Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy


Choosing to use a surrogate to build your family is a truly momentous decision. Surrogacy agreements involve a great deal of altruism and compassion for all those involved. Even when intended parents have decided on using the help of a surrogate to bring their child into the world, there is still another important decision: which type of surrogacy agreement is best for you?

A surrogacy agreement can fall into two categories: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In the past decade the third party reproduction industry has grown and changed substantially. With this growth, there has been a shift from traditional surrogacy toward gestational surrogacy due to changing laws* and regulations relating to third party reproduction and increased interest from would-be parents.

*The laws regarding surrogacy can vary greatly from state to state, so it is important that intended parents are aware of their state�s laws and guidelines when they enter into a surrogacy agreement.

Traditional Surrogacy

Traditional surrogacy is when the eggs that are used to make the embryo are those of the surrogate � meaning that the surrogate will be the baby�s biological mother. In this case, the sperm used to create the embryo can be from the biological father or from a sperm donor. Although the surrogate is the baby�s biological mother, it is understood that she will grant parental rights to the intended parents or individual with whom she entered into legally-bound agreement with when she gives birth.

Why Choose Gestational Surrogacy

Although traditional surrogacy continues to benefit some, gestational surrogacy has become the preferred approach to this type of third party reproductive agreement. Most intended parents choose gestational surrogacy to help them create a pathway to parenthood, as it offers the possibility of having a child that is genetically their own. And in fact, many surrogates prefer gestational surrogacy because they find the process to be simpler and more rewarding if they are not genetically related to the child. For everyone involved, gestational surrogacy can provide greater legal security and more overall preparation, testing, and assurance.

For assistance with gestational surrogacy, please contact The Surrogacy Source.

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy offers intended parents a higher level of legal and emotional security. In a gestational surrogacy agreement:

  • The surrogate mother does not have a genetic relationship to the baby.
  • The intended mother of the baby will undergo an IVF cycle using her own eggs or a donor�s and the sperm of the intended father or a donor in order to create an embryo. This embryo will then be transferred to the gestational surrogate.
  • Gestational surrogates are required to complete medical and psychological evaluations as a part of the surrogacy agreement so as to ensure that they are fully aware of their role during the surrogacy process.
  • The intended parents and the gestational surrogate will sign a legal agreement designed to protect the interests of all parties involved.

In the case of gestational surrogacy, the use of a surrogacy agency such as The Surrogacy Source is a critical part of the process. This helps to ensure that the intended parent�s interests are protected, and that the process is coordinated in the most efficient way possible. To learn more about the role of an agency in a gestational surrogacy arrangement, please visit why to choose a surrogacy agency.