Where does GESTLIFE carry out the surrogacy processes?
We investigate them, we visit them, we open our own offices with our own staff (we are not intermediaries), and we ensure the quality of the services of the intervening providers.
In this way we are not obliged to offer a single destination (many "agencies" have a single destination that they have to defend tooth and nail, discouraging the rest of destinations, because otherwise they do not get clients) and we can really recommend the most appropriate destination according to the needs of each family.
Obviously we want you to carry out the surrogacy process with us. That's what we do. But, once you decide to work with us, our priorities are 3:
- Prevent you for making legal mistakes that could endanger your process.
- Guaranteeing success in the medical area: a healthy baby.
- Reduce your expenses as much as possible. We prefer that you keep your money for your child, and not for intermediaries.
Thus, we are not mortgaged to offer you a destination, yes or yes, because we have no better one to offer you, unlike many of the "agencies".
It is important that the family who wishes to carry out surrogacy, understand that there are three types of countries where to perform a surrogacy process (obviously, there is a fourth group, which are the countries where it is forbidden to carry out a surrogacy process, which we will not speak about so as not to waste your time, since they do not contribute anything):
COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SPECIFIC LEGISLATION ON SURROGACY
These legislations withdraw the rights of the surrogate mothers to grant them to the intended parents. These countries have laws drafted by their parliaments, or subsequently modified by judgments of supreme courts, such as the Constitutional Court, allowing certain people to carry out the processes.
They are the countries where a process can be carried out with all the guarantees.
COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC LEGISLATION ON SURROGACY
After all, the medical part does not present too many secrets for a fertility clinic. However, a surrogacy is not only to create a child, but later on we have to guarantee that this child will be ours, and that there will be no legal problems either to leave the country, or to have it later in our country.
This is the moment in which problems arise in these countries which lack a specific law on surrogacy. Since there is no law that nullifies the natural rights of the surrogate mother ("mother is the one who gives birth", say the majority of legislations in the world), in favour of the intended parents, the surrogate mother in these cases keeps all the rights over the minor.
In other words, she is the mother to all intents and purposes and keeps all her rights intact. Therefore, if you want it, you can prevent the child from being ours, from leaving the country, or even extort us by asking for huge sums of money. She is the mother and the authorities in her country recognise her as such. We have nothing to do in the Courts of her country if anything happens. That is why, obviously, we totally discourage taking legal action in this type of country, since there are no legal guarantees for the parents involved, and the most beautiful of the adventures can become the worst of the nightmares.
Currently, Mexico stands out among these types of countries. The clinics and agencies that saw the doors closed to foreign parents in Tabasco on January 16th, 2016, have not known how to turn to other sectors, and continue to offer Mexico as a safe destination.
They offer clinics in Cancun (state of Riobóo), where there is no surrogacy law, and where the surrogate mother retains all rights over the child, which can become a serious setback. In addition, the government of Mexico is in disagreement with this practice, and pursues this type of process, placing significant obstacles to get the children out of the country.
Finally, the clinics in Mexico, although they seem to be macro-clinics dedicated to health tourism, have pregnancy success rates 60% below the international average, and since they do not offer unlimited programmes, those programmes that seem cheap end up being very expensive because they require multiple embryo transfers (paying each time for it) and even new IVFs, to generate more embryos, in a process that has no deadline. For all these reasons, we advise against carrying out processes in Mexico.
COUNTRIES THAT HAVE A CONCRETE LEGISLATION ON ALTRUISTIC SURROGACY
- Altruistic surrogacy: : in this type of legislation, a maximum is established for the compensation that the surrogate mother may receive, given that the law seeks to prevent the surrogate mother from enriching herself.
In certain countries, the figure ranges from zero in the previous Portuguese law (currently annulled by the Constitutional Court of the Luso country) to 20,000 Canadian dollars in Canada. Paying more to the surrogate mother carries a crime punishable by imprisonment.
- Commercial surrogacy: although we do not like this denomination, it refers to legislation that allows the surrogate mother to receive compensation based on an agreement between the parties, without setting limits.