4 common myths about surrogacy

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Surrogacy

Many Minnesota couples face obstacles when trying to have children and turn to surrogates. For some, other types of assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), are not an option. Surrogacy is also a standard method for gay couples to build families.

But many people don’t know how surrogacy works for intended parents and surrogates. Popular myths on the internet and elsewhere only fuel that uncertainty. If you or someone you love are considering surrogacy, it’s crucial to get the facts.

Debunking widespread misconceptions

Here are four common myths regarding surrogates and intended parents:

1. Surrogates are related to the baby they carry

“Gestational” surrogacies are the most common arrangements. This means the surrogate is not biologically related to the baby they carry. Instead, the eggs and sperm are typically donated by the intended parents, and resulting embryos are implanted in the surrogate’s uterus. The less-common “traditional” surrogacy uses eggs from the surrogate, which are combined with donated sperm.

2. Surrogates can change their mind and keep the baby

Surrogacy agreements are legally binding contracts wherein surrogates give up all parental rights. Consulting an experienced attorney specializing in surrogacy is crucial for intended parents and surrogates. Legal issues aside, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of surrogates don’t regret their decision but instead look forward to the intended parents’ profound joy when seeing their child for the first time.

3. Surrogates are only interested in the money

While surrogates are usually compensated for carrying a child, most do it out of kindness in helping other people grow their families. Surrogates must also meet high standards to be considered for the role, including already having one healthy pregnancy and delivery. Here are some of the other requirements for Minnesota surrogates.

4. Women who turn to surrogates want to avoid pregnancy

We’ve all heard about celebrities who choose surrogates to carry their child to avoid gaining weight or other body changes. Outside of celebrity gossip, however, most women who consider surrogates have infertility problems or may have physical or mental health conditions forcing them to take medications that can lead to unsafe pregnancies.

Addressing the legal needs of surrogates and intended parents

Many issues must be addressed when considering surrogacy. Crafting a legal plan with the help of a knowledgeable assisted reproduction law attorney can address gaps in Minnesota surrogacy law and identify any risks that can arise during the process. An experienced lawyer can protect your rights and ensure that all your questions are answered based on facts and current laws.