Our surrogacy program in Mexico was only restored in 2021, after the internal regulations and procedures had been updated. The program is offered through one clinic in Cancun, an international tourist destination.
All of our programs in Mexico are fixed price package programs. We remain reluctant to offer guarantee programs because they can attract unethical clinics who undertake the process in a hidden way with little interaction with the intended parents. We had a program in Mexico in 2014/15 but we suspended it at that time because the law had changed and the program structure at the time was not conducive to a smooth exit process. We have since taken some time to assess Mexico as a jurisdiction and the new procedures they follow for surrogacy. We have carefully assessed the clinics and lawyers we work with and are happy to re-commence a Mexico program. After comprehensive, face to face discussions with the owners of the Mexican clinics and a review of their facilities we have now established a staffed office in Cancun from which we can personally guide intended parents through the process. The principal clinic with which we work has been established for some years and is Mexican owned and operated.
In Mexico the egg donors can provide their photographs to prospective intended parents.
If you are an intended parent (IP) considering international surrogacy, it’s likely that you’re already aware that different locations and territories offer different approaches to the process and follow a diverse array of legislation.
Here, we discuss what to expect when you opt for surrogacy programs in Mexico.
Mexico is one of the most recent additions to the Global Surrogacy family – joining our range of options in 2021, after an absence for approximately 6 years.
Surrogacy in Mexico offers some significant advantages. Firstly, it is much more affordable than in the US and also less expensive than our European programs. Secondly, the list of IPs who qualify for surrogacy in Colombia is the most extensive of all of our country programs, incorporating gay couples and single men or women. The good news is that there are ongoing positive developments in Mexican law to broaden the scope of intended parents’ rights in surrogacy.
Most importantly gay couples can now have both of their names on their children’s birth certificates.
“Commercial” surrogacy is not permitted in Mexico, but in June 2021 the Supreme Court ruled in favour of surrogacy and said that it was for individual States to regulate it. The surrogate mothers can be compensated for certain expenses. Only gestational surrogacy is permitted, which means that the surrogate cannot use her own eggs.
As a consequence our program in Cancun now comprises obtaining a Court order approving the terms of the specific surrogacy agreement between each set of intended parents and their surrogate. This court order provides that the intended parents name will be entered onto the child’s birth certificate and ensures the birth will be a smooth process from a legal perspective. This court order is applied for at the beginning of the surrogacy program.
Following the birth, the surrogate will not be permitted contact with the baby unless this occurs at a meeting approved and attended by IPs.
Any baby delivered via a surrogate in Mexico has automatic Mexican citizenship and is eligible for a Mexican passport, allowing IPs to return home with the child and transfer their own citizenship to the child in the comfort of their own residence.
Surrogacy in Mexico – as in all of our other programs – all surrogate mothers go through a rigorous screening process before they may take part in the program. They are required to be between 19 and 35 years old to qualify.
Their physical and psychological health is checked via numerous in-depth tests. If the medical specialists employed by our clinic are satisfied, they will go ahead and match a suitable surrogate with the right applicant IPs.
After the implantation of the embryo, Mexican surrogate mothers undergo regular physical and psychological health checks to ensure they and the baby remain safe and comfortable. These include blood tests, ultrasound scans and physical examinations.
Global Surrogacy offers programs in Cancun. All of our programs offer a package arrangement – 4 embryo transfers and a change of surrogate as part of the package price. The programs are carefully managed by our specialist team, including staff on the ground in Mexico.
We support all of our IPs from consultation stages to ensuring their safe return – along with their child – to their country of residence. Our team can provide support and information regarding surrogacy costs, egg donation and everything from legal matters to accommodation. We remain totally transparent throughout, providing clear, regular updates.
To find out more about the services and support provided by Global Surrogacy in Mexico, simply contact our team of friendly experts today.
Please note that we provide similar programs around the world including surrogacy in Greece, surrogacy in Ukraine, surrogacy in Colombia and surrogacy in Georgia – we would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and explain a little more about our process.
Our re-establishment of a Mexico program was in large part driven by the shrinking number of options for same sex couples or single parents to undertake surrogacy. Although all family types can continue to access programs in the United States the cost differential between Mexico and USA is very significant. Mexico can be up to $100,000 cheaper and it is a packaged program. From our experience we recognise how much IPs value cost certainty in surrogacy programs.
The most important feature of our program is that our surrogates undergo extensive psychological and medical screening before they are presented to an IP couple as a potential surrogate mother and they are subsequently supported through the entire surrogacy program and beyond to facilitate long term employment or life changes for them. Ethical and transparent surrogacy is our primary objective. Our involvement in the lives of our surrogates does not end with the birth of the child of IPs. OUR SURROGATES WILL NEVER BE ACCOMMODATED IN ANY FORM OF BOARDING HOUSE OR LODGING WITH MULTIPLE OTHER SURROGATES. This is an important feature that distinguishes our program from others. Ask your prospective agency about this and also ask them for the contact details of their staff on the ground in Mexico if they have any.
Global Surrogacy, whether it be our staff on the ground in Mexico or our management in Hong Kong, will be the single point of contact for you but naturally we will arrange for FaceTime, Signal or face-to-face meetings with the doctor, embryologist or surrogate as required throughout your journey. We will always support and facilitate your decision to have greater contact with your surrogate during the pregnancy.
Our surrogacy programs in Mexico are directly and closely supervised with the assistance of our local team members on the ground in Cancun and Bogota. The program is open to married couples (heterosexual or same sex) and single men and women. The surrogate is permitted to be compensated provided there is a properly executed Gestational Carrier Agreement and our support of them continues until they have established a financially and emotionally stable pathway for life after the delivery of your baby.
We provide a total solution – recruitment, screening and management of surrogates, all medical services, including prenatal check-ups, births and paediatric services, in-country legal services, administration and coordination of travel and accommodation, registered birth certificate and applications for citizenship and passport for the Child based on IPs nationality. The all-inclusive package, for which intended parents pay, will make your journey less stressful. Our program offers the surrogacy costs as an affordable price at a fixed cost. The program includes all medical costs, multiple embryo transfers and a change of surrogates at your choice as part of our package, and all the Child’s medical treatment at no extra cost. Apart from very few contingencies the egg donation and surrogacy costs that intended parents pay are fixed.
Our clinic will in almost all cases only transfer one embryo at a time. Our ethical program through its doctors is based on the firm view that a transparent and ethical surrogacy program should never plan for a multiples pregnancy due to the significantly increased risk of pregnancy complications and premature birth. Due to the package nature of our program positions in the program are limited so the first step is for us to confirm that we can offer the program to you. This will involve a Signal of FaceTime chat with our doctor and the review of other basic information about your circumstances. By following this procedure we can ensure that there are both egg donors and surrogates available for you immediately you start the program.
As soon as you are confirmed in the program and you have completed all documentation we will need to arrange for your blood tests and for sperm to be collected and shipped to Mexico. Due to COVID19 travel restrictions this is the most likely course however, if you can travel to Mexico and accept any necessary quarantine regulations then that is also possible. As soon as we have confirmation that your sperm, or you in person, are booked to Mexico we can start to offer you egg donors. Again because of the nature of our fixed fee program we will offer you an egg donor who best meets your requirements.
All women applying to be a gestational carrier are rigorously screened to assess their psychological, uterine and basic overall health. The surrogates need to have at least one child and the age range varies from 19-35. Only gestational surrogacy (where the surrogate mother does not use her eggs) is permitted. Generall at least one of the intended parents should have a biological link to any child. However, provided your country permits “no biological link” surrogacy then we can implement that for you in Mexico.
IPs will complete a profile and biography and a FaceTime or Signal video conference will be held with our team members and the clinic doctors before they are matched with a surrogate. IPs will be asked questions regarding their needs and requirements and we will explain the different financial, legal and administrative aspects of the surrogacy process. Some of the documentation which must be produced and signed needs to be notarised and/or apostilled. We will assist and guide you through that process to ensure the documentation is right the first time.
Due to the nature of our program it is in the interests of the clinic to have a successful pregnancy as soon as possible. We therefore offer to IPs, women as surrogates whom we and the doctors believe will offer the best prospects of a successful pregnancy. The process is that we offer you a surrogate and you have the final decision as to whether or not you accept her. If you reject her on reasonable grounds then we will offer an alternative surrogate within days.
Once you have agreed on your surrogate and your embryos have been created or the IVF is scheduled, then your surrogate will be scheduled for medical appointments and a stimulation protocol will commence. The embryo transfer can occur very quickly after your surrogacy agreement has been signed because we only accept into the program the number of IPs for whom we can offer egg donors and surrogates. Twelve to fourteen days after the transfer, a blood test will be carried out to determine whether or not the surrogate is pregnant. In case of a negative test result, we will continue to transfer embryos, one at the time, into the same surrogate until it leads to a positive test result. In certain circumstances, based on medical advice, we will offer you a new surrogate if you have had an unsuccessful embryo transfer.
When pregnancy is achieved, the medical team will monitor the progress of the surrogate and keep you updated every step of the way. There is no need for you to fly over to Mexico to check up on the progress of the pregnancy, but of course you are welcome to do so at anytime on reasonable notice. We take care of everything for you. We will update you regularly, all test results and scans will be sent to you and we will organize video conferences with the surrogate with a translator. If you want to fly over to visit our team or your surrogate you will be welcomed by the local team / case manager. We will assist you and make your stay as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
The surrogates do not generally work during the pregnancy and will be compensated during their time off. They will spend their time at home but they will receive weekly visits, or more if necessary, from the nurse and your case manager. All surrogates live independently close to the clinic and the hospital proposed for delivery.
As your journey approaches its conclusion the doctor will give you an updated Estimated Date of Delivery (“EDD“) and we will coordinate your arrival in Cancun. It is important to know that deliveries cannot be calculated with 100% certainty. In all cases the doctor will have scheduled a caesarean delivery then you will know exactly when the baby will be delivered. We will have a driver collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation and thereafter drive you between the accommodation and hospital as required.
After the birth of your child, we will assist you with finding a fully furnished apartment for one month. This will allow you to adapt to your new status as a parent. As long as you remain in Mexico, we will ensure you are being taken care of.
If you are requiring an egg donor, the total services necessary to create your embryos are provided by our team.
The egg donors go through an extensive medical screening. They will be tested for STDs, genetic conditions, immuno-haematology and haematology. They will also be questioned about family medical history, education, specific talents and interests. Most donors have previously given birth to a healthy child and are aged between 18 and 32. The information that will be available to you is the following: eye and hair colour, height, weight, age, blood type and Rh factor. The donor may disclose additional information such as work experience, interests and talents and educational background. Based on their profile, you will be able to make an informed decision and find the most suitable donor. You start the process by completing our “Donor Characteristics Form” so that we can offer you suitable egg donor profiles to consider.
Throughout your journey, all communication is with us and our nominated team members in Mexico. We will be the “project managers” for your journey.
All instalments in the program will be the subject of an invoice from GloSurr HK Limited, in accordance with the payment schedule we provide to you which is incorporated into your agreement. All invoices will be issued in US dollars. We will only accept bank transfers but may accept credit cards with the application of a surcharge.
At around month 7 of the pregnancy we will start talking to you about your travel plans and prepare your citizenship and passport applications.
Immediately after the birth of your child we will assist you in obtaining your birth certificate and will help you to prepare your citizenship application, application for DNA testing and passport applications. You will be given detailed and complete instructions on how to prepare all documentation and the steps you must take.
One of the benefits of the Mexican program is that your child will be conferred with Mexican citizenship and will be able to obtain a Mexican passport fairly quickly. This will mean that you can depart Mexico on that passport within weeks of the birth and make your home country citizenship and passport applications within your own country. Alternatively, if you wish to undertake the process within Mexico then we can assist you to do that. Please note that not all countries will have an embassy in Mexico City and passport applications will in most cases need to be lodged in person by the IPs at their closest embassy.
The practical step-by-step process of surrogacy in Mexico is as follows:
Global Surrogacy works with Dr Carlos and his expert team at Fertility Solutions in Cancun, a city of about 900,00 on the Caribbean Coast in the State of Quintana Roo.
Our Mexico surrogacy programs are for practical purposes FIXED FEE programs. We will discuss your particular circumstances with you and then provide you with a total package price set out as a payment schedule. We will include any options that you have selected and apart from contingencies (eg: twins) there will be no additional costs. All of our packages include the transfer of at least 3 embryos created from your egg donor or own cycle as is necessary to achieve a healthy birth. The only additional costs you will incur will be for additional egg donor cycles or additional surrogate monthly living fees as the duration of your agreement with the surrogate extends beyond 12 months. The total price includes all fees payable to the surrogate, egg donors, lawyers, agencies and the Clinic.
The surrogacy services in Mexico are available at an affordable rate. If you want to undergo IVF with your own gametes or ship frozen embryos then we can offer you the pay as you go package and we will calculate the fixed price when we know your particular circumstances. The fixed price program package price includes all medication and hospital or clinic costs. The only possible additional costs are for medical fees if we must engage external medical specialists. Our Agreement also includes a comprehensive price list for optional (eg: PGT) and contingency services (eg: twins). These packages include unlimited embryo transfers using all the embryos you have or can provide and there are no additional fees for medication. A caesarean delivery is standard and included in our program package.
International Married & De Facto Couples
In Mexico the law permits surrogacy for foreign intended parents regardless of their marital status or sexuality. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favour or an international surrogacy IP couple.
Although governed by the law of each State the Federal Supreme Court has recently upheld an international surrogacy agreement.
Birth certificates will be issued quickly after birth showing both intended parents, or just a single parent as the child’s only parents.
The Child must be able to acquire citizenship of its Intended Parents however Mexican citizenship will also be acquired. The intended parent’s embassy may be located outside of Mexico City.
In Mexico altruistic surrogacy is allowed by a judicial interpretation of the Constitution and other anti-discrimination laws. Importantly surrogacy is available to single men, single women and same sex couples in addition to married and unmarried heterosexual couples.
The Court has to avail themselves of a surrogacy program in Mexico which include: