What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy requires a great deal of time and patience to succeed, but it can bring happiness to all concerned if the medical, legal, financial and emotional aspects are properly considered.

Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. The “commissioning” parent or parents (sometimes called the intended parent/s) may arrange a surrogate pregnancy because of: female infertility; other medical issues that make pregnancy or delivery impossible, risky or otherwise undesirable; the intended parent or parents being male. The sperm or eggs may be provided by the commissioning parents, but donor sperm, eggs and embryos may also be used. Surrogacy requires a great deal of time, money and patience to succeed, but it can bring happiness to all concerned if the medical, legal, financial and emotional aspects are properly considered. Surrogacy is growing in popularity as a way of having children. Your decision to use a surrogate is extremely important, and for this reason we aim to provide you with as much information as you require. Our nurses are available for support and to help the commissioning parent(s) and the surrogate make an informed decision in regard to their treatment.

 

Finding a surrogate

City Fertility Centre cannot assist in the process of finding a surrogate. Intended parents (people wishing to become parents through surrogacy) may find a woman willing to be a surrogate themselves; however, it is illegal to advertise for surrogates or for a woman to advertise that she is willing to become a surrogate.

 

The process of surrogacy – What is required?

 

Costs

The costs will vary depending on your particular case. They will consist of your lawyer’s fees, City Fertility Centre’s charges and costs your surrogate may incur, such as additional medical or travel expenses. For further information regarding City Fertility Centre fees, please contact us.

 

Legal Implications

Legal advice is compulsory in all surrogacy cases. The commissioning parent(s), the surrogate and her partner (if applicable) will be required to organise separate appointments to obtain independent legal advice. The commissioning parent(s) and surrogate must obtain advice from separate legal advisors.

Please consider the following:

  • In Australia, surrogacy must be altruistic; commercial surrogacy is illegal.
  • In South Australia, surrogacy is permitted only for the commissioning parents who are legally married or in a registered relationship; or have lived together continuously in a marriage-like relationship (irrespective of their sex or gender identity) for a period of three years.
  • In Victoria, traditional surrogacy is not permitted.

It is important to note that each state has different legislation in regard to surrogacy, so please refer to your own state Surrogacy Act for more information.

 


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