What is gestational surrogate motherhood?

Among all types of the surrogate motherhood, the most popular is the gestational one, because in it the surrogate is not genetically related to the child that it carries. This form of surrogate motherhood is often called complete, because both parents are genetic parents, in some cases only one of them.

This type of surrogate pregnancy is often considered by:

  • People who struggled with infertility;
  • Single parents;
  • Same-sex couples;
  • People who do not want a child's genetic connection with a surrogate;
  • People who cannot bear the child.

How does the process of gestational surrogacy work?

There are several options for how the gestational surrogate motherhood will be performed:

  • Supposed parents can independently determine the possibility of surrogate motherhood and manage the whole process through a lawyer specializing in this field of law.
  • Alleged parents use the services of an agency that directs the whole process of surrogate motherhood.

After both parties sign a contract in which all conditions for surrogate motherhood will be indicated, the process of transferring the embryo to the surrogate will occur. The embryo can be created by one of the following ways:

  • The egg and sperm belong to the alleged parents, that is, they are both genetically related to the child.
  • The sacrificed egg is fertilized by the sperm of the putative father. In this case, only the father will have a genetic connection with the child.
  • The egg of the alleged mother is fertilized with donor sperm. Here only the mother will have a genetic connection with the future child.
  • The embryo is created using donated sperm and an egg.

It should be noted that with gestational surrogate motherhood, parents will have full legal custody of the child.

Psychological aspects of gestational surrogate motherhood

Before deciding on this step, you must think about many things, to keep regret the decision you made.

Surrogate motherhood is a psychologically difficult process for both the parents and the woman, who carries baby, so you should be completely sure that you are ready for all the difficulties that may occur on this way. You also need to think about how your relatives and friends will react to this, how you tell your future child about it and whether you will talk at all. If you are not bothered by anything from all of the above, you should take care that your team that will accompany you throughout the journey consisted of:

  • A psychologist familiar with infertility and third-party reproduction, which could morally support and guide throughout the surrogate path.
  • An experienced agency that will manage, and monitor the entire process.
  • A professional fertility clinic that will deal with, and monitor the medical part of this process.
  • A lawyer who understands the laws relating to surrogate motherhood.
  • Friends and family who will support you during the whole period.
  • A surrogate that will be good for you and your family.

Gestational surrogate motherhood is a complex and lengthy process, but it is a wonderful way to have your own child.