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    Single Parent Surrogacy - Procedure, Costs and Legal Factors

    • 4.6   (6 Votes)

    Single parent surrogacy is similar to regular surrogacy with some exceptions. In such cases, every intended parent needs to use an egg or sperm donor in surrogacy. Off course the entire cost of the procedure has to be borne by the single parent and there are lot more legal factors associated with single parent surrogacy.

    Today, more and more individuals choose to become single parents. Every year, hundreds of single men and women approach surrogacy doctors to have a child. More than women, many men are coming forward and consulting gynecologists to discuss their possibilities of becoming single fathers. Single intended parents generally have to follow the same process for surrogacy, enjoy the same benefits and face the same legal challenges with some exceptions. 

    In this article, we will look at:

    1. What is the procedure of single-parent surrogacy?
    2. How long does the surrogacy procedure take?
    3. How to find a surrogate mother as a single man?
    4. What are the costs associated with single parent surrogacy?
    5. Why do people go for surrogacy when they can adopt?

    1. What Is the Procedure of Single-Parent Surrogacy?

    In traditional surrogacy, a single man could hire a surrogate mother and use her own eggs to create the embryo. However, most intended parents pursue gestational surrogacy, in which the surrogate is not genetically related to the baby. While many couples are able to use the intended mother’s egg and intended father’s sperm, every single intended parent will need to use an egg or sperm donor in gestational surrogacy. Single intended parents may also choose to work with a known donor, such as a close friend (also known as altruistic surrogacy). Once you have identified your donor, the surrogacy procedure will continue as it would for any other intended parent. Most of the surrogacy agencies help you find a donor and surrogate, or they may be able to refer you to sperm banks and egg donors within their networks. Once you meet your matched donor and surrogate, your process of surrogacy can be started. Single parent surrogacy is a quite different procedure than conventional surrogacy. In single-parent surrogacy, the individual requires a donor egg as well as a surrogate mother. Conventional surrogacy may also require donor eggs depending upon the females egg quality, but in single-parent surrogacy using an egg donor or sperm donor is compulsory. 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 as this can create further complications in owing to the child. During the procedure, the intended parent eggs or sperms are retrieved and fertilized with the donor sperms or eggs. A specialist under controlled conditions performs this process to ensure quality embryos. After 3 to 4 days, embryos being formed are implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother. The success of the pregnancy is known within the next two weeks after embryo transfer

    2. How Long Does the Surrogacy Procedure Take?

    Usually, it takes around one to three months to find a donor and surrogate mother. This task is best if you take the help of surrogacy agencies and centers as they have an extensive database of thousands of donors and surrogates with different backgrounds. (1) Thus, finding the best-matched donors and appropriate surrogate through surrogacy clinics is always convenient. Legal formalities and approvals can also take some time. Once all the formalities are completed, medical treatment on the surrogate is started. Egg or sperm retrieval, fertilization and embryo transfer all together can take up to a month. Once the pregnancy is confirmed, it takes the next nine months until the delivery of the baby.

    3. How to Find a Surrogate Mother as a Single Man?

    Always take the help of surrogacy centres or agencies in finding your matched surrogate. If you are hiring a surrogate mother from an affiliated institute, make sure that you are following legal rules and follow the treatment as per government regulations. Surrogacy agencies and centres ensure that you get the best surrogate mother depending on your preferences.

    4. What Are the Costs Associated with Single Parent Surrogacy?

    If you have planned to opt for a single parent surrogacy, first of all, you must know about the costs involved during the entire procedure. Generally, the cost of surrogacy in India varies from Rs. 10,00,000 to Rs. 14,00,000 for the complete package, including, the surrogate's fee, fertilization and transfer and delivery of the baby at a hospital. (2) The cost depends on various factors including the compensation of the surrogate mother, legal formalities, IVF procedure, medical fees, donor charges, hospital fees, and other miscellaneous charges. The cost of surrogacy is massive so before finalizing the surrogate mother and egg donor, you need to check your financial aspects clearly and determine your financial status. If you are fully determined and are having financial issues, you can also utilize OVO fertility loan facility to help you with financial assistance. You can also visit OVO Fertility’s Fair Treatment Cost page to known the average cost of surrogacy in various countries like Georgia, Bangladesh and UAE. 

    Costs Associated with Single Parent Surrogacy

    5. Why Do People Go for Surrogacy When They Can Adopt?

    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 foreign countries visit countries like Georgia, Bangladesh, and Thailand for single parent surrogacy after applying for medical visa, as surrogacy in these countries is completely legal. The surrogate mother and the intended single parent need to sign a series of documents, which are kept as 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. These documents also consist of the monetary value, which will be given to the surrogate mother. In the birth certificate, the name of the intended parent will be mentioned in the place of parent’s name. One of the parent’s name fields will be blank. The 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. If you are considering surrogacy for singles, consult an experienced surrogacy professional and attorney to better understand surrogacy laws for your state, country, and circumstances. Gynecologists and obstetricians can also advocate surrogacy if all the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are followed. (3)

    The US, Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia have the most lenient laws in the world, allowing commercial surrogacy, including for foreigners. (4) Several Asian countries used to have liberal laws, but the practice has since been restricted. Thailand banned commercial surrogacy and restricted altruistic surrogacy to Thai couples. In 2016, Cambodia also banned commercial surrogacy. Nepal, Mexico, and India have also recently banned foreign commercial surrogacy. (2) Surrogacy is legal and common in Iran and monetary remuneration is practiced and allowed by religious authorities. (5) In the United Kingdom, only altruistic surrogacy is legal it is an offense to pay a surrogate under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985. (6) According to ICMR Medical Guidelines on regulating ART, they’re no bar to altruistic surrogacy in India for childless couples, same-sex couples or single parents. (7) 

    If you are looking for surrogacy or have any queries about surrogacy, you can contact OVO Fertility. We will help you find an ideal surrogacy centre and clinic in India as well as in other countries. You can also contact OVO Fertility at +918268260808 to book a free appointment with one of our verified surrogacy doctors.





    Kundan Khanna

    In my opinion, surrogacy is a better option as compared to adoption. With the help of surrogacy, you can have your own child. Even if you are single surrogacy is better.

    Nov. 12, 2018, 9:57 a.m. 4.5


    Saksham Bajpayi

    For a single parent, it becomes a difficult task to search for both egg donor as well as the surrogate mother. I have faced all this, but my search was successful at last.

    Oct. 25, 2018, 10:31 a.m. 4.5


    Arjun Randhava

    Being single, surrogacy was the only option left for me. I was sure that I want a child no matter what it costs. So, with a successful surrogacy, I was blessed with a baby.

    Oct. 6, 2018, 4:12 p.m. 5.0


    Kuldeep Verma

    I am a single parent, I wanted a baby to fill the void in my life. With the help of surrogacy, I got my baby girl. Now I will give my whole life to fulfill her dreams and give her everything that she wants.

    Sept. 16, 2018, 8:06 p.m. 4.5


    Parth Sangram

    I took help of Elaowman when I decided that I will go for surrogacy. They make the treatment easy for me and helped me in every possible way. The legal formalities were also done by Ela. So, here is a big thanks to Ela team for their successful effort.

    Aug. 22, 2018, 12:53 p.m. 4.5


    Sacchidananda Sivaramakrishnan

    Aug. 6, 2018, 6:42 p.m. 4.5

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