A surrogate mother is a woman who agrees to get pregnant with someone to give the child to another family to raise. Surrogate comes from the Latin word: subrogate, which means to substitute. Conventionally the surrogate mother is pregnant with her biological child where the purpose is to give the child up to another family. Normally pregnancy is achieved by artificial insemination where sperm from the prospective father of the recipient family is used. The recipient family is thus the biological father and his wife.


The gestational surrogate mother is slightly different because her eggs are not used. Doctors can transfer an embryo formed from the recipient’s egg and sperm to impregnate the surrogate. A gestational carrier is the accepted term in this case. Some women are generous and are willing to bear a child for someone else with nothing in return. Still, generally, the recipient family is expected to pay a surrogacy fee in addition to covering the expenses that pregnancy will incur. This procedure is legal in many countries. Cyprus has become particularly well suited for this purpose. Their qualified doctors, technologically advanced clinics, and plenty of women willing surrogates at a reasonable price make Cyprus a haven for surrogate motherhood.


What are the reasons for surrogate motherhood?
  • Congenital absence of the uterus (Mayer-Rokitansky Syndrome)
  • Patients who have had a hysterectomy at an early age for cancer or other reasons
  • Congenital anomalies of the uterus which prevent conception to occur
  • Uterine fibroids which make it impossible for a woman to carry a pregnancy to term
  • Heart or Liver disease which can threaten the woman's life if she becomes pregnant
  • Women who have can get pregnant but have had repeated miscarriages or stillborn babies
  • Damaged endometrium, which hinders implantation after repeated IVF attempts
  • Single men or a homosexual couple may want to have their child. Such cases might require a surrogate mother as there is not a female partner to carry the pregnancy. These patients will also need an oocyte or embryo donor
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