If you have been trying to get pregnant in vain, you no longer have to worry about it. Through surrogacy, people who have had
problems giving birth to their own children, now gets the opportunity to have kids whom they share genetic ties. This is an arrangement whereby a surrogate mother carries and delivers a baby to another person or couple. This process can happen in two ways, gestational surrogacy or traditional surrogacy. The following is a step by step process that you should follow to ensure that your surrogate process is successful.
i. Decide the Surrogacy Process to Use
Gestational surrogacy is a process whereby an already created embryo is transferred to a woman’s womb. In this case, the surrogate mother happens to be the birth mother and not a biological mother. The process of transferring the embryo must be done within a clinical setting.
Traditional surrogacy involves the surrogate mother being artificially inseminated using frozen or fresh sperm.This can either be done at home or even in a clinic where intrauterine insemination (IUI) or intracervical insemination (ICI) is performed. Unlike gestational surrogacy where the surrogate mother is only the birth mother, traditional surrogacy makes the surrogate mother the biological mother of the baby. Having this knowledge will help you decide on the approach that suits your needs better. However, regardless of the option you choose, it will take you an average of 14 to 18 months before you can finally hold the baby in your arms.
ii. Look for a Surrogate Mother
After you have decided, in consultation with your medical specialists, you must look for a surrogate. There are several ways of finding a suitable surrogate mother depending on your present needs. Due to the surrogate mother costs involved, many people turn to their family and friends to help them get one. However, there are over 100 surrogate agencies that can help you find a suitable surrogate mother for your unborn baby.
iii. Choose A Legal Adviser
Upon getting a surrogate mother it is highly advisable for the intended parents to try and have a relationship built on trust with the surrogate. No one knows what the intentions of the other party are since people’s aspirations can change over time. In order to be sure that the baby will finally be yours, you should be ready to make the necessary legal arrangements for the purpose of being recognized in law as the parent of the child.
iv. Involve Your Medical Practitioners
You will definitely want to choose a woman who is able to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and ultimately a risk free delivery. Your doctors will screen all potential surrogates to ensure that they are in perfect health to carry a risk free pregnancy. The biological parents, the owner of the egg and sperm should also be screened to ensure that all is well. The screening is done to test the presence of sexually transmitted diseases and other medical conditions.
Generally, surrogacy costs can be very expensive especially after factoring in the agency, legal and medical fees. However, you can seek the help of your health insurance provider who can assist you to meet the costs.