Iowa  - "Hawkeye State"

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Overview of Surrogacy Law in Iowa

  1. Does CSP accept Surrogate Mothers who reside in this state?  Yes.
  2. Does CSP accept Intended Parents who reside in this state?  Yes.
  3. Is it legal for Intended Parents who are residents in this state to participate in surrogacy?  Yes.   
  4. Has CSP helped Intended Parents who reside in this state finalize their parental rights?  Yes.   
  5. If a surrogate mother delivers in this state, can the Intended Parents have their names on their child's birth certificate?  Yes.  While Iowa permits pre-birth orders, they only apply to paternity. Under Iowa law, the woman delivering the baby is presumed at birth to be the legal mother. The genetic Intended Father can obtain a pre-birth paternity order, establishing him as the legal father. The Intended Mother (or non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship) must then undergo a post-birth process, either in Iowa or elsewhere, to terminate the Gestational Carrier’s rights and establish the second parent’s legal rights. This will be done through a step-parent or second-parent adoption. Within a few weeks, a birth certificate will be listed with both Intended Parents names. 

Counselors for this state:

Hilary Hanafin, Ph.D.
Kim Nadler, MFCC



VorzimerMasserman Disclaimer: This is a summary for informational use only and should not be relied upon for legal advice. Please note that the state laws regarding surrogacy frequently change and vary from county to county. The attorneys of VorzimerMasserman are only licensed in California. VorzimerMasserman shall not be responsible for any liability associated with this list.

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