The Who, What, How, and Where for Surrogacy Options By Brandie Umar

Posted in Donor Concierge, Surrogacy on June 1, 2011

With changes in people’s lifestyle, sexual preferences, and couples dire need to have a baby, comes Surrogacy.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is the arrangement in which another woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person.

Who considers surrogacy as an option?

Couples who are searching for surrogacy options could be those who are finding that infertility (IVF) has proven unsuccessful for them because of female infertility issues, male infertility issues, age-related fertility issuesor other medical reasons that may result in a high-risk childbirth, or impossible conception or delivery.

Sometimes a woman that is healthy and fertile can choose surrogacy as an option because they prefer the convenience of having another woman go through the processes of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, perhaps due to their own lifestyle, and busy schedules.

Another type of intended parent could also be a single man or woman wishing to have his or her own biological child without a partner, and choose single parenthood.

Other times same-sex couples (gay or lesbian) chooses surrogacy as an option to becoming parents.

There are 4 types of surrogacy options;

Traditional surrogacy is where the is also the genetic mother to the baby. The child may be conceived naturally or impregnated by fertility methods of IUI (intrauterine insemination), or ICI (intracervical insemination) performed by infertility doctors at a certified infertility clinic.

Gestational surrogacy is when a surrogate mother has an embryo transferred to her uterus to which she has no genetic relationship.

Commercial surrogacy is when the surrogate mother receives compensation for carrying and delivering the child.

Altruistic surrogacy is where a woman agrees, for no financial gain, to become pregnant and bear a child for another person or persons to whom she intends to transfer the child’s care at, or shortly after, the child’s birth.

Below is a detailed graph of the locations in which surrogacy is considered legal or illegal. It should help clarify which locations are available for families seeking surrogacy abroad, according to the International Federation of Fertility Societies Surveillance 2010.
Keep in mind that the laws regarding surrogacy are constantly in dispute, so before seeking options, it’s best to contact an infertility specialists in that area.

When planning your family its always best to explore all your options, and do your homework!  To find out more information about Surrogacy contact a Surrogacy specialist.

Country Allowed by Statute Not Allowed Not Mentioned Covered by Guidelines IVF Surrogacy Used
Abu Dhabi +
Albania +
Algeria +
Armenia +
Australia + +
Austria +
Bangladesh +
Belarus + +
Belgium +
Brazil +
Bulgaria +
Cameroon +
Canada +
China +
Columbia +
Croatia +
Czech Rep +
Denmark +
El Salvador +
Estonia +
Finland +
France +
Germany +
Ghana +
Greece +
Hong Kong +
Hungary +
Iceland +
India +
Indonesia +
Iran +
Israel + +
Italy +
Japan + +
Jordan +
Kenya +
Korea +
Kosovo +
Kuwait +
Latvia +
Lebanon + +
Mexico +
Montenegro +
Nepal +
Netherlands +
New Zealand + +
Nigeria + +
Norway +
Panama +
Peru +
Philippines + +
Portugal +
Russia +
Slovakia +
Slovenia +
South Africa +
Spain +
Sri Lanka +
Sweden +
Switzerland +
Taiwan +
Thailand + +
Tunisia +
Turkey +
Uganda + +
UK + + +
Ukraine +
USA + + +
Venezuela + +

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