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Surrogacy

Surrogacy: A New Option for Aspiring Parents
As a result of recent developments in medical science as well as California state law,  Gestational Surrogacy offers a new option for parenthood to couples and individuals who have been unable to conceive a child or carry a child to term.

What is Gestational Surrogacy?
The most common type of surrogacy arrangement occurs when a couple who are unable to bear a child enter into a contractual arrangement with a gestational surrogate who agrees to bear a child for them.  The embryo of the couple (which may have been created with donated eggs or sperm) is transferred to the uterus of the surrogate; the surrogate gestates the child for the couple and relinquishes the child to the couple at birth. Once the child is born, the parental rights of the surrogate are terminated by legal process and the intended parents become the legal parents of the child.

Advantages of Surrogacy
With a surrogacy pregnancy, the contracting couple, at least one of whom is the biological father or mother of the child, are the true parents of the child who is “carried” by the surrogate.  The contracting parents, working with a fertility clinic and doctor, have some measure of control over the process and have assurance that their child is being conceived and nurtured in a natural healthy environment.

Importance of Surrogacy Contract
It is important for both the prospective, intended parents and the gestational surrogate to be independently represented by experienced attorneys when entering into a surrogacy contract, since there are a number of factors that must be carefully considered and agreed upon. For example, the surrogate is required to adhere to a healthy diet and refrain from alcohol, smoking, or drug use.  The surrogate is required to undergo medical and psychological screening and follow the advice of both the fertility doctor and her own obstetrician throughout the pregnancy.  The surrogate is required to communicate regularly with the intended parents throughout the pregnancy and delivery. 

How Can We Help?
Whether you are a prospective parent or surrogate, the integrity of the gestational surrogacy contract is of vital importance to you, as it sets out the expectations and agreements of the parties.  It is therefore essential that you obtain the advice and assistance of an experienced professional in the drafting and finalization of the gestational surrogacy contract as well as the birth orders that are filed with the court. When you retain the legal services of attorney Pamela Roberts of the Law Offices of Zitomer & Roberts, P. C., you can be assured that you are represented by a highly qualified professional with years of experience, who can assist you throughout the process.

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