How to Become a Surrogate Mother: Going Traditional or Gestational?

With today’s exciting technologies, even married couples struggling with fertility can have a chance to start a family. This is through an option known as surrogacy, which involves another mother who will carry the couple’s child for months.

Typically, there are two types of surrogacy, namely traditional and gestational. If you want to know more on how to become a surrogate mother, it helps to know the finer details and the main difference between the two.

Traditional Surrogacy

Surrogacy first rose into popularity due to this type. This often involves artificial insemination, as a surrogate is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. Afterwards, she is then expected to carry the baby and deliver it to the parents after birth.

In this case, the surrogate is the child’s biological mother. Other than maintaining good overall health, a traditional surrogate mother must also be comfortable with giving her child to the adoptive family.

Gestational Surrogacy

On the other hand, gestational surrogacy involves in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. The egg and sperm will be retrieved from the donors, and the resulting embryo will then be implanted into the surrogate mother’s uterus. Unlike traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogate mothers don’t need to worry about their history of hereditary diseases, as these play no part in their ability to carry a child. All they are expected to do is to be a healthy receiver and carrier of the child.

Once you’ve made the big decision of becoming a surrogate mother, the next step is to talk to a surrogacy agency. They can help you match with a married couple and straighten out the legal requirements of an agreement. Once these are out of the way, you and the couple can work hand-in-hand to bring a healthy kid to the world.

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