What is Surrogacy

What is Surrogacy?

It involves assisted reproduction, where intended parents work with a gestational surrogate responsible for carrying and caring for their baby until birth. Intended parents turn to surrogacy to start or expand their families when independent conception is not possible. The surrogate commits to giving up the child at birth, and the parents, who will become the legal parents, adopt the child. To determine if surrogacy after infertility is suitable for you, consult your infertility counsellor and a surrogacy professional. They can provide knowledge into the surrogacy process, expectations, and assess whether you meet the criteria for intended parents pursuing surrogacy.

Now, let’s understand surrogacy in detail for a better understanding of the concept!

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What Is The Meaning Of Surrogacy For Surrogate Mothers?

Going on the journey of becoming a surrogate is life changing. Surrogate mothers represent qualities of generosity and selflessness, driven by a great passion for family and a genuine desire to assist others in their search for parenthood. Many surrogates build lasting connections with their intended parents, remaining important parts of each other’s lives long after the baby arrives. Surrogates must fully commit emotionally, mentally, and physically to supporting their intended parents in order to offer the gift of parenthood, a huge and rewarding experience.

What Does Surrogacy Mean For Intended Parents?

Intended parents trust not only their gestational carrier but also their agency as they go on the emotional and rewarding path to parenthood through surrogacy. While the journey may contain ups and downs, the day their baby is born represents a joyful milestone for them.

Types Of Surrogacy

There are basically three different types of surrogacy

Altruistic Surrogacy

This is a non-commercial surrogacy, where the birth mother does not receive any payment. This is allowed in many countries. Some states allow reasonable reimbursement of the surrogate mother’s medical expenses.

Traditional Surrogacy

In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother provides her own egg, which is inseminated with the commissioning father’s sperm. Since the baby is biologically the surrogate mother’s own child, there may be future issues concerning the child’s future right to information about her identity. Traditional surrogacy is not usually offered in many clinics due to legal requirements, but it is possible for the surrogate mother to inseminate herself at home. It is also possible to practice traditional surrogacy through an overseas clinic.

Commercial Surrogacy

This type of surrogacy involves a birth mother receiving payment or material benefit.

However, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill of 2019 aims to regulate this industry. It bans commercial surrogacy and permits altruistic surrogacy for infertile Indian couples. To be eligible for altruistic surrogacy, the couple must have been married for at least 5 years and must obtain certificates verifying the infertility of either partner from newly established regulatory bodies.

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Assisted Reproduction

Surrogacy might include assisted reproduction treatment (such as IVF), using:

  • the surrogate mother’s own eggs
  • a donor’s eggs
  • intended mother’s eggs
  • intended father’s sperm
  • donor sperm

What Is Surrogacy Process?

Stage 1: You can source embryos by using your own eggs or donated eggs. If you are able and plan to use your own eggs, you will need to undergo a cycle of IVF to produce embryos, which you can then transfer to your chosen surrogate. Alternatively, if you already have frozen embryos, you can implant them in the surrogate mom-to-be.

At Ekmi Fertility, we cover the selection of the donor, counseling, compensating the donor, performing IVF, and conducting the Embryo Transfer to the recipient as part of our egg donation program. You can also rest assured that our team handles the entire process with utmost discretion and confidentiality.

Stage 2: Choosing the right surrogate. We hand-pick your surrogate after the requisite screening and prepare her for the embryo transfer. This stage of the program includes pre-screening of the surrogate, endometrial priming, legal charges for the advocate, embryo transfer, and testing for pregnancy.

Stage 3: Monitoring the pregnancy. If your surrogate tests positive for pregnancy, we will give you the good news immediately. She is given accommodation for the duration of the pregnancy, and we ensure that she is cared for and monitored regularly. This includes medication, scans, procedures to keep track of the baby, and a balanced, nutritious diet. Of course, we will also keep you updated so that you can share your baby’s key developments.

Stage 4: Your baby’s birth. When your baby decides that it is time to make its arrival, around the estimated due date ideally, we will proceed with childbirth, either through normal delivery or via caesarean section, as required.

Stage 5: You compensate your surrogate by delivering the compensation fee to her after the birth of your child and the final signing of the contract agreement.

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What Is the Surrogacy Cost in India?

You would be responsible for the costs of finding your surrogate, the procedures necessary to impregnate her, and her care for the duration of her pregnancy. Therefore, you would have to cover the following costs during the period of surrogacy:

  • Screening tests
  • IVF Process
  • Injections and other medication
  • Egg collection
  • Embryo transfer
  • Medication before, during, and after egg collection, embryo transfer, and during the entire pregnancy period
  •  Blood tests and scans during the pregnancy
  •  Personal toiletries
  •  Medical consultations
  •  Delivery of the baby
  •  Post-delivery care
  •  Insurance for the surrogate

The following costs are not included and will have separate charges:

  •  Donor egg or sperm, if required
  •  Hospital stay, medication, and care if the surrogate develops complications during pregnancy
  •  Medication is given to improve the weight of the baby
  •  Care of the baby after birth

Conclusion

While surrogacy may not always be simple or straightforward, more and more people are choosing this route.

It’s an involved process but certainly one worth investigating. If surrogacy seems like it might be a fit for your family, consider contacting an agency near you to go over the timeline, costs, and any other considerations that may be specific to your journey. There are many ways to become a parent and this is one of them.

At the Ekmi Fertility Centre, our surrogacy program has been carefully designed to ensure that the whole experience is as comfortable and joyful as possible. Ekmi Fertility is one of the best IVF and Surrogacy Centre in India. Our team works with you at every step, to help you fulfill your wish to become parents.

FAQs

Can A Baby Look Like The Surrogate Mother?

With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not genetically related to the embryo they carry, and so the baby will not look like them but will look like the intended parents.

Can A Woman Carry Another Woman’s Egg?

In a gestational-carrier arrangement, a woman becomes pregnant for another person(s) by inseminating her with sperm. The surrogate herself provides both the egg and carries the pregnancy, establishing a genetic link to the foetus she might carry.

References

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