Our surrogacy program in Argentina was only added in 2022. The program is offered through three different clinics – two in Buenos Aires and one in Rosario.
All our programs in Argentina are fixed-price package programs. We do not offer or support guarantee programs because they can lead to unethical clinic practices and are, in our opinion, unnecessary. We provide a package for at least four embryo transfers in all of our programs.
We have taken time to fully assess the legal process for surrogacy in Argentina and the quality and efficiency of the clinics we have chosen to work with. Although all of the clinics we work with in Argentina have been operating fertility clinics for many years, they have only recently commenced offering their services to intended parents in a surrogacy program.
We work with two different lawyers, each very experienced in surrogacy within Argentina. We are able to achieve a birth certificate with only the intended parents‘ names appearing on it for all family structures, and this birth certificate will be issued within one week of the birth of the child.
In Argentina, we are able to use anonymous egg donors who don’t provide photographs, anonymous egg donors who do provide photographs or open egg donors who are happy to be contacted by the child when it achieves the age of 18.
Below we will explain what you can expect when you opt for surrogacy programs in Argentina.
Argentina is the most recent addition to the global surrogacy family – joining our range of options in 2023, during a time when the available surrogacy countries are reduced by reason of the war in Ukraine and the consequential overwhelming of surrogacy programs in smaller countries such as Greece and Georgia. In Argentina, altruistic surrogacy is allowed similarly to other countries where surrogacy is neither legalised nor prohibited.
Choosing to do surrogacy in Argentina can be highly beneficial in several ways. Firstly, it is significantly more affordable than our other surrogacy programs.
Secondly, it is available to all family structures e.g., single intended parents or same-sex couples. It is also available to undertake where the intended parent has no biological link to the child (subject to the laws of the intended parents’ home jurisdiction).
While altruistic surrogacy is allowed in Argentina, surrogates receive compensation for their expenses, and health insurance fully covers the process. Only gestational surrogacy is permitted, meaning that the surrogate cannot use her own eggs.
After the birth of the child, we require the intended parents to allow the surrogate a brief moment with the child to see firsthand the result of her amazing sacrifice. After that, the intended parents are fully responsible for the child, and the only future contact with the surrogate is that determined by the intended parents.
There is no need to apply to the courts in Argentina to obtain a birth certificate reflecting solely the intended parents’ names as the parents of the child. We achieve this outcome by completing the appropriate documents at the commencement of the program and presenting those to a public notary and, thereafter, the civil registry.
Any baby delivered by surrogacy in Argentina, where the appropriate consent documents have been signed prior to the embryo transfer, has automatic Argentinian citizenship and is therefore eligible for an Argentinian passport. Our team will provide the intended parents with all assistance to obtain an Argentinian passport for their child.
As in all of our other programs, all surrogate mothers undergo a rigorous screening process before taking part in the program. They are required to be between 19 and 35 years of age.
Their physical and psychological health is checked via numerous in-depth tests. If the medical specialists at our chosen clinics are satisfied, we will go ahead and match a suitable surrogate with the appropriate intended parents. After embryo implantation, Argentinian surrogate mothers undergo regular physical and psychological health checks to ensure they and the baby remain safe and comfortable. These tests include blood tests, ultrasound scans and physical examinations.
Global Surrogacy offers programs in two Argentina locations: Buenos Aires and Rosario. All of our programs offer a fixed fee package arrangement – 4 embryo transfers at least and a change of surrogate. Our specialist team, including staff on the ground in Buenos Aires, carefully manage the programs.
We support all of our IPs from the consultation stages to ensuring their safe return, along with their child, to their country of residence. Our team can provide support and information regarding everything from legal matters to accommodation. We remain transparent throughout the program providing clear regular updates. We have recently implemented an online case management tool that provides intended parents, surrogates, clinic staff, and administrative staff with online access to all the relevant documents in the surrogacy program.
Contact our friendly experts today to learn more about the services and support provided by Global Surrogacy in Argentina.
Please note that we provide similar programs worldwide, including Surrogacy in Mexico, Surrogacy in Greece, Surrogacy in Colombia, Surrogacy in Georgia and Surrogacy in Ukraine – we would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and explain a little more about our process.
Our establishment of an Argentinian program was largely driven by the shrinking number of options for same-sex couples or single parents to undertake Surrogacy and the closure of a significant number of programs due to the war in Ukraine. Although all family types can continue to access programs in Canada and the United States, the cost differential between Argentina and the USA is significant. In Canada, the costs have increased significantly because of the liability of the intended parents for all medical and hospital expenses. Argentina can be up to $100,000 cheaper and is a packaged fixed-fee program. From our experience, we recognize how important it is to IPs that they know exactly how much the program will cost them.
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. The surrogate mothers are subsequently supported through the entire surrogacy program and beyond to facilitate long-term employment or life changes. Our primary objective is ethical and transparent Surrogacy operated in compliance with local laws. Our involvement in the lives of our surrogates does not end with the birth of the child. Our surrogates will never be accommodated in any boarding house or lodging style with multiple other surrogates. These are important features that distinguish 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 Argentina, if they have any.
Global Surrogacy, whether it be our staff on the ground in Argentina or our management in other locations, will be the single point of contact for you, but naturally, we will arrange for FaceTime, Signal, Skype 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 Argentina are directly and closely supervised with the assistance of our local team members on the ground in Buenos Aires and Rosario. The program is open to married couples (heterosexual or same-sex), single men and single women. The Surrogacy can be legally and legitimately concluded with the intended parents having sole parental rights provided that the appropriate consents of the surrogate and the intended parents are duly signed and notarised prior to any embryo transfer. Our support of the surrogate 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 checkups, births and pediatric services; in-country legal services; administration and coordination of travel and accommodation; the issue of the registered birth certificate and Argentinian passport for the child; assistance with all documentation for the intended parents to obtain their own nationality passport for the child. Our all-inclusive package will make your journey less stressful. Our program offers an affordable price at a fixed cost. The program includes all medical expenses, health insurance to cover the baby and the surrogate, multiple embryo transfers and all the child’s medical treatment at no additional cost.
In almost all cases, our clinic will only transfer one embryo at a time. Our ethical program is based on the firm view that a transparent and ethical surrogacy program should never plan for multiple pregnancies 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 video call with our doctor and the review of other basic information about your circumstances. By following this procedure, we can ensure that egg donors and surrogates are available for you immediately upon you commencing the program and needing their services.
As soon as you are confirmed in the program and have completed all the documentation, we will need to arrange for your blood tests and for sperm to be collected and/or shipped to Argentina. If you can travel to Argentina, then that is the preferred option. You will be required to be present in Argentina at least one week before the actual birth of your child. There are no other requirements for you to be present in Argentina throughout the pregnancy. As soon as we have confirmation that either you in person or your sperm, by way of shipment, are scheduled to be in Buenos Aires, we can start to offer you egg donor profiles for review.
All women applying to be surrogates are rigorously screened to assess their psychological, uterine and basic overall health. The surrogates must have at least one child, and the age range varies from 19 to 35. Only gestational Surrogacy (where the surrogate mother does not use her eggs) is permitted.
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 that must be produced and signed must be notarized 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 IPs women as surrogates whom the doctors and we believe will offer the best prospects of a successful pregnancy. We provide you with a surrogate, and you have the final decision as to whether or not you wish to be matched with her. If you decline on reasonable grounds, we will offer an alternative surrogate within days. For the same reason of wanting to achieve a pregnancy asap in a fixed fee program, some of our programs in Argentina require you to undertake PGT testing of the embryos.
Once you have agreed on your surrogate and your embryos have been created, or the IVF is scheduled, your surrogate will be scheduled for medical appointments, and a stimulation protocol will commence. These protocols differ from clinic to clinic, so the time from the commencement of the preparation of the surrogate until embryo transfer can vary between clinics. The embryo transfer can occur fairly 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. A blood test will be taken from 12 to 14 days after the embryo transfer to determine if there is a pregnancy. Within a further 14 days, the surrogate will have her first ultrasound to identify and confirm the pregnancy. In the case of a negative pregnancy test result, we will continue to transfer embryos, one at a time, into the same surrogate (up to 3 embryo transfers) until it leads to a positive test result. In certain circumstances, based on medical advice, we will change the 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 Argentina to check up on the progress of the pregnancy, however, you are always welcome to do so at any time through the program. If you coordinate any such trips with us, we will arrange for you to meet with the surrogate and attend any upcoming medical appointments. We will update you regularly with all test results and scans being uploaded to our online portal and/or emailed to you. If necessary, we will also organise video calls between you and the surrogate with an accompanying translator. If you choose to fly to Buenos Aires to visit your surrogate, we will welcome you with our local team manager, 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 our 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 delivery date (EDD), and we will coordinate your arrival in Buenos Aires. It is important to know that deliveries cannot be calculated with 100% certainty. If the doctor has scheduled caesarean delivery, you will know exactly when the baby will be delivered. We will have a driver collect you from the airport, take you to your accommodation, and then 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 Argentina, we will ensure you are being cared for.
If you require 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 karyotyped and tested for STDs, genetic conditions, immunohematology and hematology. They will also be questioned about family medical history, education, specific talents and interests. Some donors may have previously given birth to a healthy child, and all are aged between 18 and 32. The information 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, talents, and educational background. More extensive information on each egg donor is available within their file held by the clinic, and we may be able to access that information to respond to any specific questions you have. Additionally, some donors in Argentina will provide photographs. There is a separate category of egg donors who are willing to be open egg donors meaning that they will allow contact from the child when that child reaches the age of 18. You start the process of selecting an egg donor by completing our donor characteristics form so that we can offer you the most suitable egg donor profiles to consider.
Throughout your journey, all communication is with us and our nominated team members in Argentina. We will be the project managers for your journey.
All instalments in the program fees will be the subject of an invoice issued by one of our GloSurr companies in accordance with the payment schedule we provide to you, which is incorporated into your contract. All invoices will be issued in U.S. dollars unless you specifically request that the contract be issued in another currency, such as Euros. We will only accept bank transfers but may accept credit cards in special circumstances with the application of a surcharge.
At around month seven 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. We will help you to prepare your citizenship application for DNA testing and passport applications. We will make the Argentinian passport application for you and deliver it and the child’s Argentinian ID card to you. You will be given detailed and complete instructions on preparing all documentation and the steps you must take.
One of the benefits of the Argentinian program is that your child will be conferred with Argentinian citizenship and therefore obtain an identity card and passport of Argentina. This will mean that you can depart Argentina on that passport within weeks of the birth and make your home country citizenship and passport applications within your own country at your leisure. Alternatively, if you wish to undertake the process of obtaining your home citizenship and passport within Argentina, then we will assist you in doing that and provide you with all documentation that your embassy requires.
Please note that not all countries will have an embassy in Buenos Aires, 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 Argentina is as follows:
Our Argentina 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 4 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 (in one of our programs, we include 3 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 and the Clinic.
For an egg donor program, the approximate total package price for an Argentina Surrogacy Program is $70,000. 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 package also includes comprehensive health insurance that covers the mother and child. Our Agreement also includes a comprehensive price list for optional (eg: PGT) and contingency services (eg: twins).
Generally, the child will be entitled to the citizenship of their intended parents and then a passport. Your child will be permitted to travel internationally on airlines only after 2 or 3 weeks of age. If you decide to remain in Argentina until your child has citizenship and a passport for your home country, you should allow 4 to 6 weeks in Argentina. The exact time depends on your citizenship nationality, embassy requirements, and processing times. We will provide you with all of the documentation you need for this process within three weeks after the birth of the child.
Your child will, upon birth, be an Argentinian citizen and therefore entitled to an Argentinian passport. This process should be relatively quick, so many parents choose to return home with the child on an Argentinian passport and make arrangements for their citizenship and passport upon returning home.
Knowing the legal process and being fully prepared before your child’s birth will mean you spend the minimum amount of time in Argentina.
Under Argentinian law, the citizenship of a child is determined by the place of birth. At birth, the child takes Argentinian citizenship because the child was born in Buenos Aires and will be issued an Argentinian identity card.
The Civil Registry responsible for issuing birth certificates will issue a birth certificate with the intended parents’ names on it. The surrogate mother’s name will NOT appear on the child’s birth certificate. This is achieved by presenting the signed consent documents, notarized prior to the embryo transfer, to a public notary and the civil registry. We will take all the steps to obtain your birth certificate as soon as possible. The birth certificate is a prerequisite for the next steps of obtaining citizenship.
Some commentators have suggested that the authorities from the IPs’ home country may not even know the birth was through a surrogacy arrangement. We caution you not to underestimate the relevant authorities of your country. In some cases, the citizenship application has an express question – “was the child born through surrogacy”. You must answer this question honestly. It can be quite apparent to authorities that the Intended Mother did not give birth to the child if she travelled to Argentina a few days before the birth.