Surrogacy is when a woman bears a child for a couple who is unable to conceive on their own. There are two types of surrogacy; gestational and traditional. Traditional surrogacy is when the biological mother is artificially inseminated with either the sperm of a donor or that of the intended father.
Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby that has been conceived using an egg from the intended mother, or a donor, and sperm from the intended father, or a donor.
A gestational surrogate mother has no genetic connection to the baby because it wasn’t her egg used during the insemination process. However, she is still referred to as the birth mother of the baby because she carried it to term.
People who may choose gestational surrogacy include:
- couples who struggle with infertility;
- single people hoping for a child;
- same-sex couples; and
- anyone unable to safely carry a pregnancy to term.
How Does Gestational Surrogacy Work?
Parents looking to have a child through surrogacy can either locate a surrogate on their own or with the help of a gestational surrogacy attorney.
Once the parent(s) have found a match, each party must go through a screening process to ensure the best odds for a successful pregnancy.
This process includes:
- physical examination;
- emotional health; and
- psychological evaluation.
In addition to the above criteria, the FDA has strict testing guidelines for egg and sperm donors. The guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of any disease to the surrogate.
Creative Family Solutions Is Here for You
Our attorneys understand the emotional challenges potential parents may face while completing a gestational surrogacy. We will work with you and the state to ensure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.
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