Saturday, November 14, 2009

Types of Surrogacy

In traditional surrogacy (also known as the Straight method) the surrogate is pregnant with her own biological child, but this child was conceived with the intention of relinquishing the child to be raised by others such as the biological father and possibly his spouse or partner. The child may be conceived via sexual intercourse (NI), home artificial insemination using fresh or frozen sperm or impregnated via IUI (intrauterine insemination), or ICI (intracervical insemination) which is performed at a fertility clinic. Sperm from the male partner of the 'commissioning couple' may be used, or alternatively, sperm from a sperm donor can be used. Donor sperm will, for example, be used if the 'commissioning couple' are both female or where the child is commissioned by a single woman.

In gestational surrogacy (aka the Host method) the surrogate becomes pregnant via embryo transfer with a child of which she is not the biological mother. She may have made an arrangement to relinquish it to the biological mother or father to raise, or to a parent who is unrelated to the child (e. g. because the child was conceived using egg donation, sperm donation or is the result of a donated embryo). The surrogate mother may be called the gestational carrier.

Altruistic surrogacy is a situation where the surrogate receives no financial reward for her pregnancy or the relinquishment of the child (although usually all expenses related to the pregnancy and birth are paid by the intended parents such as medical expenses, maternity clothing, and other related expenses).[1]

Commercial surrogacy is a form of surrogacy in which a gestational carrier is paid to carry a child to maturity in her womb and is usually resorted to by higher income infertile couples who can afford the cost involved or people who save and borrow in order to complete their dream of being parents. This procedure is legal in several countries including in India where due to high international demand and ready availability of poor surrogates it is reaching industry proportions. Commercial surrogacy is sometimes referred to by the emotionally charged and potentially offensive terms "wombs for rent", "outsourced pregnancies" or "baby farms".

In all cases a contract needs to be drawn up and agreed upon by all parties and an escrow agent hired to assist with the finances.
(Again we looked to Wikipedia)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What is Surrogacy?

According to Wikipedia Surrogacy is a method of reproduction whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant and deliver a child for a contracted party. She may be the child's genetic mother (the more traditional form of surrogacy), or she may, as a gestational carrier, carry the pregnancy to delivery after having been implanted with an embryo, in some jurisdictions an illegal medical procedure.

In either case, escrow services are needed.

Surrogacy Escrow Services

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stan Brenner will be at the ASRM Oct. 18-21

Stan Brenner will be attending the American Society of Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting in Atlanta, GA from October 18th through October 21st. Please feel free to contact Stan if you would like to set up an appointment while he is in Atlanta.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Security of Funds using Surrogacy Escrow Services

Security of Funds

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) ruled on November 21, 2008 that effective immediately client funds deposited in IOTA accounts (Attorney Trust Accounts) are eligible for unlimited deposit insurance coverage.

All funds in an IOTA account, regardless of size, will now be insured in full by the FDIC as part of the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP).
The FDIC rule may be accessed at

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Benefits to Using Surrogacy Escrow Services #3

Benefits to Agencies and Attorneys

An independent escrow agent eliminates the potential conflict of interest that arises when an Agency or Attorney is holding escrow funds while also representing a party to the reproductive arrangement. Additionally, it eliminates the time and effort spent in managing the escrowed funds.Your agreements and contracts are followed to the letter and are reinforced by our attention to detail.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Benefits of Using Surrogacy Escrow Services #2

Benefits to Surrogates/Carriers

Having an independent third party escrow agent eliminates the unpleasantness and stress of having to deal directly with your Intended Parents regarding financial matters. We provide a buffer and in most cases resolve financial concerns without having to interfere with the relationship between you and your Intended Parents. In addition, Surrogacy Escrow Services provides peace of mind to you in knowing that the funds that are owed to you under the Surrogacy Contract are set aside in a secure account to be distributed to you in a timely fashion in accordance with the terms of your Contract. Should an unforeseeable tragedy happen to your Intended Parents (death or the loss of a job), it is comforting to know that the funds that are owed to you are in a secure account and will still be distributed to you in accordance with your Surrogacy Contract. Remember that the funds in place for you are insured by the FDIC.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Benefits of Using Surrogacy Escrow Services #1

Benefits to Intended Parents

The path to parenthood through Surrogacy and Egg Donation can be most rewarding while at the same time can be stressful. The relationship with your surrogate is something that must be nurtured and treated with mutual respect. We eliminate the unpleasant chore of you having to handle financial matters directly with your surrogate. This leaves you, the Intended Parent, to focus on the well-being of your surrogate and the task of nurturing and enhancing your relationship and bond.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Who is Andrew Bucher

Andrew Bucher is admitted to the Florida and Pennsylvania Bars. Andy has acted as escrow agent in surrogacy arrangements and has a reputation of maintaining the highest level of communication with all of the parties. He has worked with both attorneys and private agencies in his capacity as escrow agent. Andy is of the belief that it is important in any surrogacy or other assisted reproduction arrangement to have an independent party managing the funds. In addition, Andy is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator.

Prior to becoming a mediator, Andy was a senior trial attorney for The Zenith Insurance Company and The Hartford Insurance Company handling complex workers’ compensation litigation. He enjoyed a reputation as an attorney who zealously represented his clients’ interests while reaching fair and reasonable agreements with opposing counsel. Earlier in his career Andy’s private practice included personal injury law, divorce, spousal support and adoption.
Andy received his B.A. from Penn State University and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Who is Stan Brenner

Stanley R. Brenner has concentrated his law practice in the field of Assisted Reproduction Law and Adoption. He has maintained an office in Boca Raton, Florida for the last 16 years helping people create families through surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation and adoption. In the area of Assisted Reproduction he has worked with both attorneys and agencies and has represented Intended Parents, Surrogates and Egg Donors. Stan has experience managing trust account funds for Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Adoption clients. He has been a member of the Florida Adoption Council since its inception and has spoken before adoption and infertility groups.
Stan is admitted to the Florida and New York Bar. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Business and the University of Miami School of Law. He and his family reside in Boca Raton, Florida.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why You Need Surrogacy Escrow Services

Are you an Intended Parent or volunteering to carry someone else's baby? If any amount of money is expected to exchange hands then you need a reputable escrow service. Especially one who is familiar with Surrogacy contracts as well as all aspects of Third Party Reproduction. Surrogacy Escrow Services is a nation wide escrow company with a solid reputation for honesty, integrity, and promptness.

Surrogacy Escrow Services is dedicated to maintaining regular communication with all involved parties to the process by providing:

*e-mail updates every time funds are distributed;
*prompt response to all parties inquiries;
*monthly account updates to Intended Parents.

Our goal is to distribute the funds we manage to or on behalf of your surrogate or egg donor in a timely manner in accordance with the terms of your Surrogacy or Egg Donation Agreement. By managing the funds associated with the Surrogacy or Egg Donation, we eliminate some of the stress that is bound to come from the surrogacy process.

All parties to the Surrogacy or Egg Donation process benefit by having an independent entity manage the distribution of funds. We are happy to discuss your specific situation with you and most of all wish you success in your endeavor to achieve parenthood. Please visit our website at

We look forward to hearing from you!
Stan and Andy