1st IVF Surrogate baby delivered in Anambra
To many, surrogacy may seem like a revolutionary idea. While this holds some truth in that the legality and medical advancements are ever-changing, the fact of the matter is that surrogacy has been around for thousands of years. Ever since people have been reproducing, surrogacy has been an alternative, helpful way of doing so.
Traditional surrogacy is a relatively straight forward process, requiring a fertile man and a fertile woman, which made it an effective way of childbearing throughout human history. In fact, the bible cites an ancient instance of traditional surrogacy. Sarah, who was infertile, requested that her handmaiden, Hagar, carry her husband, Abraham’s, child.
While traditional surrogacy has been practiced for ages, gestational surrogacy was developed much more recently. In 1978, the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born. Just five years later, the first baby from an egg donation was born. The combination of these two innovative technologies resulted in the emergence of gestational surrogacy, which was first performed in 1985 and has grown exponentially in popularity over the past 20 years.
In 1999, surrogacy took another step forward thanks to the development of the Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), which, through HIV semen testing and sperm washing, allows an HIV-positive man to become the biological father of his children without transmitting the disease. To learn more about SPAR surrogacy options,
Even more recently, several surrogacy records have been reached including in 2011 when the oldest-ever surrogate mother, 61, whose daughter is infertile, carried her grandchild. She was the second grandmother to carry her grandchild in only a few years.
Surrogacy has helped start families for centuries. It has developed from a rarely documented occurrence thousands of years ago, to a rapidly growing and viable option for having children. In fact, we just celebrated the birth of our 1000th baby through our surrogacy and egg donation programs! At such a pace, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for surrogacy.
1st Surrogate Baby in Anambra State
Age of Mother: 35 year
History: 7 years of primary infertility. Primary Amenorrhoea due to mullerian dysgenisis.Also her Uterus which was not connected to the Vagina was removed in June 2013.
Treatment: IVF surrogacy recommended in July 2014
Result: Her Oocytes were retrieved and inseminated with husband’s semen. Embryo was then transferred into a 28 year old surrogate. ANC was uneventfull and a baby girl delivered on the 3rd of April 2015
Another Tear Turned To Joy.