Are you thinking about surrogacy as an option to become parents? Are you looking for a surrogate mother? Do you have any doubt about the surrogacy process? What is a surrogate? Where do I start?
Let’s start this article answering some of these questions:
What is a surrogate mother?
A surrogate, also named traditional surrogate (traditional surrogacy) or gestational surrogate (gestational carrier) is a woman who will help someone to become parents carrying a baby for them.
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a contract between the Prospective IPs (Intended Parent) and a surrogate. The surrogate mother will become pregnant through an IVF transfer and will carry a baby in behalf of the intended parents until the baby birth.
Couples and individuals may choose to pursue a surrogacy journey based on different reasons:
- Infertility problems
- Health problems
- Same sex people
Types of surrogacy: Gestational surrogacy and Traditional surrogacy
As explained at the beginning of this article, there are two types or surrogates and for consequence two types of surrogacy process: traditional and gestational surrogacy.
In general, due to legal and moral concerns in general surrogate mothers and intended parents prefer to follow a gestational surrogacy process in which the surrogate (gestational carrier) has no genetical link or connections with the baby she will carry because their eggs are not used.
What is the cost of a surrogacy process?
Depending of the country where you are going to purse your surrogacy journey, the cost can change a lot (for example surrogacy in USA is more expensive than Surrogacy in Canada or in other East European countries). On the other hand, your personal choices can affect to final cost, for example if you will hire an agency or not. It’s important you take in consideration all the possible factors when you estimate the cost. More about surrogate mother cost
Legal Considerations in a Surrogacy Journey
Surrogacy regulations are not the same in every country and even can vary from region to region within a country. Whether you are a surrogate mother, egg donor or intended parent, get in contact with a fertility/family lawyer before starting your surrogacy journey.