Whether you are pursuing your surrogacy journey at home or abroad, you will need to make two visits to the surrogacy clinic. The first trip is to make your egg and/or sperm donation. The second visit will be to attend the delivery and arrange for the baby’s return home.
Trip #1: Making Donations
Sperm donors can travel to our clinic whenever is convenient and freeze their sperm sample. It’s most common for sperm donors to leave their sample frozen at the clinic, which has no detrimental affect on the sample. Your trip for donation will take 1 to 4 days: including contract signing, meeting the IVF doctor and the local team, and 2 donations of sperm (each donation needs to be at least 3 days apart).
If the future mother intends to donate her own eggs, then she will need to stay at the clinic for 2 to 3 weeks for preparatory fertility treatments and then her donation. If the mother is working with a local fertility clinic, she can reduce her stay abroad by beginning some of the fertility treatments at home. In this case, she should stay with us about 7 to days.
Trip #2: Bringing Home Baby
Obviously if you live in the US and your baby is also born in the US, then the second trip is quite short — you just wait a few days for eh birth certificate, and you can return home immediately. But if you’re baby is born abroad, you need to spend some time arranging your baby’s citizenship and passport.
The process for obtaining citizenship and passports for the newborn baby vary widely from county to country. On the second trip to the clinic (to arrange passports and return home) you should expect to stay from 3 to 4 weeks for United States parents, or from 2 to 3 months for UK or some European parents.
The duration of your stay will depend on the demands of your particular consulate. The US consulate (for example) is quite fast, requiring only a DNA test and supporting documents from the clinic, Sensible Surrogacy, and the surrogate herself. Other consulates may require a court decree from the local courts to issue a passport, which may require 2 to 3 months.
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