agreement. Agency involvement continues for all aspects of the recruitment, pre-testing, IVF cycle management, and Pregnancy until six to eight weeks after child is delivered (longer if necessary). Many times we have been involved with surrogacy arrangements for six months post delivery. The Agency fee is paid in two or three installments. Initial installment of $2,500 retainer fee is paid at the selection of our Agency; $7,000 is paid at the selection of Gestational Carrier and final installment of $4,000 is paid when the legal agreement is started. In the alternative the amount may be paid in two installments of $9,500 and then final payment of $4,000 when we begin the legal agreement. In the alternative the full amount of $13,500 may be paid at the selection of your Gestational Carrier if you have not retained our Agency and want to move forward quickly. International fee is the same.

Legal Fees:

$3,250 to $3,700 – payable prior to the legal contract drafting. This is paid to A Woman’s Gift to be disbursed to specific attorney.

A. $2,500 for attorney to draft the legal agreement between you and your Gestational Carrier and $750 to $1,200 payable to the legal counsel for Gestational carrier. In some cases reviewing attorney may not agree to a flat fee service so fees may be slightly higher.

B. Additional Legal fees will be necessary if a pre-birth order is obtained since legal counsel will be required to do this process. Fees can only be approximated at $2,500, but could be more depending on your jurisdiction and as much as $5,000. Legal referrals will be provided in the early second trimester.

Gestational Carrier Compensation / Other fees:

$25,000 to $30,000 base compensation per request of Gestational Carrier. Gestational Carriers without health insurance may accept a lower fee. The complete base compensation, C/S fee, (usually $2,500), Multiples – twins / triplets (usually $2,500 per baby), Transfer fee (usually $500), Invasive procedure fee (usually $500) and maternity allowance (usually $500) is placed in escrow at the start of medication. No injectable medication is started until full escrow is in place.

Insurance costs for those Gestational Carrier’s w/out insurance / Life insurance.

Insurance payments for Gestational Carriers that do not have their own insurance vary from $3,000 to $7,000 per year. This is based on the State where the Gestational Carrier resides.  Paid in addition to escrow in two to three installments with the first installment due at the signing of the Agency Agreement or at a confirmed pregnancy.   Determination of first installment is on a case by case basis and should be discussed with the Agency director for your specific case.

Life insurance is provided for all Gestational Carriers for the duration of the surrogacy arrangement. Costs vary from $250 to $450 per year.

Escrow (1st installment)

For most surrogacy cases $5,000 will suffice until mid pregnancy or later and in some cases has sufficed for the entire pregnancy. Variables that may effect this placement are repeat transfers to obtain a pregnancy, excessive travel required by your IVF clinic, and bed rest for Gestational Carrier. Once escrow is under $1,000 Agency will notify Intended parents for additional placement (if necessary).

Home Study

In the event that you would like someone to visit the home of the Gestational carrier this can be arranged in most geographical areas. Fee structure can vary from $500 to $1,500. Intended Parents would approve fee before scheduling. In our opinion, the best home study is a visit by the Intended Parents to the Gestational carrier’s home.

Psychological Screening:

$300 to $600 depending on specific psychologist. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Medical Screening:

$1,500 to $3,000. This cost will be dependent on your IVF facility. Includes criminal background check, drug and nicotine screening as well as infectious disease testing. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Medication for Gestational Carrier:

Costs vary from $600 to $1,200. Paid directly by Intended Parent/s to their specific pharmacy.  This cost is based on what your particular IVF clinic requires and is not determined by the Agency.

Hotel stay for Non-local Gestational Carrier:

Usually $125 to $175 per night and is depending on your clinic’s requirements based on how many days to stay local. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Travel expenses for Non-local Gestational Carrier:

$200 to $600 (dependent on cities for travel). Gestational Carriers are required to bring a companion for the embryo transfer process. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Daily Allowance for Gestational Carrier:

$50 per day per diem allowance for Gestational carrier. There is also a per diem allowance for the carrier’s companion, if applicable, at $30-$50 per day. Companion per diem dependent on city for travel (if food costs are higher). Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Transportation / Car Rental

$49 per day base fee. Does not include additional driver, insurance or GPS. In lieu of rental Gestational Carrier and companion can use Airport Shuttle service to and from airport at $28 – $45 per person for one way transportation. If Gestational carrier needs transport services provided by our Agency then additional fees would apply. These fees would be discussed prior to scheduling. These fees Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Child care for Gestational Carrier’s children:

If Gestational Carrier is traveling and leaving her pre-school children she may need childcare expenses. This is negotiated at the signing of the contract and agreed by both parties. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Housekeeping expenses for Gestational Carrier:

If Gestational Carrier is on bed rest she may need housekeeping. This is negotiated at the signing of the contract and agreed by both parties. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Lost wages for Gestational Carrier / Gestational Carrier Spouse:

If Gestational Carrier needs time away from work for embryo transfer or is on bed rest she may need a stipend for the time missed from work. This is negotiated at the signing of the contract and agreed by both parties. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier. Gestational Carrier’s spouse is limited to lost wages at no more than six (6) days / two (2) days if he is not required to attend pre-testing or transfer.

Monthly allowance for Gestational Carrier

Some Gestational carrier arrangements will require a monthly allowance of anywhere between $100-$250 per month. This is negotiated at the signing of the contract and agreed by all parties. This is in lieu of itemizing childcare / mileage and may take care of co-pays up to $50. Each arrangement is specific to the request of your particular Gestational carrier. Paid from escrow. $5,000 escrow is placed at the selection of your Gestational Carrier.

Other expenses / All-inclusive surrogacy arrangement – For some surrogacy cases we are able to request that Gestational Carrier consider an all-inclusive fee arrangement.
To be discussed with Agency director.

Legal Considerations When Using a Gestational Carrier

One of the requirements for participation in A Woman’s Gift’s carrier program is the execution of a legal agreement between the intended parent(s) and the gestational carrier and her spouse (if she is married). The purpose of this agreement is to acknowledge and legally document the mutual understanding among all participants for the protection of all involved. It is also a formal opportunity for the involved parties to discuss any issues or concerns pertaining to the transfer of the newborn infant from the carrier to the intended parents.

Once parent(s) and their carrier of choice have successfully completed the required screening process, A Woman’s Gift will arrange a meeting with knowledgeable attorneys to discuss the legalities and implications of the proposed agreements. It is essential that the intended parent(s) and the carrier (and her husband) be represented by separate attorneys. Each party has different legal interests, and separate dedicated counsel avoids any potential for a conflict of interest. The intended parent(s), however, will cover all legal costs and fees, including those incurred by the carrier. We supply the carrier with access to an experienced attorney to act as her legal counsel. Of course, she is free to use an attorney of her choice, provided proposed counsel possesses a basic understanding of third-party reproductive law and satisfactorily addresses the necessary and essential issues in the final legal agreement. A Woman’s Gift reserves the right to refuse any proposed agreement that does not meet these criteria to our satisfaction.

profiles online