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Surrogacy is a practice involving the carrying of pregnancy for the involved intended parents. The practice has only gotten known and popular in the modern times. But, going back to the past, there were already so many occurrences and records that involve surrogacy. Researches and development of this method have long been started. Obtained records show that the earliest occurrence concerning this method happened during the 1930s. At present, the knowledge and practice of surrogacy method led to different issues. It is useful for parents or people who wish to have a child, but are unable due to certain reasons. And, it is an issue for others who do not agree with the method.

Surrogacy Information: What is Surrogacy?

It is the agreement that involves the surrogate, who serves as the party to carry a pregnancy and the intended parents, the one who wishes to have a child and become parents. As part of surrogacy information, there are 2 primary types of the method. The first is gestational surrogacy with traditional surrogacy as the second.

  • Gestational Surrogacy – It is the type of surrogacy in which pregnancy happens through the transfer of the embryo, with the use of IVF method. In this type, the resulting child is not related to the chosen surrogate. It is also known as gestational carrier.
  • Traditional Surrogacy – The chosen surrogate is impregnated either artificially or naturally. But, in either of these, the resulting child always has a relation to the surrogate genetically.

In these two, gestational surrogacy is the most practiced and common. It is also the less complex of the two when it comes to the legal aspects. In history, the first actual surrogacy took place in 1985. It was when a woman has successfully carried a gestational surrogate pregnancy.

Other Types of Surrogacy

  • Gestational Surrogacy & Egg Donation or GS/ED

The same process as gestational surrogacy is done to impregnate the surrogate. However, instead of using the sperm and egg of the intended parents, only the sperm of the intended father is used. And, the egg comes from a donor. Thus, the resulting child is only genetically related to the intended father, but still unrelated to the chosen surrogate.

  • Gestational Surrogacy & Donor Sperm or GS/DS

The surrogate is impregnated in the same process as gestational surrogacy. But, the egg comes from the intended mother and a sperm donor. The resulting child is only genetically related to the intended mother.

  • Gestational Surrogacy & Donor Embryo or GS/DE

The surrogate is impregnated through inseminating the donor embryos. Donor embryos commonly come from couples who have undergone the IVF process as well and have left over embryos which they choose to donate. Hence, the resulting child is both genetically related to the intended parents and surrogate.

  • Traditional Surrogacy & Donor Sperm

In this part of the surrogacy information, the surrogate is being inseminated with the donor sperm through an artificial method. The methods can be IVF, home insemination or IUI. Thus, the resulting child is genetically related to the chosen surrogate and genetically unrelated to intended parent(s).

The development of surrogacy process instantly led to different issues from many aspects. However, surrogacy still serves as the answer for couples and people who wish to have a child, but cannot.

Posted by on in Gay Parenting

Some countries permit gay relationships. So, it did not take long for gay parenting to be possible as well. However, even the possibility of this from occurring is surrounded with so many myths. Some you may have already heard, but many of you would be first-timers in learning these myths. Some of the myths that are revolving around gay parenting myths include:

Myth: Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Individuals Do Not Have Kids

Fact: In Scotland, there is no official data that detail the number of parents who are proclaimed LGBT. However, based on a research that was conducted by Beyond Barriers, it is estimated that there is an approximation of 1 out of 5 LGBT who are parents. This 1 from LGBT can either be a parent, have children or are co-parents. The study involves LGBT parents who have bore children when they were still in a heterosexual relationship. However, it was reported from the last years that many LGBT people are deciding to plan and form families of their own.  As such, they now obtained the description gay-by-boom.

 

Posted by on in Global

Almost everyone wishes to have kids and there is not any difference even for people with HIV. However, in the medical field, it is dangerous for people with HIV to have kids since there is always a big chance for the baby to get affected. It is a big sacrifice for those people not to have kids. Fortunately today, even HIV positive people can already have kids if they prefer. That is through surrogacy. Surrogacy for HIV positive people has been granted in 2006. It is thanks to the advancement in technology that the modern world is continuously developing. Through this process, even people with HIV are now able to become biological parents. Ever since this period, almost 50 babies are being born to HIV parents. And, the number is continuously growing every year.

Several technologies were developed to give people with HIV a chance to become parents. One of these is HART or HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Some questions and answers concerning surrogacy for HIV positive people are the following:

 

Posted by on in Global

If you are a UK citizen or considering surrogacy overseas, maybe you are aware of the unclear relation of the UK law to surrogacy cases. It has been declared in UK that surrogacy is legal, but in contrary to that, entering an arrangement is not that easy. There are also increasing number cases where the UK couples are availing surrogacy in the USA instead and start building their families there.

The very first surrogate baby in the United Kingdom is baby 'cotton'. He was born the year 1985 and in the same year, the Surrogacy Arrangement Act quickly passed in as a knee-jerk reaction to surrogacy.

Aside from regulating surrogacy in the UK, the act also stated that no surrogacy agreement is enforceable. It also implied that the arrangement will only be handled by the surrogate and intended parents themselves. Any other person who will be joining the same arrangement will be counted for a criminal offence. People will be encouraging or giving the same idea to the couples without any baby can also have the same criminal case.

Posted by on in Surrogacy

Babies are considered to be blessings from above. They complete the family members, give happiness and serve as a hope for all the people around them. Nowadays, there are innumerable couples and even individuals who are aiming to have their own babies. But sometimes, this goal is not achieved because of certain problems like miscarriage history, medical complications or because of the old aged mother-to-be.

After several years of finding solution to the problem, surrogacy has now been discovered and practiced by some countries. Surrogacy is giving the parents a chance of having their own babies with the help of another woman. That woman is to carry the baby for nine months and to assure its health while it is inside her womb. Surrogacy has been an extremely controversial issue of the present time.

It is a crucial arrangement wherein a woman delivers and carries a baby for another person or couple. Surrogacy provides an intended woman with the chance of having a baby who is completely or partially genetic offspring of her despite the fact that she is not capable of bearing and creating the baby within her womb.

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