Surrogacy is yet another advanced aspect of IVF that childless couples can benefit from. It is an adequate solution for numerous female infertility issues.
When the mother herself is unable to carry a baby in her womb to full term, surrogacy is considered. It is the best way to have a child who is genetically and biologically your own.
While you are weighing your options and candidacy in this regard, you must understand how it works, and how it is applicable in your case.
Through this article, we will discuss everything about IVF Surrogacy, the process, and the legalities. If you have any queries regarding this you would like to discuss, feel free to contact Eva IVF center.
We have helped many couples in their parenthood journey through counseling.
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the process by which a woman carries a child of another couple in her uterus. The woman is called the Surrogate. She delivers the child and hands it over to the biological parents.
It is of two types:-
Traditional: In this type, the woman gets artificially inseminated by the father’s sperm. In medical terms, it is called IUI.
In layman’s language, you may say that the surrogate (woman) is impregnated by the would-be father’s sperm via an injection.
The traditional surrogate delivers a child that is biologically hers as it is a product of her egg and your sperm.
Gestational: Also called IVF Surrogacy, in this process, a woman lends her uterus for her child to grow and be delivered. The egg and sperm both belong to you, the parent couple.
It involves taking the egg and sperm from you, making an embryo in the lab by in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and implanting it into the carrier’s uterus. In layman’s language, the gestational surrogate is just an oven, the bun is totally yours!
Who are the Surrogate mother and Biological Mother?
The biological mother is the one from whose egg the child is born. In traditional surrogacy, the carrier is the biological mother because the egg is hers, not yours.
In gestational type, you are the biological mother because you gave your egg. The surrogate is just a carrier, or ‘birth mother’ because she delivers the baby.
Is Surrogacy for You?
For a woman, this option is considered when
- You do not have a uterus
- You have problems with the uterus and it does not hold the pregnancy to full term.
- You have a risky medical condition like heart disease or cancer.
- You have already tried assisted reproductive techniques ( IUI or IVF) and have failed to conceive.
- You cannot legally adopt as you are unmarried or not the right age.
For men, the option is picked if they are a gay couple and do not want to adopt a kid. In India, it is not yet legal though.
How Does Surrogacy Work?
These are the steps in the entire process
Finding a woman for surrogacy
The woman should be healthy, at an optimum reproductive age, fertile and willing. You can look for one in your family, extended family, or friends. T
op-rated IVF specialist from Ludhiana Dr. Shivani Bhutani states,” The candidate you choose should have experienced motherhood before so that her fertility and emotional understanding is well comprehended.
She is then screened for physical and sound mental health. Her immunity and vaccination for deadly diseases are also checked.
Utilizing the surrogate
After the mandatory fertility tests, the birth mother and biological mother are both given medicines to match their menstrual and hormonal cycles for IVF Surrogacy to be successful.
Your partner provides the semen sample and you give your egg for fertilization by IVF. The process is repeated till there is successful implantation in the surrogate mother, who carries the pregnancy forward. When she delivers, you can take the baby home as promised.
Your IVF specialist will advise you about it. According to Indian laws, the surrogate lady should be married, above 21 years of age, should not have done this before, and should only be ‘helping’ a needy infertile couple who have been married for at least five years.
There are two formalities to be done. First, a contract is signed by the surrogate that she is willing to carry the baby to full term and hand it over to you after delivery.
Secondly, the child needs to be legally adopted by you after it is born, whether or not it is biological yours. Nobody can then put a claim on him/her in the future.
Your bundle of joy!
The above might sound pretty heavy, huh? But believe me, the joy of seeing your newborn baby surpasses any other pleasure in the world! And we have seen it happen.
Do not worry, we are here for you. Contact Eva IVF Counselor for Surrogacy.