Egg donation and surrogacy are both aspects involving third parties to create life.
donors remain completely anonymous, whilst surrogate mothers enter a
formal contract and have a relationship with their commissioning
Age Cut Off:
Egg donors may contribute to the maximim age of 34, whilst surrogate mothers can help up to age 50.
mothers are requried to have had one live child before proceeding. The
is no need for egg donors to have had any children.
formal contract is ratified between recipients and egg donors. The
surrogate mother and commissioning parent sign a formal contract which
is approved by the High Court before any embryo transfer may take place.
Egg donors do not become pregnant at all. Surrogate mothers carry the pregnancy for their commissioning parents.
donors are offered a fixed donation. Surrogate mothers may not be
paid. They can be reimbursed for loss of income and expenses associated
with the surrogacy pregnancy.
need to have regular menstrual cycles (unless these are impacted by
their specific contraceptives). Surrogate mothers can be in full
menopause, but need a healthy uterus.
contribute their genetics to the recipient. Surrogate mothers carry the
pregnancy and contribute no human tissue to the conception.
Both egg donors and surrogates require a psychological assessment to proceed. For surrogacy, this assessment is much more extensive and requires the approval of a judge.