Infertility Options for Hopeful Parents

Over the years, science, medicine and social services have frequently worked together to provide infertility options for parents who hope to raise children but have been unable to conceive or bear a child. Before the 1970s, though, those options were limited, especially for parents who preferred to raise a child that shared their genetic heritage. And then, in 1978, Louise Joy Brown was born in a small village in the UK and all that changed.

 

Nearly anyone who has studied infertility options will recognize the name. Baby Louise was the product of the world’s first in vitro fertilization – a process by which a donor egg – often from the intended mother – is fertilized outside the human body then inserted into the mother’s womb to implant and grow. The IVF process, which was hugely controversial when the news first emerged, has now become a standard treatment for infertility. In fact, there are an estimated 4 million people in the world who were born through IVF of one type or another.

 

The IVF breakthrough was just the first in a series of other advances, many of them building on the miracle that allowed the Browns to become parents and raise a healthy, beautiful girl. The many infertility options have also sparked a whole new language and terminology to describe the relationships between the various people involved in the birth of a child conceived in ways other than the traditional.

 

Traditional IVF, for example, usually takes the egg from the woman who will bear the child – she is the egg donor and both the genetic and the gestational mother. It’s an option that is most useful for women who have healthy eggs and a healthy uterus, but have fallopian tubes blocked by scars, such as those that commonly result from endometriosis.

 

There are, however, many women who have healthy eggs but have trouble carrying a pregnancy to term. These women may turn to gestational surrogacy, often simply referred to as surrogate motherhood – but gestational surrogacy is very specific. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother often carries a child that is genetically her own. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother has no genetic relationship to the child growing in her womb. In fact, the child is often the product of combining the intended mother’s egg with her partner’s sperm. The surrogate simply serves as a vessel to carry the child to term.

 

To describe the relationship in such scientific and bloodless terms, however, ignores the many emotional decisions and bonds that often grow between the intended parents and the surrogate. For most parents, the choice of a surrogate mother is one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make.

 

If you’re looking for infertility options and interested in learning more about the various ways that science can help you become a parent, you’ll find many pregnancy and fertility centers that will help you make these important decisions.

 

 

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About Surrogate Alternatives, Inc.

Established in 1998, Surrogate Alternatives has been in business longer then any other Surrogate or Egg Donation Agency in San Diego, California, thus providing a long standing reputation for being a leader in third-party reproduction. At Surrogate Alternatives, we believe that it takes a village to raise a child and sometimes takes a village to create one too! Our staff have the compassion and dedication necessary to give you peace of mind, hope and belief, that the chance to become a parent is within your reach. We understand how difficult the road has been to get to this point and our job is to make the rest of your journey as smooth as possible. Never give up on your dreams or feel alone, because when that happens you have lost the chance to succeed. We are here to show you that your dream of being a party is not just a dream, but can be your reality! We are proud to announce that as of the end of 2011, Surrogate Alternatives has been involved in the creation of over 750 babies and has assisted more then 1,200 people in their quest to parenthood. Connect with Diana Google Business Website

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