Traditional surrogacy is an excellent option for couples unconcerned with whether or not the child is genetically-related to the intended mother. While some couples choose this option because of its simplicity, some parents have no other option. In some cases, intended couples have genetic reasons for being unable to have children on their own.
However, if couples have chosen traditional surrogacy because of undesirable genetic factors on the mother’s side of the family, they will want to be sure that their surrogate does not carry those same genetic markers. The couple may choose to use only the father’s genetics when they have a child through a surrogate mother.
Traditional surrogacy can prove to be emotionally difficult in the long run. When a surrogate mother is genetically-related to the child she carries for another couple, she may have a more difficult time in giving up that child. However, in many cases, the surrogate mother is a friend or relative of the couple. While this may make it easier for all parties involved, it can also be awkward for the surrogate mother to continue to be a part of the child’s life.
The surrogate mother and couple should discuss future interactions with child. The parents may not want the child to know about the surrogate’s involvement in the child’s birth. These issues should be thoroughly discussed before artificial insemination takes place.
While traditional surrogacy can provide a healthy child for the intended couple quickly and inexpensively, intended parents and their surrogate should discuss each facet of the pregnancy, birth and future interactions before proceeding.