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How to Become a Surrogate in New Hampshire
Are you thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate in New Hampshire? New Hampshire's updated surrogacy laws create a favorable legal environment for you to provide this generous gift to a couple seeking to build their family. Here are the basic steps involved with a surrogacy journey in New Hampshire.
Determine if you meet the minimum requirements under New Hampshire's surrogacy laws.You must be at least 21 years old and have previously had a child to become a surrogate mother.
The most important step in the surrogacy process, regardless of your location:Match with Intended Parents. You can match with intended parents through a surrogacy agency or independently. Most surrogate mothers assisting friends or family members choose to proceed independently. Agencies can provide valuable services both during the process of matching with a couple you don't already know as well as during the journey itself. Each arrangement is unique, take time to be sure you have gotten to know your Intended Parents if you are going the independent route, likewise, take time to get to know your agency if you are working through a mediator of some sort.
Have a physical evaluation to determine if you can safely carry another pregnancy.This medical evaluation will typically be done by the reproductive endocrinologist ("RE") who is overseeing the IVF procedures.
Have a mental health consultation to determine if you are mentally suited to proceed with a surrogacy arrangement.At some IVF clinics, this consultation will be done on-site on the same day you have your physical evaluation. Otherwise, you can meet with an independent mental health counselor.
Sign the surrogacy contract.You and your spouse/partner will have your own attorney who can help you understand the contract and negotiate for terms that are appropriate for your situation. Your compensation schedule will be written into the contract.
Time for the IVF procedures and the embryo transfer.You will have a pregnancy tests within a couple of weeks of the IVF procedure to determine whether or not you are pregnant. After follow up ultrasounds show that everything is on track, you will be released to your OB for prenatal care.
Get your pre-birth orders.During the pregnancy is often the best time to get the parentage order issued by the court. This order will ensure that only the intended parents' names go on the birth certificate. Either your attorney or the intended parents' attorney can handle this legal piece of the process.
Go through hospital coordination.The agency (or one of the attorneys) will coordinate with the hospital ahead of the birth to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Baby arrives.Finally, the big day is here. The intended parents will assume all responsibility for the baby immediately upon birth.
- Work closely with your attorney or agency representative from the beginning to avoid any missteps in the process.
- The surrogacy laws in New Hampshire have some very particular requirements. If you don't follow these requirements, you may not be able to get a parentage order and birth certificate issued in the way that you had intended. It's important to work closely with your attorney to make sure you take all the necessary steps in the required time frames.
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