Giving the Gift of Surrogacy: A Beautiful Act of Love and Sacrifice Between Lifelong Friends. These mothers, bonded for 25 years, share a special moment of bringing forth life through surrogacy.
Surrogacy is an arrangement where a person agrees to carry and give birth to a baby for someone else. Once the baby is born, the biological parent(s) transfer custody and guardianship to the intended parent(s). The surrogacy process involves several legal and medical procedures that need to be carefully followed. It is crucial to understand the process, seek professional advice, and establish supportive networks.
- A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm and carries the baby to term for the intended parents to raise.
- The traditional surrogate is the biological mother of the baby since it was her egg that was fertilized by the father’s sperm. Donor sperm may also be used in the process.
Gestational surrogates: With in vitro fertilization (IVF), eggs from the biological mother (or an egg donor) are fertilized with sperm from the father (or a donor) and then implanted into the uterus of a gestational surrogate. The surrogate carries the baby to term but does not have any genetic relation to the child as it was not her egg that was used.