Women who struggle to conceive naturally often turn to artificial reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). When IVF and other forms of ART’s are unsuccessful, a woman may find herself asking, “can someone have a baby for me?” Surrogacy makes it possible for women that struggle with infertility or a host of reasons that put her at risk to conceive naturally. There are two kinds of surrogate mothers—gestational surrogates and traditional surrogates.
Women choose surrogacy as an option to motherhood when faced with struggles to conceive naturally.
Reasons women choose surrogacy
Women choose surrogacy after failed artificial reproductive technologies, advancing in age, multiple miscarriages, medical problems with her uterus or the removal of her uterus through hysterectomy, heart disease and other medical conditions, and even for vanity and career reasons.
Exploring types of surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy is the more favorable option of surrogacy among those seeking a surrogate. It allows the option for the woman or couple to use their eggs and sperm to create a child rather than using a donor or the surrogate mother.
Gestational surrogacy uses in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create an embryo using the eggs from the prospective mother or donor and sperm from the father or donor that is then implanted in a surrogate and carried to term.
Traditional surrogacy is less common and the less expensive option compared to gestational surrogacy since it requires no fertility treatments. However, traditional surrogacy is legally more complex. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is impregnated naturally or artificially with the father’s sperm. This makes the baby genetically related to the surrogate mother.
Cost of surrogacy
The cost of surrogacy can be challenging for many couples hoping to have a baby of their own. In general, the cost of gestational surrogacy, including all agency fees, attorney fees, screening and surrogate fees, and medical and insurance ranges from $100,000 to $150,000 depending on the program chosen. Surrogate financing is available to those who qualify. American Health Care Lending and CapexMD are lenders that work exclusively with specialty lending such as for fertility clinics and Third Party Reproduction Agencies (Egg Donation / Surrogacy). Grants are also available, however, they are few and far between.
Surrogacy should be thoroughly researched and discussed between couples before involving a surrogate mother. It is vital to consult with an agency and a surrogacy attorney before moving forward with surrogacy.