What Is Gestational Surrogacy and What Are the Chances of Its Success?
Many couples dream of having a baby, but then have complications that don’t allow for a successful pregnancy. Some mothers do not produce eggs or cannot carry a baby to term. Age may be a factor. Gay couples who want to start a family often need a different option for having a baby of their own. Gestational surrogacy is one method that offers many benefits for those wanting to be parents.
Gestational surrogacy actually describes many different variations of surrogacy. Another woman actually carries the baby to term with a surrogacy. The variations involve which person’s sperm and ovum/egg is used to conceive the baby. Most commonly, it is done with the mother’s ovum and father’s sperm in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. This makes the baby biologically related to both parents which makes the legal process simpler.
Another option for gestational surrogacy is when the ovum or sperm, or both are donated. Parents choose which donor they prefer, then the egg is fertilized with the sperm in an IVF process before being implanted into the surrogate. The surrogate is unrelated to the baby, which is one of the most effective approaches for everyone involved.
Medically, gestational surrogacy is typically very successful, but because there is no common database it is difficult to get the actual rates. Pregnancy depends on many different factors, but when the sperm and egg are viable, the IVF procedure is about 40 percent successful. Healthy surrogates that have carried a baby to term increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby, but no doctor can control every complication.
In California, the legal atmosphere for gestational surrogacy is very friendly. Even though the process does have some controversy, California law (AB1217) established the legality of surrogacy provided it’s done under the appropriate rules. Always work with an experienced attorney to ensure you do everything by the book.
Surrogacy is an option for singles, married couples, or unmarried couples. Straight and gay couples are equally good candidates. Instead of having to adopt the child after it is born, when you go through the surrogacy process, you become the “intended parents” which designates you as the legal parents of the child. Many courts grant pre-birth surrogacy without even having to make a court appearance. However, the surrogate remains in control over the prenatal care prior to delivery.
Having the best medical and legal professionals to handle the gestational surrogacy process ensure your success. Learn more about gestational surrogacy in San Diego when you visit this website.
Pat has been a longtime advocate of surrogacy. His experience in educating intended parents on the egg donation and international surrogacy process allow him to offer excellent insights. You can find his thoughts at your-little-addition.blogspot.com
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