Surrogacy a Preferred Alternative to Adoption, Says HealthExpert
Dr Chinelo Okoye, Gynecologist and Senior Registrar in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has advised awaiting couple to go for surrogacy.
Okoye made the call during an online meeting of Enugwu-Ukwu Ugosimba Sisters Associations of Nigeria.
Okoye said that adoption and surrogacy are both once-in-a-lifetime experiences as many people choose to look at various options before beginning a family.
She said that married couples who had stayed awhile for a child in their union can make move to engage in surrogacy alternative to have a child of their own as it is medically sound to get involved in.
Okoye said that some couple do go for adoption which is a significant endeavour, and it is the best option for many couples but on the other hand, surrogacy may be a preferable alternative in some cases.
She said that surrogacy affords the couple to establish a relationship with their child before they are even born which adoption would not present to the couples.
Okoye said that the process also allows the people to choose whatever qualities they want of the child and control how much of their genetic material the child receive.
“Everyday, an increasing number of couples choose surrogacy over adoption, because they have zero doubt that the child is yours.
“The first advantage of surrogacy over adoption is that you will be sure that the child is yours. If you choose a typical adoption, you may not know who the birth parents are or their health conditions.
“There is a chance the child will have health problems due to the birth parents’ inherited conditions,” she said.
Okoye said that the ability to choose ones surrogate is the second reason to choose surrogacy over adoption and that when a surrogacy agency is used the people might locate a surrogate who shares same values and interests.
“The couple can meet the surrogate and get to know her before determining if she is the ideal person for what his family likes and makes room for other background checks before commencement.
Okoye said that surrogacy’s success rate is the third reason to prefer it over adoption since it is considerably faster, even if one had previously struggled to conceive, the process will create a chance for biological children.
She said that while adopting a child can take months or even years that finding a surrogate can be quicker and there is control over the pregnancy by the couple.
Okoye explained various reasons parents consider surrogacy to be as to expand their households while some parents cannot have their children because they have had many miscarriages suffer from a medical condition that prohibits them from carrying a pregnancy.
She said that women who have reached menopause or suffer others fertility troubles and are unable to conceive using IVF, Some people, such as gay couples and single parents, may not conceive so surrogacy becomes an alternative.
Okoye said there are 7 different types of surrogacy arrangements namely Gestational Surrogacy (GS):where intended mother is not be able to carry a baby to term (due to hysterectomy, diabetes, cancer, etc.).
She said in such case her egg and the intended father’s sperm are used to create an embryo (via IVF) that is implanted into and carried by the surrogate mother.
“With this method, the child born is genetically related to its parents and the surrogate mother has no genetic relation,” she said.
Okoye said that Traditional Surrogacy (TS involves artificially inseminating a surrogate mother with the intended father’s sperm via IUI, IVF or home insemination,with this method, the child born is genetically related to its father and the surrogate mother.
She further said that Traditional Surrogacy and Donor Sperm (TS/DS): involves artificially inseminating a surrogate mother with donor s