What is a surrogate and which celebrities have used one including Cristiano Ronaldo.
SURROGACY is an option for couples who struggle to fall pregnant naturally - and even celebrities like Cristiano Ronald have used surrogates.
But how does it work and what restrictions are placed on the process by UK law?
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the name given for a type of pregnancy where a woman carries and gives birth to another person's baby.
The surrogate mother is then expected to give up the baby at birth, so it can be raised by the couple who originally wanted the baby.
Surrogacy is often an option for those unable to have children themselves, or for same-sex couples.
According to surrogacy charity Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy (COTS), there are two different types of surrogacy.
- Traditional surrogacy: When the surrogate uses her own egg fertilised with the intended father's sperm.
- Gestational surrogacy: The surrogate carries the intended parent's genetic child conceived through IVF, for which specialist doctors are needed.
How are surrogate babies conceived?
In traditional surrogacy procedures, the egg is artificially inseminated using a syringe.
Gestational surrogacy is carried out through IVF.
During this in vitro fertilisation process, the egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory.
The embryo is then planted in the surrogate’s womb to grow and develop.
This procedure must be carried out by specialist doctors and the biological mother is required to still have working ovaries.
Why did Christiano Ronaldo choose a surrogate?
His first child, Cristiano Jr was born in June 2010 to a surrogate in USA, before he became a father once again to twins, Eva and Matteo via the same method seven years later.
But that was just five months before Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to Alana Martina.
The family all now live in Turin, while he plays for Juventus and regularly attend matches to see the superstar in action.
From The Sun Article by Sophie Roberts
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