Pedro and Marcelo have been trying to become dads since 2015, and decided to pursue fatherhood via surrogacy. “Adoption in Brazil is a lengthy and unfair process,” Pedro said.
Surrogacy in Brazil also has its limitations, however, in that it is permitted only “altruistically,” meaning no money can exchange hands. To serve as a surrogate, moreover, you must be a close relative of one of the parents. “This is to prevent it turning into a commercial surrogacy,” Pedro explained. “The surrogate needs medical approval that she is emotionally fit and, then everything must be in a contract that clearly defines everything.”
So beyond the cost of surrogacy, the couple had to find a relative who was willing to serve as an altruistic gestational carrier. Pedro and Marcelo were trying surrogacy with their mom and cousin, but first year was failed. They haven’t stopped and finally, their cousin was pregnant. On July 7 2017, their daughter was born. As for Pedro’s mother, she was initially sad she was unable to help out. “But nowadays, she is radiant with her first grandchild. She’s the happiest grandma.”
You should always believe in your dreams, like Pedro and Marcelo.