Gestational surrogacy has provided another option to couples and individuals who are unable to build a family. Advancements in third-party reproduction affords people with the opportunity to have their own baby.

What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the eggs and/or sperms of the intended mother or those of an egg and/or sperm donor. This arrangement means that the surrogate mother is not genetically related to the child.

The following people might consider gestational surrogacy:

  • People who have struggled with infertility
  • Hopeful single parents
  • Same-sex couples
  • People who don’t want a genetic link between the surrogate and their child
  • Anyone who is unable to safely carry a pregnancy to term

Gestational Surrogacy Laws in the United States

Surrogacy is relatively new, and laws are currently fairly unsettled and complicated. It is recommended that intended parents and surrogates each have their own legal representation to guide them through the process and protect their rights.

While surrogacy law can be complicated, the legal process for gestational surrogacy is often less complex than for other forms of surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, at least one parent is usually genetically related to the child, simplifying custody issues.

Surrogacy laws are determined by each state, and certain states do not allow surrogacy at all. Your professional or attorney can help you understand gestational surrogacy laws in your state and help you complete the surrogacy process regardless of where you live.

How does gestational surrogacy work?

In general, the gestational surrogacy process involves finding a gestational carrier, completing legal contracts and transferring the embryo to the surrogate.

Hellobaby Surrogacy will help Intended parents to find a gestational carrier. Once a match has been identified, the surrogate and intended parents will each work with an attorney to discuss each party’s legal risks and responsibilities, as well as surrogate compensation. Once everyone is in agreement and the contracts are signed, a fertility clinic will handle the IVF and embryo transfer process. An embryo will be created and transferred to the surrogate using one of the following:

  • The eggs and sperm of the intended parents, in which case both intended parents will be genetically related to their child
  • A donated egg fertilized with sperm from the intended father, in which case the intended father will be genetically related to the child
  • The intended mother’s egg fertilized with donor sperm, in which case the intended mother will be genetically related to the child
  • A donor embryo or an embryo created using donor eggs and donor sperm, in which case neither intended parent will be genetically related to the child

From there, the surrogate will carry the baby as if it were any other pregnancy, and the intended parents will welcome their child and have full legal custody when he or she is born.

The gestational surrogacy process may vary somewhat based on the state’s laws, your individual circumstances and more. You can talk with Hellobaby Surrogacy’s Specialist for more information about how surrogacy works.

How much is gestational surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy costs depend on a number of factors. Surrogacy can be a long and demanding process that involves many types of professionals, advanced medical technology and a yearlong commitment from a woman who is willing to carry a baby for another family.

In general, the total cost of gestational surrogacy in Hellobaby Surrogacy can range from $10,000–$150,000. This total cost accounts for all necessary medical expenses, attorney fees, counseling costs, agency fees, and surrogate living expenses and compensation. Many of these expenses are variable; for example, the surrogate mother’s monthly allowance may vary based on where she lives, and attorney fees may differ depending on state laws and legal processes.

In addition, insurance may not cover the medical expenses for intended parents and their surrogates, and there are fewer financing options available to intended parents than to adoptive families. Intended parents should work closely with their surrogacy professional to determine a more accurate figure of the cost of their surrogacy, and budget accordingly.

Benefits and Challenges of Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy has many advantages that make it a popular choice for intended parents, but there are some disadvantages to take into consideration. Here are some of the most common benefits and challenges of gestational surrogacy:

  • Gestational surrogacy allows infertile couples, single parents and members of the LGBT community to complete their families.
  • Gestational surrogacy allows intended parents to maintain a genetic link to their child.
  • Surrogacy gives intended parents the opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with their surrogate.
  • Gestational surrogacy is the least legally complicated form of surrogacy because the baby is not related to the gestational carrier.
  • Surrogacy is generally a legally complex and expensive process.
  • Gestational surrogacy requires intended parents to relinquish some control as someone else carries the pregnancy for them.
  • If the intended mother is using her own eggs in the surrogacy process, she will have to undergo fertility treatments and other medical procedures.

Many of the pros and cons of gestational surrogacy apply to other forms of surrogacy as well. Prospective intended parents should compare the different types of surrogacy and carefully weigh all of the benefits and challenges before beginning the gestational surrogacy process.

Become a Parent

While there different options to grow your family – gestational surrogacy, adoption, foster care – there is no “right way”. Different options work for different families. The choice in how to grow your family is personal, and should be decided with your partner and support system. If you choose gestational surrogacy, Hellobaby Surrogacy is here to help!

If you’re interested in learning more about gestational surrogacy, our team would be happy to speak with you. Simply fill out the below application to be connected with our team.

Interested in learning more about surrogacy at Hellobaby Surrogacy? Check out our parents page for information about becoming a parent through surrogacy or our surrogate page to learn about becoming a surrogate! You can also follow along on our Facebook and Twitter as we share updates, resources, and client stories daily!

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