Counseling and legal requirement in Surrogacy

Surrogacy counseling

Counseling Requirements for Surrogacy

The requirement of counseling for all the parties involved in surrogacy is an utmost need. Counseling helps them to be confident about their decision and also build trust between each other which is very important to become comfortable with the situations. Counseling gives the strength to withstand the upcoming consequences that occur during surrogacy processing. The counselor discusses many issues with both the intended parents and selected surrogate and subsequently, they can also clarify their doubts if any with the counselor during the counseling. Following are certain common discussion must be covered during counseling for surrogacy.        

For the intended parents

  • Available all the reproductive fertility treatment options.
  • Providing an understanding of the significance of in-depth counseling.
  • The practical problems associated with the whole procedure. 
  • Financial expenditure involves.  
  • The psychological stress involved in surrogacy.
  • Potential psychological issues to the born child.
  • The possibility of multiple pregnancies in case of more than one embryo transferred. 
  • The risk of a possible congenital birth anomaly with a born child.   
  • The surrogacy associated legal complexity. 
  • The requirement of obtaining legal advice. 
  • Discussing child adaptation advice or living life without a child. 

For surrogates

  • The complete implications and suggestions for undergoing IVF treatment followed with surrogacy.
  • The legal and financial aspects of surrogacy.  
  • The chances of multiple pregnancies.
  • Social connotation associated with surrogacy practice.
  • The pregnancy-associated medical risks. 
  • The surrogacy associated psychological risks. 
  • The possibility of a sense of grief while relinquishing the newborn to intended parents.

Legal Requirements

The official declaration by drafting a legal contract is the foremost work need to do once a surrogate and intended parent decide to proceed together for surrogacy treatment. Both the parties can recruit their legal representative for ensuring their legal interests are properly represented and protected. Each lawyer can get the chance to review and approve the agreed terms of everyone agrees to the proposed terms and conditions of the contract. After legal approval of the contract, intended parents and surrogates have to sign the contract for commencement of further medical processing.  

Documents required from the intended parents (couple/ single)

Identity cards and address proof of the parents, which include passport, voter id card, aadhaar card, and marriage certificate for married couples are required. Identity card and address proof are only requirements for the single parent.  

Documents required from the surrogate

Identity card and address proof of the parents, which include passport, voter id card, aadhaar card. school leaving certificate, birth certificate for age verification required for age verification. marriage certificate for a married surrogate, divorce certificate for divorcee, and death certificate of the spouse require for widows. 

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6262674/

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