Surrogacy involves one woman (surrogate mother) carrying a child for another person/s (commissioning person/couple), based on a mutual agreement requiring the child to be handed over to the commissioning person/couple following birth.
To do IVF with surrogacy, we will need to “build” embryos using the genetic parents and then place the resulting embryo into the uterus of the surrogate. Although California laws are known to be very favorable for enforcement of properly executed surrogacy contracts, an attorney must still be involved to draft the specific agreement for each case.
Reasons for seeking surrogacy include situations where a woman has non-functional or absent reproductive organs, or as a remedy for recurrent pregnancy loss. Additionally, surrogacy may find application in any medical context where pregnancy is contraindicated, or where a couple consisting of two males seek to become parents through oocyte donation.
Gestational surrogacy is one of the main issues at the forefront of bioethics and the advanced reproductive technologies, especially representing an important challenge to international medical law.
While practicing in Europe, Dr. Sills published the definitive analysis contrasting surrogacy arrangements in Ireland, UK, and USA in the Journal of Reproductive Health based in Geneva, Switzerland. His co-author on this widely-cited paper was a leading faculty member at University College Cork, Clifford Healy. The full manuscript can be accessed here.
If you think surrogacy is the right treatment path for you, please contact Dr. Sills right away so our team at CAG can help answer your questions…and begin the journey to your baby!