Legal and Medical Surrogacy Requirements: A Simple Guide

Are you thinking about becoming a surrogate or just curious about the process? Surrogacy can be incredibly rewarding, but it comes with its own legal and medical surrogacy requirements. Don’t worry; we’re here to break it down for you in simple terms.

What Are the Medical Stages in the Surrogacy Process?

The surrogacy process involves several medical stages to ensure a successful surrogacy journey. These stages typically include:

#1. Initial Health Assessment

Before starting the surrogacy journey, the surrogate mother undergoes initial health assessments. The surrogate’s health and medical history are evaluated, including checking for underlying medical conditions.

#2. Medical Screening

One of the most critical parts of the surrogacy process is the medical screening process. This involves blood tests, infectious disease screenings, hormone evaluations, and a psychological assessment. The purpose is to ensure the surrogate is physically and emotionally prepared for pregnancy. Surrogates often undergo ultrasounds to ensure they have a healthy uterus. Drug use screening is usually included in the medical screening process.

#3. Fertility Treatments

After legal contracts are signed, you’ll undergo several blood tests, fertility treatments, ultrasounds, and injections during the surrogate embryo transfer (this continues throughout the first stage of pregnancy).

#4. Embryo Transfer

The intended mother’s or her donor’s egg will be fertilized in the lab using either the intended father’s sperm or the donor’s sperm. The fertilized embryo is placed into the surrogate’s uterus to implant.

#5. Prenatal Care

You must make routine fertility clinic trips to get ultrasounds and regular blood tests. Once a healthy pregnancy is established, you can visit your OB doctor. Your surrogacy pregnancy is like any other, with the only difference being that you’ll go in more often to ensure the baby is healthy.

#6. Childbirth

When it’s time for delivery, the surrogate gives birth to the baby.

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What Are the Legal Requirements Expected of a Surrogate Mother?

A legal contract is an imperative requirement of any surrogacy arrangement, and each of them differs based on the relationship with the parents-to-be and the circumstances. Your agreement will lay out what your legal rights and responsibilities are.

Before undergoing any medical procedures, the intended parents and surrogate mother must have a clearly signed contract. An attorney must review the agreement – either the intended parents or the surrogate’s attorney. Once the details have been ironed out, both parties will sign the contract, and it becomes a legally binding document.

Upon signing the document, you’ll start getting payments and ready to transfer embryos.

Laws regarding surrogacy vary depending on your country, state, or province. The legal process can sometimes be complicated. Therefore, working with a highly knowledgeable family attorney is in your best interest so your rights are protected.

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Are You Ready to Become a Surrogate?

Becoming a surrogate is a unique gift you can give to those struggling with infertility. While the legal and medical requirements may seem challenging, they are in place to protect everyone involved.

Surrogacy is about love, compassion, and the incredible bond that forms between surrogate mothers and intended parents. So, if you’re considering this path, know that you’re embarking on an extraordinary adventure that will change lives forever.

When you decide to start the surrogacy journey, you should be prepared for all the legal and medical surrogacy requirements and all the challenges and satisfaction of helping another family.

Remember, surrogacy is a journey where small steps lead to something profoundly beautiful. Your willingness to help create a family is a gift beyond measure. So, embrace the process, and get ready for a fantastic ride!

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Written by David
I work daily to make surrogacy available to as many intended parents, surrogate mothers and egg donors around the world as possible.

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