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Surrogacy is a modern phenomenon with an ancient history. The concept of having another woman carry a couple’s child has been around for thousands of years. In the biblical book of Genesis, Hagar, a slave, was a surrogate for Sarah and Abraham. Since then, the technology behind this option has grown, and it has become a recognized way for couples to expand their families. However, just as a biological pregnancy, there are numerous challenges to opting for surrogacy.

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1. Types of Surrogacy

There are two types of surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy involves using a fertilized embryo from the sperm and egg of both intended parents or one intended parent and an anonymous donor. Traditional surrogacy involves using the surrogate’s egg and the father’s sperm so that the baby that is born is not biologically related to the mother.

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