When we decide to start a family, we often don’t consider it may be difficult or impossible to conceive. Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year or longer. In the United States, about 12% of women 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Many factors can contribute to infertility, such as a woman’s age, hormonal imbalances, genetic disorders, among others.
Fortunately, there are options available for those who want to start a family but have infertility issues. Surrogacy is the process of conceiving wherein a woman chooses to carry a child for a second party who will become the child’s parents following the birth. Surrogacy costs vary from state to state, but the process is expensive, with prices averaging from $60,000- $125,000.
When considering surrogacy, the best place to begin is by speaking to a surrogacy professional, either an agency or a surrogacy attorney. Whether you are a prospective parent or a potential surrogate, they can help you understand the process involved in surrogacy. They can explain the emotional pros and cons, and guide you to the best legal professionals for your situation.
You will then need to determine the type of surrogacy you would like to pursue. There are two types of surrogacy. With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is also the biological mother of the child she carries. In gestational surrogacy, the child is not biologically related to the surrogate mother. Gestational surrogacy often requires additional medical procedures for fertilization and implantation.
You will then need to be matched. Once you establish a match, you need to layout the terms and conditions of the arrangement in a contract. Monetary compensation will be established, as will the behavioral expectations of the surrogate mother. An experienced surrogacy attorney can draft the required documents and provide guidance to ensure you and your rights are protected.
If you are considering surrogacy, choosing the right surrogacy professionals to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make. Don’t settle for the first agency or attorney you contact. Be sure you choose people you feel comfortable with and trust.
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