Surrogacy can get damn confusing, so here are some terms to help:
- Intended Parents (IPs): That’s us! The parents of the child.
- Egg Donor (ED): The female providing the eggs. Couples undergoing Indian Surrogacy usually either opt for an Indian ED, or will fly in a Caucasian ED from another country
- Surrogate: The female who will carry the baby. She has no biological connection to the child. Indian Surrogacy means that this lady is Indian.
- Traditional Surrogacy: It’s one of two types of Surrogacy. It’s when a woman is pregnant with her own biological child, but the child is conceived with the intention of turning it over to be raised by others.
- Gestational Surrogacy: It’s one of two types of Surrogacy. It is when a female host is implanted with an embryo to which she has no connection, and carries the resulting child to term.
- Altruistic Surrogacy: Indicates the Surrogate is not paid for her services, the only way it is legal in Australia.
- Commercial Surrogacy: Indicates the Surrogate is paid for her services, illegal in Australia. Commercial Surrogacy is usually via the Gestational method.
- Cycling: The process of taking embryos, implanting them in a Surrogate, and hoping for a successful pregnancy. If it doesn’t work you wait 2 months, then try again.