Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman carries a child for another person or couple. This may be because a woman is medically unable to carry a pregnancy herself or for a same-sex couple. Genea Oxford will only support gestational surrogacy, meaning the surrogate cannot use her own eggs.
Surrogacy is a complex process and there are a number of medical, legal, financial and emotional issues to take into consideration.
Genea Oxford provides a supportive surrogacy program, we have a dedicated team who will guide you through the process.
Regulation of surrogacy
Surrogacy is regulated by Ministry of Health legislation, industry requirements, the HART Act and clinic policies and protocols.
However, all parties wanting to enter into a surrogacy arrangement must:
- undergo counselling and assessment prior to treatment
- have a written legal agreement from two independent lawyers – one for the intending parent(s) and one for the proposed surrogate
- undertake a court process transferring parentage of the child to the intended parents after the birth
- complete an application to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART).
The process for surrogacy may vary between Genea clinics, dependent on legislation.