The science of renting a belly and why people are doing it

In the last decade the number of couples who resort to a rental belly as an option to fulfill their dream of parenthood has grown.

Learn more about this complicated, expensive and prohibited process.

Pregnancy by substitution, colloquially known as surrogate mothers, surrogate mother or surrogate mother, is a practice, increasingly widespread, through which a woman agrees to gestate a baby and renounce their filiation, that is to say all their rights , including those of mother, in favor of another person or couple.

It is a process that involves numerous complications.

It’s not only ethical or economic, but also legal, since it is prohibited in most countries, including Spain.

The reproductive technique used in these cases is in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, with which there are different possibilities:

  1. The pregnant mother is also the biological mother because she provides the ovule.
  2. The contracting mother is the biological mother because her ovule is introduced.

The ovum is obtained by anonymous donation from a third woman.

The contracting father is the biological father because he brings the gametes.

The male genetic material comes from a donor.

Although the process is the same, surrogacy may be the result of a contract that establishes a price or may be due to an altruistic action, usually belonging to a relative.

When it is carried out by means of economic compensation, it’s all about the interested parties or contractors who run all the expenses that pregnancy and childbirth can bring, as well as any complication that may take place, reason why we can say that it is an expensive process

Why do we resort to surrogate mothers?

The success rate of assisted reproduction in some countries like Spain for example, is very high.

However, not all couples with fertility problems manage to reach their goal through the different options that are put at their disposal.

This is why surrogacy agencies are so important these days. The demand is bigger and this option has become increasingly taken into account.

In addition to these people who have been undergoing long processes of reproduction without positive results, homo parental families who want to have children and find many obstacles to adopt or simply want at least one member of the couple are also inclined towards this alternative: be a biological father.

But, undoubtedly, renting a belly is a very interesting choice in case of women without uterus, who have congenital diseases or who suffer from pathologies in which pregnancy is discouraged. Even for those single men who want to start a family.