YES. Be Parent is a choice surrogacy agency facilitating a path to parenthood for all.
The desire to nurture and care for a child is a natural intrinsic need for many, regardless of sexual orientation and marital status. Single men and same-sex couples, previously encountered several obstacles, but thankfully LGBTQ family building options have now become more accessible than ever. In this blog, we will touch on the issues every same-sex couple should be aware of before embarking on a surrogacy journey.
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What same-sex couples need to know
Becoming a parent through surrogacy can be incredibly fulfilling and joy-filled, but equally, this process can be stressful, exhausting, and financially taxing. Having agency support is an important starting point in preparing emotionally for the road ahead.
Surrogacy is a popular option for same-sex intended fathers who want a biological connection to their children. Pregnancy is most commonly achieved with the help of:
- An egg donor
- A gestational carrier
• In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
The process for same-sex surrogacy is almost the same as any other type of
surrogacy journey, with a few notable and important differences.
1. It is strongly recommended to research birth destinations which are flexible and/ or which support LGBTQ parenthood.
Before beginning a journey, you should bring yourself up to speed on the countries where there is a supportive legal framework or flexibility in the law for same-sex couples to pursue surrogacy.
These countries include:
- United States
2. Decide which partner will carry a genetic link to your child.
Unlike surrogacy for heterosexual couples, where both parents’ genetic material can be used to create embryos, same-sex intended fathers must decide whose sperm will be used. Some intended fathers choose to fertilize multiple eggs for implantation (using both partners’ sperm), allowing both partners to be the biological father of a child or proceed with the best quality embryos irrespective of who holds the genetic tie.
3. Select a known or anonymous donor
According to individual preference or native country legal requirements, you will need to decide between selecting an anonymous or identifiable “open” donor to complete the surrogacy process. Intended fathers may also choose to use one partner’s sperm with the eggs from a close relative of the other partner, providing both fathers the option of a biological link.
If you are a same-sex couple considering surrogacy, please reach out for guidance or a custom program overview with one of our experienced Be Parent consultants. Contact us at www.beparentsurrogacy.com or send us an email at [email protected].