Diana Olmeda’s The Surrogacy Blueprint is a roadmap for those exploring surrogacy or considering becoming a surrogate. This guide goes in depth through the stages and complexities of surrogacy, legal intricacies, and personal considerations, making it an indispensable resource.
Olmeda begins her guide through pivotal historical moments that make modern surrogacy possible. She highlights the first compensated surrogacy agreement was executed in 1980. The high-profile 1986 Baby "M" case provides historical context for the necessity for clear regulations in surrogacy. This case involved a couple going through traditional surrogacy where the surrogate used her own egg. After the surrogate wanted to take the baby as her own, the parties entered into a long legal battle. The intended parents aimed to gain parental rights over the child. Olmeda uses this case to guide the chapter to why so many opt for a surrogate process that does not use the surrogate's own egg and the need for clear outline of expectations.
The book includes Olmeda’s personal experiences as she opened her own surrogacy agency and has been a surrogate twice. It explores the qualities that make a great surrogate and emphasizes the vital role of medical testing to ensure surrogates will carry out a healthy pregnancy. She discusses what intended parents should consider when choosing a surrogate so that a match is compatible and does not fall through.
The helpfulness of this guide lies in her recognition that every surrogacy journey is unique. Olmeda acknowledges that intended parents can forge their own route or utilize an agency. This guide is great in acknowledging the individuality of each surrogacy journey, empowering readers to tailor their path to match their unique circumstances and preferences. This perspective elevates the book from a mere guide to a versatile compass for those embarking on the intricate and personal adventure of surrogacy.
Beyond explaining the roles of a surrogate and intended parents, I found it insightful that Olmeda touched on how health insurance policies shifted their views on surrogacy. She states that years prior, health insurance companies would treat surrogacy like a regular pregnancy and cover medical expenses and delivery costs. However, these companies faced high costs from covering preterm deliveries with twins and implemented surrogacy exclusion languages in the Explanation of Benefits. It is important for surrogates and intended parents to analyze the policies of a surrogate's medical insurance because there might be an "insurance lien." Insurance liens allow these companies to recoup the money they paid out on behalf of the surogate. Olmeda criticizes this new policy that some companies have implemented in 2016 as intended parents already pay high costs in other areas of the surrogacy journey.
Olmeda stresses the importance of well-crafted, attorney-reviewed agreements to prevent potential issues. The organized content ensures that the reader is guided through each aspect with clarity. Overall, we recommend The Surrogacy Blueprint as a helpful resource for all parties involved in a surrogacy journey.
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