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Surrogacy involves a woman carrying a baby for another person or couple to term. There are two types of surrogacy; traditional and gestational surrogacy.
In traditional surrogacy, a woman is artificially inseminated with the sperm of either the intended father or a donor sperm. The child she becomes pregnant with is genetically her own, as her egg is fertilized in the process.
In gestational surrogacy, the woman (surrogate) undergoes the embryo transfer process and carries the pregnancy to term for another couple. In such a case, the surrogate mother is not genetically linked to the unborn child.
The gestational surrogate is known by the intending parents, who take over parenting responsibilities as soon as the child is born.
You might need gestational surrogacy if you:
- Do not have a uterus or have had yours surgically removed
- Have had a medical condition that could result in a profound health risk to mother or child during pregnancy
- Have had recurrent IVF implantation failure
- Have uterine abnormalities that hinder implantation