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Travel When You are a Surrogate

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  1. Prenatal Care and Medical Supervision: Surrogates are typically required to undergo regular prenatal care and medical check-ups throughout the pregnancy. Travel restrictions help ensure that the surrogate has easy access to medical facilities and healthcare providers who are familiar with her case. Restricting travel minimizes the potential disruption of the prenatal care schedule and ensures consistent monitoring of the surrogate’s health and the development of the unborn child.
  2. Risk Mitigation: Pregnancy involves certain risks, and travel can introduce additional potential complications. Long-distance travel, especially during later stages of pregnancy, may increase the chances of preterm labor, blood clots, discomfort, and other health issues. By implementing travel restrictions, the intended parents and the surrogate can prioritize the safety and well-being of both parties.
  3. Legal and Jurisdictional Considerations: Gestational surrogacy laws and regulations can vary significantly between countries and even within different states or jurisdictions. The contract between the surrogate and her intended parents is written under the laws and the framework of the state where the surrogate resides and will deliver.  It helps avoid potential conflicts related to legal parentage, recognition of the surrogacy agreement, and other legal complexities that may arise if the surrogate travels to a jurisdiction with different laws. If a surrogate travels outside the United States and delivers then the legal quagmire becomes very complicated.
  4. Stability and Emotional Support: Pregnancy can be physically and emotionally demanding for the surrogate. Restricting travel can provide stability and support by allowing the surrogate to remain in her familiar environment, close to her support network of family and friends. This can be particularly important during the final stages of pregnancy when emotional and physical support are crucial.
  5. Insurance and Liability: Many surrogacy contracts include provisions related to insurance coverage for the surrogate’s medical expenses and potential complications during the pregnancy. Travel restrictions can help ensure that the surrogate is within the coverage area of the agreed-upon insurance policy. It helps mitigate the risks associated with obtaining medical care outside the designated network or jurisdiction.

Travel restrictions vary depending on the specific surrogacy arrangement and the agreements made between the intended parents and the surrogate. Prior to matching, travel restrictions should be discussed, negotiated, and agreed upon by the surrogate and intended parents.  The agency should be discussing these restrictions and inquiring with the surrogate as to whether she has any travel plans or has any issues with complying with travel restrictions.

For more information on what is included in a surrogacy agreement, check out our post.