9 FAQs about Gestational Surrogacy for Intended Parents
Surrogacy is a whole new arena for many intended parents hoping to add to their families. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help you understand the most common type of surrogacy and how you can get started in the surrogacy process. Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) about gestational surrogacy for intended parents.
1. What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is a frequent choice for couples and individuals hoping to expand their families. Gestational surrogacy involves the intended parent or parents combining their egg and sperm, or that of a donor, to create an embryo using in vitro fertilization (IVF). After it has been fertilized in a lab, the embryo is then transferred into the surrogate’s uterus, where it will grow and develop.
2. Why Choose Gestational Surrogacy vs. Traditional Surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy is the way surrogacy used to be done, where the surrogate agrees to intrauterine insemination with an intended parent’s or donor’s sperm. The baby forms from the egg of the surrogate, making the surrogate the child’s biological mother. She would, then, have to waive her rights to parental custody once the baby arrives. However, because of the legal and emotional issues this caused, traditional surrogacy is now banned across the United States and no longer recognized as a type of surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy is supported by surrogacy agencies, meaning intended parents have an easier time finding a surrogate and creating their family. Surrogacy agencies, like our surrogacy center in Colorado, help intended parents navigate the surrogacy process and connect them to surrogacy lawyers, fertility centers, and, most importantly, surrogates. Because the intended parents use their own egg and sperm through IVF, the surrogate shares no genetic connection with the child, lessening the legal issues.
3. Who Chooses Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is a crucial opportunity for those who experience fertility difficulties. This includes single individuals who need the addition of donor DNA to have a child, and couples who have had trouble getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. Those who have gone through IVF treatments themselves without success can also benefit from surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy is also highly beneficial for same-sex or LGBTQ+ couples and individuals who cannot get pregnant for themselves. Gestational surrogacy increases the chances for these intended parents to build their families.
4. Will the Baby be Related to the Surrogate?
With gestational surrogacy, the embryo is formed with egg and sperm from the intended parent(s), or an egg and sperm bank or donor, if necessary. The surrogate is not related to the baby.
5. How Long does it Take to Get Pregnant?
The first step in the surrogacy process is finding a surrogate. A surrogacy agency can help you find a match among their professional surrogates, based on your preferences and expectations for contact throughout the pregnancy. Once you meet your surrogate and formalize the necessary legal agreements, the egg donor or intended parent and the surrogate will begin fertility treatments to prepare for IVF and embryo transfer.
Most surrogates and intended parents agree to three attempts at embryo transfer. Once an embryo successfully implants, the countdown to birth begins and will take about 10 months. However, since everyone’s surrogacy journey is unique, the exact timeframe can vary.
6. Who are the Surrogates?
Surrogates must meet physical, emotional, and psychological requirements to be approved. These women are usually between 21 and 38 years old and physically healthy. They have had at least one healthy pregnancy, and are raising at least one child at home. They must not have had any complications during previous pregnancies to ensure that they will be able to carry out additional pregnancies without issue. They are also screened by a mental health professional to make sure they are prepared emotionally for another pregnancy.
7. How do We Find a Surrogate?
There are independent surrogates that you can find by searching for online communities. With an independent surrogate, you will need to ensure they meet the requirements to be accepted by your surrogacy lawyer and fertility clinic.
Through a surrogacy agency, your surrogacy specialist will match you with surrogates. You then have the opportunity to receive the surrogates’ profiles and decide who you would like to interview. During an interview, you can discuss your expectations for surrogacy. If both parties find it to be a good match, you can move forward.
8. How much Contact will We have with the Surrogate?
This is something that the intended parents and surrogate discuss and agree to together. In most cases, the surrogate has regular communication with the intended parents throughout the pregnancy and surrogacy journey, and the intended parents attend all of the major medical visits.
Contact after the birth is something you can discuss with your surrogate. Sometimes, intended parents develop a close relationship with their surrogate and maintain contact once the child arrives. This is not a requirement, however, and is up to the preferences of both parties.
9. How do We Get Started with Gestational Surrogacy?
For guidance along your surrogacy journey, start by contacting a surrogacy agency like ours. We have the experience and contacts needed to help you find the right surrogate and begin the path to pregnancy and surrogacy.
FAQs about Gestational Surrogacy for Intended Parents
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado helps intended parents work with their surrogates to create their families. If you have any more questions about gestational surrogacy for intended parents or would like the advice of our surrogacy specialists, contact our surrogacy agency today.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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