In the infamous case of Baby M in 1985, a traditional surrogate (not a gestational surrogate) answered an intended parent couple’s newspaper ad, delivered the couple’s baby, and then changed her mind, deciding she wanted to keep the child and forgo compensation.
If you’re considering becoming a surrogate to help hopeful parents build their families, you likely have a lot of questions about the process—what exactly it entails, how you’ll be compensated, and what you’ll be required to do. To help you get a better understanding of surrogacy, we’ll dive into seven common questions below.
We know that it takes a very special person to become a gestational surrogate or an egg donor for a family in need. There are many reasons couples and individuals turn to third-party reproduction, but infertility struggles, single parenthood and LGBTQ family building are at the top.
When you’re looking for the chance to become a parent or the opportunity to help intended parents as a surrogate or egg donor, working with only a comprehensive and committed agency should do. Here are four criteria you can consider narrowing your selection of assisted reproduction partners down to one outstanding agency candidate.
At Fertility SOURCE Companies, we understand the sensitivities that surround gestational surrogacy. Despite the complexity of third-party reproduction, for many modern families surrogacy makes possible what had perhaps been deemed impossible. Within the potential swirl of doubt and happiness felt by all parties during a surrogacy agreement, joy can prevail when people learn the facts and dispel the myths and misconceptions about surrogacy.
If you’re wondering how to stay organized during assisted reproduction, consider how people make weddings happen. These days, you probably wouldn’t even think to coordinate all the moving parts of a wedding without a wedding planner; there’s the venue, the flowers, the catering, the limousine, the emotional attendants, and much more.
Though surrogacy law can vary from one state to another in the U.S., there are countries where gestational surrogacy, or even surrogacy generally, is entirely prohibited. When surrogacy isn’t allowed, it can leave those couples and individuals who are relying on this form of third-party reproduction to build their families in the lurch. In order to have a child in the manner they desire, international couples will need to travel to countries that are surrogacy friendly, often the United States.
Have you decided to end fertility treatment? Sometimes, even with modern reproductive technology, an infertility diagnosis or medical issue can continue to prevent families from growing. Couples and individuals who have reached this point can have the option of choosing third-party reproduction in order to have children. Third-party reproduction refers to egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational surrogacy.
After intended parents are matched with a gestational surrogate and before any of the medical procedures involved in surrogacy take place, both parties will form and agree to a surrogacy contract. At this stage, the intended parents work with their legal representation and the gestational surrogate will do the same with hers in order to work out an agreement all parties favor.
In short, no. Gestational surrogacy agreements are not legal in all 50 states. In the U.S., it is up to individual states to determine the legality of surrogacy agreements, which is why you will find that laws vary widely from one state to the next.