In the case of women where pregnancy is either impossible or even life-threatening, surrogacy is the answer.
This option refers to women without a uterus or women suffering from a severe medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, recurrent miscarriage history etc.
This means that another woman, a.k.a. surrogate mother, will bear through pregnancy the embryo created from the in vitro fertilization of the mother’s egg and her partner’s sperm.
Surrogacy authorisation is granted with court ruling prior to the transfer and upon request of the woman who wishes to have the child, provided that the conditions set forth in the law are met.
In Greece, surrogate motherhood is established in law 3089/2002.
Upon approval of the request, the court grants permission to the doctor to proceed to embryo transfer. The process is monitored by a legal counsel who works with the couple and the medical team.