What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is an assisted reproductive procedure which helps the intended parents to start their families when they otherwise could not. There are several reasons for which intended parents pursue surrogacy and they come from different backgrounds. All intended parents work closely together with the surrogate mothers, a woman who carries the baby in her womb until the baby born.
There are two types of surrogacy procedure which is (i) gestational surrogacy and (ii) traditional surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is the procedure where the gestational carrier has no genetic link with the baby born. This is a procedure which is performed using IVF where embryos created in IVF lab and transfer into the uterus of the gestational surrogate. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate eggs were used to facilitate the fertilization with the sperm of the intended father and once the fertilization takes place the resulted embryo will be transferred into the uterus of the traditional surrogate.
Is surrogacy for me?
Carrying a baby for someone else is not an easy task and it requires a lot of patience to accept this that the baby who you carry in your womb need to hand-over to someone else after 9 months and you have no relationship left with the baby. If you are strong enough to carry someone else baby then surrogacy is the best procedure through which you will help the couple’s in completing their family.
As a gestational surrogate, you are not genetically related to the baby born because the eggs of the intended mother or egg donor will be used for fertilization and resulted embryo will be placed into the gestational surrogate.
How does surrogacy work?
The full surrogacy which is also known as gestational surrogacy where the fertility expert will collect the eggs and sperms of intended parents to facilitate the fertilization using an IVF procedure. Once the fertilization takes place the embryologist will transfer the best-chosen embryo into the uterus of the gestational surrogate to establish the successful pregnancy.
The other one is the partial surrogacy which is known as traditional surrogacy where the surrogate becomes pregnant by using her own eggs which are artificially fertilized with the sperm of intended father and she will carry the baby in her womb until the baby birth.
- What is my chance of having a baby with surrogacy?
- What are the risks of surrogacy?
- Legal issues associated with surrogacy
- Where do I start?
The risk of surrogacy can range from mild to severe discomfort and sometimes life-threating. Problems during the period of pregnancy may include the physical and mental conditions which can affect the health of the surrogate mother or the baby. There are some problems which do not progress, however, if they occur they may harm the surrogate mother or the baby. The following are some health conditions which a woman may experience during pregnancy such as Depression, High Blood Pressure, Infections, Nausea etc. but they are not limited. There can be more issues so before going for surrogacy you need to discuss with your doctor about the risks.