Types of Surrogates

There are two types of surrogacy: Traditional Surrogates and Gestational Surrogates. If surrogacy were put in video game terms, the first involves two players, the other involves three players.

Traditional Surrogates are women that are inseminated with you or your partner’s sperm and conceive a child with their own egg. These women are biologically connected to the child they conceive and are prepared to give the baby they birth to you based on a surrogacy agreement that both parties work out beforehand, typically using a surrogacy agency as a middleman.

Gestational Surrogates are women who are implanted with an embryo fertilized in a lab by your sperm and an outside donor’s egg using the process of In Vitro Fertilization. Essentially, gestational surrogates provide a comfortable home – their womb – for a child genetically unrelated to them. Gestational Surrogates are more commonly used than traditional surrogates because there is less of a chance that a gestational surrogate will balk on the surrogacy agreement, or cause other complications with adoption once the baby is born since she is not genetically related to the child she is carrying.


  1. Lisa RM says:

    Just as an aside, most agencies will not work with traditional surrogates, because the surrogate has more legal standing in those cases, were something to go wrong. It’s important to remember the potential for poor outcomes, even if they are (exceedingly) rare, and not all poor outcomes are situations where the surrogate tries to keep the baby- there are quite a few cases where intended parents have abandoned pregnancies mid-course, as well.

    • Kendra says:

      Great points, Lisa. Traditional surrogacy is also prohibited in many states and commercial gestational surrogacy in undefined or unenforceable in many others. Interesting point about poor outcomes as well.

  2. anonymous gay dad to be says:

    After an awful experience with the now defunct Mid Atlantic Center for Surrogacy, and a six year adoption battle that ended with no one person happy… India seemed wonderful – which ended in the worst possible outcome.
    BUT, a 3 time GS who apparently read my FB messages decided to come out of “retirement” and only wanted to be a TS this time (and for the intended subsequent pregnancy for a sibling.) Pregnant via midwife on month two, we are now 21 weeks pregnant, and I feel totally great working with her, and I know she doesn’t want the baby, she doesn’t want her teenage son either!
    TS occurs more often than you might think. Just not spoken about – social stigma, none of anyone business, would make a rpebirth order impossible….


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