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Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy Lawyer in Ohio

Before you make any final decisions regarding your surrogacy options, you need to gather all the information you can about gestational surrogacy. I am Ellen Essig, Attorney and Counselor, and from my office in Cincinnati, I have been assisting clients with surrogacy and family building needs since 1986. With my experience, I can help you understand the process that will ultimately place you on your child's birth certificate as a parent.

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What Is Gestational Surrogacy?

In gestational surrogacy, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is used to fertilize an egg belonging to someone other than the surrogate and then the created embryo is transferred into the uterus of your chosen surrogate.

With gestational surrogacy and IVF, the mathematical possibilities for family creation are seemingly endless. There are a number of ways in which an embryo for gestational surrogacy can be created, including:

  • Egg and sperm from donors
  • Egg donor and sperm from intended parent
  • Sperm donor and ova from intended parent
  • Egg and sperm from intended parents
  • Donated embryos

While the gestational surrogacy process is medically more complex and medically more expensive than traditional surrogacy, it does offer more legal assurances. While laws vary from state to state, the law tends to favor gestational surrogacy over traditional surrogacy. For example, if you decide to pursue gestational surrogacy, in most cases you will not have to go through an adoption process.

What Are the Costs of a Gestational Surrogacy?

You will want to budget for the cost of medical procedures, cost of the surrogate, the drafting and negotiation of the contract and securing the appropriate birth order. There will be maternity expenses, including hospital and doctor fees, court costs and, possibly, DNA testing. The legal costs of gestational surrogacy, however, may be less than the costs of a traditional surrogacy.

Contact a Cincinnati Collaborative Reproduction Lawyer — Nationwide and International Representation

As a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, I am knowledgeable and experienced at helping families pursue gestational surrogacy across the United States and internationally. If you have any questions about whether gestational surrogacy is right for you, I can provide you with the answers you need to make that decision. Contact me online or call my law firm at 1-866-427-4859 for more information.