Surrogacy

It is a method of assisted reproduction that will help intended parents to start a family when they otherwise could not. Parents pursue surrogacy for several reasons and come from different backgrounds. All parents work with a gestational surrogate, a woman who would carry a child to term for them.

There are two types of surrogacy arrangements:-

  • Gestational Surrogacy : In this method, the gestational carrier has no genetic connection to the child. Through an In vitro fertilization (IVF), embryos are created in a lab (sometimes with the use of an egg donor) and are transferred into the surrogate mother’s uterus.
  • Traditional Surrogacy : In a traditional surrogacy arrangement, a surrogate becomes pregnant with the use of her own eggs.

Whether you choose traditional or gestational surrogacy, expect the process to take anywhere between 14 to 18 months before you are holding your baby in your hands.

Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Prior to being approved to become a surrogate mother, a woman must first undergo medical and psychological testing in order to ensure that she is healthy enough to proceed to give birth. This typically invoves a thorough evaluation that is oftentimes performed by the staff at a surrogacy institution.

Once the woman has been approved and accepted into the surrogacy program at an institution, the agency will begin to suggest her services to potential individuals or couples with whom she may make a good fit.

And when a potentially match has been determined, both the surrogate mother and the biological parent or parents of the child will meet in person. This will help move the process along in terms of determining an appropriate comfort level for moving forward.

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