Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman, also known as a surrogate mother or gestational carrier, carries a genetically unrelated embryo/fetus in her uterus to term until she delivers the baby. The embryo is created through in vitro fertilization, either with an egg retrieved from the prospective mother or an egg donor. The surrogate does not have any legal rights to the baby and is not biologically related to it.
Gestational surrogacy is a great gift that a woman gives to intended parents. It is most commonly used in the following situations:
- The intended biological mother cannot carry a baby because of an anatomical or other medical problem, such as lacking a uterus or having experienced previous IVF implantation problems.
- Gay males wanting to become biological parents.
Recruitment of Gestational Carriers
The biological parents will choose a gestational carrier through an established agency. After meeting the carrier, the intended parents can decide if the match will be appropriate. The person will be part of their lives for at least nine months and responsible for the in-utero health of their child.
Evaluation of Carriers
The carrier and her husband/partner will be screened psychologically and medically. A legal contract has to be drawn between the biological/intended parents and the carrier to avoid future problems and determine the rights and obligations of both parties during and after the pregnancy. All clauses are left at the discretion of both parties and will depend on the relation between the biological couple and the carrier.
The agency fee is completely separate from the fees for the IVF cycle. For more information about IVF costs and surrogacy coordination, you need to contact the CRMI billing department.
The success rate with a gestational carrier is very dependent on the age of the biological mother/egg donor. The physician will discuss this at length at your consultation. Most of the time, there will be embryos that we will freeze for an another cycle if the first one is not successful. That adds too to your chances of success.
Cycle Time Schedule
For the biological mother, the egg retrieval portion of the cycle will last about two weeks. The embryo transfer to the gestational carrier usually takes place three days after the egg retrieval.
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