Definition of Surrogate Mother

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Surrogate motherhood is one of the accessible practices of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) that has advanced in response to the heartbreaking and swelling number of individuals and couples who find themselves powerless to conceive a baby on their own dur to issues of infertility.

Who is the Surrogate Mother?

A Surrogate Mother is an extravagant, unselfish woman who is willing to carry a child resultant of In Vitro Fertilization IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) procedures and deliver a resulting baby for the Intended Parents; enabling them to complete their own family and fulfill their dreams.

Beginning in the 1980’s, all surrogate motherhood arrangements involved a husband’s sperm and Surrogate’s egg, also known as Traditional Surrogacy.

Traditional Surrogacy terms the Surrogate Mother using her eggs AND carries the child for the Intended Parents. This procedure is done in a doctor's office through IUI. This type of surrogacy includes an inherited connection between the Surrogate Mother and the child. The legality of this is the Surrogate Mother surrenders her rights to the child to complete the agreement with the Intended Parents.

Gestational Surrogacy is introduced as the Intended Mother or a donor egg is fertilized and the resultant embryos are moved into the uterus of the Surrogate Mother. The Surrogate is denoted as the Gestational Carrier. The legal steps sanctioning parenthood with the Intended Parents are by large easier than in a traditional agreement since there is no hereditary association between the child and Surrogate Mother.

For more information, see our Guide for Surrogate Mothers.