The Cost of 1 Baby

Have sex, give birth: $30,000

1 round of IVF, give birth: $12,400 + $30,000

Surrogacy, if all you need is the uterus: $80,000 to $100,000


Surrogacy, if you need the sperm, the egg, and the uterus: $120,000

Domestic Adoption: $20,000 to $30,000

International Adoption: $10,000 to $50,000 depending on the country

Foster-to-Adopt: “Free,” but it takes an average of 30 months and involves visits and court dates and paperwork and is a lot of work, not that all good things aren’t, but still! (read about Rebecca from Fosterhood’s experience so far here and here)

Re-homing Websites: A parent wants to get rid of their kid, you want their kid. Meet online, make a swap = 1 free baby (or abused teenager). Free. Questionably legal, morally dubious, incredibly terrifying, but, free.


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