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Surrogacy in Nashville, TN

With surrogacy, a woman carries a baby for a couple or individual who is unable to so. With gestational surrogacy, the embryo is a result of the sperm and egg of the intended parents, or donor sperm and/or eggs. With traditional surrogacy, the embryo is a result of the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm, and the egg of the surrogate. The majority of surrogacy arrangements today are gestational surrogacy arrangements. The following situations would require a surrogate:

  • Single women and couples and who have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, or have had multiple miscarriages. Surrogacy allows them to have a child that is genetically related to one or both.
  • Gay men or couples who want a child with a genetic connection to themselves or to one partner.
  • Women who have no uterus or have a congenital anomaly of the uterus.
  • If you’re using a surrogate to have a baby, where do you get started? First, you’ll need to confirm your treatment with your fertility clinic and then choose a surrogate.

    Intended parents may ask a close friend or relative to act as their surrogate, or may find a surrogate through a surrogacy agency, or a fertility clinic. Prospective surrogates must submit medical, social and family history and undergo medical and psychological screenings.

    Tennessee Surrogacy Law

    The state of Tennessee defines a surrogacy agreement as one of the following:

    • An embryo created by a wife’s egg and husband's sperm, is carried by another woman who is contracted to do so, and pursuant to the terms of the contract, relinquishes all parental rights to the child to the biological parents
    • Pursuant to a contract, a woman is inseminated with a man’s sperm, and after carrying the baby will relinquish the child to the biological father and his wife to parent.

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