What is surrogacy?
As the technologies are becoming advanced, the options of having a baby are also increasing. One such advanced way of having a child is surrogacy. Surrogacy is a modern and advanced option that is chosen by a lot of couples in different situations.
Surrogacy is a pregnancy option in which a woman gets ready to carry the baby of another woman. The woman that carries the baby is called the surrogate mother. This pregnancy option also involves a legal agreement, in which the surrogate mother agrees to bear the child for another mother or couple, who will the parents of the child after birth.
Types of Surrogacy
Now there are three different types of surrogacies that are chosen by different couples based on their situation or scenarios. Types of surrogacy include:
- Gestational: With the help of IVF, it is possible to retrieve eggs from the mother or an egg donor, fertilize them with sperm from the father or donor in the lab and transfer the embryo into the uterus of a gestational surrogate. The gestational surrogate includes the egg and the sperm of the couple. The eggs used in this surrogacy are not of the surrogate mother. After placing the embryo in the uterus, a surrogate mother carries the baby until birth. She doesn’t have any genetic ties or rights on the child because it wasn’t her egg that was used in the fertilization. The Legal Rights of the child lie with the parents.
Now, gestational surrogacy includes two following types:
- Commercial Surrogacy: In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother will receive monetary compensation for carrying a child by the original parent.
- Altruistic (non-commercial) surrogacy: In this surrogacy, the surrogate mother doesn’t receive any payment for the process.
- Traditional: In traditional surrogacy, a father’s sperm is artificially inseminated in the uterus of the surrogate mother. This surrogacy involves the sperm of the father but not the egg of the actual mother or the lady. So, the sperm that is inseminated, fertilizes an egg of the surrogate mother in her uterus. She carries the baby and delivers it for the couple to raise. The traditional surrogate is the baby’s biological mother which is why she has various rights over the baby. Hence, it is a very complex process and not is recommended.
Who needs surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a pregnancy option that is chosen by 12-15% of couples facing infertility issues. Apart from infertility issues, there are other reasons one may choose surrogacy are:
- Serious health conditions like heart diseases, kidney disorders, etc prevent a woman to carry a baby.
- Infertility problems that may cause difficulties in getting pregnant or continuing a pregnancy due to recurrent miscarriages, stillbirths or IVF failures.
- Single parent or person who wishes to have his or her own biological child.
- Couples of same-sex that wish to have a child can choose surrogacy.
- Some busy women can’t take out time for pregnancy due to their career.
How to find a surrogate?
Finding a surrogate mother is not difficult. In most cases, any family that wishes to serve as a surrogate mother can come forward and decide to be one. In this situation, it’s always good for her to take all her time and decide after knowing the whole process.
In other cases, a couple who choose surrogacy to have a child can take the help of a surrogacy agency. A surrogacy agency finds a suitable surrogate mother by matching the criteria of both the couple and the surrogate.
In vitro fertilization
In Vitro means something that takes place outside the body hence In vitro fertilization is a procedure where the fertilization of egg with sperm is done in the lab.
If your previous IVF treatments have failed and you are looking for the solution to your infertility problem, then ICSI-IVF can be a good option.
Azoospermia, which indicates ZERO SPERM COUNT is an infertility issue that affects Only 1 percent of all men and 15 percent of infertile males.
Who can be a surrogate?
One should choose a surrogate who:
- Is at least 21 to 35 years old in age.
- Has given birth to a healthy baby in the past and she understands the medical risks of pregnancy, surrogacy process and childbirth and the emotional issues related to carrying a child.
- Has no sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, HCV, Syphilis, etc.
Surrogacy Process: Step by Step
A surrogacy process includes 5 major steps that include:
- Getting Prepared: The first step of surrogacy is to Choose an IVF Centre that deals in surrogacy. After this, it’s important to choose a surrogate, usually through a surrogacy agency.
- Making legal Contract: Once you choose a surrogate and she agrees on carrying your child, it’s important to create a legal contract. Also, don’t forget to review it properly.
- Fertilization Process: The actual surrogacy starts with the retrieval of eggs from the intended mother or the donor. Then embryos are formed by fusing the obtained eggs with the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm.
- Embryo Transfer: Once the embryos are formed, a good-quality embryo is transferred to the surrogate. If the embryo gets stick, the pregnancy happens and if it doesn’t implant then the surrogate and the couple may go for another IVF cycle.
- Delivery and legal rights: After the pregnancy period, the child is born. As soon as the child is born, the intended parents get full legal custody of the child as mentioned in the legal contract.
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MS Obs & Gynae (Gold Medallist). Dr Ankita Nigam has 3+ years of experience in IVF, Infertility and Gynaecology. She conducts and assists in OPD at our Indirapuram and Meerut centres. She actively assists IVF consultants in all procedures. She takes care of the management of various IVF, Infertility, Pregnancy care patients. She has done a special training in "Ultrasound Whole abdomen and Obstetrics & Gynaecology" from Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia US.
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