There are many types of surrogacy, but what is the difference between them? Here is a breakdown of the three most common types.
Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the right one for you and your family is essential. Let’s get started!
- Traditional Surrogacy:
When a woman is paid to carry and give birth to an embryo, either created with her egg and sperm or donated by another couple, the child will be genetically related to the intended parents and no one else.
Some couples choose this option because they want their surrogate to go through pregnancy and feel labor pains for them. They can’t bear seeing their surrogate in pain, but they still want the child she’s carrying – so traditional surrogacy is perfect! It’s also common if your eggs are not viable or you have trouble getting pregnant, as you may need your surrogate to supply the egg(s).
The downsides to this option are that the couple’s surrogate may not want to give up her rights after carrying their child, and she can change her mind at any time (although it is illegal for your surrogate to demand any payment after the birth of the child). The intended mother could also develop an emotional attachment to the child.
- Gestational Surrogacy:
A woman carries a baby created with either donated sperm and egg or both donated egg and embryos formed by IVF. This way, the child is not genetically related to the surrogate mother.
This type of surrogacy is often chosen by couples who have struggled with infertility issues or want a relative or friend to carry their child for them. It’s also safer for the baby as there is no risk of genetic disorders being passed down.
The downside to gestational surrogacy is that it can be expensive and more complicated than other types of surrogacy. There is also a greater chance of miscarriage, so choosing an experienced and reliable surrogate agency is essential.
- Host Surrogacy:
A woman carries a baby for another couple, but she is not genetically related to the child. Sperm and eggs from the intended parents create the embryo.
Host surrogacy is a popular choice for gay couples, as they need both a donor and a surrogate. This type of surrogacy is also less expensive than gestational surrogacy.
The downside to this option is that it can be challenging to find a surrogate willing to carry a child for someone else. There is also the risk that the surrogate could change her mind about giving up the baby after birth.
So, what type of surrogacy is right for you? If you’re not sure, consult an experienced fertility specialist – they will be able to help you make the best decision for your family.
As you may have guessed, traditional surrogacy is the top choice for most people. The idea of having a surrogate carry and give birth to your baby is entirely natural, and many people believe that there should be no reason for the same surrogate not to be able to deliver their biologically-related child after giving birth to your family’s baby. So, before proceeding, always do your research.