Spe­cial re­port: Kimmy and co’s sur­ro­gacy costs

As Kimye prepare for the ar­rival of their third bub, NW in­ves­ti­gates the cost of cre­at­ing a new Hol­ly­wood heir...

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Who­ever said money doesn’t buy hap­pi­ness has clearly never met Kim Kar­dashian.

From surgery sprees and de­signer duds, to mas­sive Mc­man­sions, if Kimmy wants it, Kimmy gets it – no mat­ter the price tag.

Ear­lier this year, the star de­cided she wanted a third baby – and she’s now dropped se­ri­ous dough to make it hap­pen.

In­deed, last month it was con­firmed that Kim and her hus­band Kanye West – al­ready par­ents to daugh­ter North, four, and son Saint, 21 months – are ex­pect­ing their third child via surrogate.

The cou­ple de­cided to go down the sur­ro­gacy route af­ter doc­tors warned Kim that car­ry­ing an­other child could prove fatal, given she suf­fered from pla­centa acc­reta – a high-risk con­di­tion that stops the pla­centa from leav­ing the uterus af­ter birth.

Now, it’s es­ti­mated that by the time their baby girl is in their arms in Jan­uary, Kimye will have coughed up more than $2.5 mil­lion to make it hap­pen! Small change, re­ally, given the power cou­ple have a com­bined for­tune of more than $250 mil­lion!

So what ex­actly are they fork­ing out for? The crème de la crème of ges­ta­tional car­ri­ers, that’s what!

“Most sur­ro­gates are al­ready ex­tremely well-vet­ted, but if you’re fa­mous, your agency will give you the best of the best – and fast,” celeb blog­ger Perez Hil­ton, who has three chil­dren via sur­ro­gacy, tells the New York Post.

In­deed, Kim, 37, and Kanye, 40, join a host of A-lis­ters in­clud­ing Ni­cole Kid­man, Lucy Liu, El­iz­a­beth Banks, Ricky Martin, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who have turned to sur­ro­gacy to make their fam­ily dreams come true.

But Kim’s “dif­fer­ent from other celebri­ties”, says Perez.

“Her de­mands, re­quire­ments and wants when it comes to choos­ing the surrogate aren’t like that of a nor­mal celeb,” he con­tin­ues. “For Kim, an agency prob­a­bly jumped through hoops to make sure she had the top surrogate pos­si­ble.”

No pres­sure, then...

‘A CELEB CHILD DOES NOT MEAN A CELEB BONUS’

Womb for hire

Get­ting the best doesn’t come cheap. The com­pen­sa­tion for the women who celebs choose to carry their bubs varies from case-to-case.

But ac­cord­ing to Grow­ing Gen­er­a­tions – the La-based sur­ro­gacy agency Neil Pa­trick Har­ris and his hus­band David Burtka used to find the surrogate who car­ried their twins Gideon and Harper, now six – it can end up cost­ing be­tween $150,000 and $170,000, when you fac­tor in le­gal fees and pro­ce­dural costs associated with cre­at­ing and im­plant­ing the em­bryo.

If the celeb re­quires a donor egg, they’re look­ing at an ad­di­tional $20,000. As for donor sperm, Scott Brown from Cal­i­for­nia Cry­obank says he knows of some celebs who have dropped big bucks to buy ev­ery sam­ple given by their sperm donor to ensure their child wouldn’t have any ran­dom half-sib­lings.

In Kimye’s case, it’s be­lieved their surrogate – a mar­ried, African-amer­i­can mother-oftwo in her 20s – will pocket $58,000 for the nine-month gig. A fur­ther $88,000 will go to the agency that fa­cil­i­tated the sur­ro­gacy. They’ve also re­port­edly promised their surrogate an­other $6000 should she lose re­pro­duc­tive or­gans dur­ing the preg­nancy or the labour.

Mean­while, most con­tracts also have a clause writ­ten into them that states the surrogate will re­ceive an ex­tra $7600 in the event of mul­ti­ple births, or if a cae­sarean de­liv­ery is re­quired.

“Dur­ing the preg­nancy, sur­ro­gates are typ­i­cally paid ev­ery four weeks, with monthly pay­ments rang­ing be­tween $2,500 and $3,800,” ex­plains Teo Martinez, CEO and part­ner of Grow­ing Gen­er­a­tions.

“Two weeks af­ter the birth, the surrogate re­ceives a lump sum, equal to about a third of her to­tal com­pen­sa­tion. Just be­cause the surrogate is car­ry­ing a celebrity child, does not mean she gets a celebrity ‘bonus’.”

The price of pro­tec­tion

Un­der­stand­ably, the pri­vacy of the surrogate

– and the bub they’re car­ry­ing – is of para­mount im­por­tance to the celeb.

There­fore, they’re more than happy to pay to ensure their anonymity re­mains.

Yep, the Wests have ap­par­ently dropped al­most $2 mil­lion on 24/7 se­cu­rity for their car­rier, with a source re­veal­ing, “There are six se­cu­rity guards on ro­ta­tion du­ties, for nine months.”

Like Kimye, E! News host, Gi­u­liana Ran­cic, 43, and her hubby Bill, 46, also kept their surrogate’s iden­tity a se­cret while she was car­ry­ing their son, Ed­ward Duke, now five, in 2012.

How­ever, once he was born, the cou­ple – who doc­u­mented their sur­ro­gacy jour­ney on their re­al­ity show Gi­u­liana & Bill – in­tro­duced their surrogate, a French au pair named Del­phine, to the world.

“Blur­ring her [face still] would make it look like we had some­thing to hide,” Gi­u­liana ex­plained at the time.

Home sweet home

In a fur­ther bid to ensure their surrogate’s se­cu­rity, most Hol­ly­wood celebs re­quest their agen­cies match them with a woman al­ready liv­ing in the LA area.

While sur­ro­gacy fees as a whole are higher in Cal­i­for­nia, celebs pre­fer to stay in Tin­sel­town, as they have bet­ter le­gal pro­tec­tion. And most im­por­tant? Pre-birth or­ders that dic­tate that they – and not the surrogate – be­come the baby’s par­ents upon birth (in­stead of three days af­ter birth like some other US states).

If the cho­sen car­rier is from out of town, then the celeb is re­quired to foot their en­tire re­lo­ca­tion bill – which they’re more than happy to do!

“No­body wants to be trav­el­ling with a three-day old baby on the plane,” ex­plains Perez. “If you can af­ford to be there the sec­ond your surrogate goes into labour, and the sec­ond your baby is born, you would do that.”

Luck­ily for Kimye, their surrogate was al­ready liv­ing just two hours away from them.

How­ever, they’ve still moved her into a se­cu­rity-de­tailed home in a “non­de­script mid­dle­class neigh­bour­hood”, for which they’re pay­ing the rent.

Crea­ture com­forts

On top of all these costs, there are other ad­di­tional fees to cover – in­clud­ing doc­tor’s vis­its and med­i­cal bills through­out the preg­nancy, as well as pam­per­ing for the surrogate.

“I know of one fa­mous woman who ba­si­cally turned her

surrogate into her lit­tle sis­ter,” one Hol­ly­wood so­cialite tells the New York Post. “She pam­pered her the whole way through. She found a yoga guy and a chef – and doula, ob­vi­ously – and gave the surrogate carte blanche ac­cess to them. This [surrogate] was de­liv­er­ing her a mir­a­cle and [the star] felt… ex­treme love for her.” And it’s the same for Kim. Sources say she wants her surrogate to main­tain “an ideal eat­ing reg­i­men and diet”, so has been, er, fork­ing out for a chef to cook three meals a day for her surrogate and her pre­cious cargo. She’s also hired a nu­tri­tion­ist who changes her surrogate’s eat­ing plan ev­ery 10 days. “[She and Kanye] want ev­ery­thing to be per­fect and for the baby to be ex­tremely healthy,” an in­sider tells Peo­ple mag. The re­al­ity star is even plan­ning a “party” for her third bub’s birth – so her whole fam­ily can be there, too. “She wants to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with the peo­ple she loves,” a source tells UK pa­per The Sun. “So many peo­ple have been with Kim and Kanye on this jour­ney, they want to share the spe­cial mo­ment with them.”

An in­valu­able gift

But while they get to live a lux­ury life – for a while, at least! – most sur­ro­gates in­sist that isn’t the rea­son why they sign on.

“When you say you’re go­ing to be a surrogate, the first thing any­body asks is, ‘How much money are you mak­ing?’” a two-time surrogate named Dayna tells Peo­ple mag.

“It was never about the money... I didn’t want it to be a busi­ness trans­ac­tion. I wanted it to be per­sonal. I wanted to get en­joy­ment like I did out of it,” she con­tin­ues. “I was giv­ing some­one some­thing that po­ten­tially they couldn’t get with­out some­one like us.”

Well, Keeks, even you can’t put a price on that feel­ing... n

‘If the two doc­tors, that I trust, have told me it wouldn’t be safe for me to get preg­nant again, I have to lis­ten to that,’ Kim said

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Neil and David with twins Gideon and Harper Keith and Ni­cole with Sun­day and Faith

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