Gestational surrogacy allows a couple to have a biological child when pregnancy is not safe or possible for the woman. A gestational surrogate (a woman chosen and most often known to the couple) will carry an implanted embryo full term. Once the baby is born, full parenting responsibilities turn over immediately to the parents.
This process is typically used when a woman has medical problems preventing pregnancy. Conditions may include:
- The absence of a uterus
- Repetitive miscarriages
- Cystic fibrosis
- Kidney disease
- Severe diabetes
- Heart disease
- Systematic lupus
- History of breast cancer
- History of severe pre-eclampsia
The implanted embryo may be from the biological parents’ egg and sperm, or from donated eggs or sperm.
Potential surrogates must go through extensive physical and psychological screenings, and must have given birth previously. Surrogates found through an agency are typically paid for their time and services and fully reimbursed for pregnancy-related medical appointments and travel.
Surrogates must enter into legal contracts. Inquiries may be directed to Atty. Emily M. Hete, of Henshaw & Hete in Akron, Ohio:
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