Growing your family with today’s exciting new technologies allows couples who struggle with fertility to achieve their dreams of having a baby. Surrogacy is an excellent option, and there are generally two different types. What is the difference between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy, and how can you know which is right for your family?
What Is Traditional Surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy involves the biological mother of the child, or the egg donor, to also carry the child during the gestational term. Not only must a traditional surrogate meet the same eligibility criteria as a gestational surrogate, she must also meet the eligibility criteria of an egg donor, e.g. having no family history of diseases. Additionally, since the child and the mother are biologically related, the traditional surrogate mother will need to be comfortable with surrendering her child to the adoptive family.
What Is Gestational Surrogacy?
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to the child. The egg and sperm are retrieved from donors, either from blind donors or from the biological parents, and are implanted into the uterus of the surrogate through IVF, or in-vitro fertilization. The eligibility criteria are less than that of a traditional surrogate mother, since a family history of hereditary diseases play no significant role in the surrogate mother’s ability to carry a child to term.
How to Know Which Type of Surrogacy Is Right For You
If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother, it is important to determine whether or not you would want to be a traditional or gestational surrogate. If you prefer to avoid many of the medical interventions required for IVF, such as hormone injections, you may want to consider traditional surrogacy. If you have reservations about parting with a child that is biologically yours, gestational surrogacy may be a better alternative for you.
If you are considering growing your family through surrogacy, both traditional and gestational surrogacy are excellent options. If you prefer for your child to be biologically related to you and/or your partner, consider gestational surrogacy. If you prefer for a more natural form of surrogacy, traditional surrogacy can be a great choice.
Discuss your questions about surrogacy with one of the top surrogacy teams in the United States. Call Surrogate Mothers, Inc. to learn more about the differences between traditional and gestational surrogacy today at 1-888-SURROGATE or (317) 996-2000.