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How important is the geographical location of the clinic?


To be honest, it’s not that important.


The clinic’s location used to be much more important (the parents had to fly to freeze sperm, and the surrogate would get approved for the process only after a series of tests at the clinic). But nowadays the sperm is sent to the clinic from around the globe and the surrogate does her battery of tests local to her home, so she only has to physically go to the clinic on the day of the embryo transfer.


Since most of the surrogates won’t live near the clinic where the embryos are created, it doesn’t really matter whether she lives in Texas and comes to a clinic in California, Oregon, or Boston. However, the clinic should be located in a large city so as to prevent lengthy commutes from the airports (imagine a clinic in Beersheba and you land at Ben Gurion).


Although a lot of factors will affect your decision over what clinic to choose (success rates, costs, experience, service, etc.), the state / city where it is located is less relevant.


It’s important to stress that if you live in the United States and are planning to physically go to the clinic to freeze sperm, or if you want to accompany the surrogate to the embryo transfer, I would give the clinic’s proximity more weight. But even then it’s a small part of all the pros and cons you’ll have to consider.


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