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Netherlands

Surrogacy in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, only altruistic surrogacy is allowed with very strict rules. For example, Dutch law prohibits the promotion of commercial surrogacy. Advertising that stimulates supply and demand for surrogacy is prohibited. In addition, prospective parents are not allowed to disclose via social media that they are looking for a surrogate mother, or vice versa - a potential surrogate mother should not advertise their desire. This is one of the reasons why it is often impossible for future parents to find a surrogate mother. Reproductive medical procedures can only be performed in one specific designated hospital. As a result, over the past 10 years, the number of cases of the Dutch using surrogacy programs abroad has increased significantly in countries with loyal legislation in this area, where they can receive guarantees of the successful completion of the process.