Surrogate motherhood is the solution on the way to overcome infertility related to the impossibility of child carrying and live birth. However, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions around this process, so we decided to shed more light over it.
What is surrogate motherhood?
This is a program of reproductive medicine. A technology in which the embryo is being transferred to the uterus of a surrogate mother, which carries it through all the pregnancy. In this case, a surrogate mother will not be a biological mother, as she will not have any connection to the embryo: it will be received through the combination of the genetic material of a future mother and father. In the case of need, it may relate to only one of the parents, when the parents need a donor material (donor oocytes or donor sperm).
Is surrogate motherhood legal?
Despite the surrogate motherhood regulated differently in different countries, we are providing only the services which fit the law. Our company is operating in the countries, where the surrogate motherhood is protected and guaranteed by local laws. In addition, we’re providing legal services according to your situation and destination, as we are not just working on your pregnancy, but also on your possibility to go home with a child to realize your dreams.
In brief, the situation looks next: in the countries, where our agency is based, the surrogate motherhood regulates by local laws, which describe the criteria and responsibilities of a person who wants to become a surrogate mother; when you are contacting us, we are starting to work on your home country situation, so we are providing the way how to recognize a child by your country authorities.
Who can become a surrogate mother?
According to the laws, it should be a young woman, without any diseases and conditions which may harm a future pregnancy, with her own child (which means she already had at least one successful pregnancy and births), and her child needs to be healthy. These are the basic points of the laws, however, most of the candidates will not pass the following testings because we are requiring perfect health, readiness to become a surrogate mother from both physical and mental health.
After you are provided with a surrogate mother picked by us, you may be sure that she is the best candidate you may find. Also, we will be glad to share her health data under the course of a pregnancy, so you will always be sure what is going on with her and the health of your future baby.
Who uses the service of surrogate motherhood more often?
Our couples are unique in the most characteristics, so it’s complicated to make a unified portrait. We provided a lot of programs for couples, which was unable to carry a pregnancy, usually because of previous uterus surgery or different anomalies. There were also cases with unexplained infertility, where couple received a lot of miscarriages. Sometimes the endometrium growth of a future mother was insufficient because of background diseases and her ob&gyn specialist recommended considering surrogate motherhood.
There are few things which are common for our couples: they are very persistent in a way to succeed in a birth of a healthy baby, and they are facing some problems to go a surrogate motherhood program in their home country if, for example, this topic is not regulated by local laws.
Who has the right to be a parent after surrogate motherhood?
The laws of countries of our operating are very strict over it: only the biological parents, which concluded a contract with a surrogate mother, has the rights to be considered as parents after the childbirth. The biological parents will be written in the first official paper of their child, the birth certificate.
There are some cases in the world, where a surrogate mother decided to keep a baby after birth. To prevent it, we are not working in the countries where it is possible by the law, and we are working with surrogate mothers before programs to now allow this to happen. We will never take a surrogate mother in the program before she will realize all the process, all the possible consequences and responsibilities of it.
How is the relationship between parents and surrogate mother regulated?
Communications between parents and their surrogate mothers are one of our priorities, however, there is no legal answer to how their relationships must build. It’s quite individual, for example, some couples prefer to have regular internet calls with a surrogate mother to see her and to know how she is, what news is in her family, or even come to visit her. Some other couples prefer to delegate all communication to us and to receive reports each week or month. Whatever your wish will be, we will provide you with all possible options to realize it.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if any questions occur.
We are always ready to help!
Author: Oleksand Petrenko, Medical Manager of Pons Medical Group