A Comprehensive Guide to Completing Gestational Surrogacy in Utah

Becoming a parent is one of the most wonderful, joyful experiences in life. However, not everyone has a straightforward path to parenthood. For people who cannot have a baby naturally and couples struggling to conceive, surrogacy is an excellent way to build the family of their dream.
If you are an intended parent looking to complete a gestational surrogacy in Utah, you may be overwhelmed by the large amount of information out there. That’s why we, at Physician’s Surrogacy, have created a complete guide to explain all you need to know before beginning this highly-rewarding journey, including the costs, the process involved, surrogacy regulations, and more.

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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy, also called host surrogacy, is an arrangement where a woman (known as the surrogate) contractually agrees to carry and deliver a baby for a couple or individual (intended parent) who cannot do so on their own.

In this kind of surrogacy, the doctor combines sperm and eggs from the would-be parents or donors to form embryos, which are then transferred into the surrogate’s womb. Therefore, the birth mother is not genetically related to the child she carries in her womb. The hopeful parents will get all the rights over the baby once he or she is born.

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Process

The Surrogacy Process

ADVANTAGE

Why Consider Gestational Surrogacy

The reason for pursuing gestational surrogacy varies from one intended parent to the other. Below are the common reasons why people consider this wonderful path to parenthood:

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 Utah?

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Yes, gestational surrogacy is allowed in Utah, but only for intended parents who are married.
Utah laws protect the rights and interests of married couples pursuing surrogacy in the state, whether they are heterosexual or not. However, single parents or unmarried couples don’t enjoy the same level of protection and may find it difficult to secure parental rights to any resulting baby.
In Utah, surrogacy contracts are enforceable as long as the legal requirements are met. This makes the state a great destination for people who want to build their families through gestational surrogacy. Married couples can get a pre-birth parentage order declaring them the legal parents of a surrogate baby, regardless of their genetic connection to the child.

Cost

Surrogacy cost in Utah

Intended parents can expect their surrogacy in Utah to cost between $90,000 and $150,000 on average.

The actual amount will vary based on the following factors:

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 arguably the most important step in the surrogacy process. When looking for a compassionate woman to help carry your baby, you need to take time to think about the things you want in a surrogate and your surrogacy expectations. This will make it easy for you to find a surrogate yourself or know if your agency has given you a suitable match.
Below are some criteria to consider when looking for a surrogate mother in Utah:

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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29Years Old Experienced Surrogate

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2017

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No, embryo split ok

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31Years Old Experienced Surrogate

Last Delivery :

2016

Baby Twins :

No, embryo split ok

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Benefits of Pursuing Surrogacy in Utah With Us

Accelerated Timeline

Unlike at many other surrogacy agencies, our intended parents don’t need to wait long before getting matched and beginning their journey. Our full-service model allows us to reduce the average time of a surrogacy journey by up to 200 % or even more.

Strict Surrogate Screening and Selection

Our selection criteria are stricter than the standards set out by the FDA. All potential surrogates are required to undergo an OB-designed prescreening process before being offered to intended parents. This is to make sure they are medically fit and ready to commit to the surrogacy journey.

Physician Monitored Pregnancy

One of our physicians will monitor the gestational carrier and the baby through medical reports and interaction with the surrogate’s doctor and IVF specialist. We will then forward detailed updates to the hopeful parents, who can always speak with our in-house physician if they have worries or concerns.

Clear Legal Guidelines

Both the intended parents and surrogates will have a separate legal counsel representing them during the contract negotiation and drafting to prevent conflicts of interest. The surrogacy contract will also include clear terms and guidelines for both parties. We also have an in-house lawyer who will help establish the child’s parentage and have your name featured on the birth certificate.

Dedicated Personal Support

We understand that the needs of the surrogate and intended parents may differ. That’s why we provide each party with designated support teams to ensure a successful outcome for everybody involved. Hopeful parents and surrogates will have dedicated case managers who will guide and support them throughout the surrogacy journey.

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!

Our Surrogate was originally going to visit her previous OB who had delivered her children. However, Read more

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