If you’re considering surrogacy in Georgia, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’re looking to become parents via a Georgia surrogacy or hoping to become a surrogate mother in Georgia, Southern Surrogacy can help you achieve your goals safely, legally and successfully. As a full-service Georgia surrogacy agency, we can assist you through every step of your surrogacy process to make sure your rights and interests are protected.
We are happy to answer any questions you have about our surrogacy process when you contact us, either online or by calling 855-785-2229. We will always provide you a complimentary initial consult with no obligation to move forward with surrogacy until you’re ready.
However, we know that you likely have questions about the process of surrogacy in Georgia and how it may be different from other states. In short, here’s what you need to know about your potential Georgia surrogacy.
The Truth About Georgia Surrogacy Laws
Because surrogacy is such a legally complicated issue across the United States, you may wonder whether Georgia surrogacy laws even allow for the process to be legal in this state.
The first thing you should know that there are no Georgia surrogacy laws that specifically address the legality of this process. However (and this is important to know), that doesn’t mean that surrogacy isn’t possible. In fact, surrogacy in Georgia is an efficient legal process that has been developed in spite of the lack of established surrogacy laws.
In Georgia, surrogacy is viewed as a legal contract in the eyes of the law. Therefore, like any other contract, courts will uphold this surrogacy agreement between the two parties based on your lawyers’ equitable argument. Southern Surrogacy’s lawyers are skilled in this process, so any Georgia surrogacy that you complete with us will not only be completed legally but also efficiently, ethically and successfully.
As the lack of Georgia surrogacy laws demonstrate, a state doesn’t actually need surrogacy laws to be surrogacy-friendly. In fact, a lack of surrogacy laws actually may make a Georgia surrogacy much easier than a surrogacy completed in a state where the process is more closely regulated. As long as both parties want a surrogacy agreement to proceed and be legally enforced, the Georgia legal system makes surrogacy a legal possibility.
The Process of Surrogacy in Georgia
In many ways, the Georgia surrogacy process is no different from the surrogacy process in many other states. When you work with Southern Surrogacy, we will walk you through this process, step by step, to make sure every necessity is taken care of.
When you contact us regarding a Georgia surrogacy, whether you’re an intended parent or a prospective surrogate, we’ll schedule a time to discuss your family-building needs or surrogacy goals in a complimentary initial meeting over the phone. Once you decide to move forward with your surrogacy, we’ll schedule an in-office meeting to cover all aspects of the Georgia surrogacy process and what you can expect. For your convenience, Southern Surrogacy has offices in Atlanta and Savannah for this meeting.
After we determine your surrogacy needs and goals, your surrogacy process will continue with:
- Matching with a surrogate or intended parent. After you create your profile to introduce yourself to prospective surrogates or intended parents, you can be matched with a surrogate or intended parent who meets your preferences. Every potential match presented to you will be extensively screened (medically and psychologically), and you will have the chance to have an in-person meeting to make sure a match feels right. If proximity is important to you, we will make every effort to match you with a prospective surrogate or intended parent who also lives in Georgia.
- Signing the surrogacy contract. The attorneys associated with Southern Surrogacy will help you create a surrogacy contract that addresses all necessary aspects for a surrogacy in Georgia. This includes compensation for the surrogate, expectations for contact during and after the pregnancy, how the intended parents’ rights will be established and more. We will make sure that this agreement protects your rights and interests in the surrogacy process.
- Completing the medical process. After a surrogacy contract is signed, you will be ready to complete the medical surrogacy process. Working with the intended parents’ fertility clinic, the surrogate will begin fertility treatments to prepare for an embryo transfer. After the embryo transfer, the fertility clinic will confirm the pregnancy. From there, the surrogate will work with her local obstetrician for the remainder of her pregnancy.
- Establishing parental rights. Late in the second trimester of the surrogate’s pregnancy, the surrogacy lawyers associated with Southern Surrogacy will help the intended parents protect their parental rights through the appropriate legal measures. That way, when the baby is born, the intended parents’ names can be placed on the birth certificate.
Every surrogacy in Georgia is different, so that’s why Southern Surrogacy and our professionals will work closely with you throughout the process to make sure you’re comfortable and fully understand what’s happening at each step, whether you’re the prospective surrogate or intended parent.
Other Professionals You’ll Need for a Georgia Surrogacy
As you research surrogacy, you may wonder what professionals you’ll need to complete the process. Fortunately, when you work with Southern Surrogacy, you will be provided all of the necessary professionals you need.
Southern Surrogacy is a full-service surrogacy program; we handle every step of your surrogacy process from beginning to end. Whether it’s through our associated lawyers or a reference to a trusted fertility clinic, we will make sure you have access to legal and medical surrogacy professionals you need. We will be able to complete your matching process, as well as arrange for services from a surrogacy lawyer and mental health professional during screening.
The other professionals involved in surrogacy are medical professionals, like a fertility clinic, obstetrician and hospital to give birth in. Intended parents who have already established relationships with a certain fertility clinic are free to use that clinic; surrogates who have a trusted obstetrician can do the same. Typically, a surrogate will give birth in a local hospital under the guidance of her doctor.
However, there are intended parents who approach us without ever using a fertility clinic. In these cases, we can refer you to some trusted fertility and surrogacy clinics in Georgia, like:
- Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine
- Emory Reproductive Medicine
- Reproductive Biology Associates
- Servy Massey Fertility Institute
- Shady Grove Fertility
This is by no means an extensive list of surrogacy clinics in Georgia, but when you work with Southern Surrogacy, we will help you decide which one is best for you. To find a local fertility professional, you can search the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s database.
There are many wonderful fertility and surrogacy clinics in the South available to you. If you know of additional Georgia fertility clinics or helpful resources that should be included on this page, please feel free to contact us with your suggestions.
How To Move Forward with a Surrogacy in Georgia
As you can see, Georgia surrogacy is certainly possible for you — and, when you work with Southern Surrogacy, your process will be completed efficiently. Because surrogacy is still a new practice that’s continually changing, however, it’s important that you work with an experienced professional who is up-to-date on the latest surrogacy laws and news in Georgia. Southern Surrogacy is that professional.
We encourage those who are interested in surrogacy to reach out to us at 855-785-2229 and learn more. We are proud to offer our services in the state of Georgia, where we have been successfully completing surrogacies and creating families for years in a safe, legal manner.