Southern California agency helps those who wish to become parents navigate the complexities of surrogacy. West Coast Surrogacy, Inc. founder/director Amy Kaplan, an expert in reproductive technology issues, brings personalized service and her own experience of having been a gestational carrier.
(PRWEB) December 29, 2009 -- Children – they’re everywhere, especially during the holidays. A chubby baby surrounded by a circle of admirers is a key visual icon of the season. For couples and individuals who long to conceive but cannot, such constant cues during the holidays can serve as painful reminders of their thwarted desire for a child. With recent advancements, most infertility cases -- 85 to 90 percent -- are treated with conventional medical therapies or surgery, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. However, for those for whom fertility treatments are not an option, gestational surrogacy – an arrangement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of giving birth to a child for others (intended parents) to raise – is a bold route. Each year in the U.S., an estimated 750 babies are born through gestational surrogacy, a Dec. 12 article in the New York Times stated. For those determined to have children of their own, 2010 could be the year that their resolution becomes reality through the aid of a reputable surrogacy agency.
Gestational surrogates are extraordinary women who carry an intended parents’ baby to term and give birth. Embryos produced by the intended parents, with eggs from the intended mother or with the assistance of an egg donor, are implanted in the surrogate. The embryo is produced through the process known as in vitro fertilization (IVF). This process ensures the baby has no genetic relationship to the surrogate.
Although not suited to every mindset or budget, gestati
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