Legal, Emotional & Financial Concerns of Surrogacy
Partnering with a gestational carrier involves considerable legal issues and potential risks. Those wishing to have a child using a gestational carrier should seek advice from lawyers who are experienced in third-party reproduction.
Traditional surrogacy carries even more of a legal risk than using a gestational carrier because the surrogate is genetically related to the child. Many states have outlawed the use of traditional surrogates. While traditional surrogacy is still legal in the state of California, due to the legal complexity, gestational carriers are still preferred, and used exclusively at FSMG.
Using a gestational carrier can be emotionally and psychologically challenging for both the intended parents and the woman carrying their child(ren). Counseling by professionals who are experienced in providing support can be very beneficial.
While not a medical risk, the cost of using a gestational carrier can be daunting for some. We recommend patients talk to our financial counselors if they are considering using a gestational carrier.