Surrogacy describes the relationship when a woman agrees to bear a child for another person(s) who will become the legal parent(s) of the child. There are two main types of surrogates:
- A “gestational surrogate” describes a situation where the woman is not genetically related to the child and eggs or sperm either come from the intended parent(s) or a donor.
- A “traditional surrogate” refers to a woman who both provides the eggs and carries the pregnancy.
Most fertility clinics in Canada due not offer traditional surrogacy. Anova has had many patients undergo IVF treatments with the help of gestational surrogates.
There are several reasons that a gestational surrogate may be used. Some serious medical conditions prevent a women from getting pregnant, or that carrying a fetus to term or may cause harm to a woman or the baby. Same-sex male couples will also require the services of a gestational surrogate to build their family.
In Canada, surrogacy must be altruistic. Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act it is a criminal offense to pay, offer to pay or advertise payment for a surrogate mother. Under the oversight of an agency, surrogates may however be compensated for specific expenses related to the pregnancy, and submit receipts to the agency.
If your journey to parenthood includes gestational surrogacy, you will be connected with a fertility lawyer and counsellor experienced in assisted reproduction. They will help you navigate the different considerations that must be discussed in advance to welcoming a child through surrogacy.
Like with egg or sperm donation, the surrogate and the Intended Parent(s) must receive medical clearance as part of the early stages of the process.
At Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, we are committed to helping you complete your family and support surrogacy arrangements. We have a dedicated, Health Canada registered, Third Party Program, and the Coordinators would be happy to speak to you about your options.
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