Dealing with the Various Aspects of Surrogacy

Couples who are struggling with infertility in the New York, New York area may turn to surrogacy to achieve their dream of becoming parents. Depending on the cause of the infertility, couples or individuals may first try specific procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination, also known as artificial insemination, but if these are unsuccessful surrogacy may be their next step. It is, of course, important to discuss one's infertility with a fertility specialist, but patients may find that inquiring about surrogacy can be very rewarding.

Surrogacy is a process that requires the use of a surrogate carrier who will carry a child to term for an otherwise infertile couple. Pregnancy may be achieved through artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization using eggs and sperm from the parents, or using donor sperm and/or eggs. In some cases, eggs from the surrogate carrier may be used to achieve pregnancy.

Candidates who may consider surrogacy include women with problems conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term; single women or couples who would like a child who has a genetic connection to one of the partners; gay male couples who want a child who has a genetic connection to one of the partners; women who have undergone a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus); women who are over the age of 45; women who have a cardiovascular or renal disease that may lead to complications during their pregnancy; and couples or individuals who have unexplained causes of infertility. Patients should discuss their infertility with a fertility specialist.

With so many different things to deal with when choosing surrogacy, the process may seem stressful to some. Fortunately there are various services available that help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that come with this process by handling many of the legal, financial or even immigration issues. A legal contract should be in place before beginning the surrogacy process so that the rights of all parties are protected. The surrogate carrier will sign the contract before the procedure. A gestational carrier, which means the surrogate carrier did not use her eggs to create the embryo, may carry less risk of the surrogate carrier becoming attached to the child because she is not genetically related to the child. Separate legal counsel for the parents and the surrogate carrier is usually a good idea to avoid conflicts and to make sure that everybody's rights are protected in the contract.

Surrogacy is an expensive proposition that should be carefully considered. The price may range from $20,000 to $120,000. In some cases it may be even higher. A fee will be paid to the surrogate by the parents, and any preparation, screening tests, necessities during pregnancy, agency fees, delivery fees, etc. will be paid by the parents. It is important to consider all of the costs involved before beginning the process so that there are no unexpected costs or problems along the way.

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