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Single Parent Surrogacy

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Single parent Surrogacy is an assisted reproductive technique where an individual can have his or her own baby through surrogacy without the requirement of a partner. People who opt for single parent surrogacy include men who are divorcees, widowers, unmarried men or women who are single and medically unfit to carry a full-term pregnancy.

Are you single and still want to have a baby? Now, it is absolutely possible. You need not get married or have a partner to have your own baby. In the recent times, bachelors as well as single men are opting for the single parent surrogacy options to reproduce their own babies. Many men are coming forward and consulting gynecologists to discuss their possibilities of becoming single fathers. Many of our celebs are also following the same path and have successfully become parents with the help of single parent surrogacy. So, if you are not interested in getting married or feel restricted to conceive naturally due to sexuality concerns, then single parent surrogacy is the best option for you. Single parent surrogacy is performed in the same way as intended couple surrogacy with all the legal formalities.

What is the procedure of single parent surrogacy?

  • Single parent surrogacy is a bit different procedure than that of the conventional surrogacy. Here, the individual requires a donor egg as well as a surrogate mother. The intended couple opting for conventional surrogacy may also have to use donor egg depending upon the female’s egg quality. But using egg donor is a compulsion in a single parent surrogacy.
  • If you are a single man, before starting the procedure make sure that the egg donor and surrogate mother are two different individuals. This is done to ensure that the surrogate mother is not genetically connected to the baby. If she will be genetically connected to the baby, she might claim the baby in future, which will cause further complications.
  • Fertility center can help you in finding the matched egg donor and as well as the surrogate mother. You can even ask a female family member to become an egg donor. But, better would be to go for an anonymous donor.
  • If you want to be a single dad, you need to provide your semen sample to the clinic so that embryo can be formed after fertilizing the sperms with donor eggs obtained from the egg donor. A specialist under controlled conditions performs this process. After 3-4 days, embryos being formed are implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother. The success of the pregnancy can be known within the next two weeks.
  • If you want to be a single mother through surrogacy, you need to look for a sperm donor and a surrogate mother. Once you meet your matched donor and surrogate, your process of surrogacy can be started. Your eggs will be retrieved and fertilized with the donor sperms. Embryo formed will be transferred in the uterus of surrogate mother.

Procedure of surrogacy treatment

Thus, surrogacy is one of the best solutions if you are planning to have your own baby whether you are a single man or woman.

What are the costs associated with single parent surrogacy?

If you have planned to opt for a single parent surrogacy then it’s the right time to know about the costs involved during the entire procedure.

  • The cost of surrogacy vary from Rs. 10,00,000 to Rs. 14,00,000. The cost depends on various factors including the compensation of the surrogate mother, medical fees, legal formalities, IVF Procedure, donor charges and other miscellaneous charges. ElaWoman team has done thorough research in various cities to come up with an average price of surrogacy.

Before finalizing the surrogate mother and egg donor, you need to check your financial aspects clearly and determine whether you should continue with your decision or not. If you are fully determined and having financial issues, you can opt for medical loan and can later on pay back the loan amount in flexible EMIs. You can also utilize Ela loan facility to help you with financial assistance.

Are there any legal factors, which are associated with the single parent surrogacy? If yes, what are they?

  • As per the laws, it is legal for a single man or a woman to become a parent with the help of a single parent surrogacy.
  • Individuals from the foreign countries can also visit India for single parent surrogacy procedure provided they hold Indian citizenship or Indian passport. They need to come to India by applying medical visa.
  • The surrogate mother and the intended single parent need to sign a series of documents, which are kept as a proof in case the surrogate later claims the child to be hers in the future. Signing documents keeps the transparency alive between the single parent and the surrogate mother. Also, these documents will consist of the monetary value, which will be given to the surrogate mother.
  • In the birth certificate, the name of intended parent will be mentioned in the place of parent’s name. One of the parent’s name fields will be blank. Surrogate mother will not have any kind of role in the legal parts with respect to the newborn child. She does not hold any kind of relationship with the child after delivery.

How long does the surrogacy procedure take?

  • It takes around one to three months to find the matched donor and surrogate mother. This task is tedious in itself, but surrogacy centres help a lot in finding the best-matched donors and surrogates because they have an extensive database of thousands of donors and surrogates with different backgrounds. Thus, finding an appropriate donor or surrogate through surrogacy clinics is always convenient.
  • Sometimes, legal formalities and approval can also take some time. Once all the formalities are completed, then comes the part of starting the medical treatment.
  • Embryo transfer in the surrogate mother can take upto a month. Once the pregnancy is confirmed, it takes next 8 months or more till the delivery of the baby.
  • So, you can see that surrogacy is a long procedure. You need to have the patience for the complete process.

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Understand all the benefits and complications of the single parent surrogacy before proceeding with the procedure to avoid any legal issues.

How to find a surrogate mother as a single man?

Always take the help of surrogacy agency or clinic in finding your matched surrogate mother. Hiring a surrogate mother from an affiliated institute also make sure that you are following legal rules while carrying out the treatment. Surrogacy agencies and centres ensure that you get the best surrogate mother depending on your preferences in terms of looks and qualifications among others.

Can I have a baby with single parent surrogacy if I am a single female?

  • Yes. You can turn to single parent surrogacy if you are medically incapable of sustaining a pregnancy for 9 months. In this case, you can have a baby with the help of the donor sperm. The donor sperm can be taken from a male family member or friend who needs to sign a set of documents, which prevents any kind of conflicts in the later stages after the baby, is born.
  • Here, the area of the father’s name will be kept blank in the birth certificate. The name of the mother will be that of the single female opting for single parent procedure. Rest of the procedure will remain same like that of the procedure for a single man.
  • The eggs from the single mother and the donor sperm are combined together in the lab. Then, the embryo is implanted in the uterus of the surrogate mother. The gynecologist informs the pregnancy success or failure after 2 weeks of embryo transfer.

Which is better single parent surrogacy or adoption?

Each individual has his own opinion regarding the way in which he wants to extend his family. But, if the pros and cons are measured with intelligence then surrogacy is a better solution than adoption. Just in case, if surrogacy is not possible due to unfavorable circumstances, then adoption will be the last option. So, if you want to have a baby with your own DNA then go for single parent surrogacy without giving it a second thought.

Thus, single parent surrogacy is the best option if you are single and wants to have your own child. You just need to prepare yourself at every level i.e. mentally, financially and legally to take the right steps for the successful completion of single parent surrogacy.

With ElaWoman, you can easily find the list of best surrogacy centres in India, which provide single parent surrogacy as well as conventional surrogacy. If you are confused regarding the best surrogacy doctor in your area, Ela is always there to help you in taking the right decision.

Dr. Surveen Ghumman

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Surveen Ghumman
Delhi

Dr. Surveen Ghumman is an infertility specialist and gynecologist specializing in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Recurrent failures of implantation, Embryology, Fertility preservation and Surrogacy. Dr. Surveen has completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1986 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1991. She has also pursued certificate courses in ART and Clinical Embryology from Manipal University and fellowships in Minimal Access Surgeries. She has also pursued Micromanipulation in ART in the year 2011. Dr. Surveen is practicing at The Fertility Clinic IVF Solutions and Max Super Specialty Hospital. For more information, visit elawoman.com

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