The truth of the matter is that women who choose to use a surrogate, such as Kim Kardashian, do so for reasons that are not based on convenience or comfort. “Gestational Surrogacy, that in which the woman carrying the child has no genetic link, is legally acceptable in the United States, but is still highly regulated and not used to ‘avoid’ pregnancy,” says Elena Trukhacheva MD, MSCI, President and Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Institute with offices throughout Chicago (www.teamrmi.com). “This differs with other countries, such as those in the European Union where surrogacy is prohibited, driving individuals and couples with a need for it to come to the US for treatment.”
The major indications for gestational surrogacy include:
Separate from the medical issues that result in the option of surrogacy, the vetting process for gestational surrogates is extensive, similar to that for egg donors. In all regards, a multidisciplinary approach to surrogacy is critical – your team would include not only your fertility specialist and the surrogacy agency, but also a legal team and mental health professional.
“While an excellent, and often quite successful option for those who need it, Gestational Surrogacy involves a number of details; medical, psychological and emotional,” says Dr. Trukhacheva. “It generally is not a decision that is made lightly.”