SUR­RO­GACY

Little Treasures - - PREG­NANCY IS­SUES -

Sur­ro­gacy in­volves a woman car­ry­ing and giv­ing birth to the bi­o­log­i­cal child of an­other cou­ple – al­though some sur­ro­gate moth­ers may also of­fer to be the egg donor. Ac­cord­ing to New Zea­land law, this child then needs to be for­mally adopted by the in­tended or bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents. In this coun­try, sur­ro­gacy is le­gal for al­tru­is­tic rea­sons but not for com­mer­cial gain. There­fore, you can’t legally pay for the ser­vices of a sur­ro­gate. You can, how­ever, cover costs for a va­ri­ety of their ex­penses and re­quire­ments. Fer­til­ity clin­ics can help as­sist with the sur­ro­gacy process, in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­tat­ing le­gal ad­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion, see Fer­til­ity As­so­ci­ates: fer­til­ityas­so­ci­ates.co.nz, or Re­promed: re­promed.co.nz.

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