Surrogacy & Assisted Reproductive Technology
Deciding to bring a child into your life is an important decision for you and/or your family. Deciding to do so through assisted reproduction and/or surrogacy introduces families to a whole new set of issues and decisions. Our firm is dedicated to assisting you to make those decisions in a fully-informed manner and to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Surrogacy is an arrangement or agreement entered into by a third party to carry a child for the term of pregnancy for intended parents. There are two main types of surrogacy, gestational surrogacy (also known as host or full surrogacy), and traditional surrogacy (also known as partial, genetic, or straight surrogacy.
In gestational surrogacy, the pregnancy results from the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF), in a manner so the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate. Gestational surrogates are also referred to as gestational carriers.
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is impregnated naturally or artificially, but the resulting child is genetically related to the surrogate. In the United States, gestational surrogacy is more common than traditional surrogacy and is considered less legally complex.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is the technology used to achieve pregnancy in procedures such as fertility medication, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and surrogacy. It is reproductive technology used primarily for infertility treatments, and is also known as “fertility treatment.”
Some documents which may be required regarding surrogacy and assisted reproductive Technology matters include:
- Gestational surrogacy parenting contracts;
- Pre-birth orders;
- Contracts for embryo adoption and egg donation; and
- Consent documents for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
If you have questions about Surrogacy or Assisted Reproductive Technology, call our office today to make an appointment.