Is Surrogacy Legal in Georgia?

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Is Surrogacy Legal in Georgia?

Yes – Georgia allows for surrogacy, including compensated gestational surrogacy (the most common kind). In fact, most intended parents can receive pre-birth parental orders regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. Intended parents considering surrogacy should find an attorney who specializes in Georgia surrogacy to make sure they receive complete and accurate legal advice.

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Is surrogacy legal in Georgia

How to Find a Surrogate in Georgia

Finding a surrogate in Georgia is convenient and rewarding with Eggceptional Fertility. We’ve created this article with all the key information you need to start your journey to parenthood through surrogacy. Read on to learn more about how to choose a surrogacy agency, surrogacy costs, and the surrogacy process.

Surrogacy and Why People Use Surrogates in Georgia

Surrogacy allows people who cannot carry or deliver a baby on their own to become parents, often while still sharing a biological connection with their child. In surrogacy, a gestational carrier (or “surrogate”) receives an embryo developed from the intended parents and/or an egg or sperm donor. The surrogate then carries the pregnancy and then delivers a baby. The surrogate doesn’t have any parental rights to the baby. In fact, surrogates generously offer to bring someone else’s baby into the world simply because they want to help people become parents. In return for the surrogate’s effort and time, she receives compensation from the intended parent(s).

A Georgia couple or individual might choose to find a surrogate for any of several reasons, including:

  • They have healthy eggs but can’t safely become pregnant.
  • They had a prior hysterectomy.
  • Neither parent can carry a pregnancy (for instance, gay male couples)

Some intended parents may need to also use donor eggs or sperm on their path to parenthood.

How Do I Find a Georgia Surrogacy Agency Near Me?

Surrogacy requires a significant emotional, physical, and financial investment. Naturally, you want a quality and caring agency with you as you navigate this life-changing experience. A great Georgia surrogacy agency will:

  • Have Experience: Every surrogacy journey is unique, with its own special considerations. Your surrogacy agency needs the experience and knowledge to respond quickly and effectively to unexpected situations. An experienced surrogacy agency can answer your questions and leave you feeling confident and secure in their abilities.
  • Communicate Clearly and Openly: Surrogacy is a complex process. Your agency will handle the details, but you should fully understand the process, payment details, and expectations along the way. Quality surrogacy agencies clearly present the financial aspects, including agency fees, with no hidden costs or vague promises.
  • Treat You with Compassion: The path to parenthood through surrogacy involves an incredible mix of emotions – excitement, anxiety, joy, frustration, anticipation – sometimes all at the same time! The best surrogacy agencies understand that even if they’ve helped hundreds of couples through the process, you are experiencing it for the first time and deserve individualized support and care.

If you keep these key factors of experience, transparency, and compassion in mind, you can find an excellent surrogacy agency in Georgia near you.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost in Georgia?

As we mentioned, surrogacy requires a substantial financial investment. The exact amount depends on a number of factors, including surrogate experience, location, health insurance, and more. In broad terms, surrogacy costs include:

  • Surrogate-related expenses
    • Surrogate compensation
    • Screenings
    • Health Insurance
    • Travel Expenses
    • Additional benefits
  • Agency Fees
  • Legal Fees
  • Medical Fees
    • Egg retrieval or donor egg/donor sperm (if applicable)
    • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
    • Embryo transfer
    • Prenatal appointments
    • Labor & delivery
    • Postpartum recovery

Typically, the intended parents pay for any and all related surrogacy expenses. Some surrogates have their own medical insurance that covers surrogate pregnancies. In these cases, intended parents often give their surrogate slightly higher compensation, but don’t have to purchase a separate health insurance plan. Intended parents often also provide additional benefits as laid out in their surrogacy agreement; for instance, house-cleaning services, a maternity clothes stipend, or childcare if needed for the surrogate’s own children. Once you find your Georgia surrogate, you will meet together with attorneys to create a legal agreement that lays out the exact compensation and benefits.

What is the Surrogacy Process?

In the surrogacy process, intended parents first schedule an initial consultation with a surrogacy agency. This first appointment allows the intended parents to get to know their agency and vice versa. At Eggceptional Fertility, we offer a free initial consultation to all intended parents where we ask you about your hopes, goals, and questions about the process. We will also go through the entire experience in more detail, including how we help you find a Georgia surrogate through our expert matching process. From there, we’ll start scheduling meetings with potential surrogates until you find the right fit for your family building goals. You can read more about the surrogacy process here. While the process is complex, it all starts with a single step: schedule your initial consultation today.