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How does surrogacy work?

| Apr 28, 2018 | Alternative Reproduction |

As our society evolves, more and more people in Connecticut are opening their eyes to the various ways via which people can become parents. Certainly gay and lesbian couples need to look outside of traditional reproduction between partners to become parents but even a heterosexual couple may find themselves unable to conceive a child or to successfully carry a baby to term. If you are in one of these types of situations, you will be happy to know that there are more options available to you today than in prior generations.

If you have wondered about surrogacy, you will want to learn about the different ways in which it can work as there is not just one type of surrogacy program. Positive Parenting Ally explains that there can really be multiple distinct combinations of egg, sperm and womb that may be evident in a surrogate relationship. Certainly in all three forms of surrogacy, the one common factor is that it is the womb of the surrogate mother that carries the baby to term.

Sperm may be from either an anonymous donor or from a commissioning male parent. The egg may come from a commissioning female parent or from the surrogate mother. In a gestatory surrogacy, the egg and sperm are both from a commissioning parent. In a genetic surrogacy, only the sperm is from that parent and the egg is from the surrogate. In a total surrogacy, the surrogate provide the egg and a donor the sperm.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to provide an overview as to the various types of surrogacy available to couples in Connecticut who are seeking alternative methods to realize their dreams of starting or adding to their families.