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Traditional Surrogate versus Gestational Surrogate

An Overview of Surrogacy

Learn more about the differences between traditional vs gestational surrogates.

There are two kinds of surrogacy:

Genetic (aka “Traditional”) surrogacy and gestational surrogacy.

Genetic Surrogacy

The genetic surrogate contributes her own egg to the creation of the embryo. Her genetic material contributes to the embryo, hence the term “genetic surrogacy.” The surrogate undergoes IVF, IUI, or home insemination with sperm from the male or from a sperm donor. The genetic surrogate then carries and delivers the baby. Because there is a genetic link between the surrogate and the baby, there can be some risk.

Gestational Surrogacy
A gestational surrogate is impregnated with an embryo that is created from the egg and sperm of the intended parents and / or a donor egg or donor sperm in any combination. The gestational surrogate then carries and delivers the baby but does not have any genetic relationship to the baby.

As mentioned above, genetic surrogacy in particular can be legally complicated. Furthermore, it is not enforceable in many states. Gestational surrogacy is not legal in every state.

Do your homework and learn the pros and cons of both kinds of surrogacy, and more importantly, how your state deals with them.

Learn more:

A good overview of genetic vs gestational surrogacy, pros and cons, and who they work best for:
Gestational vs. Traditional Surrogacy: A Comparative Study |

Starting point for learning more about what views each state takes on surrogacy
How Surrogacy Laws Vary From State To State! |