Surrogacy is a process in which a woman (surrogate) carries and gives birth to a child on behalf of another woman (expectant mother). Surrogacy may be an option for women who are unable to become pregnant or give birth, for example due to health problems, hormonal imbalances or previous miscarriages.

In Greece, surrogacy is legal, but subject to strict regulations. To be valid, the procedure must be approved by the National Authority for Medically Assisted Reproduction (EOIA). The EASO examines the completeness of the supporting documents of the prospective parents and the surrogate mother, as well as their medical condition.

The process of surrogacy includes the following stages:

  • Surrogate mother selection: The surrogate mother must be healthy, have already given birth to a child, and be willing to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of someone else.
  • IVF: The eggs of the seeking mother are fertilized with the sperm of the father or a donor.
  • Embryo transfer: The fertilized egg is transferred to the uterus of the surrogate mother.
  • Pregnancy and birth: The surrogate mother carries and gives birth to the child.

Surrogacy is a complex and emotionally demanding process. Prospective parents must be prepared for the medical, legal, and emotional challenges that may arise.

As a gynecologist, I believe that surrogacy can be a blessing for women who wish to have a child. However, it is important to note that this procedure is not without risks. Prospective parents should be fully informed about the risks and possible complications of surrogacy before deciding to proceed.

It is important to note that surrogacy is a very personal decision. Prospective parents should carefully consider all the pros and cons of the procedure before deciding to proceed


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