- Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. The surrogate may be the child's genetic mother (called traditional surrogacy), or she may be genetically unrelated to the child (called gestational surrogacy).
- The intended parent or parents, sometimes called the social parents, may arrange a surrogate pregnancy because of female infertility, other medical issues which make pregnancy or delivery impossible, risky or otherwise undesirable, or because the intended parent or parents are male or female. The sperm or eggs may be provided by the 'commissioning' parents, but donor sperm, eggs and embryos may also be used.
- Monetary compensation may or may not be involved in surrogacy arrangements. If the surrogate receives compensation beyond the reimbursement of medical and other reasonable expenses, the arrangement is called commercial surrogacy; otherwise, it is often referred to as altruistic surrogacy.
- Legal agreement needs to be made between the parents and the surrogate.
- Different countries have different laws relating to surrogacy.
Couples opting for surrogacy are advised to start with the formalities at least 1 week prior to expected day of embryo transfer. Please meet our Customer care executive for detailed information.