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Differences between international and domestic surrogacy

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2022 | International Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law |

Couples in California who have trouble conceiving naturally have options. Surrogacy is a good way to start or grow your family. You can compare the differences between international and domestic surrogacy to see which is better for you.

Surrogacy process

Whether you choose international or domestic surrogacy, the process is the same. However, depending on the laws in the country, if you opt for international surrogacy, your level of involvement may be limited.

Cost differences

Often, domestic surrogacy is more expensive than international, but that isn’t always a good thing. Surrogates from other countries may not receive all the same services as those in the United States, which could potentially put her and the child at risk. This increases the stress for all parties.

Medical standards

Surrogates are not always as widely screened in other countries. This means you may not have access to all the information while your surrogate is carrying your child. The woman who serves as surrogate may have certain medical conditions that could risk the pregnancy.

Depending on the country, medical standards may not be as high as in the U.S. The surrogate’s environment may not be the best for her health or the health of the baby.

Legal differences

The laws are also different for the U.S. versus other countries. Some countries prohibit surrogacy as an option altogether. You will have to assert your parental rights to the child, which can be time-consuming. However, the laws in many countries are changing regarding this topic.

This also involves bringing your child back home. You will need certain documentation, which is similar to parents adopting a child from another country. A visa, your child’s birth certificate and other documents are needed.

Having as much information as possible about these two surrogacy options can help you make an informed decision on which is better for your family.