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The Different Kinds of Surrogates

In December 2014, Jimmy Fallon welcomed his second daughter, Frances Cole, via gestational surrogacy. Big sister, Winnie Rose Fallon, was also born via gestational surrogacy in July 2013. Bill and Giuliana Rancic also credit surrogacy for the birth of their son, Edward Duke.

By now, you may be wondering what IS surrogacy and what are the different types of surrogacy?

There are traditional surrogates and gestational surrogates, also known as gestational carriers. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate provides her own egg and carries the child; therefore, she is genetically linked to the child. In contrast, a gestational carrier — the type of surrogacy that is most common today — does not provide an egg. Instead, the eggs and sperm come from the intended parents or from donors; therefore, the gestational carrier is not genetically related to the child she carries.

Need more information about surrogacy? Check out FertilityAuthority's Surrogacy and Gestational Care section.

Watch as Dr. Melissa Yih of IVF New Jersey explains how a surrogate gets pregnant:

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