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Surrogacy in Michigan: What Are the Alternatives?

The World Center of Baby aims to provide accessible information to intended parents on the surrogacy journey. Follow through the article to gain a deeper insight into surrogacy in Michigan, discovering options and alternatives for intended parents.

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Surrogacy in Michigan: What Are the Alternatives to the Great-Lakes-State?

Although America was one of the first countries to adopt IVF and surrogacy, there is no single Surrogacy Act that applies to all of the U.S. Every state has its own legislation. In Michigan, for example, surrogacy motherhood is wholly prohibited. Moreover, the Wolverine State imposes a fine of $50,000 or five years for surrogacy. So, basically, there is no such thing as a surrogacy law in Michigan that would ensure intended parents’ (IPs) interests.

Apart from that, non-compensated or altruistic surrogacy is legal in Michigan. However, commercial surrogacy (when a surrogate mother gets financial compensation for her participation in the process) is preferred by most intended parents. Gestational agreements protect IPs’ parentage rights and regulate the whole surrogacy journey.

 

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What Does Surrogacy in Michigan Cost?

The average price for surrogacy ranges from $90,000 to $130,000, depending on the individual arrangements. Where does this cost come from, you may wonder, since commercial surrogacy is prohibited in Michigan? The thing is that many couples and singles willing to become intended parents are forced to seek solutions in other states or abroad.

While American surrogacy agencies offer skyrocketing prices for their services, such European countries as Ukraine and Georgia have highly qualified reproductive medicine specialists and affordable pricing policy. At the same time, Mexico and Colombia offer surrogacy solutions for the LGBT community. Gay couples find it a perfect option due to affordable prices and loyal governmental attitudes towards the commissioning couples.

 

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Issues to Consider in Choosing a Surrogate Mother Michigan

Even though surrogacy in Michigan is no easy task, still there are some requirements a woman should meet if she wants to participate in surrogacy procedures as a gestational carrier:

  • proven fertility such as medical records of successful pregnancy/ies and smoothness baby delivery
  • be of age under 40 years old
  • having at least one healthy, living child

According to local laws, a female as a gestational carrier may be a relative, a friend, or an individual previously unknown to the couple considering gestational surrogacy through a surrogacy agency. And, undoubtedly, a high commitment to fulfil the surrogate obligations is a must.

 

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Finding a Surrogacy Agency in Michigan

Choosing a surrogacy agency is always a challenging process. It involves, first of all, research of offers in the service market. Not to get confused with a vast range of choices, there are some essential points to consider:

  • look for those who explain to you all the expenses and fees transparently;
  • choose the one that has its own clinic or a partnership agreement with some (it will help you save some money on IVF procedure and genetic tests);
  • consider the agency that will assist you on initial post-birth period

Every surrogacy journey is unique and requires an understanding of particular circumstances. Basically, the best surrogacy agency in Michigan is the one that can perform its services, ensuring intended parents’ interests thoroughly.

 

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Final Thoughts

Surrogacy in the United States is an expensive procedure for intended parents. Besides, in some states like Michigan, commercial surrogacy is not supported by law. Therefore, many couples and singles who are willing to expand their families are forced to seek solutions abroad.

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