Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child.
The HFEA does not regulate surrogacy. We recommend that you should seek legal advice before proceeding with this option.
There are two types of Surrogacy — traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy.
In Traditional surrogacy, a surrogate mother is artificially inseminated, either by the intended father or an anonymous donor, and carries the baby to term. The child is thereby genetically related to both the surrogate mother, who provides the egg, and the intended father or anonymous donor.
In Gestational surrogacy, an egg is removed from the intended mother or an anonymous donor and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or anonymous donor. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is then transferred to a surrogate who carries the baby to term.
Sometimes a family member or friend offers to be a surrogate. This can greatly reduce the cost of surrogacy. However, because not everyone knows a woman in a position to volunteer to be a surrogate, most people find a surrogate through other means.
There are many full-service agencies/firms that will match intended parents to surrogates. When choosing an agency, it is imperative to research the agency’s history.
Full surrogacy (also known as Host or Gestational) - Full surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:
Partial surrogacy (also known Straight or Traditional) - Partial surrogacy involves sperm from the intended father and an egg from the surrogate. Here fertilization is (usually) done by artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
What are the risks of surrogacy?
The risks associated with surrogacy depend on the type of surrogacy (full or partial) undertaken. Generally, the risks associated with full surrogacy are similar to those for IVF.
Risks of fertility treatment -
There is also a risk of transferring HIV and hepatitis, and so screening of everyone involved in surrogacy involving IUI is recommended, and required in surrogacy arrangements involving IVF.
If a registered donor at a licensed clinic is used, the donor will automatically be screened.
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