What Is Gestational Surrogacy

What Is Gestational Surrogacy

When women receive the difficult news that they will be unable to have a child in some cases their doctor may suggest gestational surrogacy. The common response to this suggestion is often, “What is gestational surrogacy?”

Gestational surrogacy is when an egg is taken from the intended mother and inseminated by the intended father and then the fertilized egg is implanted in and carried until birth by the gestational surrogate.  Sometimes anonymous donor egg and or sperm can be used to create the embryo as well.

There are many reasons that a woman may need a gestational surrogate to carry her child until birth. The most common reason is that the biological mother may have uterine complications precluding her from being able to carry a child. In this case the answer to “What is gestational surrogacy?” is a relief for many couples who are physically unable to have a child.

You may still be asking yourself, “What is gestational surrogacy and what are the benefits of becoming a surrogate?” There are many benefits to becoming a gestational surrogate. The most obvious benefit is that a surrogate has the opportunity to give the gift of a biological child to a family that otherwise would be unable to have a biological child.

There is also a financial component that is extremely beneficial to the gestational surrogate. Carrying out a gestational surrogacy can lead to an income of tens of thousands of dollars for the woman who decides to become a surrogate. So along with bringing so much joy to the family and helping to bring a child into the world, the gestational surrogate also can make her own life more financially comfortable.

Once a woman decides to carry out a gestational surrogacy her family and friends may ask her, “What is gestational surrogacy?” While it is a process that is becoming more common and more accepted some people still have questions on the process. An easy way for some families to think about it is that a couple that is physically unable to have children have a child but then they need a third party to carry the child until the day of their birth.

Whether or not the surrogate stays involved in the child’s life is a decision the family typically makes. In most cases the family and surrogate remain friends. There is often a special bond between the child and the surrogate because the surrogate took a significant role in bringing the child into the world. The parents of the child will be forever grateful.

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Surrogate’s Perspective On Surrogacy

What Is Gestational Surrogacy

surrogacyWritten by Ryley of That’s My Family Blog:

Today I am 7 weeks pregnant. Ultrasound pictures are held up with letter magnets on my fridge. My calendar is splattered with OB appointment reminders every week.

But this baby isn’t mine. This baby belongs to an AMAZING couple that I couldn’t love more.

I am a Gestational Carrier, a Surrogate Mom.

Who Are Surrogate Mothers?

There is a good chance that all you know of gestational carriers either came from the movie “Baby Mama” or from the recent “surrogate” scandal. What I want you to know most about carriers is that we are real people: we’re moms, we work normal jobs, lead normal lives. There are a lot of different stories that pull women to surrogacy. For me, it was a best friend in high school who came out to me after we graduated. He was happy, but realized his orientation meant he would never have biological children. Without even thinking, my 17 year old self proclaimed “I’ll have babies for you!”

11 years later, I made the leap and joined an agency that embodied all I wanted and needed to make this a positive experience for all involved. The agency matched me with a fantastic couple that will become parents in the spring of 2012.

What Is Being A Gestational Carrier Like?

It sounds easy when I say it that way, sounds like a piece of cake. There is so much more that goes into it. There is the typical question everyone asks, “How can you just give your baby up?” First, this baby is in NO WAY my child. It will look drastically different than me and my family. It will not have my blood type, it was not made with any of my genetics. The process has been compared to long term babysitting. If your best friend asked you to watch their child for 9 months, you’d do it. You’d love that child for 9 months, tuck them into bed at night and kiss them on the head. You’d feed them and take care of them. When your friend came back you’d be SO happy to reunite them. Would you miss that child after you cared for them? YES, you would, but your heart would be so happy. I CANNOT wait to reunite this baby with its parents. I dream of it at night. I get teary eyed thinking about it. It’ll be the moment I’ve been waiting for…

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Learn the Details of Becoming a Surrogate Mother

surrogate mother and babyWhat is Surrogacy?

There are a few assisted reproduction techniques, such as In Vitro Fertilization, egg freezing and surrogacy. Out of these techniques, surrogacy is the most unique. This process is very personal to both the surrogate and the intended parents. The process produces many emotions as it involves bringing different people together to bring a child into the world.

In a conventional pregnancy with one man and one woman, a pregnancy can create feeling of joy and excitement. However, for some women, a pregnancy can create feelings of stress. A pregnancy via surrogate can make things more complicated due to multiple parties being involved in the pregnancy.

With a pregnancy via surrogacy, it is important that all parties involved form a partnership in which they all move towards the same goal. This requires support before, during and after the pregnancy. The surrogate mother as well as the doctor, the couple or the individual desiring a child, must be able to work well together in order to ensure that the surrogacy remains as smooth and as joyful as possible.

Intended parents and surrogates must keep in mind that the typical surrogacy process can be more than one year.

As a surrogate mother, you are giving a gift to the intended parents. You will help give someone their deepest desire – a desire to bring a child into the world. This experience can be quite emotional. Here are some tips for what to consider when deciding to become a surrogate mother:

Religious Views

Each religion has differing opinions on the morality of surrogacy. Surrogacy and Islam and surrogacy and Christianity may view the topic in different ways. This is also true of Judaism and other religions. Some religions accept modern science and technology and view it as the use of the intellect given to us by God to conceive a child. If you are unsure of your religion’s views on surrogacy, then you may need to consult with your religious leaders.

Society’s Surrogacy Stigma

If you decide to become a surrogate you may receive criticism from more than just your religious community. Other people may be reluctant to accept your choice while others may have outright oppositions to surrogacy. While the beliefs of those close to you are significant, in the end it is your own decision whether or not to become a surrogate. When thinking about becoming a surrogate, it is important to ask yourself this important question: “Do you want to carry a child for a couple or individual desiring one?” It is vital to think about your own beliefs without pressure from those surrounding you. You must make the choice that you have peace with.

Reasons To Become A Surrogate

Do you have specific reasons why you want to become a surrogate? While the most common motive may be financial incentives, for many women the decision to become a surrogate may is based on an intrinsic desire to help others in need. The intended parents have a deep desire to build a family and you can be their angel that helps bring a child into the world. You must also be aware that potential womb carriers with self-seeking motives are not usually chosen.

Forming A Relationship With The Intended Parent(s)

It is imperative that you have a positive relationship with the individual or couple that will be the parent(s) of the child you will carry in your womb for nine months. If you have already decided that you would like to become a surrogate but have yet to find a couple, then it would be best to search for one that fits you by contacting a surrogacy agency. If you are interested in international surrogacy, there are surrogacy agencies in India, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries that can act as mediators between surrogates and intended parents. If you are fortunate enough to have already found a suitable couple or individual, then it is very important that you build a relationship prior to finalizing your decision to be the surrogate mother.

To find more information and to speak with a Surrogacy Agent, please visit: Surrogates Across America today!

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Important Information About Surrogacy

surrogacyWhat is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy, also known as gestational care, is a family building option for those who want a child with genetic ties and have not had success with other “first-line” assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments. Surrogacy, in which a woman carries and gives birth to another woman’s baby, has a long history, dating back as far as the Old Testament story of Sarah and Hagar.


Traditional Surrogates and Gestational Surrogates

There are two types of surrogacy — traditional and gestational — that are practiced today.

In traditional surrogacy, a woman, called a “surrogate mother,” carries an embryo that was created with her own egg and the sperm of a man who, with his partner, wants a baby. Traditional surrogacy can be accomplished either by intrauterine insemination (IUI) or by in vitro fertilization (IVF).

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate, called a gestational carrier, gives birth to a baby created with an egg and sperm from the “intended parents,” or the embryo can be created from a donor egg or donor sperm. The majority of surrogates today are gestational carriers.

With gestational surrogacy, IVF is used to fertilize the eggs in a laboratory. If the fertilization is successful, a fertility doctor transfers some or all of the resulting embryos (often two or three) into to the surrogate’s uterus. If all goes well, the gestational carrier delivers the baby and immediately relinquishes him or her to the parent(s).

IVF, which came into practice in 1978, transformed surrogacy into a popular practice today.


Who Uses Surrogacy?

Candidates for surrogacy are:

  • Couples and single women who have had multiple miscarriages or difficulty conceiving and/or carrying a fetus to term. Surrogacy enables them to have a child genetically related to one or both.
  • Gay male couples who want a child with a genetic connection to one partner.
  • Couples or single women in which the woman has no uterus or a congenital anomaly of her uterus but has intact ovaries.


What to Consider with Surrogacy

Surrogacy involves many legal, ethical and financial considerations. Usually, potential parents pay the surrogate a fee for carrying the child, along with her medical expenses. Costs can start at $20,000 or more, up to $120,000. Legal contracts are required before the process begins to protect the rights and responsibilities of the parents, surrogate, and intended child. Both the third party and intended parents should have separate legal counsel.


Finding a Surrogate

Most people locate gestational carriers/surrogates through fertility clinics, websites, lawyers and private agencies. Most agencies require that potential surrogates already have had a child/children of their own, are healthy medically and emotionally, and are not motivated solely by financially considerations.


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Considering a Surrogate

Egg Donors and Surrogates compensation

surrogacyConsidering a Surrogate

A gestational carrier is a woman you expect to provide an optimal environment – internally and externally – for the nine months your baby is in utero. She is someone who has no biological ties to the fetus and is unselfishly giving her body over to you and your baby for three-quarters of a year. (Yes, she is being compensated.) Your carrier is someone who will be part of your child’s story forever.

The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently issued a committee opinion entitled “Consideration of the Gestational Carrier”. The document, “considers the protective safeguards that need to be in place to ensure the ethical treatment of gestational carriers.” According to the document, gestational carriers:

  • Have a right to be fully informed of the risks of the surrogacy process and of pregnancy
  • Should receive psychological evaluation and counseling
  • Should have independent legal counsel.
  • Should be at least 21 and at least one birth
  • Have the right to appropriate medical care
  • Should be counseled on risks of multiple pregnancy if more than one embryo is transferred
  • Need to understand types of infectious disease screening, (And, intended parents need to understand limits of screening)


  • Reasonable economic compensation to the gestational carrier is ethical
  • The intended parents are considered to be the parents of any children born by a gestational carrier
  • The obstetrician should be agreed upon by the surrogate and intended parents
  • There should be discussion with the carrier about the broader social context – such as the effects on the carrier’s child(ren) or partner

Most of the points raised in the committee opinion are standard operating protocol for surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics that have surrogacy programs – or should be. They should advise clients to have separate legal counsel and provide psychological screening, for example. But they are worth repeating here, for the benefit of carriers and intended parents alike.

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Generous Donations: Egg Donors and Surrogates

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By Laurie McLaughlin

When a couple is having trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy, sometimes a “third party” is enlisted to help. These women—egg donors and surrogates—are giving one of the greatest gifts of all. Find out why they do it.


The phrase “third-party reproduction” sounds so impersonal. But the egg donors and surrogates who help couples achieve their dream of parenthood are anything but. These women are giving of themselves in the most personal way possible. And most times the couples who are the recipients of these gifts are strangers.


Who are these women? Why do they do what they do? If you’re cynically thinking it’s just for the money, think again. Donating eggs or carrying a pregnancy involves real health risks that money really can’t compensate for. Egg retrieval is a surgical procedure that requires weeks of shots and discomfort followed by another couple of weeks of recuperation. Pregnancy and childbirth, of course, with the preliminary hormonal treatments and recuperation following delivery, affects at least a year of the surrogate mother’s life (and her family’s). The majority of women who carry a child for another woman are “gestational surrogates,” meaning the child inside them was created with the egg from either the intended mother or another donor. Traditional surrogacy arrangements, in which the surrogate also provides the egg, are much less common today, because both the intended parents and the surrogates have concerns about issues of attachment if the baby is both genetically created and carried by the same woman.


For both egg donors and surrogates, the fees that are paid are meant to cover medical fees as well as pain and suffering. Laws from state to state vary, and some are more surrogate- and donor-friendly than others. Fees also vary, with areas such as California paying as much as $25,000 for a surrogacy and $8,500 for egg donation. It’s unlikely that anyone would agree to be a surrogate or egg donor for strangers without compensation, but money alone can’t explain why women put their lives on the line to do it.


ConceiveOnline.com talked with six egg donors and surrogates and asked them to tell their own stories of why they do what they do… Come back again to read a egg donor/surrogacy story from Terri!




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