Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproductive technology (ART) where a woman, referred to as a surrogate or gestational carrier, agrees to carry and deliver a baby for another person or couple, known as the intended parents. This is typically done through a legal agreement, and the intended parents have full custody and parental rights to the child immediately upon birth.
In most cases, the surrogate is not biologically related to the child she is carrying. There are two types of surrogacies: gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate carries a child conceived using the intended parents’ or donors’ eggs and sperm, and traditional surrogacy, which is much less common, where the surrogate is biologically related to the child she carries.
Surrogate parenting has a long history, with examples dating back to biblical times, and has been legally practiced in the United States for almost 40 years. Surrogacy is now permitted in almost all US states, and several countries around the world.
There are two options for those considering surrogacy: working with a surrogacy agency or undertaking surrogacy independently. Both options have been successful, and intended parents need to educate themselves and make an informed decision about which option is best for them, considering factors such as their specific situation and preferences. Infertility Portal provides information and resources on all types of surrogacy, including articles and videos to help intended parents navigate the process and make informed decisions.