What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the act in which a third person agrees to carry and give birth to a baby for someone else. There are two different ways to make this happen:
Traditional Surrogacy, in which the surrogate agrees to provide her own eggs and pregnancy is achieved with artificial insemination or Gestational surrogacy, where the commissioning parents use their own gametes (or donor material) by means of IVF treatment and the surrogate – or in this case – the gestational carrier, does not have a biological link to the child she bears.
Surrogacy arrangements can be altruistic (meaning the surrogate only receives money to cover her expenses or loss of wages) or commercial, meaning the surrogate receives financial compensation.
When we talk about surrogacy on this page we are referring to Gestational commercial surrogacy agreements in countries with years of experience and in which there is a clear legal framework.
Who would benefit from Surrogacy?
– Couples who have struggled with infertility and who have exhausted other fertility options.
– Women who are unable to carry a pregnancy due to a medical reason.
– Women for who pregnancy would be a serious risk to their health.
– Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby .
– Single intended parents who are unable to opt for other fertility treatments.