Understanding your options
Many people become parents by using a gestational carrier (or surrogate), a woman who carries and gives birth to a child for a woman or couple who cannot. Many women decide to become gestational carriers to help people who want to become parents make their dreams of having a family come true.
Gestational Surrogate or Surrogate Mothers In a surrogacy arrangement, pregnancy is achieved through IVF, a process that requires that the cycles of either the patient or an egg donor and the recipient (gestational carrier) are synchronized. During the IVF procedure, the intended parents’ own sperm and egg (or, in some cases, donated sperm and/or egg) are combined to produce one or more embryos. These embryos are then grown in the laboratory for 3-6 days and are then transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier. If pregnancy occurs, she carries
and delivers the child to the intended parents.
Reasons to Consider Using a Gestational Carrier Your fertility specialist can help determine if a gestational carrier is clinically indicated in your case by reviewing your medical history and current diagnosis. Some factors include:
- Uterine abnormalities, including fibroids, congenital anomalies that cannot be corrected, severe scar tissue, or previous surgery that would make a pregnancy problematic or impossible.
- Women who don’t have a uterus, either because they were born without one or because it has been surgically removed.
- Existing medical conditions, such as systemic diseases like severe diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and advanced heart disease, that would be exacerbated by pregnancy and place the mother’s or child’s health at serious risk.
- Women with a history of poor pregnancy outcome (repeated miscarriage, incompetent cervix, preterm labor, severe preeclampsia).
- Couples who want their own biological child.
- Couples who do not want to consider adoption.
At the “In Vitro” clinic, we leave the choice of a gestational carrier to the patient(s), although the clinic does screen the potential gestational carrier using world-wide accepted before proceeding with the arrangement.
Your Options for Using a Gestational Carrier
The Center for Collaborative Reproduction offers you comprehensive information and support to navigate the surrogacy process. Our goal is to streamline the surrogacy process from selection to treatment for you. The ideal gestational carrier is a woman who has had a previous uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, the surrogate mother must be physically healthy, a non-smoker, non-drug user, and must pass an extensive medical screening, as well as, a criminal background check before she can begin helping families. Both the intended parents and the gestational carrier undergo a medical and psychological evaluation and legal counsel prior to finalizing the arrangement.
If you’re in an intended parent, find out what services we can provide for your specific needs. You can also meet our dedicated, experienced Team who will be helping you along the way. Please contact us.