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Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which one woman carries a child in her uterus and delivers it for another person or couple. For some women, carrying her own baby through pregnancy is impossible and using a surrogate is her only hope of having a child.
Surrogacy is a complex process and there are a number of medical, legal, financial and emotional issues to take into consideration.
In NSW, surrogacy is governed by the Surrogacy Act 2010 which allows IVF surrogacy under strict requirements.
Surrogacy at Genea requires IVF so that the eggs of the intended mother can be collected and fertilised with the sperm of the intended father. Embryos that develop can then be transferred to the uterus of the woman serving as the surrogate.
It is possible for donor eggs or donor sperm to be used in circumstances where it is not possible or recommended to use the gametes of the couple wanting to have a baby.
Surrogacy is not a simple process and requires commitment and dedication from all parties.
The Surrogacy Act 2010 requires that all parties wanting to enter into a surrogacy arrangement must:
undergo counselling and assessment prior to treatment;
have a written legal agreement from two independent lawyers – one for the intending parent(s) and one for the proposed surrogate;
Additionally, the surrogate must:
be more than 25 years old; and
have an assessment and counselling after the birth of the baby and prior to the parentage order – which transfers parentage of the child from the birth parent(s) to the intending parent(s).
At Genea, we strongly recommend that the surrogate have at least one living child and be in an established, ongoing relationship with the intending parents, as surrogacy requires an enormous amount of trust between the parties.
The Act allows altruistic surrogacy which means the surrogate receives no commercial monetary gain, but it prohibits commercial surrogacy both within Australia and outside. Commercial surrogacy is where surrogacy is undertaken in exchange for payment.
The law makes it illegal for couples or individuals from NSW to travel overseas for the purposes of commercial surrogacy and Genea cannot assist in any treatment for this purpose. Genea does not support traditional surrogacy – where the surrogate’s eggs are used to create the pregnancy either through insemination or IVF.
If you are considering surrogacy as an option, our counsellors are happy to discuss the process with you in the first instance.
A Genea Fertility Specialist needs to determine if surrogacy is an appropriate and viable option for a couple or person. During an initial consultation, your Fertility Specialist will explain the treatment, process, costs, risks etc.
If the Genea Fertility Specialist supports the surrogacy proposal he/she will refer the parties to the counsellor and write a referral letter to the Genea Advisory Panel. The Fertility Specialist also needs to request a report from an independent Obstetrician on the suitability of the surrogate for a pregnancy.
Next your would meet a Genea counsellor, whose role is to support and guide the intended parents and surrogate through the whole process. The counsellor will explain the journey in detail, provide contact details for the psychologist and lawyer, and also provide a brief written synopsis of the law in NSW.
The counsellor will take a history from all the individuals involved and explore their relationships and prepare a brief report for the psychologist.
The Genea counsellor will liaise with the psychologist and Genea Fertility Specialist and ensure the collection of the necessary reports which will be forwarded to the Genea Advisory Panel for consideration. The panel [made up of Genea’s Medical Director and a member of our Ethics Committee] will make a recommendation to the Genea Fertility Specialist - who ultimately makes the decision whether or not to treat. In instances where the Advisory Panel recommendation is not to accept the surrogacy proposal, the Fertility Specialist can request a meeting to discuss.
Ultimately, it is the Genea Fertility Specialist who decides whether or not to treat in any particular case, giving due regard to the recommendation of the Advisory Panel.
Once the Fertility Specialist has given approval, treatment can begin and all parties will require nurse interviews to discuss and plan treatment. Typically treatment can only occur once approval has been given, but the Fertility Specialist has the discretion to decide to create the embryos in advance, should this be medically necessary.
Genea requires a four month quarantine on embryos to be used in surrogacy. This is to limit the risk of transmittable diseases.
Following the birth, the birth mother and her partner (where appropriate) are legally the parents and the birth is registered as such, however, the child can be registered using the surname of the intended parents.
Post birth counselling is required for the birth parent(s). Between 28 days and six months after the baby has been born, the intending parents must make an application to the Supreme Court for an order to transfer parentage from the birth parent(s) to the intending parent(s). This application must be supported by an independent counsellor’s report - not the same one who did the initial counselling. Evidence of various counselling, assessment and legal advice must be presented to the court. After the parentage order is obtained it is registered with the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages and a new birth certificate is issued.
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