One of the many factors to consider in opting for Surrogacy Services is the pay that the surrogate is entitled to. Whether it is a traditional or gestational procedure, you as the future parent must be well informed of your financial obligation to the woman acting as the surrogate mother.
The distinguishing factor between these two procedures is the resulting genetic link or lack thereof between the surrogate and the child. Traditional Surrogacy involves artificial insemination or IVF wherein the surrogate’s eggs are combined with the semen of the donor, thus resulting to a genetic connection and can be a high risk. Meanwhile, Gestational Surrogacy involves the surrogate being only a carrier for the intended parents’ fertilized egg, resulting to no genetic connection.
Knowing Surrogacy Services and Legalities
Being aware of the basic laws and procedures regarding Surrogacy in the US is not enough since its legality is still an ongoing discussion. In addition to having surrogacy legal in some states, it is actually the regulations bordering the process that complexes the matter.
The Key Aspects and Guidelines of Surrogacy Agreements
Coming up with a rock solid contract or agreement will require the aid of a professional legal representative. It is required for you to provide all the necessary information that will guide whoever you will hire to represent you and your surrogate, which is this case, should be different.
Below is a quick list of the items to consider in reaching an agreement with the woman carrying a surrogate pregnancy.
1. Name of the intended parent as well as the woman acting as the surrogate.
2. Must be of legal age
3. Count of attempts or efforts.
4. The method of obtaining pregnancy, like “no sexual intercourse.
5. Agreement to not attempt to discontinue the pregnancy.
6. A declaration that the mother is unable to conceive or keep a pregnancy.
7. Statements of extensive clinical and mental state of the woman who carries the intended parents’ baby as agreed.
8. Medical insurance for all parties, including the embryo.
9. Modern technology procedures, including the positioning of fertilized egg(s).
10. Identification and observation of the surrogate’s activities or vices and taken medication.
11. Agreement on regular prenatal health care and treatment.
12. Restriction on activities of the surrogate that might be regarded as hazardous to the pregnancy and delivery of the baby.
13. Parental rights of surrogate.
14. The presence of the parents during the course of childbirth.
15. Agreement on custody after birth.
16. Financial conditions before, during and after pregnancy.
17. Confidentiality agreement.
This list is extremely helpful and will equip you with what you actually need to know at the very least. However, it is advisable to not overlook other factors that may come into play in this process.
Legality Issues Post-Birth Adoption
Several states allow the intended parents’ name to be on the baby’s childbirth certification. In other states, the surrogate’s name is the one written on the birth certificate, which may be changed later when the order for the intended parent comes and gets listed.
Some states permit pre-birth sequence under specific conditions. What is truly important is to understand the laws of each state with regard to surrogacy.