In vitro fertilization using a surrogate

The fertility center from A to Z provides services to heterosexual as well as homosexual couples, to single males and females who desire to become parents and need to undergo IVF treatment using a surrogate.

There are certain situations in which a mother cannot bear the child whether be it a physical obstacle, the condition of her uterus of a lack thereof. Furthermore, when a homosexual couple wishes to have a child, using a surrogate to carry the fetus using IVF can be a good solution. During this process the embryo will be implanted in the womb of the surrogate, and after the birth of the child will be delivered to the hands of his biological parents.

There are certain situations in which the use of a surrogate it a must, for example if the woman lacks a uterus, or if pregnancy will endanger her due to a prior medical condition (such as severe cystic fibrosis). On the other hand, there are conditions in which there isn’t a clear-cut answer whether surrogacy is required (such as severe intrauterine adhesions).  In these gray areas, the committee will have to discuss each case individually and come to a decision regarding the appropriate course of action.

To receive approval to use a surrogate, the couples must go through a committee of the ministry of health, that will take the request under advisement. Homosexual couples are required to go through the same process. Further information and access to the necessary forms can be found on the Ministry of Health's website.

The process of the surrogate pregnancy is no different than any other pregnancy. What makes this pregnancy unique is that all follow up exams, and decisions regarding invasive procedures (such as amniocentesis), must take under consideration the wishes of the biological parents and the surrogate mother, though it should be noted that legally the surrogate mother is the one to make the final decision.

A surrogacy arrangement in which the surrogate is impregnant by the father to be, or via intrauterine insemination is illegal in Israel, but permitted in other countries around the world.

Dr. Itai Bar Hava has treated many couples that have used surrogacy to bring biological children into the world. More information regarding surrogacy, including the treatment process, moral dilemmas, legal issues, and psychological and emotional aspects of this decision can be found in the fertility booklet provided by our clinic.

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