Gestational Vs traditional – which option is more viable?
Surrogacy has become the need of the hour owing to infertility issues. Due to the environmental and lifestyle changes, several people are getting affected with infertility issues. These problems compel them to choose an alternate instead of trying pregnancy as their bodies are not compatible. It makes surrogacy an ideal option for these parents. The first thought that comes to these parents mind is to know all about surrogacy.
Read on to get ABC of surrogacy. Reading the article will help you to get each aspect of surrogacy ad the types of the same. You will get to know who are the women renting their womb for surrogacy and why? What is their background, and what compels them to get into the business? Is it worth trying out for surrogacy and the cost of the procedure? All these answers are explained below in details to offer you a better understanding of the procedure.
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a procedure that helps infertile couple to have their children. In this procedure, the intended parent’s embryo is transferred to a surrogate’s womb, and the surrogate carries the pregnancy for an entire nine-month period. Before getting into the procedure, both the parties, i.e. surrogate and the intended parents, sign an agreement that functions as a guiding force. All the points in the agreement are discussed well before any of the parties sign the agreement.
Types of Surrogacy
Surrogacy has broadly been divided into two distinct forms; one of them is approved legally in India. The two distinct types of surrogacy are termed traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. Both have their pros and cons. However, gestational is legal in India but not traditional. Because of these reasons, parents coming for surrogacy purposes chose gestational if compared with traditional surrogacy. Here is more on both of the procedures.
It is the most common form of surrogacy in India. Gestational surrogacy is accepted by the Indian government and thus practised mostly. In this form, the eggs from both the partners (intended parents) are being transferred to surrogates womb, who carries the pregnancy for nine months for intended parents. After the baby is born, he or she is being given to the intended parents. The child gets the name of the intended parents.
Gestational surrogacy starts by signing an agreement between intended parents and the surrogate. Agreement points are designed to give a clear picture of the duties and the behaviour of the surrogate and the intended parents during the surrogacy period. It states that the surrogate must be cared for well before, during and after the surrogacy ends. She should be given proper care (medication and nutrition) to avoid health complications.
After the eggs from both the parents are extracted, they are being fertilized artificially with IVF techniques. After the egg is fertilized successfully, it is transferred to the womb of a surrogate for a natural pregnancy. Surrogate is being checked from time to time to get notice of the health of the surrogate and the fetus. Proper medication is advised to surrogate the expenses of which are liable to intended parents. The child delivered through gestational surrogacy is not related to the surrogate.
It is another form of surrogacy in which the surrogate remains the biological mother of the child born. The sperm of the genetic father is inseminated in the surrogate’s womb, and thus the child born relates genetically to the surrogate and the intended father. This form is least practised and is also not accepted in many nations. The genetic relation of the surrogate is there with the child born, and thus it is not seen as an ideal option by intended parents.