Traditional surrogacy is where a surrogate uses her own eggs to conceive, with sperm from an Intended Father or from a donor.
Traditional surrogacy is not as common as gestational surrogacy, because many surrogates are not comfortable using their own genetic material in the arrangement.
Most clinics do not assist with traditional surrogacy arrangements. Traditional surrogacy is usually arranged entirely by the intended parents and the surrogate and her partner.
There is a common belief that traditional surrogacy is illegal, when in fact the opposite is true. In Australia, traditional surrogacy is legal in every State except the ACT (and is not legislated for in the NT). As most fertility clinics will not assist with traditional surrogacy arrangements, this leaves home insemination as the only option.
To enter into a traditional surrogacy arrangement, the parties will need to obtain legal advice and participate in counselling, prior to attempting to fall pregnant.
For more information about traditional surrogacy, you should speak to a lawyer experienced in surrogacy law, and a counsellor who has experience with surrogacy arrangements. Other Intended Parents and surrogates are very knowledgeable and are usually willing to answer questions as well.