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Surrogacy in Kansas City
Surrogacy is the most complicated of all the collaborative reproductive technologies because it involves a third party. A surrogate carries a child for a woman who is unable to have a child or successfully carry a child through a healthy pregnancy. A surrogate may use the intended parent’s sperm and egg or she can use a donated egg or sperm.
Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy
Traditional surrogates agree to use their own egg and are inseminated with the sperm of the male partner. There is a biological link between the child and the surrogate and the child and the man who donates sperm. This is a rarer type of surrogacy.
A gestational surrogate can be a friend or relative, or a stranger you find through an agency or attorney. The surrogate is implanted with a fertilized egg that can be created by the prospective parents or through donors. This surrogate has no biological relationship to the child.
Surrogacy Laws in Kansas City
There are currently no laws in Kansas or Missouri regarding surrogacy. Because of this the laws are not clear about the ability of same sex partners to use a surrogate. If you are considering surrogacy it is strongly recommended that you get an attorney that specializes in family building or Assisted Reproductive Law so you have a clear understanding of your rights, the rights of the child, and the surrogate.
Kansas City area Surrogacy Programs
There are some programs in the Kansas City area that offer surrogacy services. They are listed below:
- Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine
- Center for Surrogate Parenting (not locally based but works with people in Kansas City area)
- Reproductive Resource Center of Greater Kansas City
- Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Selecting a Surrogacy Program
Before you choose a surrogacy program, research how long the program has been practicing. Have a clear understanding of your costs and your financial responsibilities for the surrogate. Ask how the agency finds and screens their surrogates. Surrogates should have extensive psychological, drug and alcohol assessments, as well as a thorough medical examination. Find out what kind of psychological support is available for you and your surrogate.