Surrogacy is a type of third-party reproduction that involves a woman (the surrogate) carrying and delivering a baby for another individual or couple. The surrogate may be biologically related to the baby (in traditional surrogacy) or not related (in gestational surrogacy).
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate carries an embryo that has been created using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s egg is fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or a sperm donor.
Surrogacy is often used as a fertility treatment option for individuals or couples who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term, have a medical condition that precludes pregnancy, or have had repeated infertility or pregnancy losses. However, surrogacy can be a complex and emotionally challenging process, and it is important to carefully consider the legal, financial, and emotional implications of surrogacy before proceeding with treatment.
It is also important to work with a reputable clinic or surrogacy agency and to seek the advice of a qualified attorney or counselor to navigate the complexities of surrogacy. It is crucial to have clear, open communication and a well-defined agreement in place between all parties involved to ensure the well-being of both the surrogate and the intended parents