Fam­ily y BUILD­ING

IN JUNE PRIDE LIFE IN­TER­VIEWED CRAIG AND MAS­SIMO, THE PROUD AND LOV­ING PAR­ENTS OF MARCO. THIS SEPTEM­BER THEY COM­PLETED BUILD­ING THEIR FAM­ILY THROUGH EGG DONOR SUR­RO­GACY IN THE USA AND WEL­COMED THE BIRTH OF THEIR SEC­OND SON, NI­COLÒ

Pride Life Magazine - - FEATURE -

Hav­ing fin­ished two dif­fer­ent egg donor sur­ro­gacy jour­neys in the USA, Craig and Mas­simo have ex­pe­ri­enced many of the pos­si­ble op­tions and vari­a­tions that in­tended par­ents are faced with de­cid­ing be­tween when plan­ning an egg donor sur­ro­gacy jour­ney.

Pride Life asked Craig and Mas­simo to share their views and some of the dif­fer­ent choices they made in the course of their two jour­neys. Why did you choose the USA? There are only a hand­ful of coun­tries in the world where egg donor sur­ro­gacy for same-sex cou­ples is pos­si­ble. Among this small num­ber of places, the USA is the largest and most de­vel­oped. It’s long and well es­tab­lished in the USA and all the nec­es­sary pro­fes­sional and med­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture is in place to do it safely. It is ad­mit­tedly the most ex­pen­sive lo­ca­tion for in­tended par­ents, but this is coun­ter­bal­anced with the safety and se­cu­rity of build­ing your fam­ily while be­ing sur­rounded by the best and most ex­ten­sive re­sources avail­able any­where in the world for egg donor sur­ro­gacy. In the USA are there ben­e­fits to a jour­ney on the East vs the West Coast? Our two jour­neys have taken us to both US coasts. Com­ing from Lon­don, we ini­tially thought that the East Coast would be lo­gis­ti­cally eas­ier. Look­ing back, we ex­pe­ri­enced that, once we made the de­ci­sion to cross the pond, both were lo­gis­ti­cally equal and in some ways the West Coast had ben­e­fits. A few ex­tra hours on a plane or time change didn’t make a dif­fer­ence.

What was more im­por­tant was to work with providers – IVF clinic, agen­cies, lawyers – that we trusted and that de­liv­ered, and to have matched well with an egg donor and sur­ro­gate. Work­ing with a sur­ro­gate that lives in a US state which meets your needs from a le­gal and med­i­cal in­sur­ance per­spec­tive is also crit­i­cal (in­tended par­ents need to know that the USA has 50 states and rules on sur­ro­gacy, parental rights, ter­mi­na­tion of a preg­nancy – if that were to be nec­es­sary – and med­i­cal in­sur­ance are de­ter­mined on a state-bystate level). The abil­ity to lo­calise the process with an egg donor and/ or sur­ro­gate in rel­a­tive prox­im­ity to your IVF clinic can also help in­tended par­ents stream­line their jour­ney and man­age costs. Did you con­sider both known and anony­mous egg donors? Un­like some coun­tries, both known and anony­mous egg do­na­tions are pos­si­ble in the USA. In­tended par­ents us­ing egg donor

BABY NI­COLÒ

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