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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

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Gestational SurrogacyGestational surrogacy, or surrogacy, is the term used to describe an infertility process by which another woman undergoes the embryo transfer process and then carries the pregnancy to term.  The intended parents are intimately involved with the pregnancy, are typically present at the birth, and assume parenting responsibilities immediately thereafter.

Gestational surrogacy may be achieved with the intended mother’s eggs or with a donor’s egg.  Likewise, the sperm may be provided by the intended father or from a sperm donor.  The insemination of the egg is performed by way of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, including ICSI.

Unlike egg or sperm donors, the gestational surrogate is always known by the intended parents. A surrogate can be someone you know, a close friend or relative, or obtained through an surrogacy agency.  All surrogates-to-be must meet doctor-established criteria, undergo medical evaluations and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Why consider surrogacy?

  • You’re unable to conceive because of uterus irregularities
  • You have a history of multiple failed IVF cycles without a known cause
  • You have and underlying medical condition that could cause great risk to yourself or your baby during pregnancy
  • When used in conjunction with donor eggs, to provide conception for gay individuals or couples, as well as males who wish to be single parents.
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