What is a Gestational Surrogate?
A Gestational Surrogate, which is the most common, is a Surrogate who is not genetically connected to the child she is carrying for the Intended Parents. The eggs are harvested from the Intended Mother or an egg donor, are fertilized with the prospective father’s sperm or sperm donor, and then transferred to the Surrogate’s uterus.
How does surrogacy work?
A Surrogate is a woman who has had at least one child of her own with an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, and is currently healthy. She agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or couple called the Intended Parent(s) (IP’s).
The IP’s would select a Reproductive Endocrinologist to oversee their surrogate through tests, ultrasounds, medications, and hormones. While the embryologist would oversee their embryo(s). IP’s may choose to work directly with the Surrogate independently or select and hire an agency to aid in the complicated processes. Legal documents must be drawn up between the IP’s and Surrogate regardless.
The steps between Legal documents and a viable pregnancy vary depending on several factors but mainly due to the Reproductive Endocrinologist’s requirements and the IP’s wishes.