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Global Star Surrogacy has complied some of the most common FAQs that are asked by every intended parent who are planning to undertake surrogacy.
What Is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy refers to a reproductive process through which any intended parent can give birth to their child with the help of a surrogate mother who agrees to carry their child to term. It is a socio-legal agreement between the intended parents and the surrogate, in which the surrogate agrees to relinquish all her rights to the baby born through her.
Can I pursue surrogacy as a single parent or same-sex couple?
Yes of course, Single parent and the same-sex couples can pursue surrogacy through IVF. You can either bring your own egg donor or use an egg donor from our huge database of Caucasian egg donors from US, South Africa, Indian egg donors and Thai egg donors. There are many reputed agencies that can help the intended parent find a surrogate mother who can carry their pregnancy.
What are the chances of success with surrogacy?
In case of an IVF process, in which, the sperm donor has gone through a thorough medical evaluation, the egg donor is young (below 30 years) with a positive fertility history, and the surrogate mother has successfully fulfilled every surrogacy criteria, such cases have 75% to 85% chances of successful surrogacy. But in case, the intended mother decides to donate her own eggs for fertility and her age doesn’t fulfill the fertility criteria then the chances of IVF success rate goes down 25% to 30% because the intended mother has gone through multiple failed in vitro fertilization attempts, there might be a risk of poor quality eggs produced by her.
Can I choose to do pgd or pgs on our embryos?
PGD OR PGS can be done only in countries where it is legal. If there is a family history of genetic abnormalities, failed IVF attempts, miscarriages, then PGD or PGS will be required to eliminate any abnormalities in the embryo. Countries that do not allow gender selection are India & Georgia. Thailand, Cambodia, US, Ukraine allow gender selection.
Is it possible to try to have multiple births?
Yes, that is possible with some extra medical care and precautions for the surrogate mother carrying the baby. Though interestingly, the rate of twins and triplets through IVF has increased in the recent years. Women who cannot afford the second and third cycle of IVF go for multiple embryo implants thus, increasing the chances of twins or triplets. Age, health, and viability of the embryo play a huge role in multiple births.
How are eligible surrogates screened?

The most important factor for having a successful surrogacy program is the screening of the surrogates. Global Star Surrogacy follows very stringent screening protocols for surrogates:

  • Medical, social, and drug history of the surrogate
  • Birth records in case she has been pregnant before
  • STD screening of the surrogate
  • The agency will check through criminal and child abuse records for safety reasons
  • Psychological screening to make sure the surrogate understands her role in surrogacy and that her relationship with the child is purely as per the agreement as that she has no right over the baby born through her.
What does the legal process involve before and after the birth?

Global Star Surrogacy will assist you with local attorneys to fulfill all the criteria of legal process in respect to surrogacy and childbirth. We make sure the intended parents are matched with a surrogate from the country where the legal processes are handled peacefully and that, all the legal rights of parents, surrogates, and the children are protected well. All the legal work is accomplished with consent of the intended parents and the surrogates. The legal process involves a pre-birth order, DNA testing for paternity, passport application for the newborn, and in some countries the exit permit as well.

How and why are intended parents screened?

Intended parents need screening as well in order to be eligible for the program. The screening usually includes:

  • Criminal history of the intended parents especially related to child abuse. Check the financial stability of the intended parents before committing to the surrogacy process
  • Whether the intended parents can justify the efforts of a surrogate mother Thorough medical screening of the intended parents to rule out any infectious disease
How long does the surrogacy process take?

The entire process generally takes 15-18 months from the start of the process, until the birth of the baby. Apart from the 9 months of pregnancy, the doctor’s visit, attorney’s visit, IVF cycles, and preliminary assessments are also included in these 18 months.

Will I be the biological parent of my child?

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate only acts as a carrier for the intended parents and on birth will hand over the child to the intended parents and will relinquish all her rights to the child through legal surrogacy agreements.

Once the pregnancy is confirmed what is the information we will receive throughout the pregnancy?

Every single update with regards to the pregnancy will be shared with the intended parents by the agency. Ultrasound reports, blood tests, anomaly scans, doctor visits, medication protocol and anything else pertaining to the pregnancy. The agency makes sure no piece of information is kept veiled from the intended parents. The intended parents can also visit the surrogate for an emotional support she needs at this hour, though should be limited.

What level of involvement will be required of the parent(s) during the surrogacy arrangement?

We believe in complete transparency throughout the surrogacy process. As far as the involvement of the intended parents is concerned, it would be in checking on the wellbeing of their surrogate, timely payments in order to fulfill the needs of the surrogate. Anything that would help in making the process hassle free for the surrogate.

What if our surrogate won’t give us the baby following the birth?

It is very natural for the intended parents to fear what if the surrogate claims her right over the child. But, this rarely happens and even if such a situation does occur, our agency makes sure that both the parties involved are in a legal agreement to safeguard the interest of both parties involved

To be rest assured, we organize a special screening process for the surrogate handled by professional psychologists and we proceed only if the surrogate is mentally and emotionally prepared to go through surrogacy.

Whose name normally goes on the birth certificate of the child?

Many countries have different legalities when it comes to surrogacy. In Ukraine, the names of the intended parents go on the birth certificate and the surrogate has no right on the child. In countries like Kenya, the surrogate’s name in mentioned on the birth certificate as the legal mother and she will need to sign legal surrogacy documents to relinquish her rights to the child and hand over all rights to the intended parents.

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