Surrogacy in NZ - Fertility TreatmentsSurrogacy refers to situations where someone is unable to carry a pregnancy and a surrogate, is needed to carry the pregnancy instead. This may involve the surrogate being inseminated with sperm. More commonly, surrogacy means that the person unable to carry the pregnancy and their partner (if applicable), would create embryos through IVF. Then, the surrogate has an embryo transferred to their uterus to carry the pregnancy. Surrogacy can also provide same sex couples with an option for a baby.

In all situations, surrogacy in New Zealand requires a case by case application from the fertility clinic to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) before treatment can take place. An application to ECART requires medical, legal and counselling consultations to ensure all parties are well informed.  If ECART approve an application, treatment can usually take place quite quickly.

A surrogate needs to be in good health, be medically appropriate to carry a pregnancy, and have completed their own family. It is highly preferable that a surrogate is someone that the client/s needing the surrogate know well. It must be the intention of the surrogate to give the baby, after delivery, to the intended parents.  The client/s requiring the surrogate need to go through the formal process of adopting the baby.

If you wish to discuss surrogacy, please click here to make an appointment to see one of our doctors. If surrogacy is considered to be the most appropriate option, then our counsellors will guide and support you through the ECART application process and treatment.