Who is eligible for surrogacy in Colombia?
Anyone. The Colombian constitution explicitly disallows discrimination and the courts have recognized all family types since 2015. We specialize in egg donation and surrogacy programs.
Do I have legal representation through the whole process?
Yes, you will have legal representation from the very beginning, until you receive the birth certificate for your baby, and throughout any court process that may be needed to remove the surrogate mother from the birth certificate.
Do I have to meet any prerequisites to be accepted to the program?
Yes, you and your partner, if applicable, must provide a recent background check and undertake a psycho-social evaluation to be eligible to participate, the same as we expect from your surrogate.
Where should I stay on my first visit?
You may choose to stay anywhere but the most convenient location is in the 4 star hotel which is in the same building as the fertility clinic. This makes for a smooth and efficient process.
Is gender selection possible in Colombia?
Although Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is possible, the clinic will always prioritize the embryo with the highest potential for success, regardless of gender.
Is egg splitting with the implantation of a genetically related embryo from 2 different male partners possible?
What happens if we have a failed attempt?
If there are additional frozen embryos for transfer, a new transfer can often be conducted within 1 month. If there are no more embryos, an additional cycle will need to be conducted to produce more embryos. In our program, there is no cost for additional attempts.
Where will the birth take place?
Like in the United States, this will vary based on the insurance network the surrogate mother belongs to, but it will be in one of the hospitals in Bogotá.
Is the baby eligible for Colombian citizenship?
As the surrogate mother, who is a Colombian citizen, is initially represented on the birth certificate, your baby is also eligible for Colombian citizenship and a Colombian passport. For many, this might have great value as it can be acquired quickly and possibly facilitate a quicker exit process. Many countries, including the European Union, does not require a visa for a Colombian citizen (your baby). This process may be much quicker than applying to your own embassy in Bogotá for citizenship and a home passport, but this will vary between countries.
Can 2 men or 2 women be represented on the birth certificate?
As it currently stands, no. We can remove the surrogate mother to represent a single biological father without any woman on the birth certificate though.
Is Colombia safe?
Bogotá, Colombia is now one of Latin America’s safest cities and is ranked safer than many U.S. cities. Our clinic is also located in one of the very best areas of the city in a university and medical zone.
What testing is conducted on egg donors?
Donors undergo psychological screening as well as genetic carrier screening for various inheritable diseases such as cystic fibrosis, fragile x, and spinal muscular atrophy. In addition, they undergo, infectious disease screening prior to donation for HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.
Can we use a known egg donor?
Only anonymous donation is allowed in Colombia.
What testing is conducted on surrogate mothers?
Similar to egg donors, they undergo psychological screening, infectious disease screening, and an additional uterine cavity evaluation before embryo transfer.
How can we be sure that our surrogate is taking proper care of herself and the baby?
In addition to frequent medical visits and with a psychologist during the process, a social worker will also visit your surrogate’s dwelling throughout the process.
Do we communicate with our surrogate throughout the process?
We fully encourage this and will facilitate 3-way skype conferences in each trimester with a member of our team so you can build a close bond.
How many attempts will our surrogate mother agree to undertake?
Your surrogate mother will sign for up to 3 embryo transfers and then a new match will be undertaken.
I am an HIV+ male, is surrogacy possible?
Yes, we can perform sperm washing so that the use of the semen sample is possible.
What are the success rates?
Each case is different, but success rates with normal sperm, egg donation, and surrogacy can be as high as 75% per attempt.
What prenatal monitoring is conducted during the pregnancy?
A beta HCG test is conducted approximately 2 weeks after embryo implantation. If the test is positive, a second test is conducted 48-72 hours later to track hormone levels. From there, a confirmatory ultrasound is conducted at approximately week 7 of gestation. The latest non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is then conducted at week 10 to check for chromosomal issues with the fetus and can also tell the gender of your baby very early in the pregnancy. Ultrasounds will then be conducted monthly throughout the pregnancy.
Who will be represented on the birth certificate?
Under Colombian law, the woman who gives birth to the baby is assumed to be the mother, but there is a court process to revise this. Therefore, initially the surrogate mother and the biological father will be on the birth certificate.
Can the birth certificate be revised to remove the surrogate mother?
Yes, under the Colombian Civil Code, there is a method to remove her. This is accomplished through a DNA test after birth to show no genetic relationship with the surrogate mother and one with the intended father. Your legal team will process this as part of the cost you pay and can accomplish this even after you have returned home
What is the average time for the exit process after birth?
Intended parents should always allow for flexibility at birth as each process is unique. The average time in Colombia will be 3 – 6 weeks and will depend on your country of citizenship. If you acquire a Colombian passport for your baby and your home country does not require a visa, the time may be much shorter, possibly 2 weeks.