Myths About Surrogacy
Surrogacy means carrying the pregnancy for the intended parents. The availability of commercial surrogates or gestational carriers at infertility clinics has been a boom for infertile couples, single parents, lesbian couples and Guy couples. Myths and wrong information reach the mindset of people, due to little access to detail information on the procedures and related information on Surrogacy. We attempt to clear an air of confusion on the topic through discussion on myths related to Surrogacy facilities on treatment related to infertility.
The baby born from surrogacy has surrogate’s blood.
False: No connection is established between the surrogate and baby’s blood system during gestational surrogate pregnancy.
The surrogate baby is genetically connected to the surrogate.
False: The surrogate baby is not genetically connected to the surrogate in case of a gestational surrogacy.
The surrogate mother gets a legal right to keep the surrogate baby.
False: In Surrogacy options for infertility treatment, the surrogate mother is bound by the legal contract, to give up rights on the baby after the baby birth. The agreement with a surrogate mother must be attested by the notary.
The surrogate baby will resemble the surrogate mother.
False: The child born from a surrogacy does not resemble the surrogate mother in infertility treatment since they are not genetically related.
The surrogate baby does not bond with the intended parents.
False: The surrogacy baby would bond would intended parents like baby born from the normal pregnancy.
Surrogate services are availed by officially married couples only.
False: The surrogacy options are mostly taken by infertile officially married couples, the same can also be extended to single parents or working women interested to enjoy the perils of parenthood.
The surrogate gives up the baby in the maternity hospital.
False: No, A registered surrogate on surrogacy program-me is bound by contract to have intended parents name on baby’s birth certificate. She has to sign a official legal agreement, before start of surrogacy certifying her consent on this provision.
You have to have two children of your own to make a surrogate.
False: The surrogacy in most countries requires women with good hygiene and sound reproductive health, aged between 18-35 years, to enroll for the surrogacy process.
The surrogate could decide to keep the baby.
False: In gestational surrogacy the carrier women is not genetically related to the embryo. The intended parents sign a pre-birth contact before conception with surrogate and treatment agency to get rights as sole legal parents of the child.
Any woman can become a gestational surrogate.
False: There are of number of criteria for women to qualify as surrogate or gestational carrier. A complete examination of medical history, lab tests-blood, ultrasound; physical health and psychological examination is required to select a female for role into surrogacy or gestational carrier. It’s imperative to have balanced emotional connection between the surrogate and intended parents.
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