Questions You Wished You Asked Sooner

Q: What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a social arrangement, usually bound by a contract, in which a woman –- known as a gestational mother or surrogate –- agrees to carry and birth a child for another person or family with the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). In international commercial surrogacy arrangements, gestational mothers usually receive payment.

Q: Are there different types of surrogacy?

Yes. The type of surrogacy depends on specific elements of each agreement and the location of the intended parents and the gestational mother.

Traditional: A gestational mother’s eggs are fertilized with sperm from an intended father or provider.

Gestational: A gestational mother carries an embryo created from sperm and eggs from intended parents or providers.

Domestic (also called in-country): A gestational mother and intended parent(s) live in the same country.

International (also called transnational or cross-border): A gestational mother and intended parent(s) live in different countries.

Altruistic: A gestational mother does not receive payment, except for pregnancy-related expenses.

Commercial: A gestational mother receives payment.

Q: Does Adonis Fertility International focus on a particular type of surrogacy? 

Yes. Adonis Fertility International focuses on agreements that are international and commercial, which are also gestational. These involve the following: intended parents, egg providers, and gestational mothers, and local coordinators who manage the whole process for you from start to end.

Q: Is international commercial surrogacy legal?

Yes. Laws vary depending on the country. Adonis Fertility International facilitates surrogacy with gestational carriers located only in Ukraine and the USA, because of the stability of the laws surrounding assisted reproductive services and years of success.

UKRAINE – Commercial surrogacy: legal
  • Surrogacy only available to heterosexual, married couples.
  • Intended parents receive full custody at the time of conception.
  • Intended parents are listed on the birth certificate.
  • The legislation of Ukraine is strict that the egg/sperm donor or surrogate mother/gestational carrier can not be recognized as the parent of a child born with the use of surrogacy and/or by donation of oocytes or sperm.
  • The law does not require a court-ordered adoption process.

Surrogacy law, whether by statute or case law, is constantly evolving and changing. The laws are different from state-to-state, and sometimes even from county-to-county. Adonis Fertility International works closely with legal teams and partner agencies to provide timely information. Access <USA Surrogacy Map by State>.

Q: What countries of intended parents are supported through Adonis SURROGACY SMART ProgramTM?

Surrogacy laws vary depending on the country of citizenship of intended parent. Adonis Fertility International’s commitment to service excellence and guaranteed results limits our work with the countries where the surrogacy laws meet our requirements of completeness, level of support, and levels of protection for the intended parents. The  following countries are on our approved list (this is as of March 2019 and is subject to change. Please check with the Program Coordinator for the latest information):

–        USA
–        China
–        Great Britain
–        Sweden
–        Switzerland
–        Germany
–        Portugal
–        Macedonia
–        Spain
–        Canada
–        Australia
–        Brazil

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