Top 9 Reasons Intended Parents Choose Egg Donation and Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy is an increasingly popular choice for those wishing to add to their family who may not be able to on their own. The surrogacy process involves combining genetic material from the intended parents or donor to form an embryo, which is then carried to term in the womb of a surrogate. Egg donation is also used when needed and is an excellent option for same-sex couples, single parents, and others wanting to start a family.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help those wishing to add to their families. Here are the top nine reasons intended parents choose egg donation and gestational surrogacy.
With gestational surrogacy, one or both of the intended parents contributes genetic material — the egg and sperm, respectively — to form the embryo. That means that with this choice for pregnancy, at least one parent is biologically related to the child. The surrogate only carries the embryo and is not related to the baby.
If the intended mother is known to carry genes for a debilitating condition, egg donation is a great way to have a child without passing on these risks. In egg donation, the donor’s egg is combined with sperm from an intended parent. This is how many same-sex couples and individuals create their families.
- Present during Milestones
With surrogacy, the intended parents are involved in the process, watching the baby’s growth and development. They are invited to important medical appointments along the way and are present at birth to welcome their child into the world. Surrogates and intended parents often communicate throughout the process to record new milestones in development.
- Raising from Birth
Surrogacy allows intended parents to raise a baby and get to know him or her since birth. This is best compared to adoption, where you meet the child at their current age and may miss raising them during the baby years. Our surrogacy and adoption agency can also connect prospective parents with birth mothers, if you are considering adoption as a possible family planning option.
- Proven Fertility
Many couples and individuals seek out surrogacy because they have been struggling with fertility and may have even tried fertility treatments without success. Surrogates are a select number of women who have been screened for physical emotional health. All have had successful pregnancies with no complications in the past, and have completed their families.
With gestational surrogacy, you are more likely to have a successful pregnancy due to these women’s proven track records with fertility. They will be able to help complete your family.
- Relationships with the Surrogate and Child
Many intended parents develop a relationship with their surrogate, growing close as both parties delight in the progress of the pregnancy. You and the surrogate can decide whether to carry on a relationship after the baby is born, and many do.
Additionally, some intended parents find it important to have a biological relationship with their child, which gestational surrogacy can offer. Egg donation offers this same genetic bond for same-sex couples or single parents looking to be related to their child.
- No Surprises
Legal contracts between the intended parents and surrogate ensure that the process goes as expected. The baby is guaranteed to be in the custody of the intended parents after birth, because the legal contracts confirm they are the legal parents before the baby is born.
This is best compared to adoption, where custody is only awarded after the birth mother relinquishes her parental rights. In adoption, the mother may change her mind and keep the baby after birth, but a surrogate has no rights to the baby and has confirmed this in writing, as has her spouse or partner.
- Waiting Time
It can take over a year to find a match with a birth mother through adoption. Surrogacy, on the other hand, takes only as long as is needed to match with the right surrogate through our surrogacy agency. Once both parties agree to the match, your legal representation will carry out legal proceedings and the fertility treatments will soon begin after that.
- Three Attempts as Necessary
The surrogacy process is an agreement for a set number of embryo transfers, meaning that even if the first session of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is not successful, the surrogate will have agreed to three attempts. Once an embryo is successfully transferred, you have a clear timeline of when to expect your baby and can celebrate throughout the nine months.
- Potential for Multiples
Some intended parents have dreams of twins or triplets. Our surrogacy agency can match you with a surrogate who is willing to carry multiples, if that is your wish. In that case, multiple embryos can be formed and transferred in each attempt through IVF.
Reasons Intended Parents Choose Egg Donation and Gestational Surrogacy
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado can help you navigate the process of adding to your family. Our agency specializes in gestational surrogacy, and we work with couples and individuals in Colorado who need the help of a surrogate and/or donor to create their family.
If you are considering gestational surrogacy and/or egg donation, please do not hesitate to contact our agency with any questions.
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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