Surrogate Mothers

If you’re considering growing your family using a surrogate to carry your child, it’s totally understandable for you to be interested in the nature of that surrogate mother’s role, their rights and the way in which they are selected and screened.

Surrogate Mothers Around the World

Here, the team at Global Surrogacy will explain a little about this side of the process.

Our International Surrogacy Arrangements

How are Surrogate Mothers Selected?

Surrogate selection and screening processes vary from territory to territory.

In many locations, only “altruistic” surrogacy is legal. This term refers to occasions where a potential surrogate mother volunteers her time and services in order to carry a child for IPs (intended parents). In most cases, IPs will be required to cover certain costs, such as medical bills, but no more.

The alternative is “commercial” surrogacy. This is a process wherein a surrogate mother is paid for what she does. Some authorities have criminalised this type of surrogacy in order to prevent immoral money-making schemes from developing in which the human rights of the surrogate may be infringed.

In order to be chosen as a viable surrogate, the women who volunteer for the procedure are carefully screened. They undergo a series of intensive medical tests and psychological evaluations – the exact nature of which varies between countries. In many cases, the consent of any spouse must be given.

The law of some countries states that surrogate mothers must have already had a child of their own before carrying a child on behalf of others.

Usually, surrogates are matched with their IPs by medical professionals or surrogacy specialists and the IPs cannot choose for themselves.

Step-By-Step

A brief outline of the step-by-step process of surrogacy is as follows:

IPs complete a profile and bio and undertake blood tests and sperm analysis (as applicable)

IPs provide identity documents and a Police check

IPs sign agreement with Global Surrogacy;

IPs obtain a medical letter setting out their medical indications for surrogacy;

IPs obtain ORIGINAL marriage, birth and change of name certificates;

IPs pay the first instalment in accordance with the Global Surrogacy invoice;

IPs are offered a surrogate mother;

Under our direction IPs will be assigned a Greek lawyer to prepare surrogacy agreement and court documents;

IPs travel to Greece to execute the surrogacy agreement, undergo testing and assessment by the clinic and commence the court application

IPs will meet all relevant clinic staff and provide their instructions on embryo transfer to the clinic

IPs provide gametes or embryos if applicable

We Provide Surrogate Services Internationally

What are the Rights of a Surrogate Mother?

Most commonly, a surrogate mother officially waives her right to the parenthood of the resulting child upon embryo transfer. IPs are not allowed to “back out” of the agreement once it is made.

Unless it takes place during a visit attended and approved by the IPs, the surrogate mother may not have any contact with the child after the birth.

Children born as the result of surrogacy often have the right to make contact with the surrogate when they reach a certain age.

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Being a Surrogate Mother: The Process

Global Surrogacy works closely with countries including surrogacy in Colombia, surrogacy in Georgia, surrogacy in Greece, surrogacy in Russia and surrogacy in Ukraine as well as California and Texas in the US. We ensure that all surrogate mothers are kept safe, healthy and supported throughout their journey.

Embryo transfer can only be completed when the surrogate has reached a suitable stage in her menstrual cycle. 12-15 days after implantation, the surrogate will undergo a blood test to check for pregnancy.

Once the embryo has gestated for 5 weeks, the surrogate will then undergo a second blood test and an ultrasound in order to ascertain the embryo’s presence and the viability of the pregnancy.

Following this, the surrogate will attend fortnightly check-ups, then, at 12 weeks, another ultrasound to check for a heartbeat and to ensure development is going well.

From the second trimester until birth, the surrogate will have check-ups every 3 weeks for ultrasounds, blood and urine tests and physicals.

She will also undergo regular psychological and lifestyle checks to ensure that she is generally healthy and happy. IPs will receive regular updates on the progress of the pregnancy.

Finally, a delivery date and method will be decided upon depending on the nature of the pregnancy.

Of course, it is impossible to select a definite date – after all, births can occur slightly earlier or later than predicted – but we recommend that IPs travel to the location of their child’s birth at least a week before the estimated date.

To find out more about surrogacy in your chosen location, simply contact the team at Global Surrogacy today. We’ll be delighted to assist you.
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THE TOTAL PRICE INCLUDES

All consultancy fees
Donor and Surrogacy agency fees
IVF including ICSI and unlimited embryo transfers
Donor compensation (Payable after retrieval)
Donor stimulation medication
Surrogate mother medical exams
Surrogate mother medication for preparation and standard infections
Surrogacy contract and legal fees for Court application
Surrogate mother transportation and accommodation fees
Surrogate compensation
Support medication after embryo transfer for surrogate
Pregnancy test
Review of surrogate application/medical records
Prenatal vitamins
All medical and hospital expenses in the public hospital system
Regular medical visits and tests during pregnancy
Standard prenatal screenings
Surrogate transportation for embryo transfer
Surrogate transportation costs for pre-natal checks and routine medical checks
Fully screened surrogate
Psychologist visits for surrogate during pregnancy
Airport transfers for IPs on arrival for birth
Complications arising for the surrogate during delivery or pregnancy
Medical and hospital costs for delivery
Post birth care of surrogate by doctor and clinic
Surrogate transportation home
Issue of registered birth certificate
Notary and apostile fees for standard documents
Fees for citizenship and passport applications;

Our payment schedule sets out the instalments you will pay us over the duration of your journey. All fees are paid directly to Global Surrogacy. Our payment schedule’s features are as follows:

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