Gestational surrogacy is a third-party reproduction technique in which a woman acts as a gestational carrier for a couple or individual who is unable to have or sustain a pregnancy. This means that the surrogate will carry the pregnancy and deliver the baby. Surrogates become pregnant through IVF using embryos created in a laboratory. These embryos are made using eggs from the intended mother or an egg donor and sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor. The surrogate shares no genetic connection to the fetus at all.
For South Dakota residents interested in becoming gestational surrogates, you are in the right place to learn everything you need to know about surrogacy with the Reproductive Possibilities program:
Gestational surrogacy is legal in South Dakota. There are no laws in the state regarding surrogacy, so contracts between surrogate carriers and intended parents can proceed without issue. That being said, it is strongly encouraged that you work with a surrogacy agency that will help you navigate all aspects of the surrogacy process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Surrogate requirements are part of the Reproductive Possibilities surrogacy program and they are essential to ensuring everyone’s health and safety. Before starting your application, we ask that you please confirm that you meet the following criteria:
Every application we receive is carefully looked over to confirm that our requirements are met. If we feel that you have done this, then we’ll be happy to connect with you for the next steps.
The application is a questionnaire that asks for information about your medical history, including your previous pregnancies and deliveries.
Each application is reviewed by our team. If we feel that you meet our surrogate requirements, we will initiate a series of interviews so that we can get to know you better and discuss your application further.
We’ll collect details from your application and interviews to build out a surrogate profile. This profile will be shared with prospective intended parents. This profile will not include private information or contact details, it will only focus on your medical history and outline who you are as a person.
The matching process consists of two stages:
If an agreement is made across the above points, then you are matched! The Reproductive Possibilities team and your surrogacy coordinator will facilitate communication moving forward.