A surrogacy arrangement is where a woman agrees to have a baby on behalf of someone else (Intended Parent/s). The surrogate is contracted to hand the baby over to the Intended Parents at the birth.
What is Surrogacy?
There are two types of surrogacy arrangements that can be made: Traditional surrogacy and Gestational surrogacy.
In Traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother uses her own egg for fertilization and is therefore genetically related to the baby. Because the surrogate is the genetic mother, her parental rights are usually protected under law. We therefore do not recommend Traditional Surrogacy to ensure the Intended Parents rights are protected.
In Gestational surrogacy, the surrogate does not use her own genetic material. The eggs and sperm come from the Intended Parents or you may use either an egg or sperm donor if required. At least one of the Intended Parents must be biologically linked to the baby to meet legal requirements.
Surrogates screening: There are a series of tests that the surrogate must undergo before qualifying. Testing procedures may include the following:
Testing for infectious disease
Pap smear and uterine scan
Trial transfer in preparation for implantation
Psychological evaluation and a family history check for genetic disorders
At least one child of her own with a healthy pregnancy
The Surrogacy Process:
The surrogate and the Intended Mother/egg donor will be given medication to synchronize their ovulation cycles. This often involves beginning a cycle of birth control pills. The egg donor will be given injectable hormones to stimulate the ovaries in order to produce more than one mature egg during ovulation. When follicles have reached a certain size, the egg donor will be given an HCG shot to aid egg maturation. After 36 hours, the eggs will be retrieved and fertilized.
When the fertilized eggs or embryos reach a certain stage, they will be transferred to the surrogate's uterus.
*Depending on the laws of the country in which you proceed, surrogacy is available to married couples, de-facto couples, singles and same-sex couples. Not every government allows its citizens to enter into a surrogacy arrangement, therefore consultation with a lawyer and /or checking with the appropriate authorities in your country of residence is strongly recommended.I f you are unsure, please feel free to ask us and we can forward any information we have available.
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