The Medical Surrogacy Process
Surrogate Baby DNA [What You Need to Know]
Understanding Your Connection to the Baby in Surrogacy
Surrogacy and becoming a gestational carrier means you have no genetic link to the surrogate baby’s DNA.
- Surrogate mothers don’t transfer DNA
- Gestational surrogacy is a safer path than traditional surrogacy
- Being a gestational surrogate is a beautiful way to help build a family without a genetic link to the child.
When asking the question, “Does a surrogate mother transfer DNA to the baby?” it’s important to know that a surrogacy professional is ready to answer all of your surrogate baby DNA questions. You can complete this online form to get connected today.
Before we dig into gestational surrogate DNA, it’s important first to understand what gestational surrogacy is.
Gestational surrogacy is when a prospective surrogate like you decides to carry a baby for another person. Gestational surrogacy differs from traditional surrogacy in that an embryo is created from eggs and sperm from the intended parents or partially from a donor and gets implanted through in vitro fertilization.
Because you are not using your own eggs to become a surrogate, you have no genetic link to the baby.
So, why aren’t surrogates’ DNA in the baby?
Because you are becoming a gestational carrier for another person, not using your eggs to become pregnant like you would in a traditional surrogacy program.
You can find a complete guide to gestational surrogacy by visiting this website.
Now, let’s talk about surrogate baby DNA and its relationship to you as a gestational carrier.
Questions about Surrogate Child DNA and You
- As a surrogate, do babies have your DNA?
- Does a surrogate mother transfer DNA to the baby?
- Does a surrogate mother share DNA with the baby?
In gestational surrogacy, the answer is no. At no point during the embryo transfer procedure or the pregnancy does a baby get DNA from a surrogate mother. You never have to worry about being genetically linked to the child.
Because of cases like “Baby M” in traditional surrogacy, surrogacy has significantly shifted towards gestational surrogacy.
Most reputable surrogacy agencies will only work with clients in gestational surrogacy.
The reason is that gestational surrogacy means:
- Surrogates carry no genetic link to the child
- Gestational surrogacy removes any surrogate parental relation to the child
- The choice to become a gestational surrogate is made without any intention of keeping the child
- Gestational surrogacy avoids any confusing emotions related to parental rights after the birth of the baby
- And more
You can always reach out to a professional to get more information on gestational surrogate DNA and the benefits of gestational surrogacy.
Whose DNA Does a Surrogate Baby Have?
The baby you’ll carry will have the DNA of the intended parent or a combination of DNA from an intended parent and donor of either eggs or sperm.
You are the gestational carrier and will never share surrogate baby DNA.
Prospective surrogates like you typically choose surrogacy for reasons such as:
- You have already completed your family but want to experience pregnancy again
- You want to help an intended parent finally have the chance to raise a child
- You might know the intended parents and have an increased desire to help them become parents
- Surrogates are fairly compensated
- And more
Because you carry no genetic link to the baby and surrogate mothers don’t transfer DNA, gestational surrogacy avoids complex genetic or emotional attachments and potential parental rights issues.
Traditional surrogacy, however, increases the potential risk of facing those challenges.
More information on surrogate child DNA is available by completing this online form to connect with a professional.
Do Surrogate Mothers Share Blood with the Baby?
Another commonly asked question is, “Does a surrogate have to have the same blood type?”
The answer is no, but the subject of surrogate baby blood type and why surrogates ask about blood is usually for two reasons.
First, the idea of sharing blood with the baby as a gestational surrogate differs from having a genetic relationship because, during the pregnancy, blood, oxygen and nutrients pass through the umbilical cord just as in any pregnancy.
So, in that sense, yes, you do share blood with the baby, but it doesn’t mean you have a genetic relationship.
Asking, “Do surrogate mothers share blood with the baby?” is often in the same breath as questions about sharing DNA with the baby. However, in that respect, the answer is no.
Having a specific surrogate blood type from a matching standpoint isn’t a requirement in surrogacy. After all, you and your children may not share the same blood type.
Your blood will get tested for any infectious diseases during the screening process, which is crucial before beginning the surrogacy process.
Can a Baby Look Like the Surrogate Mother?
Prospective surrogates often wonder, “Will the baby look like the surrogate mother?”
In gestational surrogacy, no, the baby will not look like you. They will look like the intended parents.
If donors are used for one or both of the eggs and sperm, the baby will have physical features of the donor(s) as well.
Again, this is a result of not carrying any genetic link and surrogate baby DNA. The eggs and sperm are responsible for physical features, not the uterus.
You can always connect with a professional to get more information on surrogate baby blood type and surrogate child DNA.
Surrogate Baby Genetics and Who are the Real Parents of the Child?
By now, you understand that you are the carrier in gestational surrogacy and have no genetic link to the child.
You are making the heroic decision to give an intended parent a chance to raise a child.
The intended parents who have used eggs and sperm to create an embryo resulting in a healthy and happy baby, are the child’s parents.
Additionally, just as it is in adoption, the people who raise and love the child daily are the “real” parents, regardless of a donor egg or sperm. Surrogacy is a unique and life-changing alternative route to parenthood for those dreaming of raising a child.
Ready to get started? Contact an adoption agency now to get free information.