Want to have a child with your partner in California, but you’re unable to do so? This is the situation for many same-sex couples. If you’re one of these couples, surrogacy may be the solution for you. However, before you move forward, you need to ask yourself three questions.
What are the steps involved in the surrogacy process?
The first step in surrogacy is talking to a surrogacy agency. This will help you find an appropriate surrogate and cover the costs of surrogacy, which can vary depending on your situation.
The second step involves connecting the intended parents with a surrogate before they start the surrogacy process.
The third step is getting pregnant through artificial insemination. Surrogates can either use their own eggs or those of a donor. The surrogate will undergo a process called embryo transfer, which is the medical procedure in which surrogacy embryos get inserted into her uterus.
The final step in surrogacy is attending parenting classes and meeting other individuals who’ve experienced surrogacy before you. The aim here is for you to learn about parenting.
How are parents matched with surrogates?
This is one of the commonest questions about surrogacy among same-sex couples. The surrogacy agency will match you with surrogates based on a variety of factors, including birth order and surrogates’ ages and health. Surrogate agencies will also take into account your lifestyle, including your occupation or hobbies, to find surrogates who are well suited for you.
Should you expect to face any legal and custody issues?
Since surrogacy is a new area, you need to know about the legal and custody issues that may arise. For example, according to surrogacy law, surrogates will have visitation rights with their children until they turn 18 years old unless there’s another agreement between all parties. Therefore, it is crucial to be aware of surrogacy law when considering surrogacy as a same-sex couple.
Surrogacy is a complicated process that you and your partner need to consider carefully before starting. However, it is rewarding when things go well. The good news is that surrogacy law is slowly getting better for surrogates and same-sex couples.