As a parent who wants to have a baby through surrogacy, it is very important to know a few things about this unique but widely accepted form of pregnancy. One of them is finding the right surrogate mother or a donor egg. The gestational surrogate is not as easy as it may seem despite fertility clinics boasting about instant availability.
Surrogacy is a procedure in which a woman carries a baby in her womb for some time until birth. Surrogacy is carried out in some countries where it is allowed by law. Surrogacy is not an unusual practice in many cultures as it has been practised since the beginning of human history.
It was carried out in the Middle East by the first ancient man when he was unable to father a child of his own. The first recorded case of Surrogacy in China is from 3000 BC. A surrogate mother or surrogate in medical terms is a woman who accepts and carries a child.
A surrogate does not actually carry the child in her uterus but rather places it in a container under local anaesthesia. Surrogates are generally women who have previously borne children and maybe doctors, social workers, clergymen, or even other parents. Some clinics offer surrogacy for those who cannot have children of their own, and may not be a parent themselves.
Surrogacy involves several procedures, and some clinics may require you to receive prenatal care and education before starting your treatments. This is a medical procedure, so it is best to contact a doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.
Surrogacy is relatively safe, but you must take a step towards looking into the process very carefully. Be sure that the clinic where you are thinking about it has ethical staff and a history of good business practices. Try to get as much information as possible before you commit to anyone clinic.
You can also contact other couples who may have recently undergone Surrogacy to find out what they thought of the experience. If you are considering Surrogacy and don’t want to wait to find out more, you can try looking online or contacting a clinic to find out more about the process.
A surrogate is the carrier and delivered the baby; the baby that soon becomes a part of your family. Finding a Center for surrogacy and egg donation can be scary as well as overwhelming feeling at the same time.
Here are some important steps to follow during surrogacy as far as choosing a surrogate is concerned
Begin with initial consultation
You and your partner will require the initial consultation about it to learn about the kinds of methods and their alternatives available at the clinic. It is usually a free consultation that can be taken online as well.
The consultation involves discussing the exact method of surrogacy, finding a surrogate from the database of the clinic, insurance, and financial impacts, and medical information. An initial consultation helps ease the nerves of the intending parents before they make the final call on going for surrogacy.
Finding a surrogate
Surrogacy is legal in many countries. However, you will still need to prove the reason to go for this method of fertilization. Surrogates are young women aged between 21 and 29 years. However, old women with a healthy egg can also donate their egg and womb for surrogacy.
Most surrogacy clinics maintain a database of surrogates. The client can choose the profile that matches their expectations. Clinics verify the quality of the egg through two rounds of physiological and psychological tests to ensure 100% surrogate fitness.
A surrogate can be selected for more than once by the same pair of parents, in case they wish to expand their family later on.
Fixing your Reproductive Endocrinologist
If you or your partner is unable to conceive due to reproductive limitations, it is best to choose a Reproductive Endocrinologist first. The doctor will screen the surrogacy chances and its completion. The doctor will also tell the parents about the chances of having multiple pregnancies resulting in twins, triplets, and so on.
The chances of any congenital disorders, hereditary diseases, and other birth-related issues can be significantly cut down by consulting with the Reproductive Endocrinologist once your surrogate is fixed.
In surrogacy, legal matters are dealt very promptly. In order to save the parents (the clients) from any last-minute hiccup, the surrogate is made to sign a non-interference agreement which prevents her from making any claim on the baby later on, and hence, on the property, he/she will inherit from the new parents. Top surrogacy clinics often provide the parents as well as the surrogate with independent attorneys for representation.
No smoking clause
Apart from inheritance conditions, the surrogate has to give 1000% commitment in completing her gestational cycle and ensure total protection of the baby. From going on a special diet to quitting alcohol, smoking, and drugs.