Well-known celebrities have successfully become parents through surrogacy including Gabriela Union and husband Dwayne Wayde, Kim and Kanye West and Elton John and his husband David Furnish.

Leigh-Ann Geydein, founder of Fertility solutions explains how it works.

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What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. The embryo is created from the sperm and the egg from either the parents or a donor and then implanted in the surrogate mother who will carry the baby for the parents.

Surrogacy is a viable option for many parents who cannot carry a pregnancy.

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The Process of surrogacy

Most would-be-parents start their journey by filling out the surrogate mother application. 

This application asks about your lifestyle, pregnancy, medical and work history which acts as a basis to match you with appropriate intended parents.

Once your application is accepted you will receive a call from a surrogacy coordinator who will gather more information about you and your family. You will then be briefed about the programs and options available, the detailed process of matching with a surrogate, the legal process, insurance issues, financial implications and basic medical information.

Once everything is in order and the selection of surrogate is done. Introductions between the intended parents and the surrogate are facilitated. When the joy of pregnancy is achieved you and your surrogate are prepared to welcome your child home.

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