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Many couples or singles who desire children of their own are unable to get them. Some factors that may hinder people from having their own children are medical related issues or infertility of either of the couple. Previously, the affected person or persons had the option to adopt a child. Many people were deterred from adoption because of the legal requirements and complicated processes. Thanks to technology, from the early eighties, surrogacy is available as an alternative way of starting a family.

Surrogacy is the hiring of a womb for purposes of carrying gestation to term. For surrogacy to take place the reproductive cells are fertilized in a test tube. The fertilized egg is then implanted on the surrogate mother’s womb using a medical procedure called artificial insemination. Before fertilization, the couple may opt to donate their own egg and sperm or they may get donors for the sperm or the egg. If the couple have infertility in their reproductive system they have an option of getting the cells from donors.

There are several things that a couple need to consider when they decide to approach a surrogate mother or a cell donor. The first consideration is if they can afford it. Surrogacy comes at a cost in different aspects. There is a maintenance fee which the couple will incur to maintain the surrogate mother until she comes to term. They may provide for her personal effects as well as medical expenditures. Some surrogate mothers charge a fee. To acquire sperm or egg donation, the couple will be required to pay the hospital providing such a service.

There is also the legal aspect of surrogacy. Many states across the world do not accept surrogacy. Surrogacy laws vary in countries that permit it. For instance, there are countries that may prohibit compensation in exchange for surrogacy services. In some countries, the regulations favor aspiring parents. In some countries the surrogate mother has more rights over the unborn child. Because of unclear laws, some parents have lost their babies to surrogates.

When considering international surrogacy there are upsides and downsides. Aspiring parents who would otherwise not afford the cost of surrogacy in their countries have achieved their objective through international surrogacy. All hope is not lost for citizens of countries disallows surrogacy. These potential parents can turn to international surrogacy to achieve their goal of parenting. The downside is that being a foreigner in another country, seeking for a surrogate mother, may pose legal challenges for a person especially if disagreements ensue during gestation. If no hospital offers surrogacy procedures in the country of origin, aspiring parents can seek for such services from the international community. It is imperative that the aspirants do a proper research and background check.

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