Surrogate Pregnancy Things You Should Be Aware Of
Having a child through surrogacy remains rather controversial, but this option is preferred by a lot of childless couples over adopting a baby because in many instances the child is genetically related to at least one parent.
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What is a surrogate?
A surrogate is a female individual who will carry a child to term and deliver this for somebody else. There are two variants of surrogacy, specifically, traditional and gestational. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is inseminated artificially using the sperm from the intended father. In this set up, the surrogate mother's egg is used, and is thus, the biological mother of the baby. A gestational surrogate in contrast will receive an embryo created from the intended parents' gamete cells, or from donors, and carries it to term. A gestational surrogate is also referred to as a birth mother, and has no genetic link to the child.
Who makes use of surrogacy?
A woman can decide to use a surrogate if disorders which involve the uterus make it challenging, unsafe, or impossible to carry a baby. Ladies who have had a hysterectomy can also use a surrogate. Certain health conditions that make having a baby risky such as major heart disease may also opt to have a baby through a surrogate.
How do I find an ideal surrogate?
Most people turn to a gay surrogacy to find possible surrogates. An estimated 100 agencies are now in operation in the United States alone, and these act as go-betweens, assisting would-be moms and dads look for the ideal surrogate, make the essential arrangements, and collect fees and pay off the expenses incurred throughout the pregnancy of the surrogate.
In most countries, there are no laws as to who are eligible to become surrogate mothers. Then again, it is wise to choose a surrogate who is no younger than 21 years old, has already delivered one healthy baby at least one time, has passed a psychological screening, and is willing to sign a contract that details her roles during the pregnancy and that she will give up the baby to the intended parents after delivery.
Other things to consider
Keep in mind that parental rights are not guaranteed for couples getting a child through surrogate pregnancy. Reproductive legislation and the very concept of "parenthood" keep on changing. To protect your rights as would-be-parents and the rights of the baby you are praying to have, it is advisable to have a lawyer who is experienced in these matters in your country. Getting a lawyer will ensure that you obtain legal custody of the baby and that legal troubles will be avoided later on.