Understanding Gestational Surrogacy and Its Benefits
What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is a process where the surrogate mother, who does not provide the egg used in conception, carries a fetus through pregnancy and gives birth to a baby for another person or couple. The person who carries the fetus is called a “surrogate” or “gestational carrier.” The person or couple who are seeking to parent the baby or babies are called the “intended parent(s).” This means that the surrogate mother is not the biological mother of the child, and has no genetic connections with the child. This method tends to be more expensive due to the medical complexity, but also less troublesome legally than the traditional surrogacy where the surrogate mother uses her own eggs. There are three stages in gestational surrogacy:
Stage 1: Egg retrieval—retrieving the egg from either the intended mother or the egg donor.
Stage 2: Fertilization—the eggs are fertilized with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos.
Stage 3: Embryo transfer—implanting the embryo into the surrogate mother’s womb.
Magic Journeys offers gestational surrogacy to enable those who want to be parents but can’t have children otherwise. While you and/or your partner will not physically carry a baby, you will be closely involved throughout the entire process – from choosing your surrogate to being at the hospital when your baby is delivered.
Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy
- You can be Biologically connected to your child thanks to in vitro fertilization.
- The High success rate is high with low-risk pregnancy.
Our surrogates go through a very extensive selection and admission process including medical, psychological, financial and background screenings. We accept less than 1% of the applicants to choose the healthiest surrogate who is physically, emotionally and financially prepared to carry your child or children.
- Gestational surrogacy ensures legal peace of mind.
The surrogate mother is not biologically or genetically related to the child. This eliminates any surprises that may come up in the future. By having a legal agreement from the beginning, everyone can relax and enjoy the process from the start to the end.
- Same-sex couples may have each of their names on their child’s birth certificate.
- The option of gender selection and genetic testing on the embryo before implantation.
- Intended parents can be intimately involved in the journey, feeling the full joy of expecting your child all the way through.
- Fulfilling sensation for the surrogate mothers.
Pregnancy can be an incredibly sacred experience and can be taxing on a woman’s body. The women who choose to be Surrogates often enjoy being pregnant. It allows them to feel all the wonders of growing another baby — even if their own family is complete. It also gives them a chance to help others realize the dream of parenthood.
Your Role as the Intended Parent
While choosing to have a child through surrogacy may sound complicated at first, we will guide you through every step of the way, and make it easy for you. Just follow the steps below:
- Book a free 60-minute consultation in person or via video conferencing.
- Complete an online profile to match with a surrogate.
- Meet your surrogate in person or via video conferencing.
- Meet with our legal team.
- Fund your medical expense account for your surrogate.
- Communicate with our agency and your surrogate throughout the process.
If you are unable to use your own eggs, we are here to help. Magic Journeys has our own extensive global egg donor database that you can browse. Contact us for details.
Our Role as the Magic Maker
We will take over all the administrative, management, medical & legal coordination’s and all the other chores, so you can enjoy the magic journey. We will take care of all the appointments and events coordination and management, monitor your surrogate, manage the relationship, pay for her expenses, ensure she has been taken care of in all aspects, and much more.
Some examples of what we will do:
- Conducting background checks on your surrogate to make sure she is financially stable.
- Collecting the surrogate’s medical records to ensure the health qualification is met.
- Coordinating your surrogate’s psychological counseling.
- Making sure your surrogate is sending updates and attending her appointments.
- Working closely with the medical professional to track the progress.
- Creating a birth plan for you and the hospital where your child or children are expected to be delivered.
- Your dedicated case manager will conduct “milestone calls” to share updates and what to expect next during your process.
We understand that more questions may occur during the process, and we will also be there to guide you and answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us, even after your child is born.
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