Traditional Surrogacy: What to Know

If you are considering becoming a surrogate, there are different options that you must consider. There are two different types of surrogacy known as traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. Although both require carrying a child for an individual or couple, the former has a genetic relationship to the child and the latter does not. This blog will teach you more about what it means to become a traditional surrogate.

What is Traditional Surrogacy?

Traditional surrogacy is a type of surrogacy that involves sharing genetic makeup with the child that you are carrying. The surrogate mother becomes pregnant through Intrauterine Insemination (IUIs) with her eggs and the sperm of the intended father or a donor that has been chosen by the intended parents.

Medical Screening

Traditional Surrogacy involves rigorous medical screening for both the surrogate mother and the intended father or sperm donor. Every surrogacy agency follows the guidelines that are provided by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The screening will include:

  • A review of your medical history
  • A physical exam
  • Laboratory testing
  • Psychological exams
  • Drug toxicology
  • Genetic testing
  • STI testing

There are many other medical and other tests that both parties must undergo prior to beginning on a traditional surrogacy journey. These tests ensure the safety of both the surrogate and the intended father, as well as the future health and life of the child!

We also ask that our surrogates and intended fathers or sperm donors seek counseling to ensure that everyone is comfortable and happy with their surrogacy journey. This can help with the relationship that both parties share, both during and after the surrogacy is completed!

Surrogate/Intended Father Suggestions

In order to ensure that the surrogacy journey is as smooth as possible, we ask that both the surrogate mother and the intended father:

  • Refrain from drinking/smoking
  • Choose healthy food options
  • Take the suggested vitamins and supplements
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse during the procedure

There are other suggestions that your physician may make. We ask that you follow these suggestions in order to help the future child!

Simple Surrogacy

If you’re looking to become a traditional surrogate, Simple Surrogacy can help! Our team is filled with previous surrogates who can help answer any questions that you have, as well as guide you on your journey. We are available 24/7 and always eager to hear from you! Call us today toll-free at 1-866-41-SURRO or visit our website!


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