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Can a Sibling be a Surrogate?

If your sibling has been trying to get pregnant and is considering surrogacy, you may have thought, “Can a sibling be a surrogate?”

The quick answer is yes. But, you must consider all angles of your potential surrogacy before saying yes to this journey.

In general, these seven questions can help you determine if you’re ready to be a surrogate for your sibling:

  1. Can a sibling be a surrogate?
  2. What’s the process of being a surrogate for your sister or brother like?
  3. What’s the difference between being a gestational carrier for my sister or brother and traditional surrogacy?
  4. Is it weird being a surrogate for your sister or brother?
  5. How do I say no to being a surrogate for my sister or brother?

If you’re ready to talk to a surrogacy specialist about becoming a surrogate for your sibling, you can contact us today!

But, if you want to find out the seven most common questions about being a surrogate for a sibling, continue reading.

1. Can a Sibling be a Surrogate?

As long as you and your sibling meet the requirements, you can usually be a surrogate for a sibling.

The requirements can vary depending on the state(s) you live in and the surrogacy professional you work with. But, typically, to become a surrogate for your brother or sister, you must:

Keep in mind that surrogacy laws vary by state, but being a surrogate for your sister or brother is possible as long as:

2. What’s the Process of Being a Surrogate for Your Sister or Brother Like?

In most respects, the surrogacy process will be unchanged for you. The primary differences will be that you won’t need to search for intended parents and that your relationship will be different than it would be for most intended parent-surrogate matches.

With that knowledge, there are a few steps you should take before you begin the process of being a surrogate for your sister:

One more note: Even siblings need to have a legal contract. This is true for any intended parent-surrogate match and is for everyone’s protection. A contract also serves as a roadmap in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

3. What’s the Difference Between Being a Gestational Carrier for my Sister or Brother and Traditional Surrogacy?

The following explains the difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy:

Gestational Surrogacy

An egg from a donor or intended mother is used, so the surrogate is not the baby’s biological mother. Gestational surrogacy is the recommended course for all situations, particularly in sibling surrogacy journeys.

Traditional Surrogacy

The surrogate uses her egg to create the embryo, making her the baby’s biological mother.

Traditional surrogacy is legally risky and more emotionally complicated, which are only a few of the reasons that it is now illegal in most states.

You can learn more about the differences here. If you do want to become a surrogate for your sister or brother, you will need to complete a gestational surrogacy process.

4. Is it Weird Being a Surrogate for Your Sister or Brother?

In gestational surrogacy, you are not the biological mother of your sibling’s child. Surrogates become pregnant through embryo transfers, so fears of incest are a non-issue. All told, it’s a very clinical process.

Before you choose to become a sibling’s surrogate, consider the following:

5. How do I say no to Being a Surrogate for my Sister or Brother?

Many women who ask, “Can a sibling be a surrogate, and am I OK with this?” do so because they feel pressured to help their sibling.

There are many reasons why surrogacy might not be right for you, so how do you say no?

Next Steps Toward Being a Surrogate for Your Sister or Brother

Your first step should be to contact a surrogacy professional. A specialist will answer any questions about becoming a surrogate for your sibling and can help you begin the process whenever you’re both ready.

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