Types of surrogacy: traditional versus gestational
Updated: Sep 17
There are two main types of Surrogacy: Gestational and Traditional.
Gestational Surrogacy is the more commonly utilized method throughout the USA for various Intended Parents: heterosexual couples, LGBT couples, single Intended Father/Mother, etc.
Gestational Surrogacy is when an embryo made through in vitro fertilization (IVF) is implanted in a Gestational Surrogate (also known as Gestational Carrier). There are various forms to creating this embryo, and with each form, the outcome baby is not genetically related to the Gestational Surrogate.
Embryo is created using both Intended Father’s sperm and Intended Mother’s egg
Embryo is created using Intended Father’s sperm and an Egg Donor
Embryo created from Intended Mother’s egg and Sperm Donor
Gestational Surrogacy has grown in popularity over the last 30 years as it diminishes some legal and emotional hardships, since the surrogate mother is not biologically related to the baby.
In Traditional Surrogacy, the surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm. She will carry the baby and deliver the baby to the intended parents.
Since a traditional surrogate utilizes her own eggs, she is indeed biologically related to the baby.
Traditional surrogacy is very rare today as about 3 decades ago, gestational surrogacy was introduced and has grown to be the commonly practiced surrogacy method. Most surrogacy agencies do not practice traditional surrogacy anymore.
Which route is best for you: traditional or gestational? It’s best to always consult with a surrogacy professional, whether that be a credible: agency, surrogacy attorney, or IVF center.