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Surrogacy Arrangements: What You Should Know


A considerable number of couples cannot have kids of their own. Adoption is an option, but many couples wish to have a child who is genetically related to at least one of them and thus opt for a surrogacy program

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									  Considerations When
     Getting In To A
 Surrogacy Arrangement

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A number of couples cannot have children of their own. Adoption is an available
option, but many couples would want to have a baby who is genetically related to
one of them and as such favor a surrogacy arrangement.

What is a surrogacy arrangement?

Surrogacy is an arrangement wherein another
woman carries a baby to term and delivers it for an
intended couple. This option is best for ladies who
have a condition that makes it impossible or
dangerous for them to get pregnant and deliver a
child such as absence or malformation of the womb,
recurrent pregnancy loss, or recurrent IVF
implantation failures.

How does a surrogacy program work?

There are two kinds of surrogacy methods. The first type is full surrogacy and this
will involve the implantation of an embryo to the surrogate. The embryo can be
created from the eggs and sperm of the intended parents, a donated egg that is
                                            fertilized by the sperm of the intended
                                            dad. In cases where both intended
                                            mom and dad are unable to conceive,
                                            an embryo can be produced using
                                            donor eggs and sperm. The second
                                            form is partial surrogacy, also known
                                            as straight or traditional surrogacy,
                                            and this entails using the sperm of the
                                            intended male parent and the egg
                                            from the surrogate. In this set up,
                                            fertilization is usually carried out by
artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination. This is very helpful in case of
gay surrogacy.

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Surrogacy – considerations

Surrogacy agreements are complicated and involve medical, emotional, financial
and legal issues. The medical dangers for surrogacy are much like those for IVF,
like transmitting of HIV and Hepatitis. For this reason screening is vital for all
persons involved in the arrangement.

Multiple births are also possible, which can lead to premature birth or a baby that
is under recommended weight. Some nations do not allow surrogacy in its
entirety, and there are those which are more open to this. That in mind, you
ought to first be aware of your state's stance on this assisted reproductive
method. Even if it is allowed in your country, it is advisable to obtain legal counsel
when entering into a surrogacy agreement.

Surrogacy can be an emotional thing, so it is essential that you enter into this
arrangement with a sound mental and physical health, a good life outlook, and a
supportive significant other. You must also be reasonable with your expectations,
at the same time. A great way to minimize the strain related to this agreement is
to choose a surrogate you can develop a trusting partnership with so you can
maintain a clear, and open communication throughout the process.

This kind of assisted reproduction is expensive. In several countries, you are not
allowed to pay for a surrogate, but you, as intended parents, will take care of
reasonable expenses of the surrogate throughout the pregnancy. You will also
take care of clinic and doctor fees.

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