The surrogate mother is the lady who carries someone’s else baby in her womb through a contract. She is impregnated using some type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), known as surrogacy. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is used in most of the cases these days. As per the stipulations of the contract, the woman, also called surrogate or surrogate mother, gives the birth for giving it to the desiring parents.
There are basically two types of surrogate mothers:
A traditional surrogate is impregnated through artificial insemination using the father’s sperm found in the ejaculated semen. She carries the baby until she/he is born and hands the baby over to the contracting parents for raising. Since the egg of the surrogate is used in a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is the biological mother of the baby. In this procedure, the surrogate’s egg is fertilized by the father’s sperm, but donor sperm is also used in traditional surrogacy.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is an advanced technology and enables the infertility specialists to harvest eggs from the mother. They then fertilize the egg with the sperm from the father in a laboratory to create an embryo. In gestational surrogacy, the embryo, thus created, is placed into the womb of the surrogate mother. The job of the surrogate mother is to only carry the baby until the birth. She will have no genetic relationship with the baby, simply because her egg was not used. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother is called “Birth Mother”. The real or biological mother still remains the lady whose egg was fertilized to create an embryo.
The surrogacy laws in India are liberal. The New Life India Clinic has performed a number of surrogacy procedures and there are hundreds of couples or individuals enjoying the delight of parenthood.
Who should choose surrogacy?
In our treatment section on surrogacy entitled, We Offer Full Surrogacy Option with Egg Donation Services, we have listed out who should choose surrogacy.
Finding a Surrogate Mother
There are several ways to find a surrogate mother:
A friend or a family member:
Choosing and asking a friend or a relative to become a surrogate for you may seem an easy proposition, but can crop controversial and complex issues. At times, it may land you in trouble on the parental right question. A tried-and-tested family relationship or an emotionally bonded friendship would be simpler to manage. Choosing a first-degree relative is not advised as the child may carry the same genes as born out of an incestual relationship.
Assistance from the Clinic:
The New Life India Clinic will assist you in finding a suitable surrogate for you. We have helped many would-be parents to not only find a surrogate mother but also facilitate arrangements to work out budgeted fees between the desiring parents and the surrogate and reimbursement of her medical expenses. We also make arrangements to avoid any kind of legal hassle between the two parties.
We also advise the contracting parties to transparently state the commitments of the surrogate mother and the desiring parents. Such a legal document helps both the parties in case of any legal issue that may arise after the birth of a child. Along with any financial arrangements, a surrogate contract outlines agreements about all possible outcomes of the pregnancy, For instance, what will happen if a multiple pregnancies, such as the birth of triplets, occurs.
How to choose a Surrogate
Choosing a surrogate is a tricky task. There are some important factors that play a vital role in taking a right decision:
- The surrogate you choose should be at least 21-year-old in age.
- She should have already given birth to a healthy baby.
- If she has already gone through delivering a baby, she would be having personal experience of handling the medical risks of pregnancy and childbirth. And, she will have a basic understanding of emotional bonding with a newborn.
- She should be psychologically screened for her mental strength on giving up a baby after birth.
- She is ready to sign a contract gleefully and agrees to carry out the pregnancy responsibilities as a surrogate.
- She should evince her willingness to ensure prenatal care and to give up the baby after birth.