Here’s how hard it is to hire a surrogate for childbirth (if you’re not Kim Kardashian)

Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West are hiring a surrogate to carry and give birth to their third child, People magazine reported last week. The price tag for the pregnancy? Upwards of $100,000.

This isn’t just the high price celebrities pay. That’s actually broadly in line with the $98,000 to $140,000 national average, according to surrogacy agency ConceiveAbilities, which ranges from $98,000 to $140,000. The medication alone used for in vitro fertilization costs thousands of dollars, and fees for a full surrogacy including childbirth costs can be more than $50,000. Kardashian documented her decision to use a surrogate on her show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, an E! reality show based on her and her family, saying it was “the only other option” after a doctor told her it was medically dangerous to carry another child.

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