Individuals or families who are unable to conceive children of their own will often look into alternative options for making their families whole. One of these options is third-party reproduction.
Third-party reproduction refers to gestation, embryos, sperm, or eggs donated by a third person, known as the donor, so another party can become a parent. This includes using a gestational surrogate to carry a baby to term.
Women who don’t have viable eggs or are unable to carry a healthy pregnancy to term, men who are infertile, and same-sex couples often use third-party reproduction to have the babies they’ve been longing for.
Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. is an international surrogacy agency that matches these families in need with egg and sperm donors or potential surrogate mothers so they can make their dreams a reality.
We are committed to providing intended parents, surrogate mothers, and donors alike with the support and care they need to embark on this journey. Continue reading to learn more about the components of third-party reproduction and the costs associated with these options.
Third-Party Reproduction Options
There are a few different ways that families and individuals who are desperate to become parents can realize their dreams. These reproductive options include donor sperm, donor eggs, and surrogacy.
Single women, couples that include men who are infertile, and same-sex female couples may turn to sperm donation in order to fertilize donor eggs, the eggs of the intended mother, or the eggs of the surrogate mother in order to become pregnant.
Donor eggs are used when a woman’s own eggs are not viable. The family can decide to have the donor’s eggs fertilized with the intended father’s sperm or with donor sperm, and the intended mother can then undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) or a surrogate mother can be impregnated with the fertilized embryo. Hopefully, the woman will become pregnant and carry the baby.
When a woman is physically unable to carry a pregnancy, whether that’s due to eggs that are not viable or another reproductive health issue, and in cases when a man is infertile, the family may choose to enter into a surrogacy arrangement.
Here, the surrogate mother can either use her own eggs or donor eggs and either the sperm of the intended father or a donor to become pregnant. She will then carry the pregnancy to term, and the intended parents will raise the baby.
Costs and Compensation for Third-Party Reproduction
If you are looking into alternatives for having a baby, or if you are interested in helping a family in need and have stumbled upon third-party reproduction, you are probably interested in how much these procedures can cost or how much you can expect to be compensated.
The cost and payout can vary widely, depending on various factors, but generally speaking, sperm donors can make more than $1,000 per month. Egg donors can make substantially more because they’ll need to undergo egg retrieval procedures and take medications. Between medical expenses, daily stipends, and other costs, the total cost of egg donation can easily reach the tens of thousands.
Finally, surrogate mothers who carry a pregnancy to term will typically receive generous compensation. Intended parents choosing surrogacy should be prepared to cover medical expenses and other costs, which is why surrogacy can often be expensive.
If you have further questions about third-party reproduction and financing options, reach out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. We can provide more exact cost and compensation details about your unique situation.
Discuss Third-Party Reproduction Options with Us
If you are interested in donating eggs or sperm, becoming a surrogate, or having a child of your own through third-party reproduction, reach out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. today. You can do so by giving our office a call at 412-281-9906 or reach us through the contact buttons at the top of this page.