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Surrogacy and Gestational Care

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate gives birth to a baby conceived with an egg and sperm of a couple or a donor egg or sperm.

Surrogacy and Gestational Care Articles

If you’ve decided on surrogacy, your first steps are to coordinate your plans with your fertility clinic and recruit a surrogate. Your fertility clinic may have its own surrogacy program, or you may want to locate your own surrogate.

Prospective parents explore the option of surrogacy generally because they cannot give birth to children themselves. Thanks to IVF, surrogates can carry children related to one or both intended parents if their eggs and/or sperm are healthy (donor eggs, sperm, or embryos can also be used).

Surrogacy or gestational care is a family building option for those who want a child with genetic ties and have not had success with other “first-line” assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments. Surrogacy, in which a woman carries and gives birth to another woman’s baby, has a long history, dating back as far as the Old Testament story of Sarah and Hagar.

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Starting the Surrogacy Process

Dr. Carol Wheeler, at the Women& Infants Center for Reproduction and Infertility explains the surrogacy process. First, have to decide who the carrier is going to be, and whether you also need an egg donor or a sperm donor. Having a family member who is willing to carry a pregnancy is often time a very good option. Another option is to hire a carrier through an agency.

Medical Conditions for Surrogates

There are some women who would benefit from gestational care. Carol Wheeler M.D., a fertility doctor at the Women& Infants Center for Reproduction and Infertility discusses the medical conditions that would necessitate using a surrogate. The largest group of women, are those who have not been able to get pregnant and it's believed that the uterus is the cause.

Video: How Do You Pick the Ideal Surrogate?

Dr. Said Daneshmand, of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, discusses ideal qualities to look for in a surrogate including good physical and mental health, as well as strong personality, sense of responsibility, and compliance with protocol guidelines.