I received an email from an agency with their surrogate benefits outlining the compensation and fees intended parents are responsible for. As I read through the fee list and the stipulations my jaw dropped.
I am sure that if I go on bed rest I will really need the childcare and housekeeping paid for. And the travel, life insurance and health insurance fee's stipulations are reasonable...but 1000$ for maternity clothes?! I spent less than 200$ on maternity clothes with my daughter. I don't see an issue with being injected with medication and don't feel the need to be compensated for that. Nor 5,000$ extra per baby or 3,000$ for a c section. The hysterectomy fee I feel is reasonable at 5,000$....
Mock cycle fee? Really?...and 400$ weekly for childcare when I am on bedrest?
When discussing fee's with my husband, we came to a conclusion on what is best for our family. It's less than HALF of what the agency is charging and didn't include a monthly allowance.
Though the monthly allowance would probably go to organic fresh food at the grocery store, I didn't even consider it when thinking about all of this.
Man...and that doesn't even include legal fees, insurance co pays and deductibles, ART etc etc
When starting out did your think something was unnecessary and it turned out that the fee was valid? I'm just really overwhelmed and feel so hopeless because if I were in the IPs position, there is NO way my husband and I could afford to have a baby. and that makes me really sad.