What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the perfect solution for many couples who are struggling with infertility or other medical issues. Surrogate pregnancies are also sought out by same sex couples. Surrogacy utilizes the latest in medical reproductive technology to provide couples with tailored, compassionate and cost effective surrogacy programs to help achieve dreams of parenthood.
As of January 14, 2016 — all surrogacy arrangements in Mexico will have to comply with specific requirements, including the approval from the "Secretaría de salud del estado" (Health Regulations Department of the State).
Changes to the law:
- ONLY heterosexual couples who are Mexican citizens will be allowed to participate in surrogacy arrangements in Mexico.
- Foreigners (including LGBT singles and couples) are RESTRICTED from surrogacy in Mexico. (Learn more about the leading surrogacy program for the LGBT community — CARE Surrogacy in California)
Types of Surrogacy
Traditional Surrogacy is where the child born for the intended couple is genetically related to the intended father and is the biological child of the surrogate. The husband of the intended couple provides the sperm which is placed into the surrogate. The wife of the intended couple does not contribute genetic material in this type of surrogacy arrangement. Sperm donation can also be utilized during Traditional Surrogacy arrangements.
The second type of surrogacy is Gestational Surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is made possible through advances in advanced reproductive technologies (ART). This type of surrogacy is achieved when the eggs of the intended mother are mixed with the sperm of the intended father, fertilized and finally implanted into a woman, the gestational surrogate. The surrogate has no genetic contribution to the child and solely carries and delivers the child through pregnancy. Egg Donation, Sperm Donation, and Embryo Donation can also be used with Gestational Surrogacy.
Commercial Surrogacy involves a financial rewarded for the Surrogate Mother’s involvement. This fee includes medical expenses as well as miscellaneous expenses related to the pregnancy, including travel.
During Altruistic Surrogacy, no financial compensation is rewarded to the Surrogate Mother. Conversely, in this case, the Surrogate Mother can still be compensated for her pregnancy-related expenses.
History of Surrogacy
History may be infused with diverse surrogate generations, but it guides in a new and forward approach to Surrogacy journeys. Surrogacy made its way into communal undertakings as far back as Babylonian times. By the 1970’s, Surrogate birth went public in the US, when attorney, Noel Keane, brokered the first-ever surrogacy agreement without implicating compensation, also known as traditional surrogacy.
A team made up of Noel Keane and Dr. Ringold hosted the first surrogacy clinic, called Infertility Center, making first headlines of artificial insemination. In the 1980’s, Elizabeth Kane (alias) was the first woman who contracted to be a Surrogate Mother for financial reward. However, her indisposition eventually deprived her of custody of the child because of a signed legal contract.
Controversy of Baby M
Masked as one of the most ignominious incidents in the history of surrogacy—between Mary Beth Whitehead (Surrogate Mother) and the Stern family, seen Mary Beth Whitehead refuse to exit the surrogacy agreement, but still captured visitation privileges by the court of law
What is a Surrogate Mother?
Surrogacy has multiplied in popularity over recent years as a viable way for a childless couple, or a couple who for medical reasons can't have children on their own, become parents.
A Surrogate Mother is an unselfish woman who agrees to carry a child resultant of In Vitro Fertilization IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) and deliver a precious baby for Intended Parents; empowering them to reach their dreams and never give up on life.
Becoming a Surrogate Mother embodies a personal and private choice that is both emotional and satisfying. Surrogate Mother’s give childless couples courage and strength.
Pros & Cons of Surrogacy
Surrogacy is becoming an acceptable way for infertile couples to have a child of their own. It has become progressively advanced with the newest medical technologies available and the high success rates reached. However, there are a few pros and cons concerned with surrogacy.
Surrogacy is a long and overwhelming process. All parties involved should full understand their legal rights before signing a contract or pursuing a surrogacy arrangement of any type.
Surrogacy arrangements can be provided to those traveling abroad that welcomes the chance to discover something uncompromising, completely un-impressionable, yet exceptionally inspiring—a loving family.
In some parts of the world, affording Surrogacy can be the most daunting task of a Surrogacy arrangement. With Surrogacy arrangements provided to those traveling abroad, the doors are open to—afford-ability, trust, and compassion.
No matter how you look at it, a Surrogate Mother carries the risk of an emotional attachment to the child—your child. As emotionally prepared as each Surrogate becomes, it can be difficult for some to walk away. While the majority of arrangements take place without complication, the stress can be elevated during the final days.
Surrogacy vs. Adoption
Confidence—surrounds you with IVF in Mexico. You are the only one who can make the decision to carry out an adoption or move forward with Surrogacy.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of Surrogacy:
Surrogacy arrangements are bound by a legal contract.
Surrogacy arrangements offer couples the opportunity to maintain a biological bond between the parents and the child.
Traveling abroad for surrogacy arrangements offers more control during each stage of the surrogacy journey.
Surrogacy is an unselfish gift to give a deserving couple. While building a family doesn’t have to embody the idea that you share a genetic connection, adoption and surrogacy behold their own benefits in their own unique ways. Imagine the joy that could reach couples all over the world with these selfless acts of love.
Cost of Surrogacy
The soaring cost of surrogacy in the US is a conclusive reason for many couples to consider Surrogacy abroad. Surrogacy is not only an affordable solution to every couple traveling abroad; many IVF clinics offer affordable surrogacy solutions to same sex couples-- in a supportive and understanding environment.
Other Fertility Procedures Combined with Surrogacy
Surrogacy + Egg Donation
Surrogacy involving egg donation helps build networks between Intended Parents, Egg Donors and Surrogates who are ready to aid in the creation of a new life together.
In addition to the unique level of personalized plans and devoted attention, world renowned IVF clinics in Mexico extensively recruit a vast collection of prospective surrogate mothers and egg donation.
There are many reasons for couples to consider surrogacy to start or expand their families. Gestational carrier IVF with donor eggs is an option for gay male couples or for women whose own eggs cannot be used because of age-related infertility, risk of genetic disorders or other issues.
Donor eggs are fertilized with the male sperm, matured to an early embryonic stage and then placed in the Surrogate Mother’s uterus to achieve a health pregnancy.
Surrogacy + Egg Donation + Gender Selection
Surrogacy involving egg donation and gender selection also allows couples the opportunity to use gender selection Mexico.
This combination introduces the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) procedure which is added to In Vitro Fertilization. With this method, the prospective parents will know the gender of each embryo prior to its transfer into the Surrogate Mother’s uterus.
The procedure is achieved under a special microscope with micromanipulators. Only embryo(s) of the desired gender are transferred during Surrogacy using Gender Selection.