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Ottawa Fertility Law - Great Expectations

Creating A Family

Are you considering having a child with the help of a surrogate, an egg donor or a sperm donor? Are you considering helping someone to have a child by being a surrogate, or donating eggs or sperm?It is important for you to safeguard your rights and responsibilities in any of these situations. We can help to guide you through the law, including entering into the necessary agreements to protect your parental rights. Creating a Family

There are many different situations where people may need help in having a child. Here are some typical examples.

Single Persons

Any single person, female or male, who wants to have a child and to remain single may use Assisted Reproduction Technology. For example, a single woman may choose to conceive using a sperm donor, while a single man may choose to have a child using an egg donor and a surrogate.

Couples – Opposite Sex

A couple may experience problems having a child if either one or both has a fertility issue, and they may seek out a sperm or ova donor. An opposite-sex couple can also have trouble conceiving if either one or both is transgendered. Couples who have discovered that the intended mother cannot carry a pregnancy to term may need to use the services of a surrogate.

Couples – Same Sex

Although same-sex couples may not suffer from a medical fertility issue, they are generally unable to conceive without assistance. This is sometimes referred to as social infertility. Same-sex couples of either sex are able to use Assisted Reproduction Technology. For example, a lesbian couple may choose to conceive using a sperm donor and a gay couple may choose to have a child using an egg donor and a surrogate.