Are you in search of a surrogate mother? When a woman carries a child in her womb and gives birth to him/her for another woman then this process is known as surrogacy. It is becoming very popular nowadays but you should keep it in mind that it is a complex process involving a women’s pregnancy.
A woman, who has faced many complications in pregnancy, may choose second option and that is surrogacy. In few cases, due to early pregnancy, many women faces critical situations where they are not in the condition of giving birth to their own child in later stage. There are few pregnancy complications involved in this process of birth and many reasons for choosing this method of baby birth, such as:
- A woman is physically not able to bear a pregnancy
- Facing miscarriages
- Due to women’s infertility
- Due to impotency
- Any partner facing genetically defect
- Homosexuality etc.
Please refer to your interesting topic within this page
– What is surrogacy
– Define Surrogacy
-What is Surrogacy Process
-What is Gestational Surrogacy
-What is Circle Surrogacy
-What is difference between IVF and Surrogacy
-What is traditional surrogacy
-What is altruistic surrogacy
-What are surrogacy laws
-What is commercial surrogacy
-What are surrogacy agencies
-What is surrogacy cost
-Surrogacy in UK
-Surrogacy in India
-Surrogacy in Australia
-Surrogacy in Canada
Surrogacy is a time taking process but it can change a couple’s life by completing their family. This technique is a miracle or we can say a gift of science to these families.
What Is Surrogacy
Surrogacy is a new technique in which a surrogate mother gives birth to a baby for other couple. It is done by the will of an intended couple as well as the surrogate mother.
As I said couple generally opt for surrogacy for so many reasons but in few cases it is also opted by the woman who does not want to bear the pregnancy.
If you don’t have a child, you can go either for adoption or surrogacy but the best part about the surrogacy is that you can get a genetically identical child. So if you are facing any difficulty in pregnancy, you may opt for for this process.
Surrogacy is a reliable technique and you need not to think twice for choosing it. But before going for surrogacy you have to go through few medical procedures. You may choose any of your relative as a surrogate or you can take any agency’s help for that matter as they provide you with the details of those women who are willing to give birth to your child and in return they take their fees. Many agencies are running various programs worldwide for the adoption of this method of giving birth to a child. Few agencies are working under some NGO’s and many of them are doing it commercially.
When a pregnancy is carried out by another woman for intended couple then this way of pregnancy is known as surrogacy. In surrogacy an embryo is introduced into surrogate’s uterus through IUI or IVF.
IUI is Intrauterine Insemination and IVF stands for In Vitro fertilization.
Surrogates may also charge some money for their work by the couple concern. Surrogates help these couples for completing their family. They do it with selfless nature to fulfill ones life with joy and happiness. Any woman can work as surrogate. But she has to fulfill some requirements such as:
- She should be physically fit
- She doesn’t have any genetic disorder.
- She already has delivered a child.
- Not below the age of 21yrs
- Does not consume any alcoholic products
- Needs her family support
- Does not involve in any government programs/cases
- Should have good BMI (body mass index)
These requirements may vary from country to country.
What is Surrogacy Process
If you are going for surrogacy then I would like to tell you the process which you should follow to make your surrogacy successful. The process has been illustrated below in detail:
- First of all you have to decide whether you want a surrogate or any of your relative is going to help you in it.
- If you want surrogate then you have to contact some agency.
- Surrogacy agency will provide you a surrogate.
- You should be aware of laws of that particular country. Few global rules are described in this article below.
- An agreement is signed between the surrogate and intended parents.
- Agreement is done by the lawyer.
- First of all surrogate is examined by the doctors if she is able to bear a pregnancy.
- Family bears all the expenses of the surrogate till the agreement is completed.
- Some families also provide life insurance to the surrogate.
- After giving birth to the child, he is referred to his parents for his further development.
How Does Surrogacy Work
Let me tell you how surrogacy works:
- First of all if you want a genetically identical child then a surrogate need a donor egg and donor sperm.
- If don’t then surrogate’s egg may also be fertilized with donor sperm.
- As you know that gay couple may also go for surrogacy so in that case a donor sperm is fertilized by the surrogates own egg.
- Donor egg is fertilized by the donor sperm and then inseminate in the female uterus.
- Insemination may be done by IUI or IVF.
- An expert is required to monitor the whole process.
- Many social workers also support surrogates in their gestation period.
- Surrogate is fully monitored by the doctors till the completion of gestation period.
What is Gestational Surrogacy
It is one of the types of surrogacy. Many women who can not bear pregnancy, want their own child, by own child. I mean to say, “a biological child”. So they may take help of gestational surrogacy.
In gestational surrogacy both donor egg and donor sperm is taken from the intended couple. And the couple is the biological parent of the child.
In some countries gestational surrogacy is legal, in fact in US, most of the parents opt for gestational surrogacy because it gives them their biological child, and also the surrogate has no affection with the child as she doesn’t share any biological relation with the baby.
It invokes a complicated process, and also requires many legal formalities. But it a good option for you if you want to give birth to your biological child.
What is Circle Surrogacy
Circle surrogacy is a highly reputed agency of USA. It also offers surrogacy for gay couples. It is running since 1995. It serves as a high level agency amongst the other surrogacy agencies. It’s results are also good. Circle offers a variety of surrogacy for individuals and gay couples from 48 countries. This is the unique feature of this group.
In western countries, gay relationship is very common and they want their family too. In such cases circle surrogacy helps them in building their family. This agency offers top experts to accomplish surrogacy process. About 800 children take birth every year by the help of this agency.
If you want baby through this process then you may approach them. This may be the good option for you but is quite expensive too. If you want to accomplish your surrogacy without any doubt then you need not to think about it.
What is difference between IVF And Surrogacy
Some people think that IVF and surrogacy, both are same. But I would like to clarify it to you that both of them are different medical processes which aids in giving birth to a child with scientific aids. IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is also known as test tube baby.
In IVF egg is collected from the fallopian tube of the women and then fertilized by the sperm. All this process takes place on a petridish or we can say outside the mother body.
When it is fertilized by the sperm then embryo (fertilized egg) is introduced into the mother’s body and the further process of pregnancy is natural. In IVF embryo is introduced in the same mother’s body. No another woman is required in it.
But in case of surrogacy, another woman is duly needed. Egg and sperm or the sperm from the donor parents are introduced into the woman’s body (surrogate’s body). Implantation of egg and sperm may be done through IVF or IUI.
Types of Surrogacy
Surrogacy is of various types such as:
- Gestational surrogacy
- Traditional surrogacy
- Altruistic surrogacy
- Commercial surrogacy
What is Traditional Surrogacy
Traditional surrogacy is illegal in some countries. This surrogacy is less expensive than gestational surrogacy. Traditionally in this method surrogate’s own egg is fertilized by sperm of couple (male). Woman with infertility or less egg production, opt for this type of surrogacy. Sperm is inseminated with any of the method such as IVF, IUI, AI (artificial insemination).
Main difference between the traditional method and other methods is the genetic link. Child born by the traditional surrogacy has no biological relation with the mother. Surrogate is the biological mother of the child.
And with this many complications arise such as couple is not comfortable with the child as baby contains different biological material.
Also complications may arise from the surrogate’s side. She has the affection with the child so it may be difficult for her to go and just give the baby to the intended couple.
What is Altruistic Surrogacy
All the surrogates deserve appreciation for their work. Because it is not possible for every woman to work with selflessness for a some other family/couple, to make it complete.
But in altruistic surrogacy, a surrogate does not take monetary payment for her work. She does this for making a family complete. In this type of surrogacy, surrogate is generally a relative of yours.
She does not take any compensation for her service. Due to this reason, altruistic surrogacy is less expensive. Or we can say that this is the cheapest method of getting your baby through this process.
So the couple, who can not afford the expenses of surrogacy, can choose to opt for altruistic surrogacy. Many women do this as a social service. In this, couple already finds their surrogate without taking any help of any agency. Couple and surrogate may know each other.
What are Surrogacy Laws
As you know that surrogacy is a very complicated process and that’s why it includes legal agreements to avoid post birth clashes, primarily between the surrogates and the couple in need . So many countries has set their laws for surrogacy. And couple who wants a child through this method has to follow his country’s laws. These laws may vary from country to country. Few basic laws in some countries are enlisted below:
- Commercial surrogacy is illegal.
- Only altruistic surrogacy is legal.
- Surrogacy can not be done outside the country.
- If someone did so then he may imprisoned for 1 yr.
- After birth of the child, parents have to adopt the baby.
- Surrogacy is allowed for heterosexual only.
In South Africa
- Surrogacy agreement has to done under the high court.
- Surrogacy is allowed for homosexual, heterosexual and for single parent.
- If Parents are not able to give birth to a child.
- Termination of pregnancy can be done by the surrogate if she wants to do so.
- In case of termination she has to return her payment.
- Commercial surrogacy is allowed.
- You have to pay extra to surrogate’s other then the charges and expenses of this process.
- Until adoption of child is not done by the parents, surrogate mother is legally baby’s mother.
- Agreement for surrogacy is different for different states.
- In some states commercial surrogacy is illegal.
- But in general both commercial and altruistic surrogacy is allowed in US.
- Traditional surrogacy is illegal.
- Gestational surrogacy is allowed.
- Commercial surrogacy is allowed.
- An agreement is signed between the surrogate and the family.
- Life insurance of surrogate is must.
- Surrogacy is done by only the donor egg and donor sperm of the couple.
- Adoption for child is not required.
- Surrogacy confidentiality should be maintained.
What is Commercial Surrogacy
Commercial surrogacy is a method in which you have to pay surrogate for her services. Or in other words you can say that you take a womb on rent to give birth to your baby. Surrogate can be hired through some commercial agency or can be contacted directly as per the availability of surrogates in a particular region or a country.
It involves a lot of time of surrogate mother and lot of money of the family. Without the surrogate, surrogacy can not take place. A surrogate helps you a lot in completing your family. so in any case we can’t neglect the contribution of a surrogate. Your child can fulfill your life with joy but in this case you have to pay for it, if you are hiring surrogate mother from some agency or directly.
Commercial surrogacy is illegal in some countries. When a woman is not able to birth a child then in that case she may take help of commercial surrogacy by paying for it.
Surrogacy agencies provide surrogate for surrogacy. There are number of surrogacy agencies running in the world. Surrogacy needs a long process and legal formalities so it is good to choose an agency for making surrogacy successful. Because an agency may help you in this process.
You may leave everything to these agencies. These agencies fulfill all the requirements of the surrogate, monitor whole process, and provide many social workers to support the surrogate and the family. The only thing you need to do is to pay a good amount of money to these agencies.
Large agencies charge more but small agencies are less expensive. Before choosing any agency you should take a look of few things listed below:
- Since when the agency has been running?
- What they do for making a surrogacy successful?
- Expertise provided by them.
- Fees of the agency.
- What will be the screening process?
What is Surrogacy Cost
Surrogacy cost varies from country to country. In developed countries like US and UK you have to pay more for surrogacy. But in developing country like India you have to pay less.
In some country, commercial surrogacy is illegal so you don’t have to pay for the surrogate, but you have to bear all the expenses of the surrogacy process including medications, screening test, psychological test and the living expenses of the surrogate etc.
Also the cost of surrogacy depends on the type of the agency . If you choose leading agency in this field then the cost of surrogacy may go high but on the other hand if you choose a small agency then the cost of surrogacy remains under your budget. But, you should also not forget that these large agencies provides with good facilities and better medical support for whatever extra charges they take.
So, before choosing any agency, always see the fees and the facilities provided by them. You should also put in a little time in your personal research about various things like cost, place, laws, type of agencies, track record of the agency etc before you take any decision and pay out of your pocket. By this, you may easily estimate the cost of surrogacy can adjust your budget accordingly.
In terms of low cost, altruistic surrogacy is a best for you. And this is legal in most of the countries. Many social workers are also available in this field who provide with their services for free of cost and proves to be a good surrogate.
Also I would like to tell you that if you take any agency’s help for surrogate then surrogacy may be expensive for you but if you arrange for surrogate by your own then it will be under your budget. So take your time and choose what you want?
Surrogacy In UK
Commercial surrogacy is allowed but in some it states you may find this illegal. Gestational method is allowed in UK where legal agreement between surrogate and the couple is not necessary. The process takes place without any legal formalities. Surrogate mother is also considered as baby’s mum whether she may or may not have any biological relation with the child.
Gay couple can also opt for surrogacy in UK. As you know surrogacy is getting so popular, so gay couple also want to experience parenthood. They can also get their child by this process.
Although a donor egg is needed in their cases.
So a surrogate may use her egg or a donor egg can be fertilized by the sperm. Surrogacy may be done either by IVF or IUI. Overseas process is also allowed in this country.
Surrogacy In India
In India, commercial surrogacy is allowed but it still in confusion because some political officials want to ban it. It is an ongoing debate. Traditional surrogacy is illegal.
Surrogacy in India is less expensive in comparison with other countries. It is more effective so many foreigners seek India for surrogacy. But some intended couple and surrogate exploit due to lack of proper knowledge of laws.
Agreement is made between the couple and the surrogate. After completion of pregnancy, child is given to his parent and agreement ends. You need not to adopt the child. In India, intended couple is the legal parent of the child. Surrogate mother has no right on the child after his birth.
Surrogacy In Australia
Altruistic surrogacy is allowed but commercial surrogacy is not allowed. Surrogacy is not allowed for homosexual or single parent.
There are also some rules made by the Australia for the surrogate. In some state surrogate must be 25yrs or more. You can not pay for the surrogacy to the surrogate, it is illegal to pay surrogate’s fee.
Any woman can be your surrogate. She may be your relative, friend or any other woman. You can not give any advertisement for the surrogate. It is illegal. But it may be different for many states or you can give advertisements for surrogates but you can’t for her fee. If you want to pay fee according to your will you can not do so.
You can find cost of surrogacy on many websites. Surrogacy is expensive in Australia. It is a long procedure that takes so much time and money to complete.
Surrogacy In Canada
Commercial surrogacy in Canada is restricted. Couple has to pay all the expenses of surrogacy procedure, medications, techniques etc.
But you can not pay for surrogate’s work. Paying for surrogate’s work is a punishable offense. Legal agreement is needed for adopting this method. You have to provide all the facilities to the surrogate till the birth of your child. You have to bear all her expenses as well.
Whole process of surrogacy will be kept confidential. You may also choose for surrogacy through various online websites. But the cost of surrogacy varies from state to state. A general idea about it’s cost can be taken from the chart given above. In case of a particular agency you can call them or visit them to find the entire cost of the process including their fees and all.
Cost of surrogacy may include the cost of medication, IVF, all expenses etc. You also do have an option to take a donor egg or donor sperm from some agency who provides online services through internet and then surrogacy can be done by IVF or IUI both.
I wish a happy and a successful surrogacy for you if you are thinking about it and a good luck for your parenthood.
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