Adoption has been a common practice for couples who have no ability to bear children. However, due to the fast development of science and technology in almost every aspect of human life, couples have resorted to another alternative to having children. It is surrogacy. In taking consideration regarding women’s health care, it is best to know more about surrogacy.
First of all, what is surrogacy? It is a process of procedure wherein a woman carries a child in her womb which is from the egg and sperm of another couple and then surrenders the child to them after giving birth. It means that the child the woman is carrying is not hers, but only implanted in her uterus when it was still an embryo. In most cases, surrogate mothers do not know the couple personally to avoid conflicts and they are often paid to do it. Surrogacy is considered an assistive reproductive treatment.
Surrogacy is not that readily available to every person or couple who wanted it. There are certain cases wherein a surrogacy arrangement could be considered. First, the woman or the genetic mother may be unable to become pregnant because she is missing a part or parts of her genital tract like the uterus lining. Another case is when the woman or genetic mother has a disease or health condition that forbids her from being pregnant because it may be dangerous or even life-threatening. Another is when the couple is both male and they want to have a child from either or their sperms. It may also be for a man who wants a child of his own but does not have a partner, or if a woman who already has embryos in stock but then she dies but her partner still wants to have the child.
There are lots of issues to settle when considering surrogacy. Aside from medical concerns, emotional, financial, and even legal issues must be attended to. This involves compensation for the surrogate mother who would be spending her nine months in a serious situation for her pregnancy and more time for giving birth and her period of recovery.
Surrogacy could be successful if both parties take notice of their arrangements. They should minimize the risk factors especially on part of the surrogate mother by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, positive outlook, and good emotional stability. There must also be clear and open communication between the parties concerned. Reasonable compensation for the surrogate mother must also be made sure.
Any woman between twenty five to thirty five years of age is a possible candidate for being a surrogate mother. However, choosing the right surrogate mother must be strict and thorough. She must undergo a series of medical tests like blood testing, urinalysis, psychiatric screening, and gynaecological examinations. Also, a potential surrogate mother must not have any form of vice or bad habit.
Becoming a surrogate mother and hiring one is not a simple task. It takes lots of time and great evaluation and analysis before finally deciding to do it or choosing a surrogate mother.