Choosing Surrogacy

Posted on: September 29th 2014

Surrogate mothers help bring a family to life.

You’re ready to grow your family. You’re considering all of your options. Is surrogacy right for you?

What Is Surrogacy?
A surrogate is a woman who is able to carry a baby for that child’s future family. Families are involved from the beginning. Surrogates carry children for couples or for single parents. The surrogate relationship is a very special one. A surrogate mother becomes part of your child’s village, giving life to your child and helping you create your family.

What Is Traditional Surrogacy?
There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. A traditional or classic surrogate not only carries a child, she is also the child’s biological mother. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate becomes pregnant through IVF, IUI, or insemination. The child she carries may be related to the father or may be unrelated to the future parents.

Are you investigating traditional surrogacy? This method of creating a family can be less physically complicated and costly than gestational surrogacy. Since traditional surrogates can become pregnant through insemination, they may not need to go through costly and complicated IVF procedures. While IVF involves waiting time if a surrogate does not become pregnant, insemination can occur every month. This process is often easier on the surrogate, and it can be a faster way to start a family.

Traditional surrogates may be family members or friends who want to help you have a child. Even so, the process can be emotionally challenging for the surrogate mother. It’s important to set up a surrogacy agreement that works for and supports all of those involved.

Gestational and traditional surrogacy help both singles and couples start a family.

What Is Gestational Surrogacy?
In gestational surrogacy, the child is not related to the surrogate. Gestational surrogacy is diverse. In some cases, the mother may be able to produce eggs but unable to carry a child. IVF brings sperm from the father and an egg from the mother together to create an embryo that is then implanted into the surrogate. The baby is genetically related to both of its parents. In other cases, an embryo is created using a donor egg or donor sperm, or an adopted embryo may be implanted into the surrogate mother.

Gestational surrogacy gives you the ability to create a family that is genetically connected to one or both of you. You may also be able to adopt an embryo that was not used in another couple’s fertility procedure. Since the gestational surrogate is not biologically related to the child, the legal process can be simpler than that of traditional surrogacy.

Why Choose Surrogacy?

Adoption and surrogacy are different pathways to the same destination: creating a thriving, happy family. Many different people choose surrogacy to grow their family. You may be single and yearning for a family. You may want a biological child but be unable to carry that child yourself. Surrogacy gives you the option of creating a genetic bond with your child and being involved in the process

Surrogacy is a journey to parenthood, and it is one that takes careful planning and consideration. This journey requires support from a medical team who will oversee the process from beginning to end. The journey begins when you work with legal counsel to consider your options and decide to choose a surrogate as the person who carries your child.

As families who’ve been part of the adoption and surrogacy process ourselves, our legal team can help you determine whether surrogacy is right for you. If you’d like to explore surrogacy as an option for growing your family, call us at (925) 945-1880.