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Simply The Best: States and Stats for Your Best Surrogacy Journey in the U.S.

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As of now, Surrogacy in the United States isn’t regulated by federal law. That means that each state can make its own set of rules and regulations in regards to a surrogate pregnancy and surrogacy journey. There are pros and cons to this.

With each state having such different laws that vary so widely, it’s important to take into careful consideration all of the elements before you choose where you want to have your journey. Things like location, pre-birth order laws and other “surrogacy friendly” elements will come into play.

But what should you be hoping for and where is the best place to host your incredible surrogacy journey? Have no fear, a guide to Surrogacy in the United States of America is here. With so many flocking here to have their children through IVF, you should have peace of mind that you’re at least in the right country, if not the right state.

The Most Friendly U.S. Faces

Arkansas has come through in recent years as a very friendly state for a surrogate pregnancy. In 2017, the courts in Arkansas made a ruling that was friendly for both gay and straight parents who need to use surrogacy to have their child. However, same-sex couples do need to be married.

California has been the front-runner for surrogacy journeys for many years. There have been many court cases that have supported couples utilizing a surrogate pregnancy. They are also especially great because of their pre-birth order laws and agreements.

Delaware has great laws that support surrogacy agreements and pre-birth orders as well. District of Columbia upholds surrogate pregnancy agreements by statute. Illinois is another great state to have a child via surrogacy as well. Maine, Nevada, and New Hampshire all have great things about their latest laws regarding surrogacy.

The Least Friendly Place for a Surrogate Pregnancy

Arizona basically forbids surrogacy agreements. Hawaii isn’t supportive and they don’t offer pre-birth orders. Idaho is improving, but still has a long way to go. Indiana won’t uphold any contracts regarding surrogacy.

Also, you can’t judge a state by its color! Just because New York is liberal and blue, doesn’t mean that surrogacy is legal there. Utah however, is perhaps one of the worst places to carry out your surrogate pregnancy, especially if you’re a gay couple.

Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska all have a long way to go in terms of laws to support surrogacy.

Pre-Birth Order and Post-Birth Order

So, what’s the difference? A Declaration of Parentage is a court order that can be applied for in the third trimester. This will inform how the hospital should put the name of the Intended Parents on the birth certificate. States that uphold a pre-birth order won’t put the Surrogate’s name on the certificate.

The Post-Birth Order

Those states that don’t uphold pre-birth orders support post-birth orders instead. This is an order that will determine the parentage of a baby based on whatever arrangement was made in the surrogacy contract. However, this type of order is given after the babies are born.

The problem with post-birth orders is that they give a Surrogate the opportunity to contest the order and potentially make a claim for her own parental rights. This is extremely rare, as surrogates sign up for the process wanting to help a family altruistically and are more than happy to deliver the children on behalf of Intended Parents.

Elevated States

When it comes to choosing where to host your surrogate pregnancy, consider what will be the best options for you in regards to travel, surrogacy friendly laws, and a pre-birth order.

The good news? Your journey can be tailored to fit all of your needs in. When you’re ready for an incredible surrogate and experienced professionals who can make your journey a seamless process, contact us today.

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Surrogacy States in the USA


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The Egg Donation Process with Conceptual Options: A Guide to Being Open or Anonymous

Many Egg Donors would like to remain anonymous for a variety of reasons. For example, many egg donors are young who still have plans to build a family of their own in the future. Some have reservations about meeting any future children of the Intended Parents that they helped because they fear they’ll feel overwhelmed by recognizing their DNA in a child they don’t know.

Whatever the reason, an Egg Donor’s wish to be anonymous is theirs and should be honored. Contractually everything will be set in place for an anonymous egg donor. The same goes for a donor that wants to remain open for a future meet and greet with any potential offspring her eggs might give.

Many arrangements state that children can reach out the donor once they reach the age of 18. Yet, each and every donor is going to have a different set of desires for future contact or remaining anonymous throughout the egg donation process.

However, in 2018 there are a few things sweeping that nation that may make it a little more tricky to remain anonymous. Here’s what you should consider:

Do I Want Any Future Contact?

You might be the kind of Egg Donor that wants to donate your eggs once and then move on with your life, never knowing the outcome of your donation. That is a very normal desire and something that will be honored by your Intended Parents for the remainder of your life.

If you think there might come a day that you do want to meet any potential children that were born from your egg donation process, then make a decision further down the road. Most agencies and lawyers will have your information up to date for years to come, and they can reach out to you later on behalf of any Intended Parents to see if you’ve reached a decision or changed your mind.

Do You Want Your Own Children?

Many Egg Donors choose to remain open in the egg donation process if they don’t plan on having any children of their own. They feel great about helping others build a family, and are interested in meeting the kids once they’ve grown.

If you want your own children, consider your future family as well when making this decision. Would meeting any other children from your eggs that live with another family be something you find difficult to explain to your kids or husband?

There are so many different ways your story can go when it comes to the egg donation process. But it’s important to remember that it’s up to you to tailor the process. You can do what makes you feel the most comfortable, and the Intended Parents you are helping will remain grateful. The truth is, if a set of Intended Parents insist on a donor that is open and you’d like to remain anonymous, then they can find a donor that’s open- it just won’t be you.

23andME and the Egg Donation Process

Things like 23andMe and other ancestry reports are making it more and more difficult for Egg Donors to remain anonymous. Have no fear, lawyers and contracts in place are here! Once you’ve set your contracts, Intended Parents cannot contact you even if they discover your identity through DNA testing.

They may be introduced to you through a photo or a profile online if you’ve performed the DNA test as well and sent it in. However, that doesn’t mean they can contact you. If you’d really like to cover your bases, perhaps you should consider steering clear from things like 23andMe and other DNA tests.

If you are interested in your ancestry and your genetic makeup or ethnic origin, then do the tests and enjoy the results. Know that it’s possible you could be linked to any potential offspring, but have peace of mind knowing that your Intended Parents will be respectful to your initial wishes from the egg donation process. They can reach out to you through lawyers and agency reps to see how you feel in the future.

Any Way You Want It

However you’d like to go through the egg donation process, we can help you make it a reality. By using the best programs you’ll be able to tailor things in a way that make you comfortable. You can remain anonymous, or you can be an open donor willing to meet the Intended Parents and any future children.

Your act is a generous one, so whatever you decide you’ll still be helping other families. When you’re ready to donate your eggs to parents with a dream to have children, contact us today!

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Egg Donation and the Process of Being an Egg Donor


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Can I Become a Surrogate with Conceptual Options?

Becoming a Surrogate can be one of the most fulfilling journeys you will likely do in your life. It won’t always be easy, and there will certainly be challenges you’ll need to face during your surrogacy pregnancy. However, the gift you’ll be giving another family is one they will be endlessly grateful for.

It’s important to remember that not all women are cut out to be surrogates. It takes a special skill set and even physical facility. If you have the desire to be a surrogate, there are a few things to take into consideration when applying, including your own health before you begin.

Though your heart may be in the right place, here is a checklist of things to consider while you start your path to becoming a true angel for another family.

1. Age of a Surrogate

Age matters when it comes to becoming a surrogate. The ideal Surrogates are between the ages of 21-39 years old. Not that we don’t appreciate women who want to be surrogates in their older years, it just becomes more difficult on the body and can sometimes create higher risk pregnancies.

In a process that is already fragile, it is key to offer the intended parents the best set up possible for their dream of having a child through IVF. Surrogate mothers who are in their prime years have a greater chance of carrying a child to full term and in the most healthy of manners. And, it is important to note that Surrogates in this age range still have the energy and physical capabilities to carry a child with ease.

2. No Prior Pregnancy Complications

When it comes to carrying a child for someone else, it’s important to have carried one of your own already. It’s equally as important that you previous pregnancies were uncomplicated.

If you experienced any substantial challenges during your pregnancy, then the chance of you experiencing those again during a surrogate pregnancy is fairly high. When it comes to becoming a Surrogate, consider your overall health when it comes pregnancies.

Your pregnancy as a Surrogate might have a few challenges, but in general, pregnancy should be something that isn’t extremely difficult for you.

3. Commitment

Sure, you aren’t entering into the family of the Intended Parents, but you are helping them build theirs. Most intended parents will be forever grateful for you and hold you in very high esteem. However, every Intended Parent’s set of specifics and desires is different.

On your end, is important to stay committed to your Intended Parents. As they’ve chosen you to carry their most precious of cargo, carefully consider your willingness to eat, drink, or live in a way that they desire during the nine months.

Staying committed to your intended parents can make all the difference in both of your journeys. From updates to making sure you make all of your doctor visits — commitment is key.

4. Body Mass Index

For a healthy pregnancy, meeting the guidelines for your specific height and weight in regards to your body mass index is important.

Overweight Surrogates have a much higher chance of having complications during their journeys. It’s important to maintain a healthy BMI before, during, and after your pregnancy. This can ensure a safe and positive Surrogate experience for both you and the unborn child.

Journey On

Becoming a Surrogate will bless the lives of everyone involved. While challenges may arise, this checklist can help you start on the right foot. The gift you are offering a family in need is one of the most generous nature.

When you’re ready to start your journey, choose the best program to care for you and contact us today.

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