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What is Surrogacy ?
The word surrogate originates from Latin word surrogatus (substitution) – to act in the place of. Surrogacy is an arrangement between women (the surrogate mother) and a couple or individual (The Intended Parents) to carry and deliver a baby. When the baby is born, the woman carrying the baby will not parent the child; the intended parents who contracted the surrogacy arrangement will be the legal parents of the child.
- The social parents (that is, those that intend to raise the child) may arrange a surrogate pregnancy because of homosexuality, female infertility, such as repeated IVF failure, repeated miscarriage, absent uterus, pelvic disorder or some medical disorder which may make the pregnancy or delivery impossible, risky or otherwise undesirable. Surrogacy is the solution for these couples.
- Surrogacy involves the implantation of an embryo created using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or a donated egg fertilised with sperm from the intended father, through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- The advantage of gestational surrogacy to the parents is that the embryo is created from the woman’s egg and the man’s sperm, so it is biologically theirs. If a donated egg is fertilized with a sperm from intended parents, in that case also, genetically the baby has part of intended parents.
- The surrogacy arrangement is sometimes made through an agency and other times contracted privately. The couple pays for the legal fees and a fee to the carrier.
We at IFC offer surrogacy programs to people of all nationalities. We focus on fertility not Infertility. We believe in making babies possible for everybody including lesbian and gay couples and even single men and single women. We also help you in legal contracts, making sure that you take your baby to your home after birth.