• A surrogate is a woman who carries a pregnancy for you. The two types of surrogacy arrangements are traditional and gestational (carrier).

• Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate woman's own egg is fertilized with sperm from your male partner. The baby is genetically related to the surrogate and your male partner. This is more controversial because of the baby's genetic link to the surrogate and the greater ensuing psychological and legal issues.

• Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate carries an embryo created from the joining of your egg and your partner's sperm. The baby is not genetically related to the surrogate. Sometimes called carrier surrogacy or uterine borrowing, gestational surrogacy accounts for the majority of surrogacy arrangements in the United States.

• Factors to consider when selecting a surrogate:

• The same criteria used when selecting an egg donor is a good guideline.

• In addition, a potential surrogate should undergo testing to prove that she has a normal uterus.

• Also, it's best when the surrogate has already delivered a full-term infant in the past.

• As with all third-party reproduction, you should utilize a reproductive law attorney and also participate in psychological counseling.

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