Surrogate motherhood can be a joyful, or stressful, experience. Surrogate mothers take on the responsibility of carrying a child in their womb for women who are not capable of conceiving, or cannot bear children at all. This can be done in two different ways, traditional surrogacy or gestational surrogacy. The two differ and yet have many similarities.
Traditional surrogacy is when the father’s sperm is used to impregnate a surrogate mother. This means the egg used is that of the surrogate mother. When a woman cannot have children, a surrogate mother may be a viable option. The parents will carefully pick out a surrogate mother depending on a variety of factors. Once the selection has been made, the doctor will use artificial insemination to impregnate the surrogate. The surrogate will carry the child for the family until the child is born. The child born is genetically the surrogate mothers child instead of the parental mothers. This can pose some legal issues. The second option uses in vitro fertilization methods by taking the mothers eggs and the fathers sperm. After fertilization, the fertilized eggs are implanted into a gestational surrogate. If the procedure is successful, the baby is then carried for the duration of the pregnancy. During this time, the surrogate goes through a well-monitored pregnancy to ensure the body does not reject the baby. The birth mother has no genetic ties to the baby and is simply a surrogate mother. Any mother considering surrogate motherhood should consider the emotional ties created during the pregnancy. Women considering surrogate motherhood need to remember the child being carried will be given to the donor family. Most surrogate mothers do receive payment for their services, others have their medical costs covered and stay with the donor family until the baby is born. There are even some circumstances the surrogate mother becomes the child’s wet nurse so they can receive the benefits from breast-feeding. This all depends on the wishes of the donor family.
Being a surrogate mother can be emotional. Surrogate mothers can be traditional surrogate mothers or they can be gestational surrogate mothers. Both ways produce viable pregnancies with the donor family receiving the child at the end. This can be a stressful process for the surrogate; before considering being a surrogate, check into all of the details to ensure this is an option you wish to choose. If you are comfortable with the expectations, you could be making a dream come true.