Many New Zealanders have realised their dream of a family through donation and surrogacy. Men and women may have been through significant journeys before considering donation and surrogacy, or they have known from the outset that the only way they will ever achieve parenthood is with the help of others. In either case, generosity on the part of donors and surrogates helps to create these much-wanted children.
In New Zealand, whanau are created in many different ways. There will already be many families created in the way that you envisage yours to be built!
Issues and challenges:
Although all parties can have the best of intentions at the time, circumstances can dictate a change in attitudes over time. Possible issue include:
Therefore, the information contained in this section describes processes when using New Zealand fertility clinics, which offers all parties some level of protection.
Single women and lesbian couples
Women considering or undergoing donor treatment or surrogacy have generally made a considered decision and feel fortunate to have this opportunity.
Single men and gay couples
Finding a local surrogate is the main challenge for single men and gay couples. Many seek treatment overseas, often with an egg donor combined with gestational surrogate (who has no genetic link to the child). The overseas process may be quicker than domestic options (particularly if a traditional surrogate, whose own egg is used, needs to be recruited) but it is very expensive.