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Surrogacy in Fort Worth, TX
Who might consider using a surrogacy to have a baby?
- Couples and single women who have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, or have had multiple miscarriages. Surrogacy allows singles or couples to have a child that is genetically related to one or both.
- Gay men or couples who want a child with a genetic connection themselves or to one partner.
- Women who have no uterus or have a congenital anomaly of the uterus.
- A gestational surrogacy agreement must be made in court.
- The surrogate must have had at least one successful pregnancy and delivery, and the intended mother must show she cannot sustain a pregnancy.
- A 90-day Texas residency is required for intended parents and surrogates.
- The intended parents must be married, and must submit to a home study before the surrogacy procedure begins.
If you are a woman in Texas who plans to use a surrogate, where do you get started? First, you’ll need to confirm your treatment with your fertility clinic and then find a surrogate, also known as a gestational carrier. A gestational carrier is implanted with a fertilized egg, which comes from the couple or a donor. The surrogate is not biologically related to the child.
You may find a surrogate through a surrogacy agency or your fertility clinic. Alternatively, some women ask a close friend or relative to carry the baby. Surrogates are required to submit medical, social and family history and undergo medical and psychological screenings.
Fort Worth Surrogacy Laws
Texas surrogacy law states:
There is no explicit ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples jointly adopting a child or adopting the child of the same-sex partner, but the Texas surrogacy statute requires that the intended parents be married.
Surrogacy in Fort Worth
Surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics that have surrogacy programs can match intended parents with a surrogate to carry the baby. Fort Worth Fertility works with several surrogacy agencies in the area.
Each surrogacy agency and fertility clinic sets its own fees and states its responsibilities, so carefully research your options. In addition, you should retain a Texas lawyer experienced in reproductive technology law and surrogacy to work with you through the surrogacy process.