Know the Whole Process of Surrogacy in Kenya
There are many couples who are unable to conceive naturally after having an unprotected regular intercourse for more than 12 months. Many years ago or even today these couples have very viable options available to fulfill their dream of having their own baby.
The process of surrogacy is where one woman carries the baby in her womb for 9 months and delivers a baby for intended parents or individual. The woman who carries the baby in her womb is referred as a surrogate mother.
How does the Surrogacy Process in Kenya works?
The Surrogacy Process in Kenya is of two types (i) Traditional Surrogacy and (ii) Gestational Surrogacy.
(i) Traditional Surrogacy: In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother will be artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father and hence, she is the biological mother of the newborn as her eggs are used for this procedure.
(ii) Gestational Surrogacy: Gestational Surrogacy is a procedure where a woman cannot carry a pregnancy in her womb due to some medical illness but still wish to be a biological mother of a baby they can go for the gestational surrogacy. In this procedure, the eggs and the sperms of the intended parents or the donor eggs or sperms used and the resulted embryo will be implanted into the uterus of the gestational surrogates. In such cases, the gestational surrogates are not genetically related to newborn.
How to become a surrogate?
To become a surrogate mother, a woman must be of age between 21 -41 years and should undergo for the medical and psychological testing to ensure that she is healthy enough to carry the pregnancy. Once the woman has been approved by the agencies then they will begin her services to individuals or couples for whom she is fit to fulfill their dream.
When the compatible match has been determined, then the surrogate mother and the intended parents will meet each other in personal and it will help the Procedure of surrogacy in Kenya to move forward
Legal Aspects of Surrogacy Process in Kenya
Although, there is no such law against surrogacy in Kenya, however, to run the process smoothly, we ask both the parties to sign the legal agreement which states that the intended parents will bear all the expenses of the surrogates such as food, clothing, accommodation etc. and she will be paid for her services. The surrogates will be paid monthly and the balance will be paid once the heartbeat of an infant is confirmed by the fertility experts using ultrasound scan. On the other hand, the surrogates will hand over the baby to the intended parents without any issues and it’s also a responsibility of the intended parents that they file a petition in Court after 3 days of a baby born and seek permission from Court to be legal parents of the baby. The Court orders the Department of the Vital Statistics to issue the new birth certificate of a baby in the name of his/her intended parents as the legal parents.
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