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Different Types of Surrogacies  

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy involves having the sperm of the father combined with the eggs of the mother. Gestational surrogacy can also involve having the inseminated egg(s) of a donor placed within the surrogate mother who will carry the child.

The process of gestational surrogacy generally proceeds as follows. The mother or egg donor will take one or more cycles of medications and then they will have their eggs withdrawn. The eggs will then be combined with the father’s semen and examined days later to determine the success of the combination.

If the eggs are inseminated, the surrogate mother and the donor must decide how many eggs will be implanted within the surrogate mother. Then the reproductive specialist implants the eggs within the surrogate and see if it is a success. If the implant is a success, the surrogate mother will attend follow up visits with an OBGYN throughout the pregnancy.

Gestational surrogacy is a favored type of surrogacy amongst the two as it often provides for a genetic link of the child to both parents. Gestational surrogacy also makes it less emotional for the surrogate mother who simply has to carry the child and not lend any large portions of genetics to that child.

Traditional Surrogacy

Traditional surrogacy is when artificial insemination takes place and the father’s sperm or sperm of a donor is implanted in the surrogate mother. This is the original type of surrogacy and one which is simpler in nature. One of the main reasons why some hopeful parents shy away from traditional surrogacy is the increased involvement of the surrogate mother and lack of complete genetic likeness of the child to the parents. Traditional surrogacy may be less timely and less expensive than gestational surrogacy.

Which Type of Surrogacy Is Right For You?

When trying to make that difficult decision regarding which type of surrogacy to choose, consider certain cost, desire for genetic likeness, degree of involvement by surrogate mother and desired timeline for having a child.

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