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.

Improving Sperm Quality before your IVF Cycle

Improve Sperm Quality

Half of diagnosed infertility is due to poor sperm quality. If you think you have a problem with your sperm quality, here are some simple steps to improve the quality of your swimmers, and the likelihood of pregnancy.

Preparing your Surrogate for an Embryo Transfer

Preparing for an embryo transfer

The most important step in an embryo transfer is the deft preparation of the surrogate’s uterus. To get the uterus endometrium just right for a pregnancy (not too thin, not to thick) requires a mix of science and artistry. This is one point where your doctor’s experience can really pay off!

What’s the best health insurance for my surrogate mother?

UDPATED: I strongly urge all couples to get health insurance for their surrogate. In most cases it’s a legal requirement. In many other cases it’s a personal requirement of the surrogate herself. She will definitely need to know you will take generous care of all the prenatal requirements, and she won’t get stuck with any of the medical bills.

Is “Unregulated” Surrogacy in Developing Countries Safe?

Unregulated Surrogacy baby

UPDATED: You are correct that there is no federal legislation supporting or banning surrogacy in Mexico, but there are “unregulated” programs. An unregulated surrogacy program is just a private agreement between the Intended Parents and the surrogate. If there is any dispute, the contract has no legal weight and can’t be enforced…

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.

Can I save money with a cheap IVF clinic overseas?

There are excellent IVF clinics in many countries overseas – and many are much more affordable than a typical US clinic. So it’s tempting to perform your IVF overseas and then bring your embryos to the US for the surrogacy part of the journey. But wait! It’s not that easy.

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.

Can a surrogate mother keep the baby?

Surrogacy Baby

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.

Should I have PGS testing on my embryos?

PGS Testing

I don’t agree that every couple should have PGS before transferring embryos, but this often depends on the clinic and the lab performing the PGS. For some couples PGS is absolutely necessary, especially couples that have a history of failed pregnancies or miscarriages.

How old is “too old” for a surrogate mother?

It’s inspiring that women of all ages can be so generous. If you doubt, just search on Google for news reports of women delivering their own grandchildren… it’s truly amazing.