What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is the carrying of a child for intended parents, where the pregnancy results from the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the resulting child is genetically not related to the surrogate. A surrogate can be implanted with an embryo created in several different ways via IVF. One such way is using the intended father’s sperm and the intended mother’s eggs, while other options are using intended father’s sperm and a donor egg, intended mother’s eggs and a sperm donor, or donor sperm and donor eggs.
The Surrogacy Process
Because surrogacy involves the creation of a child via surrogacy, it is important to understand all of the steps that are involved in becoming a surrogate or using a surrogate mother to create your family. We have created a flow chart to help explain what each aspect of the surrogacy process entails along with a timeline for the surrogacy process. Additional information on becoming a parent via surrogacy or to become a surrogate mother is listed below as well.
Since embryos created via IVF for the purposes of implanting in a surrogate may be created in several different methods, it is important to understand why they would be used by Intended Parents to create their family and what it takes to become an egg donor for these families. In the case that the Intended Parents are unable to contribute their own eggs, or they are a same sex couple without eggs, they will require the use of an egg donor. Becoming an egg donor is a gift of life for these intended parents who could not have a child without their help and their donation. When considering becoming an egg donor or considering the use of an egg donor, please refer to the links below to further understand how egg donation can create families.
If at any point you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or contact us for more information.