Surrogate mothers, or gestational surrogates, are commissioned by a couple who cannot have children of their own.
Usually this is because the female partner has an irreversible medical condition which makes carrying a baby dangerous for her, has suffered a number of miscarriages, or is unable to fall pregnant.
Gay couples may also choose to make use of a surrogacy clinic like Wijnland to have a child who is biologically related to one of the fathers.
The most common reason for choosing to use a surrogate mother in South Africa is when the female partner has a medical complication which makes becoming pregnant, retaining a pregnancy, or giving birth dangerous for her.
These could include:
Every case is unique, and deciding whether or not to use a surrogate can be a complex choice. If you have any questions, please contact us and arrange to come in for a consultation.
Wijnland’s goal is helping you to start your family in the safest possible way, and our fertility and surrogacy experts in Cape Town are on hand to offer counselling and world class medical advice!
Many mothers are deeply moved by the plight of other women who cannot carry their own babies, and feel a calling to give back and share the joy of motherhood with others.
If they are healthy, and their own pregnancy and childbirth was relatively easy, then becoming a surrogate can be an immensely rewarding experience. Having experienced the joy of helping to bring a new life into the world, surrogacy is the perfect way to share that gift with couples desperate for their own child.
In South Africa, surrogate mothers can be compensated for their medical expenses and costs relating to the pregnancy, but any additional payment is not legal.
Are you drawn to the idea of becoming a surrogate mother?
Please get in touch with us, or download our PDF application form.
While we suggest all our potential surrogates and commissioning couples seek professional legal assistance before embarking on this path, there are a few key legalities worth noting:
Wijnland mainly assists with surrogacy in Cape Town, but we regularly work with patients from all around the globe.
Helping another couple start their family is an incredibly selfless and brave thing to do, as well as being an opportunity, quite literally, to change people’s lives. If you are considering becoming one of these remarkable women, please get in touch or download an application form. We salute you!
Before you apply
Please remember that one of the most important requirements is that you have a child of your own before you are eligible to be considered as a surrogate.