Looking into being a surrogate mother or extending your family through surrogacy can be quite an overwhelming process. There are several factors that come into play when thinking about surrogacy:
Surrogacy is an “all-in process” for the duration of the commitment which takes approximately one year. Surrogacy in Florida is protected and regulated by specific laws, making it important that you understand the legal process before considering surrogacy.
There are two types of surrogacy:
Traditional surrogacy is not as common as Gestational surrogacy. The surrogate uses her own egg. The egg is then fertilized using sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor, which is called intrauterine insemination. This process is called artificial insemination.
The surrogate mother is the biological mother of the child that she carries; therefore, a pre-planned adoption agreement and the termination of the mother’s parental rights are a part of the process. This means the traditional surrogate’s consent is revocable up to 48 hours after birth. Once the revocation period has expired, the pre-planned adoption agreement is then presented to the court for approval. If the court does not approve the adoption agreement or the adoption agreement is terminated by either party, the surrogate then assumes parental rights and is now responsible for the child.
Traditional surrogacy involves intrinsic emotional and legal risks making it extremely rare.