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Surrogacy in Montana
Surrogacy is one of the most complex of the assisted reproductive procedures because it involves a third party. In surrogacy, a woman—known as the surrogate—carries a pregnancy for a woman or a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.
If you are considering surrogacy, you have two choices. The first is known as traditional surrogacy, in which a woman is inseminated with donor sperm to conceive a child. The resulting child will be biologically related to her. Most people feel more comfortable going with a gestational surrogate. In this procedure, the surrogate is implanted with an embryo, either from the intended parents or donors, so the child won’t be a genetic relation to her.
Surrogacy Laws in Montana
Unlike many states, Montana does not have any official laws on the books regarding surrogacy or surrogacy agreements. However, courts have generally been favorable on the topic.
If you are considering surrogacy in Montana, it is important to retain the services of an attorney who specializes in assisted reproductive law. Your attorney will make sure that your rights and obligations—along with that of the surrogate—are clearly detailed in a surrogacy agreement.
Finding a Surrogate in Montana
There are a couple options to be matched with a surrogate. Some couples prefer to go to a fertility clinic, while others prefer a surrogacy agency.
If you are considering surrogacy, an important first step would be contacting the fertility clinic in the area, Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Care at the Billings Clinic. They can help point you in the right direction for finding a surrogate in Montana.