How many parents can a child conceived via third-party reproduction have?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 06/07/2017

The actual parents are always the intended parents, whom will have the parental rights of the child that has been conceived through third-party assisted reproduction. Yet, if we distinguish between social (i.e. non-genetic) and genetic parents, as well as a gestational mother in cases of host surrogacy, up to 5 combinations are possible. To sum up:

  • Intended parents = social parents (2)
  • Gestational carrier = gestational mother (1)
  • Egg donor = genetic mother (1)
  • Sperm donor = genetic father (1)

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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