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Different types of surrogacy

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What is the difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy? In this article you will find helpful info about the different types of surrogacy.

Couples struggling with infertility can use certain procedures and services to help them achieve their dream of conceiving, such as the use of a surrogate carrier.  There are two forms of surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, and traditional surrogacy.

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Gestational surrogacy is the most common type of surrogacy.  In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate carrier isn’t biologically related to the child being carried.  Rather, gestational surrogacy involves the use of eggs from the intended mother or an egg donor and sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor to form an embryo that is transferred into the uterus of a surrogate cell through in vitro fertilization (“IVF”).  IVF is a process where eggs are fertilized in a lab, and a limited number of resulting embryos are transferred into the uterus of the surrogate, the provider.

A gestational surrogate mother is hunted by a couple as soon as an intended parent wants to have a child and does not have a uterus or has a medical condition that would prevent the mother from safely carrying a baby.  Some of the health conditions or reasons may include abnormalities in the uterine lining, being older than 45, cancer, or diabetes.  An intended parent with such health conditions that would make it difficult to conceive and carry a child of her own might seek out a surrogate to take her biological child.

Many steps are involved for a couple seeking gestational surrogacy.  First, a couple must find a suitable surrogate either through sites, fertility clinics, attorneys, or private bureaus.  The excellent gestational surrogate should be a healthy woman between the ages of 21 and 45 who have had a successful term pregnancy and is emotionally and physically fit.  It’s quite important that the proper screenings take place for both the surrogate and the intended parents.  The right surrogate must undergo a complete history and physical exam, as well as a psychological exam.  The intended parents must also be analyzed to be sure they’re healthy enough to go through the procedures associated with IVF, as well as undergo genetic testing and mental exams.

To increase the chances of a successful fertilization, it’s optimal to be able to extract multiple eggs from the intended mother or egg donor.  This is accomplished through the use of fertility drugs, which are prescribed to increase egg production for the intended mother or egg donor.  After eggs are extracted and then fertilized, they are transferred to the uterus of the surrogate carrier, with the expectation of implantation in the uterine wall.  Тhе surrоgаtе rеlеаsеs thе bаbу tо thе соuрlе right after birth.

The other type of surrogacy is traditional surrogacy.  In traditional surrogacy, the child is genetically related to the surrogate because the surrogate’s egg is used to make the child.  Eggs in the surrogate are combined with sperm in the male partner or donor sperm to make an embryo.  Traditional surrogacy used to be the only option for intended parents who had to use a surrogate.  This sort of surrogacy may lead to pregnancy through the use of varying procedures.  Two of these procedures include the use of intrauterine insemination (“IUI’s”) or cervical inseminations (“ICI’s”).  IUI is a fertility treatment that uses a catheter to place lots of washed sperm directly into the uterus.  An ICI is where a small catheter is used to deposit semen close, but not inside, the cervix.  Many intended parents decide to use a gestational surrogate due to the genetic link between the conventional surrogate and the child she is carrying.  Some surrogates might find it tough to detach from the baby because of the genetic relationship.  Additionally, there might be greater legal protection for the parents in a gestational surrogacy.

To be able to secure the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved, from the surrogate provider, the intended parents or parents, an attorney is needed to prepare all legal documents before any procedures begin.  The surrogate and egg donor should also have independent legal counsel for the intended parents.

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Looking for a surrogate mother? what is a surrogate?

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If you have already made your decision, there are several steps you need to follow in order to find surrogate mother and ensure she meet all the surrogate mother requirements and is the perfect match.

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7 steps surrogacy guide

Step 1: Weigh your options (types of surrogacy)

You should learn about the different types of surrogacy options and decide if you want to pursue traditional surrogacy or gestational surrogacy. Also you need to find more information about what is a surrogate mother

Also, you need to choose between going independent or working with a surrogacy agency that will support you to find a surrogate mother.

Step 2: Understand the legal regulation Research the law

Surrogacy laws change from country to country, even province to province or state to state. You need to understand the local surrogacy regulation.

Step 3: Talk It over

Talk with your family and friends; you will need their support during your surrogacy journey. Also, in some case, thanks to the mouth to mouth, they can help you to find surrogate mother.

Step 4: Talk to surrogacy specialists

If you decide to work with an agency, the first step is to make a thoughtfully research for surrogacy agency options. It’s important you feel comfortable with their modus operandi, reputation and values before you retain one.

Using an agency can have several advantages but also disadvantages (like the cost). In general, agencies have handled over hundreds of surrogacy process and are aware of main problems, they can support and advise you during the whole process… but it’s also possible to pursue surrogacy on your own.  This decision will impact the in the cost of surrogacy

Step 5: Look for lawyers and take legal advice

You should get legal advice regarding surrogacy laws and learn about the legal implications of the different types of surrogacy agreements, but also you would need a family/surrogacy lawyer to draft the surrogacy contract.

Step 6: Choose your IVF clinic

Get in contact with your fertility clinic to learn about the medical requirements for you and your surrogate.

Also, you need to know that surrogacy success rates are highly influenced by the fertility clinic you will choose, the fertility history of the gestational carrier and the quality of the embryo transferred.

Step 7: Choosing the surrogate: surrogate mother requirements

When you choose a surrogate, there are some specific characteristics to look for while choosing a surrogate mother (age, previous healthy pregnancy, BMI, healthy life style, etc.). In this link you can find out more info about the surrogate mother requirements

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7 tips to find surrogate mother

Some Tips to remember while you search for surrogate mother:

1-      Be as honest as possible with the surrogate mother during the matching process

2-      Ask as many questions as possible regarding the surrogate mother requirements and type of surrogacy you want to pursue

3-      There are no silly questions during the matching process.

4-      Discuss about type of contact you want to have during and after the pregnancy. You can have as much or as little contact as both parties (Intended parents and surrogate mother) are comfortable with.

5-      Ensure you feel comfortable with her

6-      She will need to pass a psychological and medical screening to ensure that she is emotional and psychically prepared for the surrogacy journey

7-      She needs to agree to signs a surrogacy contract about her role and responsibilities during this process.

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The decision to become parents via surrogacy needs to be thought carefully but can be influenced by a diversity of situations limiting your ability to create a family, such as infertility, medical problems, same sex couples or single people. Whatever is the reason before moving forward with your surrogacy journey you must be 100% surrogacy is the right option for you.