3 Reasons to Choose Gestational Surrogacy
For prospective parents who have decided to use a surrogate carrier to help build their families, your next decision will be to choose which surrogacy path is best for you. For future parents, the decision may depend on which state they reside in, as not every state allows compensated surrogacy arrangements. Those whose state does allow for paid surrogacy or those who can travel to these states, can choose between two types of surrogacy arrangements: gestational surrogacy or traditional surrogacy.
Though both arrangements have their pros and cons, gestational surrogacy has steadily risen in popularity in the last decade. More and more prospective parents are choosing gestational surrogacy over a traditional surrogacy agreement, and we’ve outlined three reasons why below.
Gestational surrogacy provides a genetic link to your child
Of course, a family is a family, whether or not you or your partner shares a genetic link to your child – but gestational surrogacy can provide couples the opportunity to share this link. This may be something that if they have struggled with infertility or a medical condition they might not have thought possible.
In a traditional surrogacy agreement, the surrogate carrier will be the baby’s biological mother. In gestational surrogacy, the female intended parent can provide the egg to create an embryo.
Gestational surrogacy offers greater preparation and legal protection
With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate carrier is often a family member or friend. Because trust is already established in this type of arrangement, many prospective parents do not take the recommended preparatory legal steps to assure that the arrangement will satisfy the expectations of everyone involved. Traditional surrogate mothers also may not undergo the same medical and psychological screenings that ensure they are a good physical match for the surrogacy process, and that they truly understand their role as a surrogate.
Gestational surrogacy addresses all of these concerns from start to finish by instituting thorough surrogate mother screening, assessment, matching and advice on legal coverage. When you work with an agency like Surrogacy America, the surrogacy process is designed to address any concerns prospective parents may have.
Many surrogate mothers prefer a gestational surrogacy agreement
Similar to the concerns of prospective parents, surrogate mothers have their own needs that should be met during the surrogacy process. In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, the surrogate mother’s role is more simple because she is not related to the child she is carrying. In fact, many surrogates have stated that they find the process to be more rewarding when they assist a couple to build their family through a gestational surrogacy agreement.