There are two types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. Both are equally safe for the surrogate and the resulting baby, but there are significant differences—specifically when it comes to the process for getting pregnant and the baby’s genetics.
What is Traditional Surrogacy?
Traditional surrogacy is where the surrogate is both the egg donor and the surrogate—and therefore has a genetic relationship with the baby.
In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate is impregnated using a process called intrauterine insemination (IUI), where a doctor takes sperm from the intended father and transfers it into the uterus of the surrogate. Then, natural fertilization of the egg takes place.
Because of more modern advances in medical science, traditional surrogacy is becoming much less common than gestational surrogacy.
What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is where the surrogate has an embryo implanted into her uterus—and therefore has no genetic relationship with the baby.
In this type of surrogacy, the intended mother’s egg or a donor egg is fertilized with the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm, and the embryo is implanted in the surrogate’s uterus using in vitro fertilization (IVF).
To take the next step in learning more about surrogacy, check out our post: The Benefits of Surrogacy for Intended Parents & Surrogates.
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Surrogate Parenting Services is proud to celebrate 30 Years of helping to bring dreams to life! Founded in 1990, Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is a full-service surrogacy program that offers both parties an exceptionally supportive environment throughout the surrogacy relationship. We’re passionate about creating ideal matches between surrogates and intended parents, so the journey is fulfilling for both sides and the future child is brought into this world in the best possible circumstances.
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