We support you in your surrogacy.
You are encouraged to contact us to have an open conversation.
Two Types of SurrogacyThere are two types of surrogacy and both are legal in Canada: Traditional and Gestational.
As a prospective surrogate, you need to be aware of the pros and cons of each so you make an informed decision.
Gestational surrogacy involves the implantation of a genetically unrelated embryo to the uterus of the surrogate. The embryo(s) could be the result of IVF using the Intended Mother’s egg and the Intended Father’s sperm or donor gametes could be involved. The main positive of gestational surrogacy is that the surrogate is completely unrelated to the child.
Legal Surrogacy Agreement Required
Fertility clinics usually require a legal surrogacy agreement to be entered into before the embryo transfer can take place. Remember that IVF is not a perfect science. Sometimes a Surrogate Mother can undergo multiple transfers before a pregnancy is achieved.
A traditional surrogate allows herself to be inseminated with the intended father’s and/or donor sperm with the intention of giving the child to the Intended Parent(s) once it is born. This can take place at home or in a clinic environment. The child(ren) will be genetically related to her.
Although traditional surrogacy does still exist in this Canada, it is a process that few take part in as there are a limited number of fertility clinics who will inseminate a woman knowing that she intends to give up the child and even fewer lawyers would choose to act on behalf of either party given the unreliable result.
Traditional surrogacy has become a somewhat of self-help remedy and rarely involves a medical facility. With or without a surrogacy agreement, it is impossible to adequately safeguard the rights of the intended parents. While the lower costs associated with traditional surrogacy may make it seem like an attractive option to some, it does carry tremendous legal risk to those who take part in the process.
We Support You
At this time, only Gestational Surrogacy is supported at Proud Fertility. You are encouraged to still take contact with us to have an open conversation.