What is a Gestational Carrier (Gestational Surrogate)?
A gestational carrier is a woman who volunteers to carry a pregnancy for a couple or individual with the help of in vitro fertilization. The gestational carrier does not provide the egg, and therefore is not genetically related to the child. The eggs are provided by the intended parent or egg donor and the sperm is provided by intended father or sperm donor.
How do you know if gestational surrogacy is the right option for you?
Surrogacy is required for any intended parents that do not have the capability of carrying a pregnancy themselves.
Reasons for using a gestational carrier may include:
- Women who have a uterine factor (hysterectomy, history of fibroids, endometriosis, scar tissue).
- Women who have a medical condition that puts them and/or the fetus at risk if they become pregnant.
- Women who have a history of recurrent pregnancy loss.
- Male same-sex couples.
How do people find a Gestational Carrier?
Most couples/individuals work with surrogacy agencies to guide them through this journey. These agencies work together with the intended parent(s) to choose the right carrier for them. These agencies provide all of the legal and binding contracts necessary between all parties. The average wait to be matched with a carrier can range from two to six months.
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