Surrogacy Essay

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Looking back there were not many options for a woman who wished to become pregnant. Those options fell to almost zero for those who couldn’t naturally conceive or where infertile. Now fast forward to today, where there are many options for those who cannot naturally conceive or are infertile. A few of the options that are available today is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID), Gestational Surrogacy, Surrogate Embryo Transfer (SET) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The option that interested me the most was surrogacy. I would like to learn what it actually takes to become a surrogate mother and just what your options are as a surrogate. What is Surrogacy? In the context of the medical field, the term surrogacy means an arrangement for the carrying of a pregnancy for intended parents. There are actually six types of surrogacy. The first type is gestational surrogacy, this is where the process of In Vitro Fertilization is used to create an embryo and the surrogate is then inseminated with the embryo created from the intended parents’ sperm and egg. The next type of surrogacy is known as Gestational surrogacy and egg donation, this type of surrogacy occurs when an embryo created by IVF using a donor egg is inseminated into a surrogate mother (Yale Fertility Center). Next we have gestational surrogacy and donor embryo, this form of surrogacy is similar to gestational surrogacy and egg donation except or instead of having the egg being donated the entire embryo is donated and then inseminated into the surrogate. In traditional surrogacy the surrogate mother is naturally or artificially inseminated by the father of the expected child, this is similar to traditional surrogacy with sperm donor... ... middle of paper ... ...gacy. The law states that surrogate has the right of the child until she sings it over to the intended parents after delivery (Surrogate Motherhood). This means that as a surrogate you can fight for the right of the child if you change your mind and do not want to give it up. This action occurs more than often in the case of traditional surrogacy where the surrogate is the paternal mother. The other big issue as a surrogate is that you must follow your contract is you have one. In not doing so you may face large fines and potentially jail time. The right to your payment is generally a very obvious right that a surrogate mother has. Some surrogates do the surrogacy for no fee but often times does cost and at high prices. The payment varies depending on the financial status of the cope seeking a surrogate and the agree upon price that the couple and surrogate reach.

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