Surrogacy is a trying journey, emotionally and financially. The finding of a surrogate mother is the first challenge, then the assessments, followed by the Court Order. Then the very real challenge of managing the process happens, and this is where support is lacking. You are left to navigate the relationship between yourself (ves) and the surrogate mother (SM); and this entails managing a healthy relationship between two parties with different personalities. It is an unfamiliar path with very little support.
Of importance for you to know:
This is such a difficult process and you might meet various women until you find a suitable match. They can also be refused to progress further at various processes:
South Africa is governed by strict laws, by far amongst the leaders in the world, around ART. These guidelines are continually being refined.
This is an expensive process and you want your application to be passed the first time around. SASREG is the governing body for Reproductive Endoscopy and Gynaecology. The HPCSA governs all health professionals and experts in terms of CPD points- Continuing Professional Development. The HPCSA expects all professionals to be registered with them and to continue developing their skills in their chosen field.
The Commissioning Parent/s as well as the surrogate mother, and her partner, are assessed clinically and psychometrically. This instruction is usually obtained from the referring attorney and results in a Surrogacy Motherhood Agreement.
The Commissioning Parents:
The Surrogate Mother and her partner:
All assessments result in an extensive report which is presented to the attorneys for High Court in order to protect all parties, and most importantly, the baby.
Challenges may include:
Once the application has been approved and the surrogate journey commences, it has been found that the most successful outcomes are those parties who have been managed throughout.
Given that many parties live in different areas geographically, mediation is essential to manage everyone's expectations within the confines of the law, protecting the unborn baby.