Garbba Rakshambigai Fertility Centre, the best fertility centre in Chennai offers surrogacy as an open option for couples who have a lot of complications. Since, surrogacy involves a lot of legal procedure, couples opting for surrogacy need to have a thorough knowledge about the process. At Garbba Rakshambigai Fertility Centre, couples are requested to read about the legal issues that may arise during the course of treatment or after the baby is born.

What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an open option for couples to have their own child, when the female partner has certain complications in pregnancy. In cases where the female partner has viable eggs, but unable to conceive due to other reasons, the embryo can still be formed with the couple’s own eggs and sperm through surrogacy. The surrogate carries the couple’s embryo till the time of delivery, but the baby genetically belongs to the couple.

Is surrogacy beneficial to everyone?

Women with the following problems are highly benefited through surrogacy:

Defective uterus:

Certain women with defective uterus, but still having good ovaries can opt for surrogacy by which they can have their own babies. A surrogate mother carries the baby to ensure successful pregnancy.

Recurrent pregnancy loss:

Women who have faced recurrent abortion and when that cannot be resolved despite all measures, then surrogacy is the best option for them.

Repeated In-vitrofertilisation (IVF) implantation failures:

Some couples may be able to produce good embryos using In-vitrofertilisation (IVF), but failed to get pregnant can opt for surrogacy. The failure may be due to the incapability of the uterus to allow the embryo to grow.

How does surrogacy take place?

At Garbba Rakshambigai Fertility Centre, we follow a set of procedures that includes the declarations to be made before signing the papers. Since, this process involves legal activities we go that extra mile to ensure that everything is perfect.

The first step is to choose a surrogate after determining the need. The surrogate has to be examined to find out is she is capable of a successful pregnancy. After stimulating the mother (genetic mother) with drugs to produce the adequate eggs, they are retrieved from the mother. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) technique is used to inject the egg into the father’s sperm. An embryo is formed outside the body. This externally formed embryo is transferred to the surrogate mother who carries it till the time of delivery.

What are the factors that may come as a hurdle during the process of surrogacy?

. Age of the genetic mother
. Surrogate mother’s ability to get pregnant
. Quality of gamete provided by the genetic parents

How do you select the perfect surrogate?

The age criteria for a surrogate is that she should not be more than 45 years. A complete examination of the surrogate is done to ensure that she satisfies all the criteria, before accepting her as a possible surrogate. Anyone can act as a surrogate mother for the couple, be it a relative, a known person or an unknown person. If the surrogate happens to be a relative, then she should belong to the same generation as the genetic mother. A prospective surrogate will be examined and tested to check if she is free from HIV and Hepatitis B. This has to be done before the embryo transfer.

Facts to be known before opting for surrogacy:

A surrogate mother who carries the biologically unrelated child must register herself as a patient. At the time of registration, she must mention that she is a surrogate mother and provide all the necessary information about the genetic parents. She should not register in the genetic mother’s name, as this would lead to legal issues. The child’s birth certificate will have the name of the genetic parents. A certificate containing the name and address of the surrogate would be given to the genetic parents. However, all the expenses pertaining to the surrogate has to borne by the couple opting for surrogacy. The couple has to provide monetary compensation to the surrogate. The compensation value has to be decided by the couple and the surrogate mother. However, an oocyte donor cannot be a surrogate mother for the couple to whom she has donated the oocyte.

Talk to us if you have any doubts on this method of infertility treatment. At Garbba Rakshambigai Fertility Centre, we have an experienced team who will guide you about the insights of surrogacy.

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