Surrogacy

What is surrogacy?

We will advise you about the medical procedures that involve pregnancy substitutes

Surrogacy is a practice where a woman agrees to bear a couple's child. Surrogacy is a method we offer to help male couples, single parents or women that cannot get pregnant. Our team of fertility specialists will advise you through the whole process. We are here to make your journey easier! Contact us for more information.

How does surrogacy work?

Surrogacy has some medical and legal aspects that you have to take into account. You can classify them in two different categories:

Traditional substitution model

Everything starts with a woman who wants to help a couple to become parents. She has to meet a series of requirements, like, for example, not knowing the family she is going to help. Once there is a surrogacy agreement, this woman will be artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm.

The traditional substitution mother is the baby’s biological mother, since it is her ovule that is going to be fertilized. However, this procedure may create a complex legal image, because the baby will have the pregnant woman’s genes. Nevertheless, there is a second kind of surrogacy, that has less legal complications.

Whom can the surrogate help?

The figure of a surrogate is a great help for those women who cannot give birth due to medical issues that interfere with pregnancy, like some heart conditions, the consequences of a hysterectomy or uterine problems.

If the woman has viable ovules, she can donate them for fertilization and in-vitro implantation for the surrogate. Men who want to become parents, either single parents or same-sex couples, also can choose between traditional surrogacy or a gestational carrier. However, gestational carriers, require an egg donor. Some couples cannot adopt due to their civil status or their age, and in this case, they can find an alternative, a gestational carrier.

Whom can the surrogate help?

The figure of a surrogate is a great help for those women who cannot give birth due to medical issues that interfere with pregnancy, like some heart conditions, the consequences of a hysterectomy or uterine problems.

If the woman has viable ovules, she can donate them for fertilization and in-vitro implantation for the surrogate. Men who want to become parents, either single parents or same-sex couples, also can choose between traditional surrogacy or a gestational carrier. However, gestational carriers, require an egg donor. Some couples cannot adopt due to their civil status or their age, and in this case, they can find an alternative, a gestational carrier.

How do we pick the surrogates?

Although there are many regulations around surrogacy, there are some generally accepted aspects. Do not worry! We will guide you through the entire process.

The gestational carriers should at least be 21 years old and have given birth to 1 or more healthy children. Furthermore, they will have to sign an agreement contract that will define the roles and responsibilities, including the renounce to any parental rights over the baby. In the next step, the candidate will have to pass a number of medical tests to identify any infectious diseases, immunities and to detect drug abuse. She will also have to pass some psychological evaluations for any mental problems. Mainly, to assure the baby’s resignation after giving birth is as easy and kind as possible. All of these tests are fundamental to assure the surrogate’s and baby’s health. Every state has its own surrogacy legislation and it may vary from state to state.

In Global Fertility & Genetics we want to assist you with legal planification and the localization of donors and surrogates.

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