Traditional Vs Gestational Surrogacy–What Best For You

Traditional Vs Gestational Surrogacy–What Best For You

by Neelam Chhagani

traditional vs gestational surrogacy and which is right for youTraditional Vs Gestational Surrogacy– What Best For Your Family?

What’s the difference between traditional vs. gestational surrogacy? No matter what surrogacy type you choose, it will play a significant role in your surrogacy process.

The most significant difference between traditional vs gestational surrogacy is:

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate eggs are utilized, making her the biological mother of the kid she carries. That means she not only carries the baby but also has a half genetic link with the baby.

Gestational surrogacy process, the surrogate does not have a biological link with the baby.  To simply define gestational surrogacy, she is just a carrier of the baby for a childless couple who are due to any reason cannot carry the baby for themselves.

Although this differentiation might seem to be simple, there are many important factors that potential intended parents should consider between traditional and gestational surrogacy types. Knowing these factors, help them to choose the best surrogacy type for them.

The principle difference between a traditional Vs gestational surrogacy are:

Egg Donor:

In gestational surrogacy, an egg donor is needed to create the embryos which later implanted in surrogate mother or gestational carrier. In some cases, the intended mother can use her eggs, that means no egg donor is needed.
But for some heterosexual couples, single male, same-sex couple opting for an egg donor is necessary. So, they need an egg donor and surrogate mother both. And these two ladies are two different girls.
In traditional surrogacy- Egg donation isn’t mandatory in traditional surrogacy since the surrogate uses her very own eggs acting as both the egg donor and the carrier.

Medical Techniques:

Gestational and traditional surrogacy frequently involve different medical processes.

In the case of gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization ( IVF) is utilized to create embryos with the eggs of the intended mother ( or sometimes using eggs from the egg donor) and sperms from the intended father. After this, the embryos are then transferred to surrogate mother.
For traditional surrogacy, IVF may be used or not used.
The most common process used is artificial intrauterine insemination (IUI).
IUI is a simple procedure which usually doesn’t require the surrogate to take fertility drugs or any invasive medical process.

Surrogacy Cost:

One of the most common downfalls of gestational surrogacy is the high cost of the surrogacy process. That is mainly due to an expensive medical procedure like IVF or sometimes due to the egg donation process as well.  Gestational surrogate costs are in the range of $30,000 to $60,000 depending upon the state she lives in. In some state like California, where there are huge demands for surrogate mother, the surrogate mother pay can be much higher.

Traditional surrogacy tends to be more affordable than gestational surrogacy as IUI is much simple and cheaper process than IVF. Moreover, parents do not need to pay hefty medical procedure fee to the IVF Clinic. On top of that, no egg donation cost is involved in traditional surrogacy.

Surrogacy Professionals:

It goes without saying that traditional surrogacy has more legal and psychological complexities as compared to gestational surrogacy.

There is a surrogacy professional who helps the parents to navigate through both processes. But as gestational surrogacy is more common and professional, so most of the surrogacy agencies or surrogacy professional keen to work on this form of surrogacy.
Intended parents who opt for traditional surrogacy might have fewer options when selecting a surrogacy professional.

Wait Time:

For the apparent reason, many surrogates prefer to opt as a gestational surrogacy because it’s less emotionally draining.
In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is the biological mother of the kid she carries, which may make it, even more, difficult to give up the baby. Sometimes she can find it emotionally challenging to relinquish her right over the baby as she has a more emotional connection with the baby.
Intended parents who opt for traditional surrogacy might need more time to find a surrogate mother who is ready to be a traditional surrogate.

Legal Process:

Surrogacy laws are complex regardless of what type of surrogacy a family selects. There are a lot of states that allow gestational surrogacy but don’t permit traditional surrogacy. Similar most of the countries where surrogacy is permitted, it is gestational surrogacy.

The traditional surrogacy process involves additional legal work. That is due to a surrogate mother ( birth mother) is also the genetic mother of the baby. So, to give up her parental rights, a further proceeding is needed. These vary from state to state. IT is good to hire an experienced family attorney who can help with your specific case.

The risk for intended parents:

While it’s rare for any gestational surrogate mother to battle to keep the baby. In counseling and surrogacy agreement, it is made clear to her that she is just a carrier of baby. As gestational surrogacy is a more straightforward arrangement, so there is less risk involved.

On the other hands, traditional surrogacy does pose a higher risk or intended parents.

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is the biological mother of the child, meaning that when she bonds with the infant, she could change her mind and decide she needs to be the parent of the baby when it’s born. The intended parents would then need to attempt to win custody in court, which might lead to a legal battle.

traditional vs gestational surrogacyConsiderations for Intended Parents while opting for traditional vs gestational surrogacy.

Some questions that intended parents must answer before opting for any form of surrogacy arrangements.

While every kind of surrogacy has its cons and pros, it’s impossible to conclude that one type of surrogacy is better than the other.

Instead, it’s up to intended parents to select which kind of surrogacy will best meet their needs and help them achieve their goals.

1. Do you wish to use your eggs or an egg donor?

If intended mother, have good fertile eggs and also want to be related to your kid, gestational surrogacy could be a better option for you.

Even if you wish to use an egg donor- you can decide what work best for you a gestational surrogate or a traditional surrogate who is also half biologically link with the baby.

We have seen most of the hetero couples opt for a gestational surrogacy even if they are using an egg donor. They do not wish to remain in fear of their future baby it to legal battle for the parental right.
A single male or gay couples are more prone to use a traditional surrogate mother.

2. Financial constraints you to have, and if gestational surrogacy or traditional surrogacy better match your budget?

Any form of surrogacy you chose, be ready to spend a considerable amount of money on it. For gestational surrogacy, you might need many rounds of IVF or egg donations to be successful.
If you have a no financial burden and can pay for the thousands of dollars, then you can opt for gestational surrogacy. If you are pinching for money, they may be traditional surrogacy can be better. You need to discuss your specific need with your service provider so that they can advise what best option you have within reach.

3. You feel comfortable with the legal and emotional risks involved with traditional surrogacy?

Remember your surrogate’s genetic link to your baby can complicate the traditional surrogacy procedure. You need to be open with the idea where the surrogate mother can opt to keep the baby or share the baby responsibilities with you.

4. What is a traditional surrogate mother?

A traditional surrogate is a woman who carries and deliver the baby for another couple. She is artificially inseminated with the intended father sperms and is half genetically link with the baby. That means traditional surrogacy mother is the biological mother of the child as well.

5. What does gestational surrogacy or gestational carrier meaning?

As discussed above, gestational surrogacy is a process where a lady carries and delivery baby for hetero couples or a single male. A medical procedure like IVF is done to create the embryos and then implant in surrogate mother. She is not genetically linked with the baby.

6. Is traditional surrogacy legal?

Traditional surrogacy is not typical and not supported by most states and countries. Although some USA state and most surrogacy country permit gestational surrogacy, for traditional surrogacy there are not clear laws. So, it is advised to take consultation of family attorney for your specific case.

Conclusion for traditional Vs gestational surrogacy

Intended parents ought to consider the pros and cons of both types of surrogacy. Anyone can be the best option for you depending upon your specific case.

But the general aspect of both type of surrogacy is that they give a ray of hope to the intended parents that they have a chance to complete their families.

Are you interested in learning more about the surrogacy process and how to get started? Get in touch with us to have free surrogacy consultation.

I am Neelam Chhagani, CEO and International Patient Follow-up Manager, representing IVF Conceptions. I work as a surrogacy consultant and assist and guide the Intended Parents to become parents via surrogacy, globally.It will be my great pleasure to assist you.

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