In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate provides the egg. Therefore, she is biologically linked to the child. Even though the parties should have a contract in place that states that the Intended Parents are to raise the child as their own, Ohio has traditionally decided that the biological link of a mother to a child is very strong and not to be discounted in the event of a dispute.
Traditional surrogacy may be more cost effective than gestational surrogacy, however, since a gestational surrogate has no legal claim to the child she bears, the assurance that the surrogate cannot change her mind is something to consider when evaluating the cost of a gestational surrogacy.
Ohio law requires that a non-spousal artificial insemination be performed by a physician or a person who is under the supervision and control of a physician. There are specific rules regarding this issue and you should obtain both medical and legal counsel before proceeding with an at-home insemination.