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  • Dr. Gad Lavy medical director of New England Fertility in the US, will be hosting complimentary consults for on building families through surrogacy in London on March 16th and in Dublin Ireland on March 17th and 18th. There will also be a a presentation on the legal and medical aspects of surrgacy on both cities. The seminars are free as well.
    Please contact Marion Welch at mwelch to arrange a consult with Dr. Lavy and for more information.
    Dr. Lavy is internationally recognized for providing fertiltiy care to gay couples and was recently profiled in the award winning documentary ' Google Baby'
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  • 1. Gay Dads AustraliaGay Dads Australia - Surrogacy FAQA resource for gay dads and those who are thinking of becoming dadsGay Dads Canada, Gay Dads USA, Gay Dads Australia, Gay Dads Ireland, Gay DadsFrance, Gay Dads UK, Chapter 1 - Surrogacy – An IntroductionThis online guide to the issue of Surrogacy for Gay Men is designed to provide informationbased on the experience of many gay men and couples who have created their families viaSurrogacy. It is not an exhaustive guide and any information contained here should not be takenas legal advice. You should always seek appropriate legal advice from a qualified practitioner.Surrogacy is an area where changes occur regularly and as such information in this guide may beout of date. You are encouraged to join the Gay Dads email groups and post questions to see ifother have experiences that they can share. In all cases you should seek professional advice fromqualified people in the relevant jurisdictions. Surrogacy refers to an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child for others to raise. She may provide the egg for the child or may gestate a donor egg, depending on the type of arrangement agreed to. The word surrogate just means appointed to act in the place of. A surrogate is a woman who carries a child for a couple or single person with the intention of giving that child to that person/people once the child is born (also called surrogate pregnancy). The surrogate may be the babys biological egg donor (traditional surrogacy) or she may be implanted with someone elsesfertilized egg (gestational surrogacy).
  • 2. Legal IssuesSuch an arrangement generally requires legal intervention, as the laws regarding assistedreproduction differ from state to state and country to country. It is important that each party insuch arrangements has a clear understanding of the risks involved with such arrangements.Further information on the legal issues appears later in this text.CompensationContracted surrogacy agreements can be divided into two categories: commercial and non-commercial, or “altruistic.” Commercial contracted surrogacy arrangements are those in whichthe party seeking a child agree to pay a fee to the surrogate beyond the cost of her medical needs.In contrast non-commercial or “altruistic” contracted surrogacy arrangements are those wherethe surrogate agrees to receive no payment or reward, although it is rare that a total non-commercial agreement is ever made as it is expected that the commissioning party will pay thepregnant woman’s medical bills. Altrustic agreements are often between parties who are familyor friends prior to the arrangement. It is important to note that you are not “buying” a baby. Thepayments made to the surrogate are by way of compensation.In the United States, the payment for a surrogate mother currently appears to be in the rangebetween US$25,000 and $30,000, however the whole procedure can cost upto AUD$150,000 to$200,000. The fees for the rest of the process- including fertility clinics; lawyers; medical fees;and agencies and/or egg donors (if theyre used) generally cost more than the fee going to thesurrogate. Gestational surrogacy costs more than traditional surrogacy, since more complicatedmedical procedures are required.Surrogacy in Canada is typically less costly than the US and costs may be in the range of$100,000 to $150,000. Surrogacy in India is much cheaper. It appears costs range from $35,000to $45,000.Contrary to popular belief, surrogates are not all poor women being exploited for their fertility.Many are middle-class women who want to help make families. They come from all walks oflife. Some are done having children of their own, while some want more children in the future.Who Chooses SurrogacySurrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction. In some cases it is the only available option for acouple who wish to have a child that is genetically related to at least one of them. People whochoose surrogacy may be:* single men or gay male couples* heterosexual couples who are unable to have children due to a difficulty suffered by eitherpartner.* single women or lesbian couples who cant or dont want to go through pregnancy or artificial
  • 3. insemination* A female, married or otherwise, who is infertile for some reason.These problems may include absent or poorly functioning ovaries, an absent or malformeduterus, a maternal disease which precludes pregnancy but not motherhood, recurrent pregnancyloss, or repeated IVF implantation failures.It has been suggested that one of the major motivations for turning to this method ofreproduction is the difficulties associated with adoption in contemporary society. These includethe fact that changes in social attitudes and legislation have led to fewer women placing theirchildren up for adoption, and couples may wish to avoid being asked to adopt a child of adifferent race or having to go through the difficulties of international adoption. Adoption inAustralia, with the exceptions of certain states, is currently not an option available to gay malecouples.The Biological ConnectionThere are two major types of surrogacy:* Partial or genetic contracted surrogacy (also known as traditional surrogacy), in which thegestational surrogate is impregnated with the sperm of the commissioning father (usually throughartificial insemination). In these cases, the gestational surrogate is genetically linked to the childbut she relinquishes any legal rights of parentage over the child to the commissioning parents.* Complete or gestational contracted surrogacy (also known as gestational surrogacy). Using invitro fertilisation (IVF), the Intended Parents produce an embryo that can then be transplantedinto the surrogate for her to gestate and give birth to after nine months. In gestational contractedsurrogacy the pregnant woman makes no genetic contribution to the child.Emotional IssuesThe emotions involved in surrogacy are very strong on both sides. Surrogates need to make surethey have appropriate support before choosing surrogacy. Supportorganizations exist for couples choosing this option.Research carried out by the Family and Child Psychology Research Centre atCity University, London, UK in 2002 showed surrogate rarely had difficultyrelinquishing rights to a surrogate child.Most surrogacies end without problems, with the parents getting theirchild(ren). Most stories (especially movie dramas) about the subject focus onthe problems of the practice, and on the conflicts that may arise from it, but thisis rare in reality.Surrogacy for Gay Men
  • 4. Surrogacy is a big growth area for gay men. There are a number of dedicated surrogacy agenciesin countries like the US, Canada and India, and quite a few Australian men are using theseservices. It is also possible to find a surrogate in Australia (though problematic in terms of thelaws in this country).There are two types - traditional and gestational. With the former the surrogate donates her owneggs, with gestational surrogacy an egg donor is used and these are implanted in the surrogate.The surrogacy agencies are generally involved in the screening processes, the potential matching,the legal aspects and the co-ordination of it all. No doubt it is something that an individual couldalso undertake themselves without using an agency (though it would be time intensive). Mostintended parents would generally choose to use an agency to assist and guide them, at the veryleast the first time.Think of it in the same way as women seeking a "donor", but in reverse. The child is also 100%legally the father(s), and in the US the court papers and the birth certificate typically reflect this.There may or may not be onward going contact between the surrogate and the child. This isusually something that the intended fathers and the surrogate will decide.One agency used by many Australian gay men is Growing Generations in Los Angeles, and it isprobably the largest of the West Coast based agencies (the surrogacy laws in California verymuch favour the intended fathers). Their website is, and it ispretty informative.Surrogacy for Gay Men in AustraliaIs surrogacy an option for gay men wanting to be fathers in Australia? This is a complex andchanging issue. Surrogacy for Gay Men is available in some states such as Victoria, but in allcases it is not commercial surrogacy. The law on surrogacy is currently under review in anumber of states and is subject to substantial change. If you are interested in doing non-commercial surrogacy in Australia, it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice beforeproceeding.Surrogacy in the US – An IntroductionSurrogacy for Australian Gay Dads is unfortunately something that generally needs to be doneoverseas. Most members of Gay Dads Australia that have pursued surrogacy have pursued it inthe US via an agency dedicated to providing surrogacy services. It is not a easy process, but alsoit is not that difficult. The comments in this manual are taken from members experience using asmall number of agencies. Although there are many agencies in the US that handle surrogacy forgay men, many of the issues and processes will be the same.Getting StartedThe best place to get started is by talking to other gay men who have undertaken the process.You can meet and chat to us by joining our discussion list at the Gay Dads Australia website.
  • 5. You should also visit the Surrogacy Agency websites to find out more information. Werecommend that as a first act is that after you have gathered some initial information that youcall the Surrogacy Agency and have a chat to them.You will need to plan at least 2 trips to the US (or Canada or India) during the surrogacy process.Many gay dads make several more trips during the process and pregnancy. The most commonreasons to travel are:• Initial Meeting at the Surrogacy Agency.• Match Meeting with your potential Surrogate. Some members have been able to conduct thismeeting over the phone, however it appears that most agencies prefer a face to face meeting.• Meeting with a Fertility Clinic for Consultation and Semen Deposit and Analysis.• Visit to the Fertility Clinic with your Surrogate for the In-vitro Fertilization procedure.• Visits to see your surrogate during the pregnancy. In the US, this visit will be in yoursurrogates home state, which may not be California.• Visit for the birth. In the US the birth will be in the Surrogates home state.The ContractThe Contract is the first commitment that you will make. It is a long and wordy contract as youwould expect. It is important that you read it and understand what you are committing to. Speakto others who have been through surrogacy and do not hesitate to contact the Surrogacy Agent oryour Lawyer if you have any questions.There are other agreements and contracts that you will be required to sign during the process.There will be agreements in relation to Insurance. These are particularly important. UnlikeAustralia, there is no universal health coverage in the United States. Insurance is essential. It isnot cheap but necessary. In Canada and India the cost of insurance are significantly cheaper thanthe US.The Surrogate MatchThis can be an exciting and emotional time for intended parents. Meeting your surrogate for thefirst time is a chance to get to know each other, and ultimately agree to work together. Finding asurrogate can take anywhere from 1 month to 8 months (or longer). Surrogates can come from anumber of states outside California, however you can request one in California if that is yourpreference. Be warned that this may mean that your match will take longer. Finding surrogatesin Canada can be difficult. Canada has a smaller population, and doesnt not have thecommercial surrogacy industry that the US has. In India, the surrogate is usually arranged foryou by the Agency. In India you are unlikely to actually ever meet your surrogate as the industryin India operates very differently to the US and Canada.Women who choose to be surrogates are screened by Growing Generations from a health andpsychology perspective. The match meeting is your chance to screen them, and they you. Youwill generally be guided by a case worker from Growing Generations prior to your matchmeeting and they will help you develop a series of questions to ask during the meeting. The
  • 6. meetings are mediated by your case worker, however usually if things go well, the intendedparents and the surrogate will continue talking after the meeting in a cafe or the like. This is agood idea as it gives both parties a further opportunity to get to know each other.Some intended parents have been able to conduct their match meeting over the phone instead offace to face.The Egg DonorChoosing an Egg Donor is another step you must take. There are numerous agencies that provideegg donor services and you should “shop” around. Egg donors can cost from US$8000 upwards.Previous egg donors often charge higher fees. You will generally get full personality, educationaland medical profiles of the egg donor together with photographs. Some agencies also providevideos.An Egg Donor is a very personal choice. In many cases the egg donor that is chosen results in asuccessful pregnancy, however some members have had to select a second egg donor later, dueto difficulties relating to successfully becoming pregnant.The Transfer ProcedureThe transfer procedure is another one of those emotional and challenging times. The intendedparents and the surrogate attend the fertility clinic together for the procedure. Sometimes, theintended parents are not present and the surrogate alone attends. This is common if you dontbecome pregnant the first time.Intended parents need to be realistic about the chances of becoming pregnant the first time. Manyof us have been successful at the first attempt, however there are many others for whom repeatedattempts are required before a pregnancy occurs.Now you are PregnantOnce you find out that your surrogate is pregnant the next phase of the journey begins. Like innon-IVF procedures, pregnancy can fail for a number of reasons. This is true of surrogacy too.The first 3 months are usually the time of greatest risk so it is important to keep perspective.You will be thousands of miles away from your surrogate and communication by email or phonebecomes essential. It is recommend that you discuss the sort of level of communication you willhave early on to make sure your relationship with your surrogate thrives.Managing the PregnancyFor the intended parents, managing the pregnancy can be difficult. After all, you are half a worldaway and not present for the day to day life of your surrogate. Come to an understanding earlyon about how regularly your surrogate will visit her doctor.
  • 7. The first 3 months are usually governed by the contract that the surrogate has signed but afterthat you are on your own. Surrogates usually have had children before and know a lot aboutpregnancy.The BirthThe Birth is the most amazing part of the journey (though not the end of it!). Youwill most likely be present at the birth but you will need to make arrangementswith the hospital well in advance. You will be in the US for at least a week afterthe birth obtaining passports, court orders and other things so plan youaccommodation keeping in mind you will have a new born baby with you.One Last Thing.....In all this, one thing we have learned is that even though you are using an agency like GrowingGenerations, it is important (indeed necessary) that you Project Manage the entire process. Youneed to proactive in all your dealings with agencies, doctors, insurance etc. Dont assumeanything, always check it out.Coming back to Australia from the India– Obtaining a AU Citizenship and an AU PassportAll babies born through surrogacy in India to non Indian couples are born "stateless". That is,they do not have the benefit of Indian citizenship. It is therefore important to obtain AustralianCitizenship via descent before you can leave India with your baby. Once you obtain Australiancitizenship, you then must get an Australian passport.It is unclear how this process will work in India at this stage as no gay men or couple that we areaware of have had babies there yet. Several are pregnant and we expect some clarification on theprocesses in the near future.Surrogate’s relinquishment of parental rightsIn most US states, you’ll need an attorney to attend to the surrogate relinquishing her parentalrights in your favour. In some states that can be arranged in advance of the birth (or, in Californiafor example, you can get a pre-birth judgment placing both dads on the birth certificate.)Whatever, you’ll need an attorney for all of that, and GG will normally provide a referral ifrequired. Most Australian Intended Parents arrange most of these matters with their attorney afew months before the birth, although the final orders are often made after the birth. Yoursurrogate will also require her own independent legal advice (of course, you pay for this, but itwon’t cost too much).An Australian PassportObtaining an Australian passport for your child whilst in the StatesWhether or not you obtain an Australian passport for your child before or after you depart the
  • 8. US, your child will be eligible for an Australian passport if either parent (as disclosed by thebirth certificate) is an Australian citizen. Your child will be granted Australian citizenship bydescent (more on that later).As for obtaining one within a few weeks after birth, this has been investigated by a few of usover time. In every case that we are aware of, a passport has not been issued until the families areback home in Australia.Usually because it simply takes far too long to process the passport application.Obtaining Australian citizenship via descentIf one or both of the parents listed on the Certificate of Live Birth is an Australian citizen, thenAustralian citizenship via descent for your child is pretty much a given.Your child does not have to surrender their US citizenship. They will be dual citizens.Find out more via your local DIMMI office: see details on and download the Citizenship by descent application form: you have the citizenship, you can register your child for a Medicare card at the localMedicare office and apply for a passport as normal. It will save time, if the surrogate’s name ison the birth certificate, to have her sign and witness the forms needed for the Australian passportapplication before you leave the US. These can also be downloaded at the DIMMI website.Now You Are HomeEntering Australia – ImmigrationEvery Australian we know who has a baby through surrogacy in the States has brought theirbaby home on a USA passport.You need to obtain an electronic visa for your child before travel, but after you’ve received theirUS passport, which is available at babies have traveled on a tourist visa, which of course is only valid for up to three months.One condition of such a visa is an intention to depart Australia before the visa expires.When completing the immigration paperwork in anticipation of your arrival, you will be asked toanswer whether your child intends to stay in Australia for more than three months (the lengthpermitted by a tourist visa). This is obviously a deliberate question.Some have chosen to say yes, and if taken to task, would explain that their child will absolutelyobtain Australian citizenship via descent within the three months anyway.
  • 9. Others have answered no, and felt that they were not making a false declaration, as they wouldhave taken the child back to the USA if the Australian citizenship had not been recognised.There are risks with both. This is an important question you need to make once fully informed.Get advice!Obtaining an Australian PassportIf one or both of the parents listed on the Certificate of Live Birth is an Australian citizen, thenAustralian citizenship via descent for your child is pretty much a given.Your child does not have to surrender their US citizenship. They will be dual citizens.Find out more via your local DIMMI office: see details on download the Citizenship by descent application form: you have the citizenship, you can register your child for a Medicare card at the localMedicare office and apply for a passport as normal.It will save time, if the surrogate’s name is on the birth certificate, to have her sign and witnessthe forms needed for the Australian passport application before you leave the US. These can alsobe downloaded at the DIMMI website.After you’ve obtained Australian citizenship for your child, you can then apply for an Australianpassport. If one of the parents (usually the surrogate) on the birth certificate is not one of thechild’s social parents, then you will need to provide evidence to the relevant authority as to whythat parent cannot sign the application.At least one Australian gay couple has done this and their evidence was accepted.Alternatively you can have your surrogate sign the relevant applications/paperwork whilst youare in the States.Medicare, Family Assistance, Baby Bonus - Government PaymentsThe laws have changed significantly in Australia from 01 January 2009 in relation to Medicare,the Medicare Safety Net and a range of Social Security Benefits. Same Sex couples are nowtreated the same as opposite sex de facto couples. You will need to visit Medicare and FamilyAssistance offices to register and complete relevant paper work. You will be eligible for thebaby bonus (means tested)..
  • 10. ImmunisationsCall in to your local Maternal & Child Healthcare Centre before your child is born. Ask for a‘Yellow’ Book (they’re now actually blue), which will be used by them and you to chart manythings over your child’s early years, including: their immunizations; growth rates, averagecomparisons etc.Surrogacy Canada,surrogacy USA,surrogacy Australia,surrogacy Ireland,surrogacy France,surrogacy UK,AUSTRALIAN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, lesbians, gays, homosexual ,Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) SURROGACY Option for Parenting,Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender, lesbians, gays, homosexual, homosexuals, homosexuality, lgbt, glbt, lgbt IVF, glbt SURROGACY, LGBT EGGDONER,scottish lgbt IVF, glbt SURROGACY, LGBT EGG DONOR, gay, lesbian, parents, family, families, adoption, surrogacy,parenting,PrideParenting,Gay Parent,Lesbian Parent,Gay Family, Lesbian Family, gay & lesbian family and parenting,Children, scientists,practitioners, parents, prejudice, lesbian parenting, gay parenting, law, children, adoption, foster care, homosexual parents, sexualorientation, psychological research, same-sex,lesbian parent,gay adoption,gay parent,gay dad,gay dads,lesbian mom,gay family,proudparent,gay surrogacy,family pride,lesbian moms,lesbian family,colage,lesbian parents, gay, lesbian, parents, family, families, adoption,surrogacy, parenting,PrideParenting,Gay Parent,Lesbian Parent,Gay Family, Lesbian Family, gay & lesbian family and parenting,Children,scientists, practitioners, parents, prejudice, lesbian parenting, gay parenting, law, children, adoption, foster care, homosexual parents,sexual orientation, psychological research, same-sex,lesbian parent,gay adoption,gay parent,gay dad,gay dads,lesbian mom,gayfamily,proud parent,gay surrogacy,family pride,lesbian moms,lesbian family,colage,lesbian parents,IVF India,IVF clinic India,IVF clinic inindia,Test tube baby india,Women Infertility treatment India,Infertility clinic india,IVF treatments in India, Male Infertility India, FemaleInfertility India, India IVF consultants,IVF India,In Vitro Fertilization,IVF Cycle,Infertility Clinics India,Fertility,IVF Centre,IVF,EggDonation,Infertility Clinics,Low Cost IVF,Donor Egg,Female Infertility,Embryo Donation,Natural Infertility Treatment,Specialist MaleInfertility,ICSI Treatments,IVF Clinic,Genetics Services,Sperm Banks,infertility specialists, IVF India,IVF clinic India,IVF clinic in india,Test tubebaby india,Women Infertility treatment India,Infertility clinic india,IVF treatments in India, Male Infertility India, Female Infertility India,India IVF consultants,IVF India,In Vitro Fertilization,IVF Cycle,Infertility Clinics India,Fertility,IVF Centre,IVF,Egg Donation,InfertilityClinics,Low Cost IVF,Donor Egg,Female Infertility,Embryo Donation,Natural Infertility Treatment,Specialist Male Infertility,ICSITreatments,IVF Clinic,Genetics Services,Sperm Banks,infertility specialists, surrogacy australia,egg donation australia,adoption australia,ivfaustralia,surrogate australia,surrogacy Ireland,surrogacy France,surrogacy uk,egg donation uk,adoption uk,ivf uk,surrogacy usa,surrogacylaws usa,surrogacy agencies usa,surrogate mothers usa,egg donation usa,adoption usa,ivf usa,surrogate usa,surrogacy spain,egg donationspain,adoption spain,ivf spain,surrogacy canada,surrogacy laws canada,surrogate mothers canada,egg donation canada,adoption canada,ivfcanada,surrogacy agencies canada,surrogate agencies in canada,Same-Sex Parenting: Creating a Strong Family Life as a Gay Couple,surrogacyUnited Kingdom,Surrogacy Denmark,Norway,Sweden,Finland, Scandinavian country,egg donation india,surrogacy india,surrogateindia,sperm donor india,infertility india, ivf egg donation,india low cost egg donation,egg donation program india,ovum donationindia,quality infertility treatments donation,surrogacy india,gestational surrogacy india,surrogacy agencies india,egg donationindia,adoption india,ivf india,surrogate motherhood india,surrogacy india oprah,surrogacy india forum,surrogate india,gestational surrogacyindia,surrogacy agencies india,egg donation india,adoption india,ivf india,surrogate motherhood india,