Surrogacy is an infertility treatment procedure that is suggested by doctors when all other options have been exhausted or are not applicable to the couple.
Let us first understand the basic definitions of the terms in surrogacy…
- Surrogacy – Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person.
- Traditional and gestational Surrogacy – The surrogate mother may be the child’s genetic mother (called traditional surrogacy), or she may carry the pregnancy after having an embryo, to which she has no genetic relationship whatsoever, transferred to her uterus (called gestational surrogacy).In general, GarbhaGudi supports and advocates gestational surrogacy only, due to the point on maintaining anonymity about the egg donor.
- Commercial and altruistic Surrogacy – If the pregnant woman receives compensation for carrying and delivering the child (besides medical and other reasonable expenses) the arrangement is called a commercial surrogacy, otherwise the arrangement is sometimes referred to as an altruistic surrogacy.
- Social parents or Commissioning Parents – They are those that intend to raise the child. They may arrange a surrogate pregnancy because of homosexuality, female infertility, or other medical issues which may make the pregnancy or delivery impossible, risky or otherwise undesirable. The intended parent could also be a single man or woman wishing to have his/her own biological child.
GarbhaGudi does NOT support or advocate cosmetic surrogacy, which is when the social mother is fertile and healthy but does not want to undergo the pain and inconvenience of undergoing pregnancy, labor and delivery.