Frequently Asked Questions About Surrogacy
The answer to this question is long and complex depending on the state you reside in, which country you are considering and what your occupation is. We need to talk to you in person to properly answer this question. In the history of Australian State surrogacy laws, there has been not a single prosecution for engaging in commercial surrogacy. NB: Just because an international program is described in that country as ALTRUISTIC does not make it legal under the relevant Australian law. In NSW, QLD and ACT the surrogacy program must fully meet the definition under those State laws to be legal.
The main reason is that surrogacy is prohibited or only altruistic surrogacy is allowed in home countries. Altruistic surrogacy generally means it is more difficult to find a surrogate. Otherwise this is a personal choice of IPs but the feedback we have received is: easier and quicker to find a surrogate, geographical, cultural and socio-economic barrier to the SM making a family court application.
That is a matter between you and the SM. Cultural differences may mean the SM is reserved and shy to establish a relationship.
For all of the countries, States and Provinces we work with there is no real option for the SM to change her mind.
Extensive psychological and medical testing for which formal pscyhologist reports are required. In all countries we work with the surrogates are required to have had at least one child of their own born without complications and they must have finished building their family.
The surrogates attend regular check-ups at the clinic but are somewhat responsible for managing their own health and the IPs are responsible for all the costs of health maintenance and check-ups.
The surrogates are seen at least weekly by a nurse, social worker, doctor both in their home and at the clinic. Blood and urine tests and ultrasounds and general medical examinations are conducted weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the stage of the pregnancy. They are also monitored, and tested if necessary, for alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
In all of the clinics, we work with the surrogate mothers reside in their own homes throughout the pregnancy.
This will be stated in the surrogacy agreement and depend on what the surrogate mother agrees to but is usually a maximum of 3.
In all countries the doctors will do what is necessary to save her life or minimise the risk to her. This usually means an abortion.
At 8-12 weeks, both a heartbeat and some embryo formation is seen. At around 24 weeks, other tests are done to confirm a substantially normal and healthy foetus.
When the surrogate mother decides on it and it is consistent with the local law and there is a medical indication for terminating the pregnancy.
1 or 2 depending on doctor’s advice and IP and Surrogate’s decision.
We recommend only 1 embryo be transferred at a time.
We have included this information on our website under the clinic section.
This is determined by the embryo transfer protocol; how many they usually transfer.
This is a personal choice. In PGT the full 23 chromosomes are checked for abnormalities. The tests are not in-expensive but you will have more information about your embryos and in some cases the results will cause you and the doctors to exclude some embryos from the transfer.
In some cases if the embryos are not developing well and looking good it may be too high a risk to the embryo to undertake the test which involves removing some cells from the embryo.
In Russia you only need to go to court to have the birth certificate issued in your names if you are not married.
In Colombia you will go to Court after the birth to confirm legal parentage and remove the surrogate mother’s name from the birth certificate.
In Greece you and the surrogate must have your agreement approved by the court before the embryo transfer can happen.
In Cyprus and Colombia, same sex couples can access our programs as single men.
In Greece a lesbian couple could access the program if the did so as single women. Gay men cannot currently access the program in Greece although that may change in the near future.
We help you with that and help you manage the relationship throughout the journey. We offer you a surrogate who is ready to proceed when you are ready to proceed. You can accept or decline her and the process continues.
In all of our programs the surrogate is paid her actual travel and medical costs and she is given a living allowance to encourage a healthy diet. The surrogates are paid a lump sum compensation at the conclusion of the program.