FAQs on Fertility and Surrogacy Law
Looking for advice on fertility and surrogacy law but aren’t sure where to start? Check out our list of common FAQs. If your question isn’t answered below, contact us today.
Surrogacy is an excellent option for:
- Heterosexual couples who are unable to have children due to medical issues suffered by either partner and would like to have a biologically related child.
- Single men or women or same-sex couples wanting to have a biologically related child.
Our surrogates and egg donors, as well as their partners, are intensely counseled, screened, and investigated. Surrogates and their partners are interviewed by our on-staff psychologists who determine if the surrogate is able to fulfill her role in the surrogacy journey. Counseling insures that the surrogates are mentally and emotionally prepared to undergo the surrogacy process and ultimately be able to relinquish the child to the intended parents.
The emotions involved in surrogacy can be very strong on both sides. Surrogates should make sure they have appropriate support systems before choosing this route. Support and informational organizations exist for intended parents and surrogates alike. Studies have shown that surrogate mothers rarely have difficulty relinquishing rights to a surrogate child, and most surrogacy arrangements end without incident. The problems that have occurred are few and far between but, unfortunately, have been highly sensationalized by the media.
In Traditional Surrogacy/Artificial Insemination Program: The surrogate mother is artificially inseminated, either by the intended father or an anonymous donor, and carries the baby to term. The child is genetically related to both the surrogate mother, who provides the egg, and the intended father or anonymous donor. In some states, the names of the intended father and intended mother are entered on the original birth certificate. Other states require the intended mother to participate in a stepparent adoption to enable her name to be entered on the birth certificate. You should expect to pay $55,000 or more for this type of surrogacy program. In Gestational Surrogacy/In Vitro Fertilization Program: The egg is removed from the intended mother or donor and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or anonymous donor through in vitro fertilization. The fertilized egg is then implanted in a surrogate mother who carries the baby to term. The child is thereby genetically related to the woman who donated the egg and the intended father or sperm donor. The names of the intended father and intended mother are entered on the original birth certificate. You should expect to pay $65,000 or more for this type of surrogacy program.
Yes, we will work with your friend as an egg donor providing that she meets our criteria for selection.
The baby will be delivered where the parties involved decide. Usually, the delivery occurs in the surrogate’s home state; however, there are times when arrangements are made with the surrogate to travel for the birth to the intended parents’ home state. Each surrogacy arrangement is tailored for the needs of both parties.
Yes. North American Surrogacy Center has several clinics that they consult with at this time; however, if their clients would like to recommend a particular facility, their staff will gladly work with them as long as all reproductive technologies are performed in a safe and ethical manner.