Trying to understand surrogacy laws for each state can be confusing and time consuming. Preparing for your surrogacy journey requires plenty of papers to sign and decisions to make. Because of the complex and delicate nature of the surrogacy relationship, there are some necessary legal considerations to work through and which state to complete a surrogacy journey must be relevant when deciding to embark on a journey.
Family Inceptions works only in surrogate friendly states. However, even surrogate friendly states have different laws. For instance, the state of Georgia permits gestational surrogacy as well as traditional surrogacy. There aren't restrictions when it comes to sexual orientation for anyone looking to work with a surrogate mother in Georgia.
Surrogacy is a great way to help a family who can't conceive a child, and it is a great option for those who can't conceive. Surrogacy itself is defined as the practice where a woman, known as the surrogate mother, carries and births a child to give to those who can't have children. How do you know which option (traditional or gestational) is best for you? Let's start with a breakdown of the surrogacy options.
Traditional vs. Gestational
Traditional and gestational surrogacy are the most common forms of surrogacy, though gestational is the far more popular model.
When couples opt to use traditional surrogacy, they select a woman who agrees to use her eggs as well as gestate the baby. The traditional surrogate receives donor sperm, either from a male intended parent or a designated sperm donor.
In a traditional surrogacy model, the surrogate is genetically related to the baby. Since there aren't any of the associated expenses of egg retrieval or embryo creation, traditional surrogacy sometimes may be less expensive from a medical standpoint.
Gestational Surrogacy aka Gestational Carrier
Gestational surrogacy or gestational carrier (legal terminology) involves the surrogate receiving a prepared embryo via IVF. Generally, intended parents use their own egg and sperm however, any donor combination is certainly acceptable.
The gestational surrogate does not have any genetic relation to the baby that she carries. Due to the additional medical expenses and the embryo creation, gestational surrogacy tends to be a more expensive form of surrogacy.
Surrogacy in Georgia
Family Inceptions was Georgia's first surrogacy agency established in 2008 to aid local families and surrogates looking to complete the journey of surrogacy in Atlanta as well as the surrounding cities. We help families from metro Atlanta, to Dalton, Athens on down to Savannah. We are a full-service agency, providing both surrogates and egg donors for intended parents across the state. While we have general guidelines, we make sure to individualize plans intended for specific timelines, preferences, and locations. This individualization is what makes Family Inceptions the number one surrogacy agency in Georgia.
Surrogacy in Atlanta, Savannah, and Athens
The most popular cities for surrogacy include Savannah, Atlanta, Athens, as well as others in the state because of the friendly laws regarding surrogacy, large populations, and many expert fertility centers in the surrounding areas. Some of the local resources in Georgia for fertility care include the following:
- Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine - atlantainfertility.com
- Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine - gcrmsav.com
- Reproductive Biology Associates - rbaivf.com
- Servy Massey Fertility - ivfga.com
- Emory Reproductive Center - emoryhealthcare.org
- MCG Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Associates - augustahealth.org
- Georgia Reproductive Specialists - ivf.com
Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Georgia
Being a surrogate mother is an incredibly rewarding experience. Gestational surrogacy as well as traditional surrogacy is permitted in Georgia because no statute or published case law prohibits it, however this can vary by county. Although, traditional surrogacy is allowed, Family Inceptions does not handle any traditional surrogacy cases.
To become a Gestational Surrogate in Georgia she must fulfill the following:
- Be between 21 and 40 years old
- Not receive government assistance of any kind
- Have delivered and raised a child
- Have no criminal history
- Have no more than four pregnancies
- Have no pregnancy complications
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Have no current or previous history of drug abuse
- Have no history of any mental health illness
If you do fulfill these requirements, you can be well on your way to connecting with individuals looking to create a family. Family Inceptions will work with you to find a deserving family. Let us help you begin your journey to surrogacy.
Surrogacy Compensation in Georgia
Surrogate mothers are compensated well for helping start a family. Surrogates earn a generous compensation for your time and efforts when you work with us. But, more important is the gift you are giving the intended family, who will never be able to repay your generosity. Regardless, the rewards and possibilities that being a surrogate gets you are endless.
Related Legal Concerns
Surrogacy can be tricky to navigate in regard to birth right and parent's rights. To remedy any issues, Georgia allows for Pre-Birth Orders. A pre-birth-order is a legally binding document assigning parentage to the child before he or she is born. Furthermore, the intended parents will be the ones listed as parents on the birth certificate, which will be issued after the birth of the child. Same-sex couples can be listed as "parent" instead of assigning roles.
Choose Family Inceptions in Georgia
We have a plethora of experience in every aspect of surrogacy. In fact, our staff has experienced surrogacy and egg donation first hand, so we understand the process that many other agencies cannot bring to their clients. We give each family our individualized attention while alleviating frustrations that either the surrogate or intended family may have. Our goal is to ensure we meet all your needs from intake assessments to preparing for the child's arrival. We hope to empower you, whether you are the gestational surrogate or intended parents, in all your choices.