BONUS 274: Surrogacy Process Overview

August 28, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Melissa Brisman, a reproductive lawyer and owner of Reproductive Possibilities.

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Melissa and Heather discuss an overview of the surrogacy process:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in reproductive law?
  • Take us through your career.

SURROGACY OVERVIEW

  • What is a gestational carrier? Why might someone use a gestational carrier?
  • How long might intended parents expect the entire gestational surrogacy process to take? What are all the steps involved?
  • What are the typical requirements to become a gestational carrier?
  • What screening is recommended for the gestational carrier?
  • Is the gestational carrier’s husband screened? Please explain.
  • Are there age limits on intended parents?
  • Are intended parents screened? Please explain.
  • What legal work is required in a gestational carrier arrangement? Please explain.
  • Approximately how much does a gestational carrier arrangement cost? Does this cost vary by country?
  • Do employers offer surrogacy benefits? Please explain.
  • Should I pay my carrier from an escrow account? Why or why not?
  • What is the average compensation for a gestational carrier? What are intended parents compensating the carrier for?
  • How is a gestational carrier’s insurance evaluated?
  • Can you find a gestational carrier on your own? Is this a good idea? Please explain.
  • Can you use a family member as a gestational carrier? Is this a good idea? Please explain.
  • Can you be single and use a gestational carrier? Please explain.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are considering surrogacy?

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