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Surrogacy in South Carolina – A Complete Guide for Intended Parents

Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have children for people who cannot get pregnant or carry a pregnancy on their own. And South Carolina is one of the best states for those who want to take this amazing route to parenthood, thanks to the friendly surrogacy laws and abundance of leading fertility centers.
However, there are many important things intended parents need to know before beginning their surrogacy in the Palmetto State. That’s why we, at Physician’s Surrogacy, have put together a detailed guide containing all you need to know about completing a surrogacy in South Carolina, including the process involved, the cost, surrogacy laws, and more.

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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Also known as host surrogacy, gestational surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy and deliver a baby for an individual or couple who cannot do so themselves.
In this type of surrogacy, the doctor combines eggs and sperm from the hopeful parents or doctor to produce embryos, which are then placed in the surrogate mother’s womb. Hence, the gestational carrier is not biologically related to the child she bears for the intended parents.
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Process

The Surrogacy Process

ADVANTAGE

Why Consider Gestational Surrogacy

The reason for pursuing surrogacy varies among individuals. A lot of our intended parents consider this option due to:

Women who are unable to carry a pregnancy due to uterine abnormality, repeated IVF failures, delayed parenthood etc.

Intended parents who want to avoid transferring a genetic disease to their offspring

Heterosexual couples who are finding it difficult to become pregnant

LGBTQ+ people who want to have a genetically related baby

Legal

Is Gestational Surrogacy Legal in South Carolina?

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Yes, gestational surrogacy is permitted in the Palmetto State since no statutes prohibit it.
In fact, there’s case law indicating that surrogacy is legal and enforceable in South Carolina. The state courts have ruled in favor of intended parents and surrogates pursuing surrogacy on many occasions.
Establishing parentage for surrogacy is also very easy and straightforward in South Carolina. Intended parents can get pre-birth orders, regardless of their marital status or genetic relationship with the baby. Both parents may be declared the legal parents of a surrogate-born baby, provided at least one of them is biologically related to the child.

Cost

Surrogacy cost in South Carolina

As an intended parent, you can expect your surrogacy journey in South Carolina to cost between $90,000 and $150,000.

The actual amount may vary depending on the kind of surrogacy program, the surrogacy agency, the services, and how close the parents live to the fertility center and surrogate.

Since each surrogacy journey is different and surrogacy costs vary based on many factors, it is best to schedule a consultation with Physician Surrogacy to get all the details before getting started.

Right Surrogate

Finding a Surrogate Mother

This is an exciting and crucial step in the surrogacy process. When looking for a compassionate woman to help carry your baby, it is important to take time to think about the qualities you want in a gestational surrogate. This will make it easier for you to find an ideal surrogate mother yourself or know if your surrogacy agency is offering you one.
Below are some criteria to consider when looking for a surrogate mother in South Carolina:

Finding a Surrogate Mother

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Is she a good legal fit?

Each state in the US has its own laws concerning surrogacy, and surrogacy requirements and regulations vary from one country to another. Hence, our legal team makes sure the surrogacy laws in the surrogate mother’s home state are in line with those of the intended parent’s home country/state.
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Do the surrogate’s personality and expectations match with yours?

Intended parents and surrogates will have phone calls or physical meetings with the Physician’s Surrogacy team to determine their personality regarding surrogacy. We also consider both parties’ expectations and hopes for the surrogacy journey, including the number of embryos to transfer and the kind of communication they prefer.
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Do you have the same views on pregnancy termination and selective reduction?

It is important that both parties have the same opinion regarding pregnancy termination and selective reduction. At Physician’s Surrogacy, we make sure to match intended parents with a surrogate that has the same views as them in case there’s a need to selectively reduce or terminate the surrogacy pregnancy.

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2016

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No, embryo split ok

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Benefits of Pursuing Surrogacy in South Carolina With Us

Accelerated Timeline

With the largest surrogacy program in the US, our hopeful parents don’t have to wait a long time before beginning their journey. Our comprehensive service model also enables us to lower the average time of a surrogacy journey by 200% or even more.

Strict Surrogate Screening and Selection

Our selection standards are way stricter than the standards put out by the FDA. Before intended parents pay for the surrogate’s medical screening and travel expenses, potential surrogates are required to undergo preliminary diagnostic screening to make sure they are physically ready and committed to the process.

This often includes basic medical screening, a background check, psychological evaluation, and a medical records review by a qualified OB physician.

Physician Monitored Pregnancy

One of our doctors will monitor the surrogate mother and baby through reports and interaction with their obstetrician and IVF expert. We will then send comprehensive reports to the intended parents, who can talk to our in-house doctor directly if they have any concerns.

Clear Legal Guidelines

Both the surrogates and intended parents will have a lawyer who will represent them during contract negotiation to prevent conflicts of interest. Besides, the surrogacy contract will contain clear terms and guidelines for both the intended parents and surrogate mother.

Our independent legal counsel will also help establish the baby’s parentage and have your name included in the birth certificate.

Dedicated Personal Support

Since each party’s needs may be different, we provide intended parents and surrogates with 4 distinct support teams, who will work together to ensure a favorable outcome for everyone involved. Intended Parents and Surrogates will both have dedicated case managers to personally support them through every step of the way.

FINANCES

Financing Surrogacy Journey

Using personal savings can be a great option since you’re not adding debt. We recommend setting up a special account for your journey similar to how you would for college, a new home, or a vacation.
Using your 401k can be a quick and easy way to secure funds for your surrogacy journey. If you decide to go this route, make sure to factor in tax consequences and rules when making withdrawals. You can have a look at past jobs and see if there is money in a 401(k) plan that you have not “rolled over.” It is also a good idea to speak with your HR representative before considering this option.
There is an increasing number of employers who cover all or some costs of the surrogacy journey. If your employer doesn’t cover surrogacy, they may have benefits for your surrogate’s IVF. Reach out to your HR representative if your employer is one of them.

Physician’s Surrogacy is a proud partner of Carrot.

There are many organizations that want to help you build your family through surrogacy by helping to finance your journey. These organizations provide non-repayable grants for those who meet their qualifications. Below are some organizations listed, that ease the financial burden:

  • Pay it Forward Fertility Grants
  • Baby Quest Foundation
  • Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Family Building Grant
  • Family Formation Charitable Trust (AARTA)
  • Journey to Parenthood Grant
  • Life Grants
Some Intended Parents choose to make their surrogacy payments through a credit card. You can request either a personal line of credit from your bank or an increased limit on your credit cards.
This a great option if you have equity in your home or other properties. Your property secures the loan, making the interest rates more reasonable.
Many of your close friends and family would love to see you become a parent. Often parents or grandparents want to help but don’t know the best way to support you. This may be an opportunity to ask for financial support.
We have chosen to partner with CapexMD, the specialist in fertility financing. With simple, unsecured financing, CapexMD offers the most competitive funding for surrogacy and related costs in the industry

Testimonials

What Our Parents Are Saying

During our surrogacy journey, our embryo split resulting in twins!

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My Surrogate was medically cleared and completely healthy when we started our journey

My Surrogate was medically cleared and completely healthy when we started our journey, but during a Read more

Our Surrogate journey was relatively easy until she had unexpected bleeding and pre-term contractions

Our Surrogate journey was relatively easy until she had unexpected bleeding and pre-term contraction Read more

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions