We humans are social animals. Family is an important concept for us. Children are an inseparable part of that family. Majority of us, at some point in our life wants to become a parent. We crave for the joys and the troubles that come with parenting. We wish to leave behind our legacy and our children are our greatest legacy, it is a part of us that will live even after our death. Ask any true parent, they will say giving birth is an amazing feeling. Besides, being an amazing act, creation of life is also a natural process, expected of us by the society and the nature. However, presently there are around 30 to 40% of couple who suffer from infertility and problems related to pregnancy and child birth.
This problem may stem from various issues. They may be physical, sexual or even psychological. Stress, pollution, alcohol all of them affect your fertility. No matter what the problem is infertility can always be dealt with. From adoption to surrogacy, there are numerous options couples have.
Childlessness results in frustration and depression. It takes a toll on the relationship of the couple. It is statistically proven that lack of a child has resulted in multiple divorce cases. Not only that, society has always looked down upon infertility and couples suffering from it. Though the mind-set of people is changing, still a lack of child always causes the couple (especially the woman) to be stigmatized.
Adoption is surely a way but many denounce this option on the basis of a lack of biological connection with the child. There are many other ways as well and these ways are prescribed by a fertility expert, depending on the condition of the patient.
One of these options is Surrogacy. It is only prescribed when the intended mother is incapable of producing eggs and/or carrying the embryo. In this case, a surrogate (woman acting as a substitute mother) will carry the developing embryo (created from the egg of the intended mother and the sperm of the intended father) in her womb. This process is known as gestational surrogacy. In this case, the child will not have the surrogate's DNA. If the intended mother fails to produce an egg, then the surrogate's egg will be used to create the embryo. This process is known as Traditional Surrogacy. The surrogate will have a biological link to the child. Even if the surrogate shares a biological connection with the child, after the birth of the child, she will not have any right over her/him. If the legal documents were filled correctly, the surrogate is bound to handover the child to the couple.
The main benefit of surrogacy is that here the child is biologically the couple's (at least of one couple) and even homosexual couples can have their own child through surrogacy. One does not need to go into the hassle – like finding out the history of the child – that comes with adoption.