Every Thing You Need to Know About Surrogacy in South Africa

Surrogacy dates back to biblical days where fertile woman agreed to conceive and carry a baby for another woman and hand over the child at birth. In South Africa, the process has evolved and developed to such an extent that formal and official processes are in place to safeguard both commissioning parents and mothers.

Surrogacy is a woman carrying a pregnancy with the intention of being pregnant for another. There are two types of surrogacy, namely:
  • Gestational – a surrogate is only the vessel and her eggs are not used in the conception. Fertilisation is outside of the body through IVF with either the commissioning parent's eggs or donor eggs being used for conception.
  • Traditional surrogacy – a surrogate also donates her eggs to the commissioning parent. Fertilisation of the eggs is likely inside the body with the sperm being artificially inseminated into her.

Surrogacy perfectly is legal in South Africa

The first surrogacy in South Africa was in 1987 when Pat Anthony was a surrogate mom for her daughter and successfully delivered triplets through this surrogacy medium. Sadly Pat Anthony passed on in the latter part of 2011.

Surrogate mothers - If you are interested in making a positive difference, please find more details online and kindly complete an online application form.

Commissioning parents - More information online

Watch the video about surrogacy in South Africa to gain a better understanding.