We are proud to be able to help LGBTTQI+ singles and couples in their journey towards parenthood with support and services tailored to their unique needs.
Approximately 10% of all fertility treatments involve the use of donor gametes or surrogacy. It's important to recognize that while the technical aspect is IUI or IVF using someone else's sperm, eggs, or embryos, there are social, ethical, and legal considerations that come into play.
Rest assured, we not only provide a high level of medical expertise but also guide you through the legal framework associated with treatments like gamete donation and surrogacy.
Our priority is ensuring a smooth and transparent journey for you and your growing family and to support you every step of the way.
Same-sex female couples
- In conjunction with their fertility specialist, same-sex female couples will decide on the most suitable treatment – either inseminations or IVF.
- If both women wish to carry a child, or if one wants to provide the egg for the partner to carry the pregnancy, this can be discussed during an initial consultation.
- Counselling is mandatory when donor gametes are involved, and during these sessions the use of a personal donor or a clinic donor will be explored. The counselling also covers legal aspects and topics such as telling the child and significant others.
Same-sex male couples
- At Fertility Associates we can help couples to become parents through egg donation and surrogacy.
- Counselling is required when donor gametes are involved, and during these sessions the use of a personal donor or a clinic donor will be explored.
- As for any surrogacy arrangement, individual and joint counselling with the surrogate and partner (if she has one) is mandatory. The counselling will also guide all parties through the legal aspects and topics such as telling the child and significant others.
In IVF with surrogacy, an amazing journey begins as a generous egg donor steps forward. Through the first part of the cycle, her donated eggs are carefully retrieved and fertilized with the intended father's sperm. The resulting embryo is then transferred into the 'gestational surrogate', who then carries the baby to term.
Another option is IUI surrogacy, also known as 'traditional surrogacy'. In this heartwarming approach, the surrogate herself becomes the egg donor, merging her selflessness with motherhood. While both routes can create beautiful families, the preference often leans towards gestational surrogacy. Why? With gestational surrogacy, the embryo shares no genetic link with the surrogate, providing additional peace of mind for all parties involved.
- Donor eggs may be provided by a family member or friend; alternatively, we can help with recruiting a donor – advertisements are managed by our clinic, and once a donor is chosen by you we’ll screen and prepare the donor for treatment.
- A woman’s age is the most important factor determining the quality and quantity of her eggs.
- All surrogacy in New Zealand requires approval by ECART, obtaining legal advice, and prior arrangements for adoption following the birth of the child.
- In New Zealand all surrogacy is altruistic, and it’s mandatory that the commissioning individual or couple have an established relationship with their surrogate.
- Surrogacy is a complex and lengthy process, and on average takes around two years. Fertility Associates has extensive experience helping people consider their options, and through the legal framework that is associated with treatments such as surrogacy.
- Our Pathways to Child magazine has comprehensive information regarding the surrogacy process including the steps involved, legal and ethical considerations, and a typical timeline for an ECART application. Click on the links below or get in touch with one of our clinics to request a hardcopy. To find out more about how Surrogacy works you can view our Pathways booklet here.