@MamaKes I think it was you that mentioned the Known Donor program in Brisbane and the costs involved? @Maxwellsmum put me onto them and I thought it could be a good DE option, but after speaking to QFG today, the costs are just out of control. The Known Donor people cost about $13K and QFG are about $12K then that doesn't include the management of the donor's cycle as in doctors appointments and scans, or management of my cycle, appointments and scans or the transfer which is another $2300. So it could easily come out at $30K.
So looking at @JulieMalooleys figures that she generously sent via PM for CapeTown, it is half of that, and even if you were very unlucky and had to go back multiple times for transfers, it's still likely cheaper.
I haven't heard back from my friend who offered to donate, so I think she's getting cold feet, $$ wise I'd rather an Aussie donor but I know that takes time with the three month cooling off period and I want to pregnant like YESTERDAY!!
This really sucks. When a natural pregnancy costs zero, to be looking at the costs we have to face it is ridiculous. Not sure what to do now. I have an appointment with my new FS to see if I can start a cycle of my own this month or next month, but I'm out very soon when I turn 45, so really want that next step in place. Why is it so hard?