In many parts of the U.S., Surrogacy is very much legal, with some states having created laws on the procedure. In spite of its emerging popularity and appeal, there are actually a lot of people who are still puzzled by this process.
Exactly what is Surrogacy?
There are basically two kinds: Traditional and Gestational. The more acceptable type of the two is Gestational Surrogacy, in which the pregnancy is a result from the transfer of an embryo through the process of in vitro fertilization or IVF. In this process, the surrogate does not have a genetic relation to the baby. Meanwhile, Traditional Surrogacy makes use of the surrogate’s fertilized eggs resulting to a genetic relation between the baby and the surrogate.
Are there instances in which a Surrogate claimed the baby after delivery?
Before a Surrogate, whether Traditional or Gestational, is chosen, she must pass a series of examinations that will ensure that she is physically and psychologically healthy and capable to carry someone else’s baby. Legal documents are also created and signed by both parties to ensure that everyone is on the same page and agree to the procedure.
How much will this procedure cost?
This process is very expensive. Financing programs are made available to intended parents where this procedure is widely accepted and practiced.
Is this procedure legal?
In a lot of states, Surrogacy is legal. An example of such states are Oregon and Illinois. On the other hand, New York and New Jersey have a different view of the procedure.