But because of medical advances and hard-won gains of the LGBT movement, the pair is now part of the first generation of LGBT people who can realistically expect to get married and raise a family.A 2013 study by the Williams Institute at UCLA found that 48 percent of LGBT women under age 50 were raising a child under age 18, compared to 20 percent of gay or transgender men.The most promising embryo from each batch was then implanted into their surrogate.
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In the last five years, providers have seen a spike in LGBT clientele.
At some clinics, same-sex couples account for about half of all intended parents."Gay men as a category have the hardest time becoming parents," says Ron Poole-Dayan, executive director of the international Men Having Babies network.
This allows a heterosexual couple to be biologically related to their child.
Traditional surrogacy, by contrast, is when the surrogate mother provides the egg and is the biological mother of the child.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines advocate for elective single-embryo transfer, especially in younger women with healthy embryos.“In my opinion, clinicians who deviate from this pathway place pregnancies and the resulting babies at unacceptable risk for neonatal and lifelong medical complications,” said Ron Feinberg, director of IVF Programs for Reproductive Associates of Delaware.
Studies have shown that transferring one embryo in two consecutive cycles produces the same pregnancy rate, about 65 percent, as a double-embryo transfer — without the risk of twins.The arrangement can be a legal minefield, which is why it's less common.The billion-a-year commercial surrogacy industry is fueled by a rise in infertility, a declining number of children available for adoption and an influx of agencies and lawyers ready to draft contracts that cover everything from what a surrogate can eat to the medical justifications for ending a pregnancy.They help you realize that you, like your squirming preemies wrapped in tubes, are not fragile but a fighter.For Jeffrey and Brian Bernstein, a gay married couple living in a sleepy Philadelphia suburb, the gift of life was not a happy accident.There are no reliable statistics for the number of births involving a surrogate, let alone a surrogate serving a same-sex couple.