Almost every surrogacy procedure is a gestational surrogacy procedure. In this type, a surrogate carries a child that was conceived using eggs and sperm from a couple or from donor eggs and sperm.
In traditional surrogacy the surrogate carrier’s own egg is used and combined with sperm from the male partner through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this case, the surrogate is biologically related to the child.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to the child. Gestational surrogacy is considered less risky since the child she is carrying is not biologically related.
To protect the rights of all parties, a contract must be drawn up before beginning the surrogacy process. The couple will pay the surrogate a fee that is agreed upon before the procedure begins. The couple may also pay for preparation, screenings, pregnancy related expenses, medical expenses, agency fees, delivery fees, etc.
The ideal surrogate has had her own child or children and should be an adult. Using a surrogate that has had a child shows she is capable of carrying a child to term and lessens the chances of the surrogate becoming emotionally attached to the child. In order to find a surrogate, many couples consult fertility clinics, websites, lawyers, or other agencies.
When choosing an attorney to assist with a surrogacy matter, do so carefully. Not every attorney is experienced in surrogacy. Tommy Taneff is a former Probate Court Magistrate who has handled surrogacy matters for years.