Similar to the US, Mexico has different states and each has different legislation and Mexican surrogacy law. Accordingly, while Tabasco State banned Surrogacy for foreigners recently, other Mexican states have no surrogacy laws.
As a result, a number of Mexico-only and hybrid programs continue to be offered, particularly in Mexico City and Cancun, Quinta Roo which both offer IVF facilities. Intended parents can maintain contact with their surrogates throughout—and beyond—their pregnancies, if they wish. Mexican egg donors remain anonymous. Caucasian and Latin Sperm and Egg Donors are available.
Following delivery, the surrogate’s name and the genetically linked father go on the Mexican Birth Certificate. Once the surrogate has signed a document giving her permission, the intended parents can take their child out of Mexico.
Ongoing counseling and support is provided to surrogates throughout the pregnancy by the surrogacy agency in Mexico. Surrogates live in their homes during Mexico surrogacy, with the full support of their families.
Increasingly, US-based agencies recruit US surrogates. IVF processes and embryo transfer commonly occurs in Mexico City or Cancun with the help of surrogacy clinics. Often the legal components may be done in California. Births may occur in the US. It is possible to bring your own surrogate and /or known donor.
Mexico Travel Tips
You should plan around $15-$20 per day per person for your own food expenses. The most expensive places to eat are the American fast food places.
For lodging this really depends on your tastes. You can stay from around $20 per day up to $45-$120 per day. Compare prices on your local travel sites. Ask your advocate to help you book local travel to reduce the cost but ensure the place is clean, has access to sterile water (for formula, cleaning bottles, etc) and fits within your specific quality range.
Laundry service (hint – don’t use the hotels but find a local laundry service it is a fraction of the cost). Always add an extra day to the amount of days they tell you on when you get your clothes back.).
Purchase a prepaid Mexican Cellphone on your first trip (eg Telcel). This will allow you to call your clinic, doctor, surrogate, etc in Mexico for a lot less.
Surrogates and Egg Donors Cost in Mexico
One of the key reasons to why American parents opt for a Mexican surrogate is due to cost. Our Cost would range in between $60,000 to $69,000.
Moreover, the egg donor cost in Mexico would range between $8000 and $10000 and it further depends on the overall egg donation program cost Mexico.
Mexico Legal issues
For some receiving countries, the Intended Father may have to have a genetic link to the child in order to process citizenship of that country.
Your home country might issue a second birth certificate and issue the passport with the surrogates name as the legal mother and the genetic fathers name as the legal father. This is because in some countries (mostly in Europe) the woman who gives birth to a child is recognised as the legal mother of the child. .
However if the intendend father is recognised legally as father according his home country’s law, the child gets dual citizenship.
There will also be Delivery Certificate issued, stating the name of the surrogate, the babys name and the Intended fathers name.
If your home country’s law states that the woman who gives birth (Surrogate) is legally the mother of your child
You might need the Delivery Certificate for your embassy paper work . You will also have to check with your embassy if you need the surrogate to attend to the embassy.
Depending on where you are from, the surrogate might have the right to claim maintenance support from you during pregnancy and until she gives up her rights according to your home country’s law. This is even if she has no rights regarding your children based on Mexican law. However transferring rights over is easy if your home country is part of the Hague Convention because Mexico is also a member of this convention.
Only the genetic fathers name with the surrogate are on the birth certificate.
Discuss with a lawyer from your home country:
Where your home country recognises the surrogate mother as a legal parent, the surrogate needs to agree in writing that the father may travel alone with the child.
For some nationalities, it may require a few months until the court process can be done transferring your surrogates parental rights completely. As a result, she should be asked to sign a mandate for general power of attorney, so that the Intended father can act alone. This is important if your baby has to go to hospital in your home country.
Surrogacy & Egg Donation is a complex area and you deserve to know everything involved. Too often intended parents engage without full awareness of the risks and how best to minimise the chance of problems. To book in for a Surrogacy Advice Consultation with Growing Families Director Sam Everingham see our Fill our consultation form.
Expert providers and parents who have completed their family via this destination frequently talk at Growing Families Events. To attend an event to learn more about this destination and other options see our Event Schedule.