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Surrogacy in New Orleans
Surrogacy is a type of fertility treatment in which one woman, called a surrogate, carries a child for another woman or a couple. Surrogacy is an option when first-line fertility treatments failed, or if the woman has abnormalities of the uterus or has had recurrent miscarriages. It can also be used for gay couples who would like a biological connection to the child.
You can choose to use a traditional surrogate or a gestational surrogate. A traditional surrogate is inseminated with sperm from the male partner of the intended couple or from a donor. Because the surrogate uses her own eggs to conceive, the child will be related biologically to her. A gestational surrogate is implanted with an embryo. Because her own eggs are not used, the surrogate is not related biologically to the child.
Surrogacy Laws in Louisiana
Louisiana state law regarding surrogacy is clarified in Title 9:2713 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. According to this law, traditional surrogacy agreements, in which the surrogate provides the eggs to be inseminated, are considered void and unenforceable.
The law goes on to state that these traditional surrogacy agreements are against public policy. It further defines a surrogacy agreement as a “contract for surrogate motherhood” in which a person not married to the contributor of the sperm agrees for “valuable consideration” to be inseminated and then to relinquish custody of the child to the contributor of the sperm.
However, this statute does not answer the question of gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate is implanted with an embryo that does not share her biological makeup. The state of Louisiana also has not clarified the subject of surrogacy agreements involving LGBT couples or individuals, though there is no probation for same-sex couples jointly adopting a child or adopting the child of a same-sex partner.
Surrogacy Agencies in New Orleans
After couples decide to work with a surrogate, they usually choose to be matched with one through a surrogacy agency. While surrogacy agencies differ on their requirements, most require vigorous physical and emotional screening for their surrogates before they can begin the process.
The following surrogacy agency works with intended parents from New Orleans:
- Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
The Fertility Institute of New Orleans also works with surrogates.