Surrogacy is considered to be legal in many states. Some of these states have established legislations on the procedure, making it accessible for intended parents. In spite of its increasing demand, many are still unaware of the basics of the procedure.
Just what is Surrogacy?
Scientific research has made it possible for infertile and same sex couples to have their own baby with Surrogacy.
It involves artificial insemination of an already fertilized egg. The intended parents goes into contract with another woman (surrogate) to carry their fertilized embryo due to the intended mom’s inability to support pregnancy.
There are two types- traditional and gestational. The traditional method makes use of the father’s sperm to artificially inseminate the surrogate. The surrogate carries and delivers the child, which she has a genetic link to. Gestational, on the other hand, involves the surrogate carrying a fertilized egg formed from the intended mother and sees it to term. This results to a zero genetic link between the surrogate and the baby.
Are there instances that a surrogate claims the baby?
Prior to being chosen as the surrogate, series of exams including a mental health check, are conducted to assess the surrogate’s overall capability to go through the process. The surrogate and intended parents agree and sign a contract to ensure that expectations are set and obligations are duly followed.
How much does it cost?
The process is costly because of the fees and medical expenses that needs to be settled by the intended parents. Many agencies make the process more manageable by offering discounts on medications and financing programs.
Is the procedure legal?
As mentioned earlier, it is legal in some states, such as California, Oregon and Illinois, while other states have contrasting views on the procedure, like in New Jersey and New York.