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What Are the Two Types of Gestational Carriers or Surrogates?
Dr. Mira Aubuchon, a fertility doctor with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, explains surrogacy. A gestational surrogate has no genetic link to the couple that wants to have the child. The intended parents create an embryo using their egg and sperm (or donor egg or sperm in some cases) and the embryo is transferred to the gestational surrogate. A traditional surrogate uses her own eggs, and has a genetic connection to the child.