Some of the married couples are not able to conceive a baby due to a number of factors. Couples who cannot get pregnant after a year or more of trying are referred to as infertile couples. An estimated 7 million people across the world are unable to conceive children as a result of different factors occurring independently or a combination of factors.
A good number of infertility cases can be treated through surgery, drug administration, and hormone therapy. Up to 3 percent of infertility cases require advanced solutions in the form of egg donation and In-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Some of these cases will end up in successful pregnancies whereas others will fail even with repeated attempts.
This small group of couples can try surrogacy and adoption to ensure that they become parents. The surrogate will carry a pregnancy to term for a couple also referred to as the intended parents. Following the delivery of the baby, the surrogate will hand over the child to the intended parents and forfeit all rights.
Reasons Why Women Choose To Become Surrogates
The chief reason why women choose to become surrogates is the desire to help other women or couples have children of their own. Other reasons behind the decision to become a surrogate are the need to experience the event of birth, they love being pregnant, and they have finished having children of their own.
Yet other women choose to become surrogates out of the good relations they have with the intended parents. Once requested to become a surrogate mother, they will gladly accept and help the intended parents get a child of their own. Even though some payments are made for the time and discomfort involved, rarely do you find a surrogate mother in it purely for the money.
Benefits of Surrogacy
Surrogacy has helped couples who cannot conceive or carry a pregnancy for nine months and those who suffered repeated IVF failure or have medical conditions that prevent the intended mother from conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.
Some couples have gone for international surrogacy where it is difficult to find a surrogate in your local area or city. Fertility Match in Ottawa has helped intended parents to find a surrogate mother and find success throughout the journey of surrogacy.
The two surrogacy options available for couples in Ottawa are traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy entails finding a surrogate mother who will act as an egg donor and as the surrogate mother. The surrogate mother will be biologically related to the baby later given up to the intended parents.
Gestational surrogacy or IVF treatment entails the use of an egg donor or an egg from the intended mother. The baby will not be biologically related to the surrogate mother. It is the preferred option for many intended parents due to the emotional and legal challenges that arise from traditional surrogacy.