What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the practice of connecting couples or individuals who are having difficulty conceiving with a woman to carry and deliver the child on their behalf. If you are the intended parents, you have likely exhausted many other options before coming to this point. The surrogacy process can both be an emotional rollercoaster and a great relief once the bundle of joy is safely in your arms.
That is why it is so important to choose the right agency to support you in this journey. Your surrogacy is best organized through a trusted agency such as Anavara, which excels at:
- Matching you with the best surrogate for your particular situation. It is imperative that the future parents and the selected surrogate are compatible, as you will be in contact for some time before, during, and sometimes after the pregnancy. The journey is far better for all when the right match is made and an emotional bond is established.
- Coordinating to avoid costly legal hurdles. An agreement is created between the two parties which lays out the conditions of the deal. The future parents support the surrogate mother while she is expecting, and in turn she gives the baby to them after birth. An experienced lawyer is needed to ensure that all legal standards are upheld and all possible scenarios are accounted for in this agreement, and the agency should coordinate this process.
- Assisting with the international aspect. Since the surrogate is often located in a different country than the future parents, the agency you choose should have an understanding of how business is conducted in that culture as well as local staff who can ensure that everything goes smoothly. The future parents traditionally travel to be present for the birth, and the agency should be able to assist with accommodation and other details of their stay.
Anavara has a proven track record of providing the excellence of care that you deserve without the price tag you might expect.
Types of Surrogacy
- Gestational Surrogacy: In this process the surrogate undergoes the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure. IVF is a manual way of fertilizing the egg and sperm outside the human body, and when the embryo is formed it is transferred to the surrogate. The egg and/or the sperm can be from any individual apart from the surrogate.
- Traditional Surrogacy: The surrogate volunteers to donate her egg and carries the baby until birth, making the surrogate the child’s biological mother. This usually takes place when the intended mother is not able to conceive naturally due to factors such as older age, history of miscarriages, the absence of a uterus, or issues with their uterine wall or cervix.
- Commercial Surrogacy: An arrangement in which a surrogate is paid for carrying the fetus of the intended couple in her womb. Medical expenses and other expenses of the surrogate are sponsored by the intended parents. A contract or a mutual agreement is signed by the surrogate and the intended parents to avoid disputes over reimbursements of medical expenses and promised compensation.
- Altruistic Surrogacy: Many countries have switched to an Altruistic surrogacy arrangement in the past few years, as opposed to a Commercial one. In this arrangement the surrogate volunteers to assist the future parents in having their child. The laws in these countries allow the surrogate to receive payment solely in the form of reimbursement for their medical bill.
Anavara provides you with simple steps that will make your journey towards getting a surrogate and becoming a parent stress-free and infinitely rewarding. Here is our step-to-step guide:
- Sign-Up and Consultation: When you sign up with our surrogacy agency, you will be matched with a knowledgeable and empathetic personal coordinator who will support you all through your journey.
- Match With an Egg and/or Sperm Donor (if needed): If you are in need of traditional surrogacy, we will help you locate an egg or sperm donor.
- Match With Your Surrogate: Our matching team will begin a process of finding a surrogate for you, based on your criteria, and presenting them for your approval. You will be introduced to your selected surrogate, either in-person or through a video call, and if both parties are satisfied you will be officially matched.
- Legal Agreement: A surrogacy contract should be drafted by your lawyer and should be in reconciliation with the surrogate and her lawyer. If all the terms stated in the contract is accepted by the surrogate, then it will be signed and sealed.
- Medical Screening: Your surrogate will go for a medical screening and tests, where she will receive her protocol, and begin medications and monitoring – and later go in for IVF or embryo transfer. She will keep returning to the clinic for beta tests until a heartbeat is confirmed.
- Pregnancy Stage: At this stage, you will continue to develop a strong bond with your surrogate as the pregnancy progresses. You will be virtually present for ultrasounds and checkups, and when the time for delivery is near you can begin to prepare for the baby’s arrival by packing and booking travel.
- Parenthood: Your baby’s arrival is the start of parenting. After packing and return travel arrangements are made, you can say goodbye to your surrogate, return home and begin the happy life of a new parent.
- Legal Concerns: You have nothing to worry about. Our agency understands the legal intricacies of each location and performs our services accordingly. Our operations vary based on state laws and we partner only with hospitals and IVF centers authorized to operate there.
- Surrogacy Costs: We understand how important it is for you to become a parent, and that the costs for surrogacy services can add up. Flexible financial plans are available for your convenience, as we are dedicated to helping you grow your family.