Surrogacy Thailand Lawyers Group – What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is an option for all couples dreaming of holding their own child in their arms and completing their families.
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a form of reproductive technology. A woman is chosen to become pregnant (surrogate). She carries a baby to term as a special gift to other people. For several reasons, these people may not be able to have their own child by traditional means. Surrogacy allows people to have their own children with the help of a special helper – a surrogate.
Who is it For?
Thousands of couples work through frustrating and expensive IVF cycles and other treatments. They find themselves still unable to bring a viable pregnancy. Others may be completely unable to bear children due to accidents or disease. In other cases, people have the dream of holding their own child in their arms but do not find themselves in a relationship which allows them to create their baby.
For some couples, fertility treatments can be very successful. For others, however, repeated testing, hospital visits, heavy costs, and months of waiting result only in frustration and feeling of defeat. Isn’t there another way to help you bring your own baby into the world? Many couples and individuals turn to adoption to bring a child into their lives. This, too, can be a long and frustrating process, but for some it is the answer to their prayers.
However, for many people there is no substitute for holding their own baby in their arms. Surrogacy allows for a genetic family link between child and parents. For many, it is a dream come true.
How Does it Work?
There are different types of surrogacy which work for different people. In all cases, a woman is selected to become pregnant and to carry a baby for the individual or couple who wants a child. They are called the true or Intended Parents.
If a couple is not able to provide their own eggs, then the surrogate’s own eggs are used. These eggs are fertilized by the sperm of the father through in-vitro fertilization in a situation called “traditional surrogacy”. In traditional surrogacy, the baby born will have a partial genetic link to the Intended Parents, through the father. In some cases, another woman donates eggs. These eggs are implanted in the surrogate. In this case, the surrogate would have no genetic link to the child.
Another option is “gestational surrogacy”. In this case, the Intended Parents provide both sperm from the father and eggs from the mother which are fertilized and then implanted as an embryo in the womb of the surrogate. She then carries the baby to term and gives birth to a child. That child will have the full genetic offspring of the Intended Parents.
Around the World
Surrogacy is a special gift that a woman can give to parents praying for a child. Some countries do not allow for this treatment to take place. It is usually due to outdated fears about the use of reproductive technologies. In Thailand, the changed the law in 2015 and surrogacy has strict limitations. Foreigners are now forbidden to do surrogacy in Thailand unless they are married to a Thai spouse. Other rules applies.
The new Thai Law
Links in Thai about “surrogacy” and the new Law in Thailand: