Similar to the US, Mexico has different states and each has different legislation. 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 counselling and support is provided to surrogates throughout the pregnancy. Surrogates live in their homes, 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. 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.
|Access for gay/single IPs||Yes|
|Time to exit post-birth||Allow 4 weeks for US citizens, 6-8 weeks if from other countries|
|Legal Considerations||No legal protections|
|DNA Testing of child||In Mexico City. Depends on your home country if necessary, and if so whether test needs to be done at the embassy or a specified list of labs|
|Altruistic or Commercial||Altruistic (ie the surrogate can not personally profit from carrying your child)|
|Relationship with surrogate||Not recommended post birth|
|Baseline Surrogacy Costs||$60,000 – $75,000|
|Who on birth certificate?||Depends where child is born|