Intended parents holding their child born using IVF and California Surrogate


How does surrogacy work?

What is gestational surrogacy? A partnership between the intended parent(s), and the surrogate and her family.


A gestational surrogate has no genetic link to the child she is carrying.  To achieve pregnancy, the surrogate will undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  An embryo created by the intended parent or parents will be transferred (implanted) into the surrogate.  Since the surrogate did not provide any genetic material to create the embryo, she will not have a biological link to the child.    


Even though there is no biological link between the surrogate and your child, you may find that this process brings your family and the surrogate and her family closer together.

Surrogacy can often lead to a

lifelong friendship. 

Why choose a California 


Where your surrogate lives determines jurisdiction for laws and regulations for your surrogacy arrangement.


California is often considered the gold standard for surrogacy due to a well developed legal process that is safe for intended parents and surrogates alike.  


California Surrogate relaxing outside

How Surrogacy Works in California

The state offers all intended parents, irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or their marital status, the opportunity to establish legal parental rights before birth through a pre-birth order (PBO).  


Once the child is born, the PBO grants intended parents full and legal parental rights with the intended parent(s)’s name going directly on the birth certificate.  


California issues PBOs to a variety of individuals, including but not limited to surrogacy for LGBT couples, surrogacy for single men or women, and surrogacy for intended parents with no genetic relationship to the embryo.