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Surrogacy FAQ Index: Everything to know about Sensible Surrogacy

Included in this blog are articles on every aspect of the surrogacy process — from selecting an egg donor to obtaining the child’s passport. To find what you need, just enter the topic in the search form or review the list of questions below.   You can also browse our Surrogacy Guide for detailed step-by-step…
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Can I use both an Egg & Sperm Donor for my Surrogacy Journey?

I’m a single woman in my 40s. I have always wanted to have children, but I never found the right partner. Now I’m too old to donate my own eggs, and I still don’t have a partner to be the father. I want to try surrogacy to have a baby, but is it possible to…
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What to Include in Our Surrogacy Contract

Here are some topics that should be covered in your Gestational Surrogacy agreement. The Basics The surrogate will carry the pregnancy on behalf of the Intended Parents. The surrogate will receive an embryo, conceived by the egg and sperm of the Intended Parents (or a donor they select). The surrogate will do everything in her…
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Can I Pursue Surrogacy using Donor Eggs & Sperm?

Most parents just assume that the baby can easily get a passport and go home. But this is not true. If your baby is conceived using donor eggs and sperm, it won’t have any genetic relationship to you, and so will not be able to inherit your citizenship. Without citizenship, the baby isn’t eligible for a passport and won’t be able to travel home.

Shipping Eggs & Embryos to the United States

Shipping eggs & embryos by courier instead of in-person donations has become popular during the recent travel restrictions. But bringing oocytes into the U.S. can be nightmarishly complicated — and in many cases it may not be possible at all.

Has Donald Trump Declared War on LGBT+ Families?

Gay Surrogacy baby

Without notice, State Department policy changed to make it more difficult for gay couples to bring their babies into the US. The change delegitimizes the marriages of naturalized gay citizens and lock their children out of the United States.

Surrogacy is banned in Islam… even for overseas residents.

surrogacy in islam

Permanent residency abroad does not bypass the ban on surrogacy under Islamic law. Living abroad will allow the baby return home without a visa, but that’s only one hurdle. Parents still need citizenship and a passport, and that’s unlikely to be approved by the embassy of an Islamic country.

Travel restrictions to be eased in Ukraine

Surrogacy Baby

SENSIBLE is pleased to report that travel restrictions in Ukraine will be eased as of June 15. Intended Parents soon will be able to fly into Kiev to begin their IVF cycles as well as attend the birth of their babies. The announcement was made on May 27 by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection.

What insurance do we need for our surrogacy journey?

surrogacy family

If you have a surrogacy program in a country without national health service (like the United States.) then medical complications can be devastating. The U.S. health care system is painfully difficult to navigate, and the insurance market is confounding to most international parents. Here’s how to protect yourself.

What should I include in my Independent surrogacy agreement?

Surrogacy parents

Setting the terms of your surrogacy agreement is a two-way conversation. You are not in a position to make demands; but it is absolutely your right to make requests. Do it NOW rather than later. Here are some things you may consider…

Advice for a Traditional Surrogacy Program

Traditional Surrogacy Baby

First, to be clear: I don’t recommend traditional surrogacy — it comes with a host of legal and ethical issues. It’s hard to argue in any court how your surrogate could be denied full parental rights if she were dispute the surrogacy agreement.