Responsible Surrogacy

Information regarding the ethical aspects of the process

As with any pregnancy, surrogacy involves a series of medical tests carried out on a regular basis. Sometimes additional tests are also required beyond the minimum standard common in the country in which the process is held, for example, if there is a problem in one of the routine tests or if the intended parents want to receive medical information that requires more tests. The medical cost for these additional tests is paid for by the parents or insurance plans. However, these tests do have implications for the surrogate, requiring time, effort and sometimes even medical risks. Some procedures also require the surrogate to travel to another country. All of the above is true not only for medical tests, but also for different medical procedures related to pregnancy (like fetal reduction).

First, we recommend intended parents incorporate any additional test they know they might require in the agreement. Some tests or treatments can not be foreseen, and for them we recommend that intended parent consider monetary compensation for the surrogate, depending on the procedure’s influence on her life. In addition, we recommend confirming that the surrogate is aware of the medical risks, if there are any. If parents decide not to incorporate a clause regarding compensation for tests other than the minimal requirements, we advise confirming that the surrogate is aware that such testing may be required with no additional compensation.

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