Surrogacy Offers Hope to Infertile Couples
Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse for women under the age of 25, and after six months for a woman over the age of 35. Experts estimate that more than 1. 5 million women between the ages of 15-44 struggle with infertility. Fecundity is the inability to carry a child through to live birth. Approximately 11% of U.S. women, or 6.7 million, struggle with fecundity. These challenges can be related to a number of medical issues including endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure, and more.
Infertility, however, isn’t a female problem. Experts estimate that 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving or carrying a child to term. Men can be infertile as well. About 40% of infertility struggles are related to low sperm counts or sterile men.
Fortunately, there is hope for these individuals and these couples.
At CSP, we offer infertile couples the opportunity to start a family through surrogacy. Depending on the situation, this can mean a surrogate mother carrying a child who is biologically related to one or both parents.
There are three types of surrogacy: artificial insemination with a traditional surrogate, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with gestational surrogacy and IVF using a donor egg.
In a traditional surrogacy, a surrogate mother supplies a donor egg and carries the baby to term. Typically, the surrogate’s donor egg is fertilized using sperm from the intended father, using intrauterine insemination, also called IUI. In this instance, the surrogate is the biological mother. In gestational surrogacy, an embryo created using an egg from the intended mother and the sperm of the intended father is implanted in a surrogate mother. The surrogate is not a biological parent of the child. This process requires in-vitro fertilization. A third option involves using a gestational surrogate and a donor egg. The best surrogacy option varies from couple to couple, depending on their fertility situation.
Thanks to the wonders of modern science, intended parents can be involved in a pregnancy of a child related to one or both parents, despite fertility issues. Surrogacy allows intended parents to be involved with the creation and birth of their child from the very beginning.
Raising a child is one of life’s greatest joys, but it’s also one of life’s greatest challenges. At CSP, we strive to prepare intended parents for that journey of a lifetime. We do this through a variety of services designed to make surrogacy an easy and joyful experience.
Needing the help of a surrogate to bring your child into the world is a considerable financial and emotional investment, but experts at the Center for Surrogate Parenting walk couples through this process every step of the way.
Intended parents start by learning about the different types of surrogacy. CSP offers information booklets for parents and free Skype meetings for intended parents. Parents have the opportunity to meet with staff, an independent attorney and a psychologist. Once a couple makes a firm decision to retain CSP and the help of a surrogate, the matching process begins.
Intended parents write a profile that will be presented to potential surrogate mothers. Once a surrogate selects the couple, her profile is sent back to the couple. Once all parties agree to the match, a counselor assists in coordinating a first meeting. Legal contracts are signed and a trust account is created to fund medical costs related to the pregnancy.
Intended parents and their surrogate stay in touch throughout the pregnancy, and intended parents are almost always present for the birth of their child.
CSP is a world-renowned surrogacy agency with offices on the West and East Coast. Since its inception in 1980, the agency has assisted in the births of more than 2,300 children. Each child is a treasure, and we’d love to add one more—yours!