September 13, 2018
Surrogacy & Donors
Becoming parents is a coveted dream for most couples. And while the media, movies and pop culture have long depicted pregnancy and parenthood in a traditional light – a burgeoning belly, unforgiving nausea, all-around fatigue, the whole shebang – the truth is, there are more ways than one for modern couples to grow their family. With more and more couples choosing to become parents well into their mid-30s – by which time their fertility has already begun a sharp decline – gestational surrogacy is becoming a preferred option for many. If you’ve been putting off planning a family but fear your biological clock running out, gestational surrogacy may serve as a godsend. If you’re not familiar with the term, allow us to cast a spotlight.
Understanding Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman – known as a gestational carrier – lends her womb to a couple and carries their biological child for the entire term of a pregnancy. The carrier is in no way biologically related to the child. Rather, an embryo, created from the egg and the sperm of the couple in question is transferred to her uterus, where it grows to full term.
Suitable Profiles for Surrogacy
A surrogacy arrangement is suited for multiple scenarios. It is ideal for couples with an unconducive womb, a history of recurrent miscarriages or implantation failures, or prior medical or surgical procedures that may have affected fertility. It is also recommended in cases where pregnancy may be deemed too dangerous for the female partner, and for men and women wanting to pursue single parenthood.
Steps of Surrogacy on Cloudnine
Step 1. Surrogate Selection
Once you give your go-ahead for the surrogacy programme, Cloudnine secures a suitable surrogate from its partner bank, based on predetermined clinical and physical criteria.
Step 2. Surrogate Evaluation
On the confirmation of a match, the prospective gestational carrier is screened for her pregnancy potential through a series of diagnostic scans and blood investigations. These help to confirm that the gestational carrier is free of medical conditions and infections.
Step 3. Legal Contract
To legally start a surrogacy programme, you are asked to sign two legal contract-cum-consent forms binding you, your partner, your gestational carrier and the assisted reproductive technology bank. The signing of these contracts indicates that you agree to take full responsibility of your gestational carrier’s pregnancy and delivery care and expenses. On her part, the gestational carrier surrenders all rights over any children she delivers under the surrogacy arrangement.
Step 4. Uterus Preparation
Before the embryo transfer, the gestational carrier’s womb is readied with medication aimed at strengthening the lining of her uterus.
Step 5. Embryo Transfer
Finally, a mature embryo – created via in vitro fertilisation (IVF), from your egg and your husband’s sperm – is transferred to your surrogate’s uterus.
Advantages of Surrogacy on Cloudnine
Cloudnine’s surrogacy programme is prized for its safety, confidentiality, affordability and remarkable outcomes. Our handpicked gestational carriers adhere to a strict set of fertility criteria, with the most significant being age. Our carriers are all young, fit and healthy and are fastidiously screened for diseases and medical conditions. In addition, all our surrogates have a track record of having birthed at least one healthy baby.
Our surrogacy arrangements are known to yield extraordinary results. If you’re worried that you’ve left it too late, speak to a fertility specialist to explore your options. Come seek your miracle on Cloudnine.