There is a whole lot of information regarding this procedure online. There are books informing patients and doctors experiences with it. Leaflets can be found in fertility clinics explaining about it. However, we do receive many weekly emails asking about the procedure, what does involves, how is it done, the risks, tests needed, etc., and it makes me think there is still too much more to be known.
I can start by saying surrogacy is a kindness gesture a human can shown to life. It is the way a woman collaborates with other in order to make possible the growth of a baby. A woman gets pregnant with the future known intention of handing over the child to someone else after gibing birth. It is usually done using someone else’s gametes.
Today several patients need surrogacy, because of many reasons, they might not have uterus, they have a disease, they are a same sex couple, etc. A team of professional experts in surrogacy evaluates the need of the procedure and will advice the steps to follow next. Usually patients need to undergo an IVF procedure to obtain viable embryos, which will be frozen or transferred in fresh to the surrogate’s uterus. It is important to consider the legal aspects of surrogacy because they vary in different areas of the World. Some patients prefer to look in countries where surrogacy is allowed/legal or non-regulated, as they can benefit of not having to go through the adoption procedure which can take months.
I do work with a surrogacy team of experts to provide patients with the information of the best options of treatment. Costs also vary depending on the location, it can cost between 70,000 USD even to 150,000 USD in countries like USA. India 50,000 – 60,000 USD, Thailand 60,000 – 40,000 USD, Ukraine 70,000 – 50,000 USD, Mexico 50,000 USD, and Venezuela 40,000 USD (including the IVF procedure).
In many countries surrogacy is not illegal, but there are no regulations to support it or not. For that reason some patients chose to go to countries where they feel it is safer, even if is more expensive. Other patients take the low cost option. Experiences vary a lot.
Other places can be very strict regarding offering surrogacy to single patients or gay couples, which can be very discriminatory.
This procedure also implicates some risks for the intended parents and the surrogate. The intended parents can suffer from the anxiety and uncertainty of not having control over the pregnancy and the legal rights for the future baby; some countries make them wait months before being possible to take the baby home. And for surrogates the uncertainty of being the legal mother of a baby that needs to be claimed. I have seen the worst cases scenarios happening with surrogates that are family members or friends, also with surrogates found in websites, blogs or social networking. It is advisable to avoid doing this because there is no guarantee of the safety of the procedure that can be easily provided by a team of experts in the matter.
Our team is used to deal with surrogacy cases in a safe way.
If you need more information regarding surrogacy, and low cost-safe alternatives please email my team [email protected] to get more information regarding options of treatment and guidance through Skype.