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Our Surrogacy Blog is a place where we present compelling news, opinion and analysis about a variety of topics involving surrogacy and egg donation, making it an invaluable source to Intended Parents, Surrogates and professionals working in the Assisted Reproductive Technology community.     We provide commentary and opinion on  issues that we believe are important.  We strive to keep you informed of the latest news and trends.  Assisted Reproductive Technology is continually changing throughout the world.  We do our best to  keep you informed.

Gay Parenting: Numbers reflect need for community support

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law reviewed findings from four recent large, national, population-based surveys to derive estimates of the size of the LGBT community and same-sex married and unmarried couple families. Findings included that same-sex couples were raising an estimated 200,000 children under the age of 18, of whom 30,000 are being   …Continue Reading

Surrogacy: Lessons Learned from Texas Case Gone Awry

The recent case of Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna, a married couple from Washington, D.C., who had twins using a gestational surrogate in Texas is a case that serves as an important reminder about how important it is to understand fully the legal process in a particular state and how important it is that the   …Continue Reading

What Gay Parents Need to Know about Birth Certificates

Establishing parentage for gay parents in surrogacy arrangements is not necessarily accomplished by being named on the birth certificate. There is a common misconception that if your name appears on a birth certificate, this is enough to establish parentage rights.  It is important to understand that having one’s name appear on a child’s birth certificate is evidence   …Continue Reading

Medical Costs of Surrogacy

Medical costs of surrogacy are often the lion’s share of overall costs of the surrogacy arrangement.   Expense categories include: Fertility Clinic Costs for Surrogacy Medical Screening of surrogate candidates; Medical Screening of egg donors (if needed); Medical Screening of Intended Parents; In vitro Fertilization (IVF); Frozen Embryo Transfer frozen transfer costs; Surrogacy Insurance Medical   …Continue Reading

Gay Surrogacy Financial Support

Men Having Babies offers networking, support groups, seminars throughout the world and a great deal of needed resources for gay men seeking to become parents through surrogacy.  Most recently they have added a financial assistance program to their cache of support services.  The surrogacy journey is costly and this type of program is much needed.  For more   …Continue Reading

Use of ART Procedures Has Doubled in the Last Decade

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects statistics from fertility clinics on procedures using Assisted Reproductive Technologies  The CDC estimates the use of ART Procedures has doubled over the past 10 years with gestational surrogates being involved in one percent of the ART cycles performed in 2008.  According to a recent report from the   …Continue Reading

Using Donated Embryos for Your Surrogacy Arrangement

Using donated embryos for your surrogacy arrangement can result in significant cost savings and is even an alternative to consider for those thinking about adoption. Many individuals and couples who have gone through IVF have remaining embryos that have been frozen and that they don’t plan to use in the future.  These individuals or couples   …Continue Reading

Discussing Surrogacy with Children, Family, Friends and Yourself

An article appeared today in, “Moms’” section:  Explaining Your Surrogacy to Your Children.  The article gives surrogate moms good advice about how to explain to your young children why the baby bump is not going to become a new brother or sister.  But, I think the article is a reminder of how many people   …Continue Reading

The Role of a Surrogacy Agency

If you are deciding whether to work with a surrogacy agency, here is what you need to know: a surrogacy agency must do much more than find a surrogate for you. A surrogacy agency must take time to carefully understand your needs, your budget, and the characteristics of your ideal surrogate candidate. Depending on your   …Continue Reading

Surrogacy in India: Exploitation?

In a recent CBS News report on surrogacy in India, the question of whether Indian women are being exploited is at issue. In an effort to save money on the high cost of surrogacy, many couples and individuals from around the world are choosing India for their surrogacy arrangments.  There are strong proponents and opponents   …Continue Reading