Frequently Asked Questions related to surrogacy

Surrogacy is an advanced version of assisted reproductive technology.

Both surrogate (the woman who has been hired to carry the child) and intended parents have some common questions in their minds, which are as follows:

Frequently Asked Questions related to surrogacy.

Why is surrogacy considered a complex ART process?

Surrogacy is a third-party reproduction technique required to hire a woman for carrying the offspring for the intended parents.

The born child through the surrogacy process may or may not have a biological connection with the surrogate. 

In surrogacy, both complicated medical processes and country-specific legal procedures are required to follow to continue the program.

This is an expensive reproductive treatment process.

Many countries ban commercial surrogacy.  

Is monetary compensation always involved in surrogacy?

It is not necessary to always monetary compensation required to link to hire a surrogate.

Altruistic surrogacy does not allow any compensation for carrying the child.

The foundation of Altruistic surrogacy is selflessness and noble reason to help some infertile couples or single parents who desire to have their kids.

Many countries only allow Altruistic surrogacy.

When can be a surrogate become the biological mother of the born child?

Surrogacy is broadly divided into two types – Traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy.

In traditional surrogacy, the eggs are collected from the surrogate and artificially fertilized with the intended father’s sperm.

The created embryo in the laboratory set-up is then implanted in the surrogate’s womb.

She carries the offspring for the whole gestational period for the proper development of the fetus.

After completion of full-term, surrogate deliver the child and hand it over to the intended parents.

In this technique, the used egg is collected from the surrogate, so she is the biological mother of the born child.

However, in gestational surrogacy, usually, the viable eggs are collected from the intended mother and created embryo after fertilization of her male partner implanted to gestational surrogate for complete development of the fetus.

Therefore, in these cases, the surrogate only acts as a gestational carrier, who has no biological connection with the baby.

What is the role of an egg donor in the case of a surrogacy program?

If the surrogate does not want to agree to pursue the traditional surrogacy process in case of the intended mother has an ovarian failure or produces a poor quality egg or reached menopausal age, then require to take help from an egg donor. 

What are the criteria needed to match between surrogate and intended parents for successful surrogacy?

Some basic criteria are:

  • Research your own.
  • Collection of detailed information of complete surrogacy process.
  • Decision-making capacity.
  • To fulfill the commitments.
  • Challenge acceptance mentality.
  • Conducting and passing all the medical and psychological evaluations.
  • Positive attitude towards life.
  • Capacity to deal with financial and emotional investment.
  • Strong family support system.

Who bridging the surrogate and intended parents?

Two professionals play an extremely important role between the surrogate and intended parents.

They are surrogacy agencies and surrogacy attorneys.

Surrogacy agencies offer a professional service to intended parents according to their selected criteria in the surrogacy process.

Including searching for the best match surrogate for the selected program, medical screening, communicating with all the professionals including medical counselors, embryologists, endocrinologists, IVF experts, egg and/or sperm donors (if required), and legal personnel.

Therefore, full-service obtain from surrogacy agencies aim to act as a supporter of the hassle-free, successful surrogacy process.

Surrogacy agencies generally work with surrogates across the country and serve services to intended parents around the globe.

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Whereas, surrogacy attorneys arrange necessary legal functioning to draft legal contracts and assure to follow the country-specific laws and regulations.

Usually, intended parents do not need to contact surrogacy attorneys because here the surrogacy agencies play as coordinators.

All the necessary points including the right of the born child, compensation of the surrogate are mentioned in the legal draft. 

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