The legal process of taking a child of other parents as one’s own, often compared to surrogacy in discussions of alternative family-building methods.
Fee paid to a surrogacy agency for their services in facilitating a surrogacy arrangement.

 A prenatal test to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections.

 A donor who provides sperm or eggs without disclosing their identity.

 Medical techniques used to help achieve pregnancy, including IVF.

Procedure that involves placing sperm into a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization.

A technique used in IVF where the outer shell of the embryo is thinned to help implantation.

 The standard compensation paid to a surrogate, excluding additional expenses.

The study of ethical issues in medicine and biology, including surrogacy.

The process of issuing a new birth certificate for the newborn, naming the intended parents.

A written plan detailing the surrogate’s preferences for labor and delivery

 A stage of embryo development before it is transferred into the uterus.

Another term for the surrogacy contract between the surrogate and intended parents.

Ensuring the child’s rights and best interests are considered in surrogacy arrangements.

 A professional who manages the medical aspects of the surrogacy process.

Surrogacy where the surrogate receives financial compensation beyond expenses.

 Emotional support and advice provided throughout the surrogacy process.

 Freezing of sperm, eggs, or embryos for future use.

 Legal arrangements regarding the care and custody of a child.

Coordination of the menstrual cycles of the egg donor and the surrogate.

Contract detailing the rights, roles, and responsibilities of an egg or sperm donor.

Children born from donor sperm or eggs.

An egg provided by a woman who is not the intended mother, used in IVF.

A database that records information about egg and sperm donors.

 Sperm used to fertilize an egg that is provided by a man who is not the intended father.

The process by which a woman donates eggs for use in assisted reproduction.

Payment made to an egg donor for her participation in the egg donation process.

The process of collecting eggs for use in fertility treatments.

Procedure to collect eggs from a woman’s ovaries for use in IVF.

The process of growing embryos in the laboratory before they are transferred to the womb.

 Donating an unused embryo to another individual or couple.

Placement of embryos into the uterus of a surrogate.

A fertilized egg in the early stages of development before it becomes a fetus.

Surrogacy that adheres to ethical practices, ensuring fairness and respect for all parties.

 Legal and administrative steps required to bring the surrogate-born child to the intended parents’ home

A lawyer specializing in family-related matters, including surrogacy.

A medical clinic that specializes in helping people achieve pregnancy through ART.

 Professional guidance provided to intended parents and surrogates regarding fertility issues.

The area of law that deals with issues related to fertility, including surrogacy.

A procedure to reduce the number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy for health reasons.

A developing human from roughly eight weeks after conception until birth.

Transfer of a thawed embryo to the uterus.

Another term for a gestational surrogacy contract.

Another term for a gestational surrogate.

Surrogacy where the surrogate does not provide the egg and is therefore not genetically related to
the child.

Legal authority granted to care for another person, typically a minor childthe child.

 Medical tests conducted to ensure the health of the surrogate and the intended parents.

An assessment typically conducted by a social worker to ensure the intended parents’ home is suitable for a

Use of hormones in medical treatment, particularly for stimulating egg production or preparing the uterus for implantation.

 A specialized IVF procedure where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.

The process by which an embryo adheres to the wall of the uterus.

A surrogacy arrangement made without the involvement of an agency.

 The inability to conceive after a year of regular unprotected sex.

The deliberate introduction of sperm into a female’s cervix or uterus for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.

The male who intends to be the legal father of a child born through surrogacy.

 The female who intends to be the legal mother of a child born through surrogacy.

The individuals or couple who commission a surrogacy arrangement to become parents.

 A process of fertilizing eggs with sperm outside the body and then implanting the embryo into a
surrogate’s uterus.

A person who is recognized by law as the responsible adult for a child.

 Surrogacy arrangements that are supported and recognized by legal statutes and procedures.

The procedure by which intended parents are paired with a surrogate who meets their needs and

Health tests conducted on the surrogate and sometimes the intended parents to ensure fitness for the
surrogacy process.

A pregnancy where the surrogate carries more than one fetus, such as twins or triplets.

A parent who does not share genetic ties with the child but is legally recognized as the parent.

A medical doctor specializing in women’s reproductive health and pregnancy.

Scientific term for an egg cell in the female reproductive system.

A process in which medications are used to encourage the ovaries to produce multiple eggs.

A legal document that establishes who the legal parents of a child are, particularly in cases involving

 A court order in some jurisdictions used to transfer legal parenthood from the surrogate to the intended
parents after the child is born.

 Legal rights and responsibilities associated with being a parent, including custody and care.

The act of giving birth.

 Legal steps taken after birth to establish the intended parents as the legal parents of the child.

A legal document issued before the child’s birth that establishes the intended parents as the legal parents.

The condition of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body.

Health care provided to a surrogate during pregnancy.

The right of individuals to make decisions about reproduction, including the use of surrogacy.

Evaluation to ensure that intended parents and surrogates are mentally and emotionally prepared
for surrogacy.

 A physician specializing in the treatment of fertility issues.

An attorney who specializes in the legal issues surrounding reproductive technologies, including

The legal rights and freedoms relating to reproduction and reproductive health.

A test to evaluate the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm.

A single baby born from one pregnancy, as opposed to multiples.

A professional who provides advice and support throughout the surrogacy process.

A legal agreement between the intended parents and the surrogate detailing their obligations and

The entire process of surrogacy, from initial consultation to the birth of the child.

The body of law governing surrogacy agreements and practices.

 Counseling provided to a surrogate to help her handle the emotional and psychological aspects of
carrying a child for someone else.

The woman who carries and delivers a child for someone else.

 A detailed description of a surrogate, including her health history, background, and motivations for
becoming a surrogate.

The process of choosing an appropriate surrogate based on specific criteria set by the intended parents.

Another term for artificial insemination, particularly when used to overcome infertility issues.

 A type of surrogacy in which the surrogate’s own egg is fertilized, making her the genetic mother of
the child she carries.

The day on which an embryo is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate.

The layer of tissue inside the uterus where the embryo implants and grows.

A flash-freezing process used to preserve eggs, sperm, or embryos at extremely low temperatures.

 A colloquial and sometimes derogatory term used to describe the use of a surrogate’s uterus for a

 A type of ART in which a fertilized egg is transferred to the fallopian tube.

The earliest stage of development following the fertilization of an egg by a sperm.