What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where a woman gestates the child of another woman who is the biological mother. The surrogate mother carries the baby till birth usually through IVF procedure.
It’s a process that requires medical and legal expertise, as well as a strong support process throughout the journey. Through IVF, embryos are created in a lab at a fertility clinic. Ussually the intended parents use their own genetic material. Sometimes, an egg donor is required. At the fertility clinic, 1-2 embryos are implanted into a gestational carrier, who carries the baby(ies) to term. Gestational carriers have no genetic relationship to the children they deliver.
What are the reasons to consider surrogacy?
- Μedical problems that affect the health of the uterus
- Women who had hysterectomy for various reasons
- Medical conditions that make pregnancy impossible or risky for you, such as severe heart disease
- Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
What is the surrogacy process?
- Meet all requirements (surrogates) and complete initial consultation (parents)
- Surrogate and Parent Matching
- Medical tests for surrogate and parents
- Greek court decision allowing surrogacy.Our clinic collaborates with a lawyer specialized in family law. This process takes around 6 months.
- The biological mother takes medication for ovarian stimulation and the eggs are fertilized with the husband’s/partner’s sperm in the lab.
- At the same time the surrogate takes medication for endometrium preparation to receive the embryos.
- Embryotransfer day 3 or 5 (blastocyst stage)
- Pregnancy test 12-14 days after embryotransfer