If you have decided to end your fertility treatments, you may be wondering what your next step should be. If you are still interested in parenting a child, surrogacy may be an excellent option for you.
Surrogacy is rapidly becoming a popular choice amongst couples that are having difficulties conceiving or carrying a baby to term. It often gives couples the option of having a biological child of their own.
It also offers the added benefit of allowing you to participate closely in your baby’s gestation and birth.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy involves having another woman carry a child for you until it is born. It is a viable alternative, particularly when you cannot conceive or carry a child on your own.
During the process, your surrogate mother is impregnated through intrauterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization. She then carries this baby until it is born. Upon the arrival of your baby, your surrogate relinquishes her parental rights and gives the baby to you.
The Benefits of Surrogacy
Surrogacy can often be a wonderful solution for couples who are unable to have their own child.
- It can offer you the chance to have a baby who is biologically related to you
- It also allows you to be actively involved in the conception and growth of your baby prior to birth.
- It is often associated with high success rates
Types of Surrogacy
If you decide to pursue surrogacy in order to have a child, you will need to decide which type of surrogacy you are most interested in:
Traditional surrogacy, often referred to as straight surrogacy, is done through intrauterine insemination. Your surrogate mother will be inseminated with the intended father’s sperm, which has been washed and prepared for the best possible fertilization.
This sperm will fertilize one of the surrogate mother’s eggs in order to produce an embryo. This means that, in traditional surrogacy, your surrogate mother will be biologically related to the child.
Gestational surrogacy is sometimes referred to as host surrogacy. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother is not biologically related to the child, but merely acts as host for the embryo.
An egg is removed from the intended mother’s ovaries and fertilized using sperm from the intended father. Sometimes, sperm and egg donors are used for this process. Your surrogate will be implanted with the fertilized embryo through in-vitro fertilization.