Many people hope to have children one day. There are times, however, when that isn’t possible. One of the options to start a family when it is difficult to conceive or carry a pregnancy is surrogacy.. Texas law governs the surrogacy process, where a woman carries a child for intended parents.
Questions to ask
Surrogacy has very distinct emotional, legal and physical ramifications. It may not be the right decision for everyone. A woman who is considering becoming a surrogate should ask herself some hard questions like how the birth could affect her physically and emotionally and how it could affect her family and her career. Those thinking about becoming parents through surrogacy should also look at other avenues to add to their family before deciding on surrogacy.
Types of surrogacy
There are essentially two avenues of surrogacy:
- Gestational where there is no biological link between the surrogate mother and the child she will be carrying. The embryo is created via IVF using the egg and sperm of the intended parents which is transferred to the surrogate.
- Traditional where the egg of the surrogate mother is used so she is biologically related to the child. This type of surrogacy is not legally acceptable in Texas because of its emotional and legal risks.
Prior to the process moving forward, there are medical procedures which must be carried out and the surrogate will go through regular medical checkups throughout the pregnancy.
An attorney in Texas who is experienced with surrogacy and family law can complete the legal process. This is an involved legal way of becoming parents and needs the acumen of a lawyer. Surrogacy can be a rewarding journey for both surrogates and intended parents.