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Frequently Asked Questions about the surrogacy experience

Q – Who is eligible for the Surrogacy Program?

A – Couples as well as single men and women are eligible to apply for our surrogacy program in Guatemala. Single women must be able to supply their own egg and single men must be able to supply their own sperm. Intended parents 22 years old and up are eligible to apply for the Surrogacy Program in Guatemala. We work with US citizens only.

Q – Do I pay all fees upfront?

A – Fees are paid in installments throughout the program. Most are due at the time services are performed or provided. Our information packet about our surrogate service and fee schedule goes over this in detail, please request one now!

Q – What kind of legal assistance will we have overseas?

A – Surrogacy Partners program is designed to ensure that you are provided full legal representation in Guatemala throughout your surrogacy process. Our attorney has ten years experience in working with parents such as yourself and is very well respected in the Guatemala legal system.

Q – What sort of assistance will we have during our trips to Guatemala?

A – We provide you with unlimited full service assistance and information on surrogacy. While in Guatemala we are there for you 24/7. Everything you need is taken care of for you. Translators, drivers, hotels and our assistance in renting one of our available furnished apartments. We help you with all aspects of the surrogacy experience and arrange all medical consultations, visits and procedures, meetings with potential surrogates, follow-up, and up to the minute support during delivery. Following the birth of your child we will provide the same arrangements as above, including medical check-ups for the baby, shopping assistance, and help with the day-to-day needs of your new baby.

Q – How do we bring the child back to our home?

A – We obtain the Guatemala birth certificate, US foreign-born child certificate from the US Embassy and the US passport, for your newest family member to be able to return to the U.S. with you. Please remember that your child is automatically an American citizen!

Q – How long does it take to find an egg donor and surrogate mother?

A – There is no wait time to start the program. We can provide you with surrogate mothers and egg donors immediately. You will be able to pre-select an egg donor while you are still in the U.S. You will be able to meet and interview the surrogate mother during your first trip.

Q – What if I want to change my selection of surrogate mother after I meet her?

A – If you would like to work with a surrogate mother other than the one you have chosen, we will be able to provide you with other choices of surrogate mothers while you are in Guatemala.

Q – Are the surrogate service clinics the same as in the US?

A – We work with the best clinics in Guatemala. The doctors are well-educated, highly trained and experienced in reproductive medicine, and bilingual in Spanish and English.

Q – Is Guatemala a safe place for me to be?

A – You can read a great many things about Guatemala, but all in all, it is really no different than any major city here in the US when it comes to your personal safety. Our staff is with you each step of the way to ensure your safety and guide you through the process. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave for the trip home you will be in our care. Click here for FAQ’s on Guatemala!

Q – How do you select surrogates?

A – We adhere to the standards of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in selecting and screening surrogates for our program. In addition, our staff in Guatemala includes a licensed psychologist who will provide extensive education and training during the initial screening and matching process to ensure that surrogates understand fully all information on surrogacy like the consequences and risks of their decision to become a surrogate. Minimal standards for our surrogates include the following:

  • • Must be at least 21 years of age, and no older than 35.
  • • Must have previously delivered a live born child at term
  • • Must undergo a complete medical history including a detailed obstetric history, lifestyle history, and physical examination including an evaluation of her uterine cavity with either a hysterosalpingogram, sonohysterogram, or hysteroscopy.
  • • Tested for Infectious disease screening for syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, CMV, HIV, and Hepatitis B and C
  • • Screening for immunity to rubella, rubeola, and varicella and blood type.

Q – What if we need an egg donor?

A – We offer egg donor services as well. Our donors are between the ages of 21 and 35. Donors complete an extensive medical questionnaire that details their personal and family history, substance abuse history and psychological history. Egg donors also provide information about their personality, hobbies, educational background and life goals. A physician reviews the history and conducts a comprehensive physical examination. Each donor completes a psychological test similar to the PAI and is evaluated by our psychologist to determine her readiness to become an egg donor. Donors are screened and tested for syphilis, hepatitis B and C, HIV-1 and HIV-2, Neisseria gonorrhea and spongiform trachomatis as well as screened for human transmissible spongiform encephalopathy and testing when risk factors for it exist. All infectious disease testing is done and noted to be negative within 30 days before egg donation. Documentation of blood type, RH status, complete blood count and rubella titer is also completed.

Q – Do we receive any information on egg donors or surrogates prior to beginning the process?

A – Yes, we provide biographical information that we obtained during the application process. Upon a match, the potential egg donor undergoes complete medical and psychological testing.

Q – How long do we have to stay in Guatemala during the surrogate service??

A – It depends on a number of factors. If you use donor eggs, then the first trip can be only a few days to donate sperm and then return home. If you provide your own eggs, then you will need to be there for at least two weeks, possibly three. During your stay, you will be provided with only the best service. We will help guide you on what lodging choices are available, be it a low or high end hotel or one of many furnished apartments and or homes available. Apartments and or homes are usually the best choice for longer stays as they reduce the overall cost a great deal from a hotel stay. You will have a driver available and also be given a choice of sightseeing options to help make your stay a memorable one.

Q – What if we need a sperm donor?

A – This can be arranged by using a local donor or you can ship frozen sperm down from a US donor, however this will add $2500 to the overall costs.

Q – What if we need both an egg donor and sperm donor?

A – Unfortunately, we must have at least one parent who is genetically related to the child in order to be able to obtain a U.S. passport for the baby. The U.S. Embassy will require DNA testing to confirm maternity/paternity.

Q – Is the process legal?

A – Yes. Guatemala does not have laws prohibiting surrogacy and the US has very specific rules governing the procedures of issuing birth reports and passports to a foreign born child of a US citizen. Click Here for a pdf file of the US laws on Foreign Born children.

Q – Do we receive regular medical updates?

A – Yes, our surrogates are taken to the clinic every four weeks by a staff member. You will receive a report with one business day after each visit.

Q – What if a surrogate changes her mind about the surrogate service?

A – The odds of this happening are low as our team conducts a thorough assessment and psychological evaluation of each surrogate to ensure understanding and readiness to become a surrogate. Surrogates also receive independent legal consultation before beginning the process. Further, Surrogates receive a reasonable but relatively small stipend each month and only receive the final payment after the birth of the child. With that said, if it were to happen, legal proceedings against the surrogate would start immediately and there is no reason to assume anything but a positive outcome when heard by a judge.

Q – What sort of support and counseling are surrogates provided throughout the process?

A – Surrogates receive education and counseling before the process to ensure complete understanding and readiness to become surrogates. We conduct workshops for surrogates on various topics including procedures involved in surrogacy and pre-natal care. Surrogates partake in monthly group counseling sessions and have access to our psychologist and staff at any and all times. Our staff accompanies surrogates to their medical appointments and is present for the physician’s evaluation.

Q – What if we are not U.S. citizens? Can we participate in this program?

A – Surrogacy Partners works with couples and individuals all over the world; however, it is critical that anyone who is not a U.S. citizen retains expert legal counsel in their country of citizenship (as well as their country of residence if different) to ensure that the child is able to obtain a passport (from their country to citizenship).