Sometimes, a woman’s uterus is not capable of safely carrying a pregnancy or a woman may not have a uterus. In these situations, we turn to a gestational carrier, also known as a gestational surrogate: a woman who volunteers to carry the pregnancy for the parent(s)-to-be. A gestational carrier offers you and your partner a chance to parent your own biological child by having a surrogate carry an embryo created from your egg or donor egg and your partner’s sperm or donor sperm. A number of reputable agencies exist in the United States to bring together hopeful patients and the women who will help carry their babies. Gestational carriers are mothers themselves, and they provide this incredible service because they understand what a difference they can make.
Gestational surrogacy is one of the routine reproductive technologies our providers perform. They are experienced in helping couples who need a gestational carrier. Patients who may need a gestational carrier include women who do not have a uterus or have had uterine conditions that affect their ability to carry a pregnancy. Some women are advised against getting pregnant due to their medical conditions that could pose a health risk to them or their baby during pregnancy. Gestational carrier is also an option for men who are planning on having a child.
The gestational carrier process includes the following: the eggs that are obtained through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are fertilized with sperm. The fertilized eggs undergo preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) when they reach the blastocyst embryo stage. A single embryo with normal chromosome count is then transferred into the gestational carrier’s womb through a simple procedure.
If you are considering using a gestational carrier, one of our providers would be happy to discuss this parenting option with you.