Surrogacy, a beautiful journey that brings dreams to life, has captured the attention of millions through various forms of media. One such depiction is the Netflix series "The Surrogacy," a fictional portrayal of this heartwarming process. At ACRC Global, we have been privileged to assist countless families in making their parenthood dreams come true through surrogacy and egg donation. In this blog post, we'll delve into the key differences between the Netflix series and the actual surrogacy process as experienced with ACRC Global. (***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***)
Before we go into the differences between the series and actual process, let's take a look at the plot:
It's 2004 and surrogacy is still illegal in Mexico. A young woman named Yeni becomes a surrogate for Julia and her husband, Carlos, heir to a powerful company, Huizar Pharmaceuticals. Yeni didn’t plan to become a surrogate, but she desperately needs the money to save her father, Múbú, from an unjust prison sentence after he defended his daughter from a carjacking — which, as it turns out, was staged by the Huizar family, who then coerced her into carrying Carlos’ child. After giving birth months later, Yeni wakes up in a public square with a baby in her arms. The pair were abandoned because the baby was not “perfect” enough for the family’s matriarch, Nora. When Yeni realizes what’s happened, she threatens to take legal action and ends up entangled in the Huizars’ lies and corruption. (Source: Netflix)
In the entertainment world, drama and conflict are often amplified for viewer engagement. While "The Surrogacy" may entertain, it's important to remember that it might not necessarily portray the complexities and nuances of the actual surrogacy journey accurately.
The Legal Landscape:
Netflix's "The Surrogacy": Set in 2004, the show portrays a time when surrogacy is illegal in Mexico. The narrative revolves around Yeni's unexpected entry into surrogacy due to dire circumstances, exposing her to a world of deceit and power struggles.
Actual Surrogacy Process with ACRC: Surrogacy is not illegal in Mexico due to a Supreme Court decision back in 2021. However, it is still determined by state laws and only allows heterosexual couples between the ages of 25 and 40 who can prove inability to carry a child. International intended parents, Mexican LGBT individuals and couples and heterosexual singles are prohibited from Mexican surrogacy. Here at ACRC Global, we've helped many international intended parents realize their dreams of having a child despite certain legal barriers in their home country. Our agency ensures that all parties involved understand their rights and responsibilities, creating an environment of transparency and trust.
Motivations and Consent:
Netflix's "The Surrogacy": Yeni's path to becoming a surrogate is driven by financial desperation and a desire to help her unjustly imprisoned father. The coercion and manipulation she faces showcase the dark underbelly of the Huizar family's power dynamics. Carlos, Yeni's lover prior to his marriage to Julia, employed his influence to manipulate DNA tests and implant Yeni's own embryos into her womb.
Actual Surrogacy Process with ACRC: The surrogacy journey is characterized by informed consent, where both surrogates and intended parents willingly embark on a shared path. ACRC Global prioritizes the physical and emotional well-being of surrogates, fostering a respectful and supportive atmosphere. A gestational carrier does not use her own embryos, therefore the baby they carry does not have the surrogate's DNA.
Emotional Resilience and Support:
Netflix's "The Surrogacy": Yeni's ordeal uncovers the emotional turmoil she faces as she becomes entangled in the Huizars' web of deception and corruption. The show amplifies the dramatic tension for entertainment purposes.
Actual Surrogacy Process with ACRC: While emotional challenges can arise in any surrogacy journey, ACRC Global is committed to providing comprehensive emotional support to all parties involved. Our agency's focus on open communication, counseling, and support groups allows for a healthier emotional experience throughout the process. Our experienced case managers guide surrogates and intended parents the entire journey and even after.
Real Relationships vs. Dramatic Intrigues:
Netflix's "The Surrogacy": The Huizar family's manipulation and abandonment of Yeni and the baby create a sensationalized storyline, showcasing strained relationships for dramatic impact. In the show, Yeni wakes up after giving birth, abandoned and left with her newborn son whom has a disability.
Actual Surrogacy Process with ACRC: The relationships fostered during the surrogacy journey are built on mutual respect, trust, and empathy. ACRC Global emphasizes nurturing real connections between surrogates, intended parents, and egg donors, focusing on the shared goal of creating a loving family. Both surrogates and egg donors are screened based on ASRM guidelines to have the best success rates and prevent any complications such as illnesses, disabilities, stillbirth, etc. Also contracts are in place to protect both the surrogates and intended parents.
While "The Surrogacy" on Netflix is a gripping tale that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, it's important to remember that real-life surrogacy is a profoundly meaningful journey guided by ethical principles, compassion, and legal integrity. ACRC Global's commitment to facilitating genuine relationships, offering unwavering support, and ensuring legal compliance sets us apart as a trusted partner for intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors. If you're considering surrogacy, allow ACRC Global to guide you through a transformative experience that mirrors the beauty of genuine human connections.