At 13, Erica Brongo learned that a congenital heart defect and pulmonary hypertension meant carrying a child to term would risk her life.
The news didn’t matter much to her then, but now Brongo is 31 and has been researching surrogacy options for two years.
She and her boyfriend of four years have scheduled an appointment with a genetic counselor to learn more about freezing embryos for a potential surrogate. It feels good to move forward, to have something to do while waiting for the child they want.
Then, the financial reality hits:
It will cost about $10,000 to freeze embryos, and surrogacy could easily cost $50,000 after all fees and insurance costs, which have risen recently, are considered.
“It stresses me out,” says