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Domestic vs. International Surrogacy

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Whether you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother for an individual or family in need or if you are seeking a surrogate mother to help you expand your family, it is important to know the surrogacy laws of the state and/or country where you live.

The laws for domestic surrogacy are very different from those of other countries, and an international surrogacy arrangement can be an additional burden. Below, we discuss how surrogacy and compensation are regulated in the United States in comparison to other countries.

Surrogacy Regulation in the U.S.

The good news for intended parents, surrogate mothers, and other individuals who are willing to travel to the U.S. is that American surrogacy arrangements are heavily regulated when compared to those in other countries.

Although some states do not have a specific law enacted, or prohibit compensated surrogacy entirely, in many countries, you can expect to be fined or jailed for participating in a surrogacy arrangement in any way.

What’s more, the healthcare laws are also regulated in the U.S. This means that those entering into surrogacy arrangements within the States can expect to have exceptional healthcare throughout the surrogacy process, including intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Choosing to embark on your surrogacy journey in the U.S. would be well-advised when you want to ensure that you are following the letter of the law and obtaining the healthcare you need to produce a healthy and successful baby.

Compensation in Surrogacy Agreements

Similar to the act of surrogacy itself and healthcare in the U.S., compensation for surrogacy arrangements also varies across the world. Within the United States, some states expressly prohibit compensated surrogacy arrangements but allow for altruistic surrogacy plans (uncompensated).

If compensated surrogacy is legal in your part of the globe, you can expect the amount surrogate mothers will receive will be far less than that of mothers in U.S.-based surrogacy arrangements.

In some countries, intended parents will only provide coverage of the surrogate mother’s medical expenses, without regard for the time, effort, and emotional turmoil that comes with growing a baby that isn’t hers. However, when you choose domestic surrogacy, you can rest assured that the costs and compensation will be reasonable and align with the critical components that come with a surrogacy commitment.

Work with a Respected Surrogacy Agency

Figuring out which laws around the world will apply to your surrogacy arrangement can be confusing, but in most cases, where the surrogate mother or intended parents reside will determine which laws are applicable.

Even though different states in the U.S. have varying surrogacy laws, the truth is that domestic surrogacy arrangements are generally all-around more successful than those happening internationally.

If you would like more information on domestic and international surrogacy regulations, or if you would like to take the first steps in your surrogacy plan, consult with Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. today. You can schedule your first appointment when you fill out the form on the contact tab above or give our office a call at 412-281-9906.