Surrogacy is a very controversial topic. Some people are believers, yet some think no matter how desperate someone is to start a family that it’s just not right. Using a surrogate mother, a women who bears a child for another women, makes it possible for couples to have a child with DNA from one or both of the intended parents. Often couples turn to surrogacy if one or both are infertile (unable to reproduce), gay couples, or other medical conditions that cause the mother to be unable to conceive. There’s a great deal of issues surrounding surrogacy including laws, religion, and generalized personal opinions. I strongly believe in surrogacy. When people have children they stop at nothing to better the child’s life and make sure that their child is happy and healthy. Why should a couple stop at anything to start a family?
There’s a couple of things to know before you continue reading to help you have a better understanding of the process before you form your own opinion. There are two types of surrogacy traditional and gestational. In traditional surrogacy the surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm. In this case the surrogate is the baby’s biological mother. This method is common when the intended mother is unable to become pregnant due to infertility or illness. Male gay couples can also use this method to have the DNA of one them. Gestational surrogacy uses in vitro fertilization (IVF). The egg is fertilized outside the body using the intended mother’s egg and intended father’s sperm the fertilized egg is then cultured for two to six days inside a laboratory after the egg has been successfully fertilized it is then transferred to the uterus of the surrogate mother establishing a successful pregnancy. Gestational surrogacy is often used when both the intended mother and father are fertile but unable to become successfully pregnant due to medical conditions. In this method the surrogate mother has no genetic ties to the baby.
Commercial surrogacy means the surrogate mother is being paid by the intended parents. Generally depending wether or not the intended parents go through an agency or have a personal contract made up the surrogate mother is paid ten to thirty-thousand dollars upon delivery, as well as paying for all doctors bills, hospitalizations, lawyer fees, medication, and maternity clothing. Having a baby through a gestational surrogate (the most expensive) costs an average of one hundred thousand dollars total. Altruistic surrogacy means there is no financial agreement in place for the surrogate mother to make a profit off carrying the baby for the intended parents.
It used to be that most often the surrogate mother is someone the intended parents know such as a family member or close friend. Now more recently there are surrogate agencies popping up, mostly in California as they have the loosest laws regarding surrogacy agreements. Surrogacy agreements have been around for hundreds of years,...