Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where intended parents work with a gestational surrogate who will carry and care for their baby(ies) until birth. Intended parents use surrogacy to start or grow their families when they can’t do so on their own.
Through IVF, embryos are created in a lab at a fertility clinic. Sometimes the intended parents use their own genetic material. Sometimes, an egg donor is required. At the fertility clinic, 1-2 embryos are implanted into a gestational carrier, who carries the baby(ies) to term.
Gestational carriers have no genetic relationship to the children they deliver.
Frequently Asked Questions
The surrogate mother may also donate eggs or the expectant couple can donate their own sperms and eggs for the procedure.
Any couple who intends to have a baby can choose this path. Same-sex couples, couples having difficulty conceiving, etc are often seen choosing this procedure.