What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. This woman, the surrogate mother, may be the child’s genetic mother (called traditional surrogacy), or she may be biologically unrelated to the child (called gestational surrogacy).
There are various reasons why Intended parents or parent might choose to do a surrogacy including female infertility (i.e, lack of uterus), or other medical issues (i.e. unexplained multiple miscarriages, immune issues, diabetes, etc) which make pregnancy or delivery impossible, risky or otherwise undesirable. The intended parent may also be a single man or same sex couple wishing to have his/their own biological children.
During surrogacy, either a donor egg or your own egg will be placed with sperm (could be donor sperm or partners sperm) in a lab dish. In the lab fertilization occurs and embryos are formed. Pregnancy occurs when the embryo(s) are transferred to the surrogates uterus and successfully attach to its lining. The surrogate will carry the baby to term.