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Celebrities Can Afford Surrogates. Can You?

After years of struggling with infertility and a breast cancer diagnosis, Giulianna & Bill Rancic, are expecting a biological child via gestational surrogacy . Many other celebrity couples have children through surrogates, including Elton John and David Furnish, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

For celebrities, the cost of surrogacy isn’t an issue. For people who don’t have celebrity status however, going the surrogacy route can be extremely difficult. Although it is commonly estimated that a surrogate birth costs between $60,000 and $80,000, the procedure is quite complicated and involves a number of different variables such as the surrogate mother's fee, travel expenses, fertility medications, general medical expenses and additional fees such as ICSI or assisted hatching . There can also be agency fees and legal fees.

If you're concerned about the high cost of surrogacy in the United States, there are a growing number of couples choosing to work with Indian surrogates . Although it can be significantly cheaper, many fear that poor women are being exploited or that the standards of medical care are not up to the same standards as they are in the United States. If you are thinking of going outside the United States, careful research is in order.

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