Upon deciding to go the surrogacy route, the welfare of the potential child becomes paramount. The genetic couple must undergo an extensive investigation. This is coupled with examination of the couple and psychological assessment to determine if they will make suitable and stable parents.
Once the genetic couple is established as suitable for the surrogacy process, they are given guidance on the selection of a surrogate. The couple may opt to select a surrogate who is known to them i.e. A Relative or Friend.
Alternatively, a suitable host can be found for them by the Clinic or through Infertility or Surrogacy support groups.
Once the host has been identified, she is interviewed together with her partner (if she is in a relationship). During this time, a thorough explanation of the surrogacy process and what will be required of them, is given.
Following the initial individual assessment of the genetic couple and the host surrogate, a full psychological assessment is then carried out on them together. The detailed reports of the many psychological assessments involved are then submitted to the high court in order for the surrogacy application to be improved.
The surrogacy application is drawn up by the clinic’s team who are skilled in the lodging and processing of surrogacy applications and agreements. The legal team ensure that the agreement drawn up is based on trust and transparency. The agreement should ensure that no party is taken advantage of or exploited. Once all parties are satisfied with the terms stipulated in the legal agreement, it may be submitted to the high court for approval. Judgement from the high court is expected after 3-4 weeks of the application being submitted. Once approval is granted, the agreement is valid for 18 months.