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This is a sponsored guest post written by Lindsay Jefferson. “Surrogacy 101”
You may have heard of surrogacy through the latest TMZ news about Kim and Kanye’s last child being born via surrogacy or through some other celebrity using surrogacy to have a child. Or maybe you have a friend of a friend who has been a surrogate or used a surrogate, but you’re not quite sure exactly what it is. Don’t worry; you’re in good company. Many people either don’t know what surrogacy is or they have misconceptions about what it is or who does it. So, we’d like to try to offer a very clear, simple, overview about surrogacy — what it is, who uses it, who decides to be a surrogate and why.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy at it’s very basic element is essentially someone carrying a baby for someone else who can’t. Using the bun in the oven analogy… it’s someone’s bun in someone else’s oven. The surrogate is growing and babysitting that baby for 9 months and then giving it back to the intended parents when it’s born. There are two types of surrogacy.
- Traditional or Genetic Surrogacy – The surrogate’s egg is fertilized by the intended father’s or donor’s sperm, thus the surrogate is genetically related to the baby (and no, it’s not done the “old fashioned way”). This type is less common and frequently falls into a trickier or more gray area when it comes to legal issues.
- Gestational Surrogacy – The intended mother’s or donor egg is fertilized by the intended father’s or donor sperm and the embryo is transferred to the gestational surrogate who will then carry the baby for 9 months. There is no genetic relation between the gestational carrier and the baby. Colorado Surrogacy only handles gestational surrogacy.
Who Chooses to Grow Their Families Via Surrogacy?
Now that we know what surrogacy is, who decides to use surrogacy to grow their families? Intended parents range from infertile couples, same-sex couples, and single men and women seeking to start a family but needing the help of assisted reproductive technology. While there are other options out there, such as adoption and fostering, there are several advantages to using surrogacy to grow your family. One of those advantages is the ability to be genetically related to your child, if it’s possible to use you and/or your partner’s egg or sperm. Another advantage is the ability to be involved in the baby’s life from the very beginning. It may be possible to attend the doctor’s appointments during the pregnancy and be there for that amazing moment of your child’s birth. This is very appealing to many hopeful parents-to-be!
Who Decides to be a Surrogate?
Now that you know what it is, the next question is WHO are these women who volunteer to be gestational surrogates? These women are usually between the ages of 21-35 up to healthy early 40s. They’ve given birth at least once and are currently raising that child. They have the support of a spouse or close family. These are women who know the feeling you have when you hold your baby for the first time, and they want to give that to someone else. These women are selfless individuals who sacrifice for 9+ months to give intended parents one of the greatest gifts ever. The gift of family.
Why Become a Surrogate?
Even though surrogates are financially compensated, financial gain usually isn’t the driving force behind their decision. They’re passionate about carrying a baby for deserving parents who can’t do so on their own. Altruistic motives play a big role in their decision. Surrogates are typically fun-loving, warm and open-hearted women. They’ve enjoyed at least one low-risk, healthy pregnancy and they usually are those women who love being pregnant!
Now that you know the basics of surrogacy, if you want to learn more about growing your family through gestational surrogacy, set up a free consultation with us today. If you think you might want to give the greatest gift to another family by becoming a gestational carrier, apply today!
Lindsay Jefferson is a Marketing Specialist at New Mexico Surrogacy. She has her MBA and over 14 years experience in marketing. Lindsay has three beautiful children and loves helping people grow their families through gestational surrogacy.