A surrogate is a woman who carries and delivers a baby for an infertile couple. A more accurate term for a surrogate would be “carrier”. Often people come to surrogacy after trying and exhausting other options such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT). In some cases medical issues, such as absence of a uterus, uterine cancer, impaired uterus, or a chronic health problem, make it impossible or unsafe for the intended mother to carry a child. Sharing a pregnancy with a carrier (the woman carrying the child) may be the right option for you if involvement with the pregnancy and prenatal care, genetics and being present for the birth of your child are important. Sometimes the health of the intended mother prevents her from carrying a baby or she may have a history of recurrent miscarriages.
There are two types of surrogacy available today...Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy. Most couples who build their families through surrogacy choose gestational surrogacy, also known as gestational care. In gestational care, the intended mother or an egg donor provides the egg and the intended father or a sperm donor provides the sperm. The resulting embryo is transferred to the gestational carrier, who has no genetic connection to the child.
With Traditional Surrogacy, the surrogate is inseminated with sperm from the infertile woman’s husband, and the carrier is genetically linked to the child. In both types of surrogacy, the surrogate can be a friend, family member, a volunteer, or compensated.
To learn more about the surrogacy program offered at HRC Fertility Rancho Cucamonga, please call us at (909) 941-1120 or fill out our online contact form.