Gestational Surrogacy allows couples to conceive a child that is related biologically to them while still using a surrogate host or “gestational carrier” to carry and birth the baby. This option is becoming more popular than traditional surrogacy because a gestational surrogate has no link genetically to the child that she is carrying. This allows intended parents to have control over their infertility and the ability to involve themselves in all aspects of the pregnancy as well as full legal parental rights after the baby is born.
Treatment for infertility by gestational surrogacy is clear-cut and follows procedures that are routine to IVF for the commissioning mother by transferring fresh or frozen-thawed embryos to the gestational carrier. The gestational surrogacy experience has been greatly free of complications and is proving to be a successful treatment for many women who would not otherwise be able to have their own children.
The Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy
Surrogacy is frequently chosen by couples struggling with issues of infertility as well as gay couples due to the benefits it offers. Benefits such as:
- The opportunity to have a child genetically related to both parents.
- The opportunity to be highly involved in the pregnancy and birth of the child.
- The success rate is very high.
- Surrogacy is a faster process than adoption.
Is Gestational Surrogacy right for you?
Gestational Surrogacy is an option available to women with specific medical issues whose eggs are "donated" during a simple medical procedure. Likely indications for gestational surrogacy are: recurrent miscarriage, failure of IVF or repeated failure of IVF, and absent uterus. Additionally, women who have had a hysterectomy for carcinoma but still have ovaries that are functioning are also likely candidates for gestational surrogacy. More than 45,000 children have been born since 1979 as the result of surrogacy. For many, this may not be simply a suitable option, but is an extremely possible solution.