What Is A Surrogate Mother?

For couples struggling with infertility where the woman is not able to carry a child, surrogacy is a wonderful option to build a family. However before starting your surrogacy journey, it is important to have a basic understanding of the process and the consequences of surrogacy.

 

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A surrogate mother is a woman who agrees to carry someone else’s baby. She becomes pregnant using some form of assisted reproductive technology, frequently IVF. The surrogate mother carries the baby to term and gives birth, and the baby is released from the hospital to its intended parents. Learn more about the two different types of surrogate mothers below.

What Is A Surrogate Mother? A Gestational Carrier

To be a surrogate, many surrogate mothers are gestational carriers. A gestational carrier becomes pregnant through IVF and gives birth to a baby that is not biologically related to her. Here’s how it works:

  • An embryo is created using either the intended parents’ or donor’s gametes (egg and sperm).
  • The surrogate mother’s eggs are not used.
  • The embryo is created using very specialized assisted reproductive technology.
  • One or more of these embryos is then transferred into the surrogate mother’s womb.
  • The surrogate mother becomes pregnant and is then released into the care of her own OBGYN to receive prenatal care and for delivery.
  • The surrogate mother gives birth with the love and support of the intended parents, and the intended parents go home with their bundle of joy!

What Is A Surrogate Mother? Traditional Surrogacy

Unlike gestational surrogacy, a traditional surrogate is biologically related to the baby. Being a traditional surrogate is far less common as being a gestational carrier. Here’s how it works:

  • An embryo is created using either the intended father’s or donated sperm.
  • The surrogate mother’s eggs are used to create the embryo through IVF or artificial insemination.
  • The surrogate mother becomes pregnant and is then released into the care of her own OBGYN to receive prenatal care and for delivery.

 

Read more: http://www.familyformation.com/what-is-a-surrogate-mother/

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