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Surrogacy in Vermont

Surrogacy is a complex assisted reproductive technology technique in which one woman, who is called the surrogate, agrees to carry a child for another woman or a couple.

Some women turn to surrogacy if they were unable to conceive using other fertility treatments, or who have experienced repeated miscarriages. It’s also an option for gay couples looking to build their family.

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is inseminated with sperm, which fertilizes her egg. On the other hand, with gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is implanted with a donor embryo. Many couples prefer to work with gestational surrogates, since the resulting child will not be related biologically to her.

Some women ask a woman they know to serve as a surrogate, like a friend or family member. Others prefer to be matched with one through a fertility clinic or a surrogacy agency.

Surrogacy Laws in Vermont

There are no laws in Vermont that deal specifically with surrogacy, so it appears as if it is permitted.

However, if you are considering surrogacy in Vermont, it is very important that you retain the services of a reproductive law attorney. Your reproductive law attorney can help you understand how the process applies to your situation and can make sure your rights are protected throughout the process.

Finding a Surrogate in Vermont

There is one fertility clinic in Vermont that works with surrogates: the Vermont Center for Reproductive Medicine.

Comments (3)

There are no surrogacy laws in Vermont at this time, so the age limits will be governed by best medical practices. Peter Casson, M.D., formerly with Fletcher Allen Health Care, is starting his own clinic with another colleague in Colchester, Vermont.

Shyla, I am not familiar with the surrogacy laws for Vermont specifically. However, the ideal surrogate candidate has to have had children prior to becoming a surrogate and is typically 21-36 years old.

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