When you are looking at having a baby by using a surrogate service, you need to know that there are two different kinds of surrogacy. Depending on why you are using a surrogate, you may be able to pick between the two. As a result, you need to know how to choose between traditional and gestational surrogacy, which requires knowing what both are and a little about each of them. Of course, it is always best to go with whatever your doctor recommends.
When it comes to a traditional surrogate, the woman who is carrying the baby is using her own egg and is artificially inseminated in the lab by the father or the donor’s sperm. She carries the baby until she delivers and then turns the baby over to the intended parents. As a result, the child is biologically half the surrogate’s child. This can cause issues once the child is born or later in life, which many people wish to avoid so may choose to avoid this method for this reason.
This is the more popular method in the United States these days. The surrogate has no biological connection to the baby, as the egg belongs to either the mother to be or a donor and the sperm also comes from the father to be or a sperm donor. Again, conception happens in the lab and the eggs are implanted into the woman who will carry the baby to term.
The reason that this method is more popular is that legally it is less complex, as the woman carrying the child is not biologically related. This makes it less complicated as she cannot legally try to claim the child.
Why Do Women Become Surrogates?
There are many reasons that women choose to become a surrogate. For some, it is a family member or a friend that offers to carry a pregnancy for a couple that cannot have a child for whatever reason. But the majority of surrogacy’s are by strangers who are found through an agency.
For others, they are women who have had their own children, but enjoyed the experience of pregnancy and do not want any more children. They may want to help others experience the same joy that they have. Typically, these women are provided with a fee for their services.
Why Use an Agency?
While some people may decide to hire a surrogate on their own, it is a good idea to use an agency to help you find someone. An agency ensures that all the screening is done to make sure that the woman knows what she is getting into; they will do any medical checks, provide any type of support, and handle the funds and arrange for conception and implantation; they keep the parents-to-be informed of the process and make any arrangements between them and the surrogate during the pregnancy.
Requirements for a Surrogate
Not every woman of child bearing age is eligible to be a surrogate. They need to be of legal age and have given to birth to at least one child. They need to be able to understand what pregnancy and childbirth is about, even though every pregnancy may not be the same. There is typically a higher age limit which the agency will set and advise anyone who is looking at using their services.
Surrogates go through a psychological screening as well as a physical to make sure that they are capable of handling a pregnancy and giving up the child at the end of it. They will be checked for any STIs and immunity to various illnesses which will be passed onto the child.