What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is the term used to describe the process in which a woman carries a pregnancy to term on behalf of another. During the IVF portion of asurrogacy journey, the eggs of the intended mother (or donor) and the sperm of the intended father (or donor) will be used to create an embryo. The egg is inseminated, and the embryo is created in a lab. The resulting embryo will be transferred to the surrogate via catheter during a minimally invasive embryo transfer procedure.
As an Intended Parent you will be intimately involved throughout the whole process and be present for the birth of your baby. In most cases, parentage is established prior to birth. Right after the baby is born, you will assume complete parental responsibilities and the surrogate will resume her focus on her biological children and family.
Why Consider Surrogacy?
- You’re unable to conceive because of uterine irregularities
- You have a history of multiple failed IVF cycles without a known cause
- You have an underlying medical condition that could cause great risk to yourself or your baby during pregnancy
- You delayed parenthood during your prime childbearing years due to career or other life circumstances.
- Surrogacy offers single men and LGBT-individuals and couples the opportunity to become parents.
- You wish to have your own child biologically but due to circumstances, are unable to carry a pregnancy.
Important Considerations When Selecting a Surrogacy Agency
- Based on the size of their program, how long will you have to wait for a potential match?
- Is their team lead by experienced OB/GYNs? If not, do they have physicians on staff?
- Does their program have physician management and oversight from selection to beyond delivery?
- Have their selection criteria been established by physicians who understand the most vital pregnancy and delivery variables?
- Do they employ rigorous and evidence-based pre-screening protocols (in-house physician review of records, preliminary lab testing prior to matching and referral to IVF center)?
- Do their screening criteria meet or exceed ASRM and FDA standards?
- Do they offer peer-to-peer physician communication: physician liaison to IVF clinic and OB providers?