For many couples, surrogacy becomes an option regardless of having a normal sperm or ovarian function due to congenital absence of the uterus or malformations of the reproductive tract. Surrogacy is when a woman carrying the pregnancy is in no way biologically or genetically related to the child she is carrying. She is only providing a nurturing environment in the form of a uterus for the child to grow in. Surrogacy is legal in South Africa, but does involve a combination of important medical and ethical decisions. Our doctors and staff have years of experience helping couples achieve their family dream through gestational surrogacy and are willing to help you on this journey.
Surrogate in South Africa:
• Healthy woman with a body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 29
• Under the age of 42
• Have at least one healthy pregnancy with a child of your own
• Not more than two caesarean sections
Under South African law, a surrogate mother may be reimbursed during the time of surrogacy for expenses, such as prenatal vitamins, cost of traveling to the doctor and loss of income. However, she cannot receive any sort of wage for carrying the child.
What to expect
There is a sequence that we will follow in order to make the experience as stress free as possible. The first step would involve a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, during which a number of investigations will take place. These include scans, blood tests and X-rays to confirm that surrogacy is indeed necessary.
You will then book a counselling session with one of our Vitalab counsellors, who will help you to coordinate the process and answer any questions you may have. This appointment is a vitally important part of the process, as the counsellor will need to compile a detailed court report, motivating surrogacy on your part, on an emotional and psychological level. This report is a critical step in obtaining a court order. You will also meet with one of our Nurse Co-ordinators, who will explain the costs involved and help you to plan the process going forward.
Once these steps have been completed, you will then begin the process of choosing a surrogate. Vitalab will facilitate meetings between you and potential surrogates, and ensure that all medical and psychological reports are compiled accurately. Prospective surrogates undergo comprehensive history and physical evaluation at our clinic to ensure safety for the pregnancy and surrogate. We will then submit all documentation to a lawyer who will prepare the matter for court approval.
After the commissioning couple and the surrogate have completed all assessments and all legalities are in place, a legal contract will need to be drawn up to protect all parties involved. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure the process runs smoothly and problem free.
*Vitalab welcomes any women who would like to come forward and volunteer to be a surrogate.
Please contact us for more information on 011 911 4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.