Gestational Surrogacy is on the rise in the U.S. for a variety of reasons. It’s become more widely accepted nationwide. There is a greater understanding of what is involved. Medical technology has improved, offering surrogacy as an option to greater numbers of couples and individuals wishing to have families.
Here are a few recent statistics from the CDC and the ASRM:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the number of gestational carrier cycles have increased from 727 in 1999 to 3,432 in 2013. This is a substantial increase in a relatively brief time.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), reveals that during this period, gestational carrier cycles resulted in 13,380 deliveries with a total of 18,400 infants being born. Of these births
- 8,581 (64%) were single births
- 4,566 (34%) were twins
- 233 (2%) were triplets or more
People are waiting until later in life to start families and they are finding that their fertility is less than ideal. Increasingly they turn to surrogacy when other forms of medical intervention fail. Intended parents who use a surrogate tend to be over the age of 35 while gestational surrogates tend to be younger than 35.
There is no federal law governing gestational surrogacy, so it falls to individual states to decide whether they will permit surrogacy. There are several states where it is legal including Texas, Florida and California, but in some states, laws vary by county.
It’s important to stay informed regarding the laws in your state if you are considering surrogacy as an option to build your family.
To learn more about gestational surrogacy, read our previous blogs for intended parents and surrogates. If you’d like to discuss this in more detail, contact the experts at Surrogate Solutions. We are here to walk you through every step.