Today, we can find four different types of surrogacy. However, this classification can be subdivided into two major groups, which are not mutually exclusive:
- Traditional vs. gestational surrogacy
- A traditional surrogate is inseminated via IUI using the intended father's sperm, or donor sperm, and she will be the biological mother of the baby. Conversely, a gestational carrier is a woman whose role is to just carry the pregnancy for the intended parents,
and the technique of choice is IVF.
- Altruistic vs. commercial surrogacy
- As the names suggest, with altruistic surrogacy arrangements, the surrogate does not receive a financial compensation for carrying the pregnancy, whilst commercial surrogacy means that she is economically rewarded for the effort made.