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Where to Find Information about Surrogacy in South Africa

You have gone through every possible fertility treatment or have tried new diets in the hope of being able to carry a baby full term. Indeed, you are at the point of losing all hope to have a child of your own. Don’t despair! Surrogacy for altruistic reasons is legal in South Africa, enabling you to have a genetically related child of your own.

Why surrogacy?

You want the child to be genetically related and as such want more information about surrogacy in South Africa. Knowing what surrogacy is about, the options available to you, and what the procedures entail will help you understand that there is hope for having a child of your own.

When is it a good option?

If you cannot carry a child to birth, don’t have a uterus or your uterus have been damaged by  chemotherapy, you have medical problems that will make a pregnancy high risk for you or the baby or you are a same sex couple, then it is time to gather information about surrogacy.

What next?

The next step is to approach a friend or family member to become your surrogate. If the notion of someone carrying your baby being closely related makes you nervous, there is still hope. Many fertility clinics in South Africa now also offer surrogacy options. Although the law prohibits the commercial gain from surrogacy, it does make provision for financial compensation regarding medical tests, legal representation, court application, and the costs directly associated with surrogacy.

Gametes donor options

The clinics have screening programmes and with egg donor programmes in place, it is possible for a couple to use the gametes of the male partner and donor eggs for the surrogacy. In the instance of both partners being male one partner’s sperm and donor’s eggs are used. If both partners are female then donor sperm can be used. The law, however, prescribes that the gametes of at least one of the commissioning partner’s must be used.

But, what if you are a single parent?

If you reside in South Africa, have useable gametes and meet the various requirements, then you too can make use of surrogacy.

Screening

There isn’t a central facility for finding the perfect person. Even if the person is related, you will still want to ensure that you will get along and that the person will keep your child’s best interests at heart. For this – take time to learn more about potential surrogate.

Various assessments must be performed such as medical screenings, health history analysis, social support assessment and psychological testing. The surrogate must reside in South Africa at the time of signing the agreement, must be healthy enough to carry the baby, be within the relevant age group, should have the consent of her partner and must have given birth in the past to a living child, as well as have a child of her own.

When it comes to the legal aspects, you will benefit from our expertise and can get all the information about surrogacy you need to make an informed decision and to avoid costly pitfalls.