One of the great successes of the National Show on Assisted Reproduction (inVitra2013) was surrogacy. Many people with fertility problems visited the Show for information.
Surrogacy is not allowed inSpain, that is why it is necessary to resort to an intermediary agency abroad. One of the places in the world where Spaniards more frequently resort to isCalifornia. However, there are still many people who have doubts, fears, insecurity when travelling in search of maternity. The most common question is the legal record of the baby once in Spain.
Jennifer Carrillo, Coordinator of the Extraconceptions agency inCalifornia andDenver answers some of your questions and concerns.
Jennifer, do many Spanish people or couples use a surrogate?
Around 40 per cent of our clients are Spanish.
And single men, too?
Yes, we also have men and single women.
One of the biggest concerns in Spain is the relationship with the surrogate mother. How far can it go?
Our clients decide what kind of relationship they want with the surrogate mother during and after the process. Most of our clients want to be in touch with the mother during the process. They decide from the very beginning the type of relationship they want to have with the surrogate mother and how they would like the mother to be and we help them find a woman for them to feel comfortable throughout the process.
Do they have to be there during the course of pregnancy?
No, they do not have to be here at all. In fact, we have only had one case in seven years of experience of a couple who stayed here most of the time during pregnancy and months after the surrogate mother gave birth. But it is not necessary, it depends on what people want. Except for this particular case, all of our clients continue with their normal activities until the baby is born, and it is then when they have to consider staying in the Unites States for a certain time to have all the paperwork done. Most people come here on several trips and arrive here when the baby is going to be born.
If they want to stay, what will they have to do?
We advise them about accommodation and further needs.
Finally, the biggest concern is the legality of the child upon his arrival in Spain. How does he/she arrive? If he comes with Spanish passport, how can it be recorded?
The baby is born in the USA, so his/her nationaly is American. But parents have to be on the birth certificate, and this enables them to register their baby; the procedure starts in the United Statesin the Spanish Consulate and continues in Spainafter the baby arrives. Extraconceptions has legal agents inSpain who will help the parents during all the legal process.
More and more people resort to surrogacy every day when maternity does not come alone and when they have tried all sorts of assisted reproduction techniques with no success … But if there are still doubts about it, you can contact Jennifer either through skype or email and she will be pleased to help you solve your questions and concerns.
My Skype: jenniferjcarrillo