Surrogacy

Surrogacy offers some people the very best chance of creating the family they’ve always dreamed of. At Monash IVF, we can guide and support you through this complex process.

What is surrogacy?

In a surrogacy arrangement, a woman carries and gives birth to a child for the intended parent or parents.

Solo-mothers-by-choice, solo-fathers-by-choice, heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and people who identify as gender diverse - provided they each meet certain criteria - may choose to pursue surrogacy as an option.

Common questions

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The surrogacy treatment process

Initial consultation with a fertility specialist

An initial consultation will include both the intended parents and the surrogate. In it, your fertility specialist will discuss your medical history in detail. They’ll also order some tests to be completed, and walk you through possible treatment options. If required, your specialist will talk you through donor egg or donor sperm as potential avenues.

In certain states, the surrogate and the intended parent/s may need to have an independent obstetric and/or psychiatric assessment. Rest assured—we’ll let you know any additional requirements like this well in advance.

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Surrogacy counselling

Counselling is an important part of any surrogacy arrangement.

Before you enter into a surrogacy arrangement with Monash IVF, we require the intended parent/s and the surrogate (and her partner) to attend mandatory counselling sessions. In these sessions, you’ll discuss the social and psychological implications of the surrogacy process.

Your counsellor will decide how many sessions are required. Surrogacy arrangements are complex, so they will usually recommend multiple sessions to ensure all parties have clear expectations and boundaries.

Certain states require you to see an independent psychologist for an impartial assessment. We can provide you with details of psychologists experienced in these types of assessments, but you’re more than welcome to choose your own psychologist if you’d prefer.

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Legal advice

In order to begin surrogacy treatment through Monash IVF, you need to provide us with a ‘letter of advice’ from your lawyer. This letter must confirm that all parties have received independent legal advice, and that they understand their rights and obligations.

Looking to get started?

We recommend you book a chat with our Monash IVF Surrogacy Team. They’ll walk you through the process in detail and answer any questions you may have.

We’re here to help in any and every way we can.

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