Category Archives: Ask the Surrogacy Experts…

Questions from the Sensible Surrogacy community, answered by our team of consultants…

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this website is based on personal experience gained over many years of assisting infertile couples. Comments are intended as a Guide for those in need, but should not replace professional medical or legal advise. Any medical questions should ALWAYS be referred to a credentialed medical specialist before beginning any treatment.

Has Donald Trump Declared War on LGBT+ Families?

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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.

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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

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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?

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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?

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Setting the terms of a 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

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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.

How can I increase the likelihood of a pregnancy?

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From blood thinners to “embryo glue,” a few add-ons claim to give an embryo transfer an added boost. Maybe you’ve seen these on the Internet. Some may be promising in specific cases, while others seem just trendy memes. Honestly, we tried most of these, but I have no certainty if any of these actually improved the likelihood of pregnancy in a typical case. Depending on the situation, your clinic may recommend a variety of options.

How long does a Surrogacy process take?

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The surrogacy process typically takes about a year – once you find your surrogate. But surrogate matching is complex, and certain laws can grind the process to a stop. In the U.S. it can takes a few months, but a lot will depend on your location and personal requirements.

Can a surrogate mother keep the baby?

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If you have a properly executed Surrogacy Contract in a country with a supportive legal framework then the simple answer is NO, the surrogate cannot keep your baby. Unfortunately too many couples decide to skip the legal safeguards and open themselves up to all sorts of risks – including that the surrogate may have a legal claim to parental rights.

Is it possible to hire a surrogate to carry our twins?

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If medical risks aren’t persuasive, there is also a financial argument against having twins. A twins pregnancy doesn’t mean you get an extra baby at no cost… You can expect to pay extra charges for the extra effort and risks.