While surrogacy can be emotionally and financially demanding, it allows individuals or couples to fulfill their desire for parenthood and experience the joys of raising a child. You can consider this option if other fertility treatments have failed. Surrogacy is a solution to many fertility San Diego issues, and it involves a surrogate carrying and giving birth to your child on your behalf. Gestational surrogacy, which uses in vitro fertilization (IVF), allows for a biological connection to the child, and the intended parents can be involved in the pregnancy and birth.
· Traditional surrogates
Traditional surrogacy is where your surrogate uses her eggs to become pregnant through artificial insemination, typically with your partner’s sperm. She carries the pregnancy to term, delivers the baby, and hands it to the intended parents. The surrogate will be genetically related to your child, which can create a unique set of emotional and legal challenges for all parties involved. Traditional surrogacy is less common today; however, you can still choose it for various reasons, such as cost or a desire for a genetic connection with your child.
· Gestational surrogates
Gestational surrogates are women who carry and give birth to a child on behalf of someone else. Unlike traditional surrogacy, where the surrogate uses her eggs, gestational surrogacy involves using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create an embryo using the intended parents’ or donors’ eggs and sperm. Your provider then transfers the resulting embryo into your surrogate’s uterus. This technique allows you to have a biological child despite your fertility issues. Gestational surrogates undergo a rigorous screening process before the doctor approves them of carrying a child for someone else. You or the surrogacy agency will provide the surrogate with regular medical care and support throughout the pregnancy. After the birth, you can take custody of the child and assume all legal and financial responsibility.
When to consider surrogacy
The Great Beginnings Surrogacy @ Gen 5 team may recommend surrogacy if you cannot get pregnant due to medical reasons, infertility, or other factors. It may also be an option for same-sex couples or single individuals who wish to have a biological child. This technique can provide a way for you to have a biological connection to your child and experience the joys of parenthood. Also, surrogacy is an excellent option if other fertility treatments, such as IVF, fail. However, surrogacy is a complex and emotional journey, so you need to carefully weigh the benefits and risks and the financial and legal implications before making a decision.
Choosing a surrogate
Choosing a surrogate involves several steps, including deciding whether to use a friend or family member, finding a reputable surrogacy agency, or searching for an independent surrogate. You need to consider your surrogate’s medical history, age, lifestyle, and emotional stability, as well as her willingness to undergo the screening and legal processes involved in surrogacy. You should also establish clear communication and expectations and ensure that both of you have a compatible personality and trust each other.
To learn more about surrogacy, call the Great Beginnings Surrogacy @ Gen 5 office or book an appointment online.