Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the first daughter of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has welcomed her first baby, a boy, through surrogacy.

Investigations revealed that the baby was born on 25 December, 2017, through surrogacy to Sade and her husband, Hon.Tunde Oye-Ojo, who have both been expecting a baby several years after fruitless marriage. Folasfe Tinubu-Ojo, who is also the Iyaloja General of Lagos, was sighted at the commissioning of the Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu, JJT Park, three weeks ago not pregnant. In fact, she had cut the tape for the commissioning of the project in the presence of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. She was also sighted at the 50th birthday celebration of Alhaja Taibat Montai Okesanjo, held last Sunday, 24 December, 2017, without any visible sign of pregnancy or protruding stomach. Despite the fact that the baby was born through surrogacy, there is resounding joy in the Tinubu-Ojo’s family, that at last, the Iya-Oloja General is now a proud mother. The naming ceremony of the baby was reportedly done on New Year Day, Monday, January 1, 2018, with many top dignitaries in attendance, including the proud mother’s father, Bola Tinubu.

 

Facts and figures about Surrogacy

According to Wikipedia, Surrogacy is a method or agreement, whereby a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or persons, who will ultimately become the newborn child’s parents after birth; and traditional surrogacy (also known as partial, genetic, or straight surrogacy) involves natural or artificial insemination of a surrogate. If the intended father's sperm is used in the insemination, then the resulting child is genetically-related to the intended father and genetically-related to the surrogate.

 

How Surrogacy is done?

A technique called "in vitro fertilization (IVF),’’ now makes it possible to gather eggs from the mother, fertilize them with sperm from the father, and place the embryo into the uterus of a gestational surrogate. The surrogate then carries the baby until birth. A gestational surrogate is called the "birth mother."

How much does it cost to hire a surrogate mother?

Every surrogacy case is unique and involves factors that can impact the overall fees and price. The average cost of surrogacy can range from $90,000 to $130,000, depending on the individual arrangements. In states like California, where surrogates are in high demand, the cost may be slightly higher.

Do surrogate mothers pass on DNA?

No, and this is because the child already has its DNA from its mom and dad. Also, the baby's own blood passes through its body, not the blood of its surrogate mom. However, there is a possibility that some DNA could be transferred from the woman to the fetus that she is carrying, and vice versa, from the child to the mother.

Is surrogacy covered by health insurance?

In certain cases, if the health insurance plan does not state specifically that surrogacy will not be covered, then legally the insurer must cover the cost of the surrogate pregnancy at the same rate of coverage that it would have paid the policy holder for a natural or traditional pregnancy.

Is surrogacy legal?

Commercial surrogacy is legal in some US states, and countries including India, Russia and Ukraine. People who want to be parents may go abroad if their home country does not allow surrogacy, or if they cannot find a surrogate. However, even here, the laws may vary

How long does it take to become a surrogate mother?

It typically takes 1-3 months to become matched. Once you are matched, the screening process, including the legal process, usually takes 1-3 months. Once you have been cleared to start your IVF cycle, you are typically on medications for 3-4 weeks, before you have an embryo transfer.

What is the process of surrogacy?

 As an overview of the Surrogacy, Process, in gestational surrogacy, an egg is removed from the intended mother or an anonymous donor and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or anonymous donor. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is then transferred to a surrogate who carries the baby to term.

 

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