Heartfelt Adoption and Surrogacy Services is dedicated to building families for everyone through surrogacy and egg donations. Bringing a child into this world is a beautiful and life changing experience. We create specialized programs for each client that caters to all their needs. Our exceptional consultation will guide you through the most important aspect of your life and help you achieve your dream of parenthood. Couples who suffer from infertility or are unable to give birth to a child have several options available to them. Adoption is one of them. However, if the couples wish to genetically contribute to the child, they can choose our surrogacy program. We provide you with surrogate matching services, relationship management, general consultation and top-notch legal services.
We offer comprehensive assistance to intended parents and surrogates/carriers throughout the surrogacy. If the intended parents have already found a carrier, then we will assist them with contract administration and finalization of the surrogacy process.
In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate woman uses her own egg and is artificially inseminated using sperm from the intended father. This means that the child is biologically linked to the intended father and the surrogate. The insemination is done during her menstrual cycle using an IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) at a physician’s office.
If the surrogate’s egg is fertilized, she will become pregnant and carry the couple’s baby to term. Once she gives birth to the child, she must relinquish her parental rights so that the child can be raised by the intended parents.
As the surrogate is biologically-related to the child, the intended parents must complete a stepparent adoption process in order to have both their names on the birth certificate. Traditional surrogacy costs less than gestational surrogacy.
It has fewer medical procedures and complexities. Florida is a surrogate-friendly state. A Pre-Planned Adoption Agreement also referred to as Traditional Surrogacy Agreement provides for this type of arrangement under Florida Statutes (63.212).
Traditional surrogates are usually between 21 to 35 years of age. However, surrogates aged more than 35 can also qualify if their last child is born two years ago or before. The surrogate’s husband/partner must also agree to the surrogacy and will sign the contract along with the surrogate.
They may also be required to undergo medical screenings(Hepatitis B and C, HN CMV, and STD’s).They have to cooperate with all provisions of the contract and must abstain from body piercings and tattoos to prevent the risk of infectious diseases. Also any person that comes into sexual contact with the surrogate within the last 6 months will be requested to undergo a medical screening as well.
We at Heartfelt Adoptions and Surrogacy Services believe that all parties involved in the surrogacy should meet each other and maintain a healthy relationship. We arrange conference calls and face-to-face meetings so that the surrogate and the intended parents can get to know each other. This gives them a chance to ask questions directly.
In a gestational surrogacy, a surrogate woman carries and delivers the baby using the sperm of the intended father and the egg of the intended mother. Gestational surrogacy usually takes place when the intended mother is fertile but unable to carry the pregnancy to full term. However, an egg donor can be used if the intended mother is infertile. The surrogate has no biological relation to the child and simply acts as an incubator. The fertilization occurs after combining the egg and the sperm in the laboratory.
In Vitro fertilization (IVF) is a necessary part of a gestational surrogacy because eggs from the intended mother are used to create an embryo that is implanted in the uterus of the surrogate. This type of surrogacy is more expensive than a traditional surrogacy; however it ensures that the child is genetically linked only to the intended parents.
The State of Florida is one of only a handful of states that allow gestational surrogacy and has specific legal requirements that authorize a surrogate to carry a baby on behalf of the intended parents under Florida Statutes (742.15).
Heartfelt Adoptions and Surrogacy Services require that all surrogates have had children and are currently parenting those children. The ideal age for gestational surrogates is between 21 and 39 years. However, candidates over the age of 39 are also eligible but are subject to more extensive medical screenings.
The requirements for gestational surrogate’s husband/partner are the same as that of traditional surrogates’. Gestational carriers who live outside the State of Florida must give birth in Florida to utilize its favorable surrogacy laws as many states do not allow such procedures.
In case one of the intended parents dies before the child is born, the other will take full custody of the child. If both the intended parents die before the birth, the person who is named by the intended parents to act as a guardian will fulfill the remainder of the contract and will be responsible for the child.
A gestational carrier will go through a psychological screening first that includes an MMP12 written exam and an hour long clinical interview with a psychologist. When the carrier has been cleared psychologically, they are then subjected to medical screening and evaluations.
This includes Transvaginal Ultrasound, Bloodwork to check hormone levels, STD testing and a general physical exam. The carrier will begin hormone treatment protocol once she reaches the cycling phase of the IVF. The carrier will start taking the hormone medication 6 weeks prior to the implant and will continue for 10 to 12 weeks of the pregnancy. After this phase, the carrier is taken off the hormone medical protocol and returns to her standard prenatal care and management.
Gestational Surrogate Contract Requirements (Florida Statutes 742.15)
- A contract for gestational surrogacy cannot be enforceable unless the surrogate is 18 years of age or older and the commissioning couple are legally married and both must be 18 years of age or older.
- Before entering into the contract, a licensed physician must determine with reasonable medical certainty that the commissioning mother cannot physically gestate a pregnancy to term or that a pregnancy would be a risk to the physical health of the commissioning mother or the fetus.
- The commissioning couple must agree that the surrogate will be the sole person of consent to the management and clinical intervention of the pregnancy.
- The surrogate must agree to submit to reasonable medical evaluation and treatment and to adhere to reasonable medical instructions about her prenatal health.
- The surrogate must agree to relinquish any parental rights upon the child’s birth.
- The commissioning couple must agree to accept custody of the child and assume full parental rights and responsibilities immediately upon birth, regardless of any impairment the child may have.
- The surrogate must agree to assume all parental rights and responsibilities for the child born to her if it is determined that neither member of the commissioning couple is the genetic parent of the child.
The commissioning couple may agree to pay only reasonable living, medical, psychological, legal, and psychiatric expenses of the gestational surrogate that are directly related to prenatal, intrapartal and postpartal periods.A carrier/ surrogatecan also be compensated for inconveniences, discomfort, and medical risk. This will usually range from $15,000.00 to $22,000.00 depending on her circumstances.