The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the leading professional medical organization focused on fertility and infertility, recently released new guidelines for gestational carriers (PDF). Since ASRM is a medical organization, these recommendations are mostly intended for physicians and other healthcare professionals, but if you're considering using a surrogate to carry your child, you may want to check out the latest thinking on what can be a very complex issue.
The new document aims to provide more clarity and guidance for good practice on these topics:
- Screening & testing of genetic parents & gestational carriers
- Complex medical & psychological issues for gestational carriers, parents & children
- Updates on optimal screening and testing for STDs and psychological assessments
If you're considering using a donor or surrogate, you may want to read these ConceiveOnline.com articles as well:
Third-Party Reproduction and the Law (a 2009 article, so be sure to check that any specific laws mentioned are still current in your state).
Are you considering using a gestational carrier/surrogate? What are your biggest questions and concerns?