When a woman wants a baby but does not have the ability to carry a child to full term on her own, gestational surrogacy may be a solution. It is also a way for same-sex male partners to embark on the road to parenthood. Gestational surrogacy takes time and preparation for all parties involved. Neway Fertility can help you on this journey by providing the expertise, information and services required to make the journey successful.
A gestational surrogate is not biologically related to the child she carries. She is impregnated via in vitro fertilization. The sperm and eggs of the intended parents or donors are used to create the embryo. The embryo is transferred to the surrogate, and she carries the child to term. When at least one of the intended parents is genetically related to the child, legal complications can be kept to a minimum. Step parent or second-parent adoption is not required for gestational surrogacy.
Making the Decision for Surrogacy
Surrogacy requires significant commitment from everyone involved. It can be a very rewarding experience for the family, as well as the surrogate when it is well planned. Intended parents and the surrogate should consider all the pros and cons before moving forward with this important decision.
You may want to consider gestational surrogacy if you:
- have struggled with infertility
- are unable to safely carry a pregnancy to term
- are a hopeful single parent
- are a same-sex couple
- do not want a genetic link between the surrogate and the child
Keep in mind that there are legal, financial and other obligations that will need to be addressed during the process. Neway Fertility can help you navigate through many of the steps involved with gestational surrogacy.
How Gestational Surrogacy Works
This process begins with finding a suitable surrogate. She may be a family friend, relative or someone selected through an agency.
Once a suitable surrogate has been identified, the next step is to complete the legal contracts that will spell out the details of the process. Neway Fertility can make referrals to lawyers who specialize in assisted reproductive law. Legal risks and responsibilities as well as the amount of compensation for the surrogate are addressed. When everyone is in agreement, the contracts are signed and the IVF and transfer process can begin.
After the embryo has been transferred to the surrogate, she will carry the baby to term. The laws governing the gestational surrogacy process vary from state to state and your specific circumstances. Neway Fertility can help guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
If you are considering gestational surrogacy, contact Neway Fertility to schedule a consultation appointment. We can answer your questions regarding this road to parenthood.