Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman agrees to carry a baby for someone else, often supported by a legal agreement. There are multiple reasons why people are not able to conceive a child and surrogacy is the solution to this problem.
n this article, we will discuss what is surrogacy? When to consider a surrogate to bear your child? Different types of surrogacy. What is the cost of a surrogate mother? If you are thinking about considering a surrogate, this article will help you to clear your doubts and get a better understanding of surrogacy.
What is a Surrogate Mother?
A surrogate mother is a woman who bears a child for another person or couple. Genetic parents are those whose gametes have been used to form the embryo and will become the child’s parent after birth. The surrogate mothers utilize different distancing techniques during their surrogate pregnancy to make sure that they do not get emotionally attached to the baby.
What is the Process of Surrogacy
Surrogacy is a time-consuming process. Hence, it is important to understand before you proceed. The following steps are involved in the surrogacy process:
#1. Decide if Surrogacy is the Right Choice:
Initially, you need to have a talk with your physician about your family planning and tell them about your medical history. You can also ask the physician if surrogacy is the right choice for you or not.
#2. Prepare for Surrogacy:
During the preparation, you can also talk about whether to consider surrogacy, the type of surrogacy to select, and any other information about surrogacy to clear your doubts.
#3. Find a Match:
After preparation, it is time to find a surrogate mother who agrees to bear your child. You get to meet the surrogate mother and both parties share their profiles and have a talk with each other to develop acquaintances. If both parties agree then they can make a legal agreement.
#4. Satisfy Legal Requirements:
Both parties need to draft a legal contract to avoid any issue or dispute during surrogacy. The lawyer from both sides reviews the contract and approves it, the contract has to be signed to begin the embryo transfer.
#5. Embryo Transfer:
After completing all legal requirements, the medical procedure starts for embryo transfer.
#6. Welcome the New Baby:
After the long process of surrogacy, you will join the surrogate at the hospital to welcome the baby.
Surrogate Mother Cost
By using self-eggs of the intended mother and then, using the surrogate to place the embryo for implantation and pregnancy costs around 10 to 13 Lakhs including all steps. Surrogacy using donor eggs can increase the cost and the cost can reach up to 15 Lacs. The cost of a surrogate mother can vary but it can go up to 5 to 6 Lacs.
A Surrogate Mother in India
There are different ways to find surrogate mothers such as surrogacy agencies, surrogacy clinics, surrogacy attorneys, classifieds, online support groups, and networking with friends and family. The surrogacy agencies might also provide a list of surrogate mothers with proven fertility and consent forms. You can choose the surrogate mother from the list. There are two different types of surrogacy provided in India that are the following:
The following steps are involved in gestational surrogacy:
3 Types of Gestational Surrogacy:
1. Egg Retrieval:
The intended couple can use donor eggs or the mother can use her own eggs for egg retrieval.
2. Fertilization of Embryo:
After egg retrieval, embryos are developed by fertilizing the eggs with the intended father’s sperm. You can use the embryos either immediately for a fresh transfer or they can be frozen for later use.
3. Embryo Transfer:
The embryos are then placed in the surrogate mother’s uterus through a fine transfer catheter.
Will the Baby Look Like Surrogate Mother
With gestational surrogacy, the baby will not look like the surrogate mother because the baby is not genetically related to the embryo carried by the surrogate. Instead, the baby will look like the intended parents.
Surrogacy has created a lot of hope for couples having difficulty with having a baby. Thanks to procedures like surrogacy, now you can make a baby using a surrogate mother. We hope that this article helped you to understand when to consider surrogate and cleared your doubts related to it. We wish you good luck in your future and hope for the best.