Gestational Carriers (Surrogate) Cycles
When a patient is not able to carry a pregnancy, they may decide to use a gestational carrier, also called a surrogate. There are many different reasons why a patient may choose to use a gestational carrier, such as medical concerns with their uterus, or male patients who require a surrogate to carry the child.
Gestational carrier treatment cycles are more complicated than typical IVF treatment cycles. Your Genetics & IVF Institute coordinator will guide you through the process, and can make referrals to gestational carrier agencies, including our affiliated company Fairfax Surrogacy, that recruits and perform the initial screening of the surrogates.
What Is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is utilized when it is necessary or medically desirable to use another person’s uterus to carry a patient’s healthy embryos.
What Should Be Considered When Selecting a Gestational Carrier?
Gestational carriers should have had at least one uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery and should be between 21 and 45 years old. A gestational carrier may be a relative, a friend, or an individual previously unknown to the patient. Many patients find gestational carriers through agencies that recruit and screen surrogates and can help match the patient to a surrogate.
Genetics & IVF Institute advises all individuals contemplating gestational surrogacy arrangements to consult legal counsel prior to involvement in this program. GIVF does not become involved with the contractual arrangements between the parties.