The Surging Trend of Gestational Surrogacy

Victoria Ferrara

11/14/23

Gestational surrogacy has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, not only in the United States but also in many other countries. The actuality of surrogacy journeys is transformative allowing couples and individuals to achieve their dreams of parenthood, and has evolved significantly. Let’s explore the reasons behind the growth of gestational surrogacy, examine key statistics highlighting the surge in its popularity, and delve into why the United States is considered the premier destination for surrogacy despite its costliness.

The growth of gestational surrogacy can be attributed to several factors that have evolved over time. One key factor is the increasing acceptance and understanding of non-traditional family structures. As societal norms shift and diverse family arrangements become more accepted, individuals and couples have explored alternative paths to parenthood, including surrogacy.

According to a report from The New York Times, "Gestational surrogacy is on the rise as societal attitudes toward family and parenthood continue to evolve, while the myths and taboos about surrogacy in the United States continue to dissolve." This indicates that as people become more open to different family dynamics, they are more likely to consider gestational surrogacy as a viable option.

According to a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, the number of babies born through gestational surrogacy in the United States has increased significantly over the past two decades. In the early 2000s, there were approximately 738 babies born through gestational surrogacy each year. By 2020, this number had grown to over 3,000 babies annually. This is amazingly good news for people who desire to become parents through surrogacy. Moreover the legal approach has evolved as surrogacy in New York, surrogacy in New Jersey, and surrogacy in Washington are now legal. Also, the laws for surrogacy in Connecticut have been refreshed by the passage of the Connecticut Parentage Act. Attorney Victoria Ferrara, the founder and Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy was involved in the drafting and advocacy of this new law. 

While surrogacy in the United States is undeniably expensive compared to other countries, several factors contribute to its status as the preferred destination for many intended parents.

Legal framework in the United States provides a high level of protection for both intended parents and surrogates. As Attorney Ferrara says to her many intended parents, there is legal safety in the United States. An agency like Worldwide Surrogacy will take great care to match intended parents with surrogates in States where surrogacy contracts are enforceable. This legal clarity offers peace of mind to all parties involved.

Medical expertise and advanced healthcare facilities in the U.S. are unparalleled. The New York Times reported, "The United States boasts world-renowned medical facilities, a wide range of experienced fertility specialists, and state-of-the-art technology, making it a top choice for those seeking surrogacy." The high standards of medical care ensure the well-being of both surrogates and babies. Further, the reproductive medical community has great respect for intended parents and surrogates and, therefore, makes the surrogacy birth experience a positive one for all involved.

Cultural diversity and inclusivity of the United States appeal to international intended parents. The Guardian noted, "The U.S. is known for its cultural openness and diversity, making it a welcoming place for individuals and couples from various backgrounds and orientations." This inclusivity fosters a sense of belonging for all families. Gestational surrogacy in the United States is available to all intended parents, whether they are single or in a relationship, and whether they are straight, gay or trans. In addition to the many straight and gay intended parents who have been assisted by Worldwide Surrogacy, the agency has assisted trans intended parents and HIV+ intended parents to have children through surrogacy.

The growth of gestational surrogacy is a remarkable and evolving phenomenon. With changing societal attitudes, surrogacy has become an increasingly popular option for individuals and couples longing to become parents. The statistics clearly illustrate this surge, with the United States emerging as the preferred destination for surrogacy despite its costliness.

Gestational surrogacy is not only reshaping the landscape of modern family formation, but also bridging geographical boundaries. As it continues to grow, it is essential to ensure that ethical and legal considerations are upheld to safeguard the interests of all involved parties.

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