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Can Single Parents Pursue Surrogacy?

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 Being a parent is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Bringing new life in this world changes your life absolutely. It is like a challenge too, the challenge to be better, stronger, to gain more responsibility. Of course, being a parent comes with some difficulties too, but while a person can be weak in general, a parent is much stronger, more compassionate and fearless. 

Every person deserves to experience the kind of love being a parent can bring them!

There are some people who can not have children naturally because of some health issues, but they’re also are people who haven’t gotten married and still have a strong desire to have a baby. Thanks to modern achievements in medicine, there are different ways to become a parent and it is not a problem at all. But, on the other hand, there are countries where being a parent is not permitted for single parents. Not to worry, Be Parent team is here to guide single intended parents on their surrogacy journey. 

If you are a single person and you consider yourself an intended parent willing to become a parent through surrogacy, then you are in the right place! 

Cyprus is on the list of those countries where single-parent surrogacy is allowed. Our Cyprus branch managers and consultants will put maximum efforts in making your dream of being a parent come true. 

Is there any difference between surrogacy of Single parents and ordinary couples?

As it is already known, surrogacy is a process where a surrogate carries the child for the intended parents. As the number of non-traditional families is rising, more people are becoming single parents and they pursue surrogacy all over the world. 

Well, generally, single intended parents have to pass almost the same steps as intended couples, but there still are some exceptions. In both cases, In vitro fertilization (IVF) is used to create an embryo, which is then carried to term by the surrogate mother. In traditional surrogacy, a single man can hire a surrogate mother, whose eggs would be used to create the embryo. However, most intended parents pursue gestational surrogacy, in which a surrogate or a gestational carrier is not genetically related to the baby. 

The main difference between single-parent surrogacy and surrogacy for couples is that every single intended parent will need to use an egg or sperm donor in gestational surrogacy. To be more specific, if you are a single male considering surrogacy, you will have to find a donated egg, which you will fertilize with your own sperm. This embryo will then be transferred into the uterus of a surrogate. Likewise, if you are a single woman considering surrogacy, you will need to locate a donated sperm with which to fertilize your egg before it’s transferred to a surrogate’s uterus.

Be Parent Team will help you to pass all steps of single-parent surrogacy. The only thing you have to do to take a first step in this journey is contacting our consultation team. 

What pros and cons does surrogacy for single parents include?

When it comes to starting a family, hopeful parents have many options, and single intended parents should consider all of the benefits and challenges of surrogacy before starting the process. 

Here are some advantages of single-parent surrogacy:

  • Surrogacy allows individuals to fulfill the dream of parenthood, even without a partner.
  • Single intended parents have an opportunity to maintain biological ties with their child.
  • Surrogacy can create long-term relationships between families and surrogates.
  • In some cases, single-parent surrogacy may be easier than adoption because many birth mothers choose two-parent homes.

Now, let’s see some of the disadvantages of single-parent surrogacy:

  • Surrogacy comes with certain expenses, and single parents may face additional difficulties budgeting with one income.
  • Single parents very often have to leave their countries and go overseas to start surrogacy, because the costs are very high in their country.
  • Single parents may face a stigma throughout the surrogacy process and following the birth of their baby, and managing time and resources as a single parent can be challenging. 

Even though the cons of single-parent surrogacy may seem frightening, you should remember that there is a solution to every problem. Over the years, Be Parent team has tailored its approach so that intended parents of all statuses can bring a happy, healthy baby home with them. We believe in keeping our fees as low as possible while still offering quality service, which is why we are one of the most affordable surrogacy agencies out there.

In addition to that, our partnership with IVF Couriers allows our intended parents to send their eggs or sperm safely and faster, with much less cost, to our agency! Be Parent team will then go on with the actual fertilization process without demanding the foreign intended parents to leave their countries and go overseas.

When did single parent surrogacy become legal? 

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t entertain the idea of me being a dad. My whole life has been pointing to this.”  

These words belong to David, a single intended parent embarking on his surrogacy journey as aired by BBC Three’s documentary “The Surrogates”. Although David’s journey of becoming a father actually started many years before (as documented in the show), the surrogacy route only became an option for David to pursue, a couple of years ago. Until 2019 single people could not pursue surrogacy and be named as sole legal parents. The law stated that intended parents must be in a couple, i.e in a marriage, civil partnership or living as partners in an enduring family relationship. So, as you can see, surrogacy seemed impossible for single people. 

But on January 1st 2019, this long-awaited change in the law came into play, allowing single IPs to use surrogacy to have a child. In fact, David, as mentioned above, was one of the first single fathers to take advantage of this change.

Since then, there has been a boom in single-parent surrogacy journeys.

Single parent surrogacy journeys resulting in legal parentage are only a relatively recent change, but one to be greatly celebrated. 

If you are a single person considering yourself an intended parent, do not hesitate to get in touch with us! 

Be Parent would love to hear from you!

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