Sara & Zach live in Indiana, and Sara was diagnosed with MRKH (absence of uterus) as a teenager. They decided Surrogacy would be the way to have children once they were married.
After one successful double embryo transfer their twins were born in April 2015.
With the help of an amazing foundation, and carrier they were able to spend around $30,000 on their journey.
How they afforded surrogacy:
Use Pro bono or Reduced-Fee Service Providers- Sara & Zach were one of four couples chosen in 2014 by the nonprofit Surrogacy Together. ST is an organization that assists Intended Parents in working with Pro bono lawyers, IVF clinical staff, and psychologists to help make the process as smooth as possible. They do not charge a fee for their services however all of these Service Providers are in California, so they did have to pay for remote monitoring in Indiana before and after the IVF procedures. They also had to pay for related travel costs, storage and embryologist fees, and medications.
Find an Altruistic or Reduced-Compensation Surrogate & Going Indy- Their Carrier was the spouse of a coworker and came forward to carry for no compensation, only reimbursement for related expenses.
Find a surrogate with own health insurance (without a surrogacy exclusion)- Since they were all on the same health insurance (through their employer) they were able to negotiate that the pregnancy and delivery would be covered as a typical pregnancy so there were no extra costs associated with that. Also thankfully even with twins they were able to have an uncomplicated delivery and recovery which reduced costs.