Surrogacy is a way of reproduction to help couples who cannot conceive for multiple reasons have babies.

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What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a compassionate and intricate reproductive arrangement where a woman, known as the surrogate or gestational carrier, carries and delivers a baby on behalf of intended parents. Surrogacy serves as a pathway to parenthood for individuals or couples who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term on their own due to various reasons, such as medical conditions, infertility, or same-sex partnerships. There are two primary types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are fertilized with the intended father’s sperm through artificial insemination. In contrast, gestational surrogacy involves the implantation of embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the intended parents’ or donor gametes into the surrogate’s uterus. Throughout the surrogacy journey, legal agreements are established to ensure the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Surrogacy provides a unique opportunity for individuals and couples to experience the joys of biological parenthood, offering hope, fulfillment, and the creation of profound and lasting relationships. It is an extraordinary act of generosity, compassion, and trust, allowing dreams of parenthood to become a reality for those who embark on this incredible journey.

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Surrogacy: All you need to know 

Nowadays, many patients fly abroad to use surrogacy and have children. Whether you choose to have someone with you as a surrogate mother or look for a surrogate mother abroad in exchange for money is up to you.

How much does surrogacy cost?

Having a baby with a surrogate mother is not cheap. You will have to pay for the medical services, the fees of the doctors, the cost of medications and lab tests, and an amount of money to compensate the surrogate mother for carrying the baby for nine months.

The prices of surrogacy are different from one country to another. In the United States of America, the prices usually range from $100,000 to $170,000 and can even reach $300,000 if the parents if the initial fertilization was not successful and they needed to try again.

In Mexico, the cost of surrogacy is a bit lower. Conceiving with a surrogate mother cost ranges from $60,000 to $70,000 in Mexico.

The cost of surrogacy in Iran is a lot cheaper. Surrogacy prices in Iran start from $12,000. Even with the extra possible costs of flight and accommodation in Iran, you will end up paying less than a quarter of the prices in the United States.

What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a way of reproduction to help couples who cannot conceive for multiple reasons have babies. Surrogacy involves an agreement between the couple and the surrogate mother that she carries and delivers the baby and then hands the baby to the couple.

Reasons for having a child with a surrogate mother

Several possible reasons make it not possible or not safe for a woman to conceive a baby, such as:

  • Fertility problems: Surrogacy comes as a solution for couples with infertility, especially if conceiving with IVF was unsuccessful.
  • Age: The chances of having a successful pregnancy decrease as the woman age. Women who get pregnant after the age of 35 are more prone to pregnancy complications that can harm their health and their babies.
  • Not having a uterus: Some women may live without a uterus either due to specific surgery or because of congenital disabilities.
  • Medical conditions that affect the health of the uterus.
  • The need to take medications that affect pregnancy.

How does surrogacy work?

The way surrogacy work varies depending on the type of surrogacy that is to be used. In general, there are two types of surrogacies:

  • Gestational surrogacy
  • Traditional surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy is the most used type of surrogacy in the present day. Gestational surrogacy involves using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to extract the egg from the mother and fertilize it in the lab with sperm from the father (or with sperm from the sperm donor), and then the embryo will be placed inside the uterus of the surrogate mother to carry.

Gestational surrogacy can be used to let couples have children that are related to them genetically.

Traditional surrogacy

Traditional surrogacy occurs when the egg used to conceive the baby comes from the surrogate mother. When using this method, the doctor will use the sperm from the father or a sperm donor to inseminate the egg. During this method, the egg will be artificially inseminated in the hospital or the fertility clinic.

Commercial surrogacy

Commercial surrogacy is a term that is used to describe an agreement that involves a couple paying the medical expenses plus some extra money to a woman in return for her carrying the embryo for them.

Although many countries around the world have laws against commercial surrogacy, you can find some countries where commercial surrogacy is legal and allowed.

Countries like Canada, Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and several more consider commerce illegal.

On the other hand, there are few countries where it can be legal to pay a surrogate mother to conceive your children, such as Iran, the United States of America, and Mexico.

Surrogacy agencies

You can find a lot of surrogacy agencies that can help you find a surrogate mother and provide medical treatment. 

Agencies will help you find the woman that will be carrying your child and will provide all the medical procedures at some of the best clinics and hospitals. Furthermore, they will help with obtaining a Visa, booking a hotel for you, and providing an interpreter for you.

Surrogacy law

Surrogacy laws differ from one country to another. 

Before the surrogacy procedure, a formal contract is made between the couple and the surrogate mother clarifying that the mother is carrying the baby for the couple and obliges her to give the baby to the couple right after birth.

Surrogacy mother

Not every woman is allowed to be a surrogate mother as several terms and conditions need to be met. Most countries’ law states these conditions:

  • Proper age: The potential surrogate mother needs to be over the age of 18 and under the age of 35 as this can increase the chances of successful pregnancy and the delivery of a healthy baby.
  • Successful pregnancy history: The potential surrogate mother needs to be married with at least one child.
  • Good physical health: The potential surrogate mother needs to be a healthy woman without chronic diseases. This means that a surrogate mother cannot be a woman with illnesses such as diabetes and heart issues. The surrogate mother should not also be addicted to drugs and alcohol.
  • Good mental health: A woman with mental illnesses or who is not mentally stable is not allowed to be a surrogate mother.

These terms and conditions for becoming a surrogate mother are there to make sure the surrogate mother has a healthy pregnancy and to increase the chances of having a healthy baby.

Surrogacy father

If the man has some fertility problems and his sperm cannot be used to conceive the child, it is possible to use the sperm of a donor to conceive the child from a surrogate mother.

Frequently Asked Questions of the Surrogacy

Who uses surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a way to reproduce for couples who cannot conceive because of fertility issues, possible complications that may occur during the pregnancy or the delivery, current health issues with the mother, or due to age.

Who pays for surrogacy?

When the couple go for commercial surrogacy, they will have to pay for the medical expenses and the compensation for the surrogate mother.

There are several countries where surrogacy is considered legal like the United States of America, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Ukraine, Russia, and Lithuania.

How does surrogacy affect the child?

The studies on babies born via surrogacy show that there are no major effects due to surrogacy on the baby.

There is a controversy regarding surrogacy around the world. Therefore, the procedure is legal in some countries while it is illegal in other countries. The laws in countries that allow surrogacy is also different as some countries prohibit surrogacy completely and others prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy where the surrogate mother is not paid in exchange for carrying the baby.

Is surrogacy allowed in Islam?

There is a controversy regarding surrogacy in Islam. Some scholars say it is forbidden despite the reasons while others say it can be allowed for married couples as a means of reproduction despite infertility.

The relationship between the surrogated mother and the baby depends on the method that is used. Since traditional surrogacy uses an egg from the surrogate mother to make the embryo, there will be a genetic link between the baby and the surrogate mother.
When gestational surrogacy is used, the baby will be related to the woman whose egg is used. If it is from the surrogate mother then the baby will be related to her, if the egg comes from the wife, then there will be no relationship between the baby and the surrogate mother.

How to find a surrogate?

In Iran, there are many surrogacy agencies. GOMEDIRAN is a reputable medical tourism facilitator that can help you with surrogacy in Iran. You can contact us to help you find a surrogate mother in Iran.

Can a surrogate keep the baby?

Before the surrogacy, the surrogate mother will sign a contract that obliges her to give the baby to the couple after birth. Therefore, the surrogate mother will not be able to keep the baby after the delivery.

Can sibling be surrogates?

If the sibling meets the conditions that are required to become a surrogate mother, then your sibling can become your surrogate.