How Long Has IVF Been Around?
The first successful instance of a birth that began with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was in 1978 in the United Kingdom. The first gestational surrogacies, where the fertilized egg is implanted and the baby is not genetically related to the birth mother, occurred during the mid-1980s. In the many decades since, the process has been improved and fine-tuned. Yesterday’s “test-tube babies” are now happy and healthy children and adults living around the world whose lives began with the help of some of the world’s finest doctors and scientists.
When intended parents decide to explore gestational surrogacy, legal matters are never the first thing on their minds. However, ensuring that all legal bases are covered is an essential part of the process.
Will We Need to Hire a Lawyer?
Yes. The law mandates that both intended parents and gestational surrogates obtain separate legal representation. While paralegals and other professionals can provide outstanding support, it will be necessary to include an attorney in the process. Just as an obstetrician will be needed to oversee the healthcare team involved in the IVF process, you will need a good lawyer to assure that your rights as a parent are secured.