Why isn’t a surrogate mother something familiar, and why is it so much of a big deal? It’s not just about the woman and the baby. You and your family must make surrogacy a project to take part in. Even young children can get excited about the process and help foster an interest in it. Here are some tips for getting kids to be interested in surrogacy:nSurrogacynBecoming a surrogate mother is not as simple as it may seem. There are a lot of legal requirements that potential surrogates must fulfill, and they may not be comfortable signing contracts that require vaccination and exposure restrictions. Potential surrogates may also suffer burnout due to juggling their own lives, jobs, and household duties. In addition, some people do not have a uterus, which makes them ineligible to be surrogate mothers.nIn 1978, artificial insemination was one of the surrogate parents’ options. However, with the advancement of assisted reproductive technologies, this procedure has grown to include many more options for surrogates. In addition to psychological screening, intended parents may also need to undergo a home assessment and medical exam. Criminal records checks may also be required. And before a surrogate mother agrees to be part of a surrogacy program, she must meet the agency’s requirements.nWhile the child’s biological parents pass on their DNA, a surrogate mother does not. She gives on a few cells to the child, which will not affect the child’s genetic makeup. Moreover, the surrogate mother does not affect the child’s appearance, unlike the other parent’s egg and sperm. While a surrogate mother’s cells will pass on the baby’s DNA, the exchange will be negligible compared to the trillions of original cells.nMost people who opt for surrogacy are heterosexual couples facing infertility and gay men looking for a biological child. Becoming a surrogate mother is deeply personal — it is a fundamental life decision, not a matter of social norms. It is not a common thing, but it is a growing trend that has become more accessible.nGestational surrogacynGestational surrogacy has become famous for LGBTQIA+ couples and single men who want to have biological children. Many women have had trouble getting pregnant or have had multiple miscarriages, and men may want to have a baby of their own. The benefits of gestational surrogacy are numerous. You can choose to search for a gestational surrogate through an agency or ask around.nAfter completing the paperwork, a gestational surrogate takes hormones to prepare her uterus for embryo transfer. The intended parents will donate their egg or sperm. The embryos are fertilized in a laboratory and transferred to the surrogate. The seeds will be implanted in the surrogate’s uterus three to five days after fertilization. The process will differ from state to state, but the general concept remains the same.nThe process of gestational surrogacy is not easy. There are many ethical and legal considerations, and the choice of the gestational surrogate mother should be made carefully. You should seek references from the surrogate agency and meet the surrogate before making a decision. Gestational surrogacy isn’t common, so be careful when choosing the agency you work with.nA gestational surrogate will not carry her baby, but she will have a child for the intended parents. Because the surrogate will not be genetically related to the child, the intended parents may be present at the birth. Once the baby is born, the intended parents will become the parents. The surrogate is not genetically related to the child, and the child is known as the biological mother.nAltruistic surrogacynAlthough it is not very common, altruistic surrogacy is still a popular option. As its name suggests, altruistic surrogacy refers to the process of becoming pregnant without compensation. Such surrogates act out of compassion and bravery for a needy family or person. While some altruistic surrogates can be family members or friends or find surrogacy opportunities through a surrogacy agency, most intended parents opt for commercial surrogacy.nUnlike traditional surrogacy, altruistic surrogacy requires no monetary compensation for the surrogate mother. In most cases, the intended parents are responsible for all the expenses related to the pregnancy and birth of the child, including medical and emotional costs. The surrogate is encouraged to seek legal or counseling support if she feels she cannot accept monetary compensation for her services.nEven though altruistic surrogacy does not require payment, it should still be evaluated in the context of women’s political inequities. The creation of two distinct categories of surrogacy mothers reinforces existing stereotypes about women and their roles in society. It makes surrogate motherhood a selfless act for which no compensation is due while supporting oppressive gender roles.nWhile altruistic surrogacy is not common among surrogate mothers, it is still a legal option. Legal surrogacy is still unregulated in Ireland, but altruistic surrogacy is allowed. A surrogate mother can choose to give her child to someone without financial remuneration. It is essential to seek legal counsel if you are considering altruistic surrogacy.nGenetically related surrogatesnIf you’ve been considering surrogacy, you’ve probably had many questions. In vitro fertilization is relatively new, and not everyone understands genetics. The most common question is, will the baby be genetically related to the surrogate? The answer depends on a few factors, including whose egg and uterus was used. Let’s examine these questions and how they affect the outcome of surrogacy.nOne of the concerns about using genetically related surrogates is that they may be able to influence the baby’s genes. While genes are the building blocks of our uniqueness, they also affect everything from hair color to the chance of contracting certain diseases. The human genome is made up of 3 billion genetic base pairs. This makes it difficult for the surrogate to control a baby’s genes. But if the surrogate is genetically related, several risks may be worth it.nAnother issue is the ethical aspects of genetically related surrogacy. While a woman can choose to be an egg donor, she may be unable to carry a child herself. If a surrogate is genetically related, her eggs will have identical gene sequences to the mother. If this is the case, she may be able to carry the baby for you. There are many risks involved with using genetically related surrogates, so do your research.nThere are two types of surrogacy: gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the intended parents create an embryo in a gestational surrogate mother and implant it. While genetically related surrogates are less risky, they are still important considerations. And don’t forget about legal issues. Just because you’re considering gestational surrogacy doesn’t mean that the surrogate is related and doesn’t have to be.nThe social stigma of surrogacynWhile the social stigma of surrogacy is common among couples, attitudes towards it are changing. Although younger generations have become more accepting of surrogate mothers, the public’s attitude toward surrogacy is still negative. A professor from Middlesex University in London, UK, will discuss this issue at the 24th annual European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference. She will address the social stigma of surrogacy and how it affects the reproductive journeys of both the intended parents and the intended mothers.nDespite its negative connotations, surrogacy can still be considered a noble deed. Amrita Pande states surrogacy should be viewed as «care work.» While surrogacy is a form of childbearing for someone else, it is still associated with motherhood and the emotional bonds that come with it. But the debate over the social stigma of surrogacy is still ongoing.nThe most popular stereotype about surrogacy portrays a surrogate mother as an unfortunate and poor person. This stereotype was born out in the first surrogacy case in the United States, called In Re Baby M. In that case; a 29-year-old surrogate mother was married to an alcoholic garbage truck driver with two children. She was also unemployed during her pregnancy. Despite the social stigma of surrogacy, most contracts are made in developed countries.nThe social stigma associated with surrogacy can vary greatly. While the couples seeking the surrogate may have similar motivations for their decision, the nature of the relationship between the surrogates and the team is questioned. The parents are not sure if the surrogate mother was a mother or not. And the mother has to be honest about it, which can further add to the social stigma. This is one of the most significant barriers to surrogacy.