The surrogate woman is also defined as a gestational carrier. She is the one who is known or related to the intended parents, who agrees to bear the child of the intended parents throughout the pregnancy term, from the stage of embryo transfer to the delivery of the baby. The embryo is developed out of the female egg and male sperm of the intended parents.
Surrogacy is deemed to be ethical, socially acceptable and legal, supported by the legal contract, designed by a legal expert, between the surrogate and the intending parents. The intended parents are the legal parents of the child. The relationship between the surrogate and the intended parents is governed by the contract within the framework of laws enacted by the Government of India.
HOW IS SURROGACY HELPFUL?
There are a number of women who are medically unfit to carry a pregnancy for various reasons or they do not have a uterus by birth. The medical reasons could be poor health status, cardiovascular ailments, severe uncontrolled diabetes, inheritable genetic disease, failed IVF attempts in the past, abnormal chromosomal constitution, etc.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE A SURROGATE?
She is the one who is preferably young, below 35 years of age, having at least one child of her own, free from any health problem, psychologically fit to bear another woman ’s baby, and is related to the intended parents.