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 Assisted Pregnancy Surrogacy

Assisted Pregnancy Surrogacy

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If you are unable to conceive with artificial reproductive techniques, your doctor may advise surrogacy. Surrogacy is an option to consider if you want to have your own child, but you cannot conceive or carry a baby to term because of some clearly defined medical problems. Surrogacy is advised in the following situations: absent uterus; no eggs or unhealthy eggs; recurrent miscarriage; repeated failure of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and certain medical conditions.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Who is a surrogate?

A surrogate is a woman who has agreed to carry your baby in her womb for nine months. Once the baby is born, the surrogate will legally hand over the baby to you and then you become the caregiver and parent of the child.

Cost of surrogacy is approximately 10-20 lakhs in India. So, get your finances in place before considering the process.

What are the different types of surrogacy?

Surrogacy can be of two types:

Traditional Surrogacy: You will be advised to use this option if you are unable to produce healthy eggs. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is impregnated
with your partner’s sperms artificially, so that the child will be genetically related to your partner and the surrogate.

Gestational Surrogacy: In gestational surrogacy, your eggs will be fertilized using your partner’s sperms by a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryo will be implanted in the surrogate’s uterus and she will carry and deliver the baby. In this case, the child will be genetically related to you and your partner.

Does surrogacy involve money?

You may have to pay the surrogate depending on the kind of contract made with her or the surrogacy agency that she belongs to. This is called commercial surrogacy or “Womb for rent”, and is legal in India.Some women however agree to become surrogates just to help couples who need a child. This is called altruistic surrogacy and it involves no exchange of money.

If you have problems conceiving or carrying a baby to term, ask your doctor about the chances of getting a child through surrogacy.

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