Surrogacy and IVF with a Surrogate Mother: What You Need to Know
At Sago Team in North Cyprus, we offer surrogacy services for patients who require the assistance of a surrogate mother to carry a pregnancy.
Here you will find information on the different types of surrogacies, the reasons why surrogacy is preferred and by whom, the process itself, benefits of IVF with a surrogate mother, factors affecting success rates, costs of surrogate pregnancy and legal matters surrounding surrogacy.
WHAT IS SURROGACY?
Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction that can help people who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves.
The surrogacy process includes a woman (the surrogate mother) who carries a pregnancy and gives birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple.
TYPES OF SURROGACIES?
There are two main types of surrogacies, namely traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy.
- Traditional surrogacy involves using the surrogate mother’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.
- Gestational surrogacy, on the other hand, involves using the intended parents’ or donors’ egg and sperm, and transferring the resulting embryo to the surrogate mother’s uterus.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SURROGACY?
Surrogacy can be an option for couples or individuals who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy themselves due to various reasons, including:
- Women with a medical condition that makes pregnancy unsafe.
- Women who have had a hysterectomy or other reproductive surgery.
- Women with a history of failed IVF treatments.
- Single men who want to have a family.
- Same-sex male couples.
THE SURROGACY PROCESS
At Sago Team North Cyprus, the surrogacy process overall involves the following steps:
Consultation.We will discuss your medical history and assess your eligibility for surrogacy.
Finding a Surrogate Mother.We can help you find a surrogate mother through our surrogacy agency partners or you can bring your own surrogate mother.
Medical Screening.Both the intended parents and surrogate mother will undergo medical screening to ensure they are healthy and eligible for the process.
IVF Treatment.We will perform IVF treatment to create embryos using the intended parents’ or donors’ egg and sperm.
Embryo Transfer.The resulting embryos will be transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus.
Pregnancy and Delivery.The surrogate mother will carry the pregnancy to term and deliver the baby.
BENEFITS OF IVF WITH A SURROGATE MOTHER
IVF with a surrogate mother has several benefits over other fertility treatments, including:
- Ability to use donor eggs and sperm for those who cannot conceive using their own.
- Reduced risk of genetic disorders through pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT).
- Control over the timing of pregnancy.
- Opportunity for same-sex couples to have biological children.
THE LEGAL MATTERS SURROUNDING SURROGACY
The legal details surrounding surrogacy can be complex, and it is important for all parties involved to consult with legal experts to ensure that their rights are protected, and their obligations are clearly defined.
Legal matters surrounding surrogacy include issues related to parentage, citizenship, adoption, and financial compensation.
A surrogacy agreement typically includes provisions related to the intended parents’ rights to custody and parentage of the child, as well as the surrogate’s rights to medical care and compensation. It may also include provisions related to the surrogate’s lifestyle and behaviours during pregnancy, such as restrictions on smoking or alcohol consumption.
In addition to this, intended parents need to think about citizenship issues if selecting a surrogate from a different nationality.
With legal as well as practical issues involved, it is advised for the intended parent to hold detailed discussions with the intended surrogate mother to identify potential issues and come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
SELECTING THE RIGHT SURROGATE
Many of Sago Team patients ask a family member or friend to become their surrogate. We understand there is a level of trust and comfort in this arrangement, and we are ready to provide treatment if you choose this route.
In case you are unable to find a surrogate on your own, Sago Team fertility clinic can help find a suitable surrogate for you.
We have a rigorous process for surrogate selection and assess potential candidates for health issues and pregnancy problems. The surrogates we recommend are over 18 and of healthy maternal age.
Our patient coordinators can provide comprehensive details of surrogacy tests and our doctors will explain about these tests during consultations.
SURROGACY SUCCESS RATES
The success of a surrogate pregnancy depends on several factors, such as the surrogate’s ability to carry the baby to term as well as the quality of eggs and sperm being used.
Female fertility success rates decline significantly after the age of 35 and to ensure best chances of success, we only work with women who are in the prime of their childbearing years.
Unlike some unscrupulous clinics, Sago Team will not give false expectations to patients or make unattainable promises. We adopt the latest fertility protocols, invest in leading technology and work with a team of experts to deliver the best possible results.
COSTS OF SURROGATE PREGNANCY
The costs of surrogacy are dependent on several factors. The surrogate mother cost you will incur depends on the type of treatment you will require, whether you will need IVF or IUI and also whether you will use donor eggs or sperm.
You will need to factor in the costs of screening, method of embryo implantation, administration costs and reasonable expense claims of the surrogate mother for certain things such as loss of earnings, transportation costs and even expenditure on maternity clothing.
We wish to iterate that Sago Team are not commercial brokers and do not profit financially out of matching commissioning parties with surrogates.
FURTHER SURROGACY ADVICE
Surrogacy can be a life-changing option for people struggling with infertility, other medical conditions as well as for gay couples.
At Sago Team, we are committed to providing compassionate, personalised care to help our patients achieve their dream of starting or growing their family.
Feel free to get in touch with our Patient Advisors via WhatsApp, phone or email for further information and guidance from Sago Team.