Gestational Carrier Egg Donation Program
There are many couples that unfortunately experience problems when it comes to conceiving a pregnancy. While some couples are capable of conceiving, they may experience problems with fertility that can prevent them from carrying a pregnancy to term.
In these cases, couples are able to utilize a gestational carrier, also known as gestational surrogacy. With the gestational carrier program, the intended parents go through in vitro fertilization (IVF), the mother’s ovaries are stimulated with hormones, and the eggs are retrieved. The father’s sperm and mother’s eggs are then used in order to produce the embryos.
These embryos will be transferred to the gestational carrier, who then becomes pregnant with the embryos from the couple. She will carry and give birth to the couples child, but the carrier has no genetic link to the child she carried.
When a couple is having problems conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term, they may be referred to a clinic that specializes in fertility procedures. A physician will review the case and determine if a gestational carrier is needed, and advise the couple on how to proceed. Those who require the services of a gestational carrier are unable to successfully carry out a pregnancy.
- Women that have experienced medical complications that require their uterus to be removed, but still have one or both of their ovaries.
- Factors with the uterus like severe scar tissue, fibroids, DES exposure, or other types of abnormalities that are unable to be corrected with surgery.
- Medical conditions where a pregnancy could put the mother’s health or life in significant or serious risk.
Before the medical procedure is initiated, the carrier and the parents must pass thorough medical and psychological examinations, and is followed up with legal counseling. There are also additional classes and counseling sessions that are important for both parties to attend. This can be a very emotional and overwhelming experience for the carrier and the couple, and the psychological aspects and risks need to be addressed and discussed.
This is critical with ensuring the health and safety of both parties. Following these steps the beginning of the medical process will be scheduled, which includes:
- The carrier takes medication so her uterus can prepare for the transfer of embryos.
- The couple begins the IVF cycle, and the eggs and sperm are collected for producing the embryos.
- These embryos will then be transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus.
- If the pregnancy is successful, the carrier is carefully monitored for several months, and then requires regular check-ups.
The gestational carrier program is a lengthy and time consuming commitment. Including the amount of time for the pregnancy, the entire process can take over a year. Some couples will already have their gestational carrier identified, which often allows the process to move along more quickly. Other couples rely on the services of a clinic to match them up with a gestational carrier.
The selected carriers through a clinic are compensated for their time throughout the program, and the medical bills are also covered. In many cases where the couple has selected their own carrier outside of the program, they will have their own financial agreement and compensation arrangement. This is all agreed upon during the legal sessions, prior to beginning the program.