What is a Surrogate?
A Surrogate is a woman who successfully carries and delivers a baby for someone who cannot carry themselves. We call those individuals an “Intended Parent.” A surrogacy journey is a process that is complex, both logistically and legally. More than 40 states are considered surrogate friendly, meaning that Intended Parents and Surrogates entering into legal contracts for the purposes of surrogacy are protected. A Surrogate can also be referred to as a Surrogate Mother or Gestational Carrier.
Types of Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy is now the most common modern surrogacy arrangements in the United States, in which a woman carries a baby created from an egg that is not biologically hers. IVF is required in order to use a gestational carrier because the egg must be fertilized in a lab, grown until it becomes an embryo, and then transferred to the uterus of the Surrogate.
Before in-vitro fertilization (IVF) became mainstream, traditional surrogacy was the first and only type of surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the Surrogate is carries a baby created using her own egg. This type of surrogacy journey is much less common now due to the legal and psychological components of it, but is still performed under the supervision of a physician using intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
How Exactly Does Surrogacy Work?
Most of us have a friend or a family member who has struggled with infertility. The IVF process that you hear so much about is actually a big part of the entire surrogacy process!
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the process in which an egg is fertilized by sperm in a lab. Once fertilized, the egg and sperm create what is known as an embryo. Some people can make lots of embryos, others only have one. The best embryo is placed into the uterus of a patient, and hopefully it implants successfully to become a baby.
In a gestational surrogacy experience, an egg from the Intended Mother or Egg Donor is fertilized to create an embryo. It is completely biologically unrelated to the surrogate, and is placed into the surrogate’s uterus by a fertility specialist. Hopefully the embryo implants, pregnancy occurs, and a baby will be born!
If pregnancy is achieved, surrogates are compensated throughout the pregnancy for their responsible care and protection of the baby they are carrying. We understand that appreciation for helping another family should also be reflected financially, which is why we offer generous compensation and benefits to ensure the journey is a mutually beneficial one. Once the baby is born, the Intended Parents become the legal parents and their names even go on the birth certificate. Surrogacy professionals are involved every single step of the way to make your experience a great one.