Surrogacy Faq’s


Q. What is surrogacy?

A : A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or couple, called the intended parent(s). The current and more accurate term for surrogate is carrier. NAFG conducts gestational surrogacies, in which the carrier is implanted with an embryo created from either sperm and/or egg from the intended couple or a donor. The baby has no genetic relationship to the carrier, who is only responsible for gestating the baby until birth. Certain states have a legal structure for obtaining a pre-birth order, which allows the names of the intended parents to appear on the baby’s original birth certificate. In other cases, a step-parent adoption takes place. Either way, the intended parents take the baby home from the hospital.

Q. What is Gestational Surrogacy?

A: Gestational Surrogacy is the legal and medical process through which a Surrogate woman carries the genetic material of  the Intended Father or Sperm Donor and the Intended Mother or Egg Donor.

Using the process of IVF (in-vitro fertilization) eggs are retrieved from the intended mother or egg donor’s ovaries and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor to create Embryos.  Embryos are then transferred to the gestational surrogate mother’s uterus where she will carry the fetus to term and deliver a baby for the Intended Parents.

Q. Can I become a surrogate if I have never given birth?

A :  Unfortunately not, at We Care India partner clinic, we require that our surrogates have at least one natural born child.

Q. What is the difference between Traditional Surrogacy and Gestational Surrogacy?

A : In Traditional Surrogacy, the Surrogate is genetically related to the child she is carrying – she is both the Egg Donor and the Surrogate.

In Gestational Surrogacy, the Surrogate is not genetically related to the child.  She carries the genetic material of the Intended Parents (or Sperm/ Egg Donors).  This type of surrogacy provides the opportunity to be genetically related to the child and is quickly becoming the choice for those who face infertility.  The legal protections for the Intended Parents in a Gestational Surrogacy arrangement are far more solid and offer more security.

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Q. What kind of screening or tests will I need to take?

A: You will be required to have a physical exam, cultures, blood tests, and a psychological screening which may include a written test.

Q. Where can the medical procedures take place?

The participants decide, along with We Care’s recommendations, on a reputable IVF clinic that is conveniently located to the intended parents, and/or donor and/or carrier. Travel may be required for some of the parties.

Q. How long does the process take?

A: Because of the many variable components of the surrogacy arrangement, the duration of each one is different. Much depends on the availability of carriers, the success of the medical procedures, and a host of other factors. A general time frame of one to two years from the time you start with us to the time your baby is born would be an average.

Q. How long does it take for a traditional surrogate to begin inseminations?

A:  As soon as contracts are signed. You may begin inseminations shortly thereafter depending on your natural cycle. You may undergo inseminations each month when you ovulate until a pregnancy is achieved.

Q. What are the costs associated with Surrogacy?

A: Your legal fees will vary depending on your specific circumstances.  Please call our office to schedule an initial consultation.  We do not charge for initial consultations relating to surrogacy and pre-planned adoptions.

Q.  What is the purpose of a Surrogacy Agreement?

A: – Surrogacy agreements are the first stage in a two-step process. The purpose of the surrogacy agreement is to allow each party to state their intentions, and their responsibilities to one another. The agreement will clearly state that the surrogate does not intend on parenting any resulting child(ren) and does not wish to have physical or legal custody of any resulting child(ren). The surrogacy agreement will also define the rights and responsibilities of the assisted parents.

Q Are there any risks involved in becoming a Surrogate Mother?

A: Potential Surrogates should be aware that there are risks in every pregnancy. Most pregnancies are uneventful, however, complications may occur such as pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, ectopic pregnancy, diabetes, thrombosis, miscarriage and haemorrhage. It should also be noted, that it is possible to lose your own fertility as a result of a pregnancy complication such as ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Finally, there is a risk of maternal death of 1 in 10,000 pregnancies.

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