Understanding Gestational Surrogacy and Its Benefits
What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the eggs of the intended mother or those of an egg donor. This arrangement means that the surrogate mother is not genetically related to the child. Because this method is more complicated medically, it tends to be more expensive but also more effective than traditional surrogacy where the surrogate mother is impregnated with semen from the intended father or sperm donor and uses her own eggs. There are three stages to achieving pregnancy with gestational surrogacy:
*Egg retrieval—either the intended mother or the egg donor undergoes an a procedure to remove eggs from her body.
*Fertilization—the eggs are fertilized with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos.
*Transfer—the fertilized egg, or embryo, is implanted into the surrogate mother’s womb. This is often referred to as an embryo transfer, or just transfer.
Gestational surrogacy with Growing Generations offers those who are unable to have a baby the ability to have their own child biologically or through intention. While you and/or your partner will not physically carry a baby, you will be intimately involved throughout the entire process – from choosing your surrogate to being at the hospital when your baby is delivered.
Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy
- The ability to have your own child biologically or through intention thanks to in vitro fertilization.
- The option of gender selection and genetic testing on the embryo before implantation.
- Low risk pregnancy-our surrogate vetting process includes medical, psychological and criminal screenings. We accept less than 1 percent of the women who apply to be a surrogate and pride ourselves on choosing a surrogate who is physically, emotionally and financially prepared to carry your child or children.
- While surrogacy law is constantly evolving, the legal process in many states sets a precedent that the surrogate must relinquish her rights to your baby after he or she is born.
- Same-sex couples may have each of their names on their child’s birth certificate.
- In vitro fertilization plus surrogacy have been known to produce some of the highest success rates for pregnancy.
While choosing to have a child through surrogacy may seem intimidating at times, our process provides easy-to-navigate steps for you to follow. These include:
- Booking a free 60-minute consultation in person or via video.
- Completing an online profile to match with a surrogate.
- Meeting your surrogate in person or via video.
- Meeting with our legal team.
- Funding a medical expense account for your surrogate.
- Consistent communication with our agency and your surrogate.
If you are unable to use your own eggs, we’re happy to help you. Growing Generations has its own egg donor database that you can browse. Contact us for details, or sign up for free access to view our egg donor profiles.
Over 500 tasks, appointments and events go into the completion of an average surrogacy process. Monitoring your surrogate, managing that relationship, paying her expenses and making sure she has everything she needs are just a few of the duties Growing Generations performs.
Some of the specific ways we serve you include:
- Affirming during the screening process that your surrogate is financially self-supporting.
- Making sure your surrogate is sending updates and attending her appointments.
- Coordinating your surrogate’s psychological counseling.
- Creating a birth plan for you and the hospital where your child or children are expected to be delivered.
- Providing case specialists who conduct “milestone calls” to share what to expect next during your process. Watch how your baby grows and develops week by week so you know exactly what to expect.
- Offering you financial and insurance specialists so you can make the most informed decisions.
We recognize that a lot of questions may arise throughout this process, and we have an open-door policy where you can always come to our team for the answers you need. Our online resource center also offers assistance on everything from medical complications to potential language barriers between you and your surrogate. Even after your child is born, we are here with articles relating to breast milk, talking to your child about surrogacy, and other common topics.
When you’re ready to proceed on your surrogacy journey, take the next steps with us.