Now that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are exploring the idea of surrogacy, how does the process work? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop!
Kim Kardashian, 34, has been trying to get pregnant for quite some time now, but unfortunately it just does not seem to be in her cards. Now that her and Kanye West, 36, are open to the idea of hiring a surrogate to carry their baby for 9 months, HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY to California Fertility and Surrogate lawyer Lesa Slaughter, Esq., who explained the process the couple will face.
“The first step is either hiring a fertility lawyer or going to a surrogate agency that will refer you to a lawyer. There are plenty of established agencies in California that will match prospective parents with a surrogate,” Lesa told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, explaining how Kim and Kanye would begin the surrogate process.
She went on to explain that surrogate referrals can also come from the IVF doctor as well.
“The next step is the matching process, finding the surrogate. Parents will look thru profiles, sometimes it can take two weeks or up to two months. Preferably, you want a surrogate who is in a stable relationship, has children of her own, and has given birth,” Lesa continued. “The parents will want to pick a surrogate who shares the same beliefs and philosophies such as good nutrition, exercise, taking [vitamin] supplements.”
For Kim and Kanye, picking a surrogate will definitely be an interesting process because they live such a lavish — and public — lifestyle. It’s obvious that one of the most important things about finding someone to carry their second child will be discretion! So, what if Kim and Kanye decided to use a close friend or, even better, family member as a surrogate?
“Most of the time, the only real reason to have a family member or friend as a surrogate is for financial reasons. The base cost for a surrogate is $20,000 and can go up to $30,000,” Lesa explained. And, while money is definitely not an issue for Mr. and Mrs. West, Lesa reminded us that the base “doesn’t include the IVF cost, and all the medical fees and out-of-pocket fees incurred by the surrogate. The surrogate may require bed rest, and need a nanny to take care of her own kids. The additional fees can add up.”
Kimye’s Surrogate Must Give Birth In California
Although the process of finding a surrogate is pretty grueling, the state of California, where Kim and Kanye reside full time, has some really great laws in place to protect both the family and the surrogate. This will definitely help Kim and Kanye down the line, especially when it comes to keeping everything discreet.
“The surrogate has no legal rights whatsoever with regard to the child. For example, once the child is born, the surrogate can not change her mind and decide that she wants to keep the child,” Lesa explained. “In California, the surrogate is never listed on the birth certificate. Mind you, the surrogate must give birth in the state of California.”
In fact, Lesa revealed to HollywoodLife.com that she has used a surrogate and is even still in touch with the woman who carried her baby for her. She thinks Kim and Kanye will enjoy the experience, as long as they go about it the right way.
“If done properly, 99% of the people have a fantastic experience with theirsurrogate. It’s all about the matching process with a surrogate who has the same intentions as the prospective parents. They want the same thing. Trust and communication are the two key elements involved.”
Good luck, Kimye!
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— Lauren Cox, with reporting by Sandra Clark