Surrogacy: All You Need To Know About It
One out of every six couples faces infertility and this can be devastating to accept. The physical and emotional loss of not being able to carry your own baby can be hard to overcome. Though there are many known causes of infertility, here we will address the problem of absent/damaged uterus, recurrent miscarriages and implantation failures (failed IVF). All the aforementioned cases are treatable only through surrogacy as the female partner’s uterus cannot carry a baby. Surrogacy in India has become a prevalent treatment option and is being offered by many fertility clinics. Surrogacy has given countless couples the opportunity to build their family. So, let us understand what surrogacy is. What is Surrogacy? Surrogacy is a process that helps couples to start a family when they otherwise could not due to various factors such as medical conditions, age or hormonal imbalance. Surrogacy is an agreement signed between a woman and a couple who wants to have a child of their own. It means to rent the womb to carry and deliver the baby for someone else. There are two types of surrogacy - traditional and gestational. Traditional – In this process, the woman is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. Then she carries and delivers the baby for the parents. A traditional surrogate is genetically related to the child because her egg was used in the process. Gestational – In this process, the woman carries and delivers the baby for the parents and is not genetically related to the child. The egg and sperm are taken from the intended parents. Donor sperms and eggs may also be used if needed. The eggs are artificially fertilized by sperm through IVF and then implanted in the uterus of the surrogate. Why Opt for Surrogacy? Couples can opt for surrogacy due to several reasons, such as malformation or infection in the woman’s womb, absence or removal of the womb by hysterectomy, recurring miscarriages, conditions that make pregnancy risky and repeated failure of assisted reproductive techniques.
How to Find a Surrogate?
There are a number of ways to find a surrogate mother:
• Family/Friends – You can request a relative or a friend to be a surrogate for you. This has its benefits and challenges
• Licensed Surrogacy Agency – The agency not only helps to find a good surrogate mother but will also take care of the legal and medical arrangements throughout the process. It will also collect fee that is processed through you to the surrogate, such as paying for her medical expenses.
How to Choose a Surrogate?
According to the experts, it is important to make sure that surrogate mother:
• Is healthy and ideally between 21 to 40 years old.
• Has given birth to a healthy baby before.
• Should pass a psychological screening by a mental health professional.
• Signs a contract about her role and responsibilities in the pregnancy.
The legal process allows surrogacy only for childless couples who have been married for at least 5 years. Surrogacy process and IVF in India makes it possible for parents to have a child that possesses genes from one or both parents, but it can also lead to many emotional and psychological ups and downs for the future parents. Readers! If you like this post, please share this valuable information with others as well. There is still some debate about using a surrogate mother to have a baby. The legal process is also tricky because it varies. Even so, whether it’s because of fertility problems or other reasons, surrogacy is an option for you and your partner. Readers! If you like this post, please share this valuable information with others as well.