Does the surrogate mother share DNA with the baby?
When considering if starting a family through surrogacy is the right decision for you and your partner, a question that may come up is if the surrogate mother will share DNA with your newborn baby. In today’s blog we will go over this question to better help you understand and have the information needed in making your choice.
Is the baby biologically related to the surrogate mother?
When asking if the baby is biologically related to the surrogate mother, it is important to know the difference between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are used, making her the biological mother. With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother is not biologically linked to the eggs, as they are provided by you, your partner or through an egg donor.
With the above distinction between traditional and gestational surrogacy understood, if the surrogacy is gestational then the surrogate mother is not biologically related to the baby.
Will the baby be biologically related to us?
At Creative Love Surrogacy Agency, we only work with gestational surrogacy. For intended parents this means that their baby will not share DNA, or have a biological link, with the surrogate mother. When it comes to if the baby is going to be biologically related to you, that will depend on if you are using you or your partners’ eggs and sperm.
In gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization (IVF), is used to create the embryo from the mother’s (or donor’s) egg and the father’s (or donor’s) sperm. Following this, the embryo is then transferred to the surrogate mother.
To sum up this article and the explanations, when asking if the surrogate mother shares DNS with the baby, the answer depends on the type of surrogacy. If traditional, then yes, if gestational, then no. For intended parents working with Creative Love Surrogacy Agency, the answer will always be no, the surrogate mother does not share DNA with the baby, as we strictly work with gestational surrogacy.
If you are an intended parent and are interested in learning more about surrogacy, or if you would like to begin your journey to starting a family, we welcome you to contact us.