This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Recognize that surrogacy contracts are sometimes illegal
2. Explain that gestational surrogacy involves using the fertilized egg of the intended mother
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Genoox, Inc., and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from July 6 2018 through July 6 2019, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 weeks.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
United States laws governing surrogacy agreements and gestational carrier compensation vary by state and individual, depending on sexual orientation and marital status. States are still grappling with the issues of how to balance reproductive rights, how to prevent exploitation of gestational carriers, and how to safeguard the unborn child. Presently, New York and a few other states prohibit surrogacy. Other states including Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, and Illinois allow for gestational surrogacy. Most recently in May 2018, New Jersey, after two previous failed attempts to regulate surrogacy, the governor signed into law a bill to regulate gestational surrogacy in which doctors take a fertilized egg from the intended mother and implant it in the surrogate’s womb. A contractual agreement will require the surrogate mother to immediately relinquish all parental rights to the child, including rights to custody, parenting time or support.
Due to the changing legal landscape in reproductive medicine, the state of Hawaii recently issued a report that discussed studying gestational and carrier agreements. The next step will be to ask for a two-year working group convene to consider whether to amend Hawaii laws to include regulation and protection of rights of all parties involved in surrogacy arrangements and, if so, the best way to do so. This is necessary due to people’s strong desire to be parents even if unable to bear a child, and the frequency of surrogacy arrangements in the state. The working group will report to the state’s Attorney General.
Take a post-test and get CME credits
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This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information
presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.