Using a Surrogate

In This Chapter

^ Understanding surrogacy — a new name for an age-old practice ^ Discovering the legal side of surrogacy ^ Making sure surrogacy is right for you ^ Finding a suitable surrogate r raditional surrogacy has been practised for centuries. Several Biblical W accounts tell of women bearing children for others who couldn't have a family. Historically, the surrogate conceived via sexual intercourse with the child's father and the child was genetically hers as well as the father's. Today, however, gestational surrogacy involving IVF is the most common form of surrogacy. Embryos created in the lab with the infertile couple's eggs and sperm are transferred to the surrogate, who goes through the pregnancy and gives birth. After the baby is born the surrogate gives the baby to the infertile couple to raise as their own. In 2006 in Australia 20 babies were born as a result of surrogates carrying babies for infertile couples.

Although in the past surrogacy arrangements were informal agreements between those involved, today the infertile couple and the surrogate have to undergo intensive counselling, and sign a lot of legal paperwork. The infertile couple also has to be prepared for an enormous financial outlay and sometimes formal adoption procedures before they can raise the child as their own.

In this chapter, I discuss the process involved in surrogacy and outline how you can find out whether surrogacy is right for you. I also give you some tips on finding a surrogate.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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