What is Surrogacy?
For some of us, the journey to a healthy baby might require the use of a surrogate, or what we now call a gestational carrier. A gestational carrier is someone who agrees to carry someone else’s pregnancy. There are a number of reasons why people might want or need to use a gestational carrier. Some reasons include single men or gay couples who want to have a family, women who do not have a uterus, women who have medical issues and cannot safely carry, or women who have had multiple pregnancy losses.
We Recommend Only the Best
At Reproductive Health and Wellness Center, we work with only the best surrogacy agencies in southern California who are as dedicated to your fertility success as we are. If you decide to use a surrogate as part of your fertility plan, we’ve got you covered – Our fertility team has been helping build families for over a decade. We have the experience to guide you every step of the way.
How Are Surrogates Chosen?
Choosing a surrogate is a very important decision. Sometimes you have a friend or family member who is willing to help. Other times you will use a surrogacy agency to help match you to a surrogate. Either way, we only use gestational carriers that have undergone strict screening, live a healthy lifestyle, and are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy enough to carry a pregnancy. Once you are matched with a gestational carrier, the agency will help you with all the contracts and paperwork.
I Have my Surrogate, Now What?
If you are using your own eggs, the intended mother will go through an in vitro fertilization, or ivf cycle. She will receive fertility hormone injections to help her eggs grow.
Once the eggs are ready, they are removed from the ovary and combined with sperm from the intended father in the IVF laboratory. (The intended parents also have the option to use donor eggs or donor sperm). Fertilized eggs become embryos and they are cultured in the laboratory for 5 days.
After 5 days, the embryos can be tested to make sure they have the right number of chromosomes. Once normal embryos are identified, we will start getting the surrogate’s uterine lining ready. Once the lining is ready, a normal embryo will be transferred into her uterus.
What Happen During Pregnancy?
The intended parents are involved during the entire pregnancy. They are there for prenatal visits with the doctor, they are present at delivery, and they are the child’s parents after the baby is born.
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