Build your family through IVF with gestational surrogacy
Many families realize their dreams of parenthood through IVF with gestational surrogacy. At Advanced Fertility Care, our knowledgeable team is here to guide and support you every step of the gestational surrogacy journey. Many gestational surrogacy journeys may also include the help of an egg donor, which can be chosen from our Donor Egg program.
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FAQs on Gestational Surrogacy.
How are Gestational Carriers Recruited?
Advanced Fertility Care can refer interested candidates to experienced and reputable attorneys and agencies that are equipped to recruit gestational carriers and provide all the legal counseling and contracts necessary. In addition, there are some non-agency options and websites where intended gestational carriers offer their services to the public. Prospective carriers and intended parents meet in order to determine compatibility and if they decide to work together, a legal and binding contract will be drawn up at that time by an attorney. All gestational carriers and Intended Parents must seek legal counsel, even when they are using a family member or friend as the gestational carrier. All parties must seek legal counsel before a cycle can commence, regardless of the relationship.
Who can benefit from a Gestational Carrier?
A gestational carrier is required for any couple in which a partner cannot carry the pregnancy themselves. This may include LGBTQ+ families and other and couples with health conditions that may prevent a successful pregnancy. Conditions may include having their uterus surgically removed such as in the case of cervical or uterine cancer, fibroids, severe endometriosis, or any other conditions requiring a hysterectomy. In other cases, the woman may have her uterus intact, however, the uterus may be nonfunctional. This may be the result of scarring from prior surgeries or infections. As long as the ovaries are intact and functional, there is a good possibility that eggs may be retrieved, fertilized in the lab with the partner or donor’s sperm to create embryos, and the embryos may then be placed into the uterus of the gestational carrier.
What is the Difference Between A Gestational Carrier and a Traditonal Surrogate?
The terminology between a gestational carrier and a surrogate can be confusing. A traditional surrogate is a woman who not only carries a pregnancy for a couple, but uses her own egg as the genetic material. In these cases, the fetus is genetically linked to the surrogate. Traditional surrogacy is not legally permitted in the State of Arizona. A gestational carrier is a woman who has an embryo transferred into her uterus, becomes pregnant, carries a fetus throughout a pregnancy and delivers the child for another couple. A donated egg may also be used with a gestational carrier in the event a woman cannot produce her own eggs. In either scenario, the gestational carrier has no genetic link to the fetus she is carrying as the embryo is derived from the couple or in some cases a separate donor egg and/or sperm are warranted.