Gestational and Traditional SurrogacySome women cannot become pregnant because they don’t have a uterus or have an abnormal one. Other women have medical conditions that do not permit them to become pregnant because it would endanger their health or even their lives. Through a surrogate, these women can become mothers.
Types of surrogate assistance:
- Traditional Surrogacy (Artificial Insemination Surrogacy)
The surrogate mother is inseminated with the sperm of the husband. The child is biologically linked to the husband and the surrogate mother. After adoption, the wife becomes the legal mother of the baby.
- Gestational Surrogacy (In Vitro Fertilization Surrogacy)
The surrogate mother carries the pregnancy conceived through IVF using the husband’s sperm and the wife’s eggs. The surrogate mother is not genetically related to the child in any way. With the assistance of an attorney the family petitions the court to issue the birth certificate reflecting the couple as the legal parents.
- Gestational Surrogacy using an Egg Donor
This program is identical to gestational surrogacy, however another woman donates the eggs used for In Vitro Fertilization.
Because the laws regarding children of surrogacy and egg donation are complicated, we offer referrals to legal resources and attorneys who specialize in the legal and contractual issues involved with surrogacy and egg donation.
Having a baby through donor or surrogate assistance can be a wonderful family building option. However, the couple should address and openly communicate their desires, goals, objectives, and fears as clearly as possible. Education about your choices and honest communication by all parties is essential to make prudent, well-thought decisions.