Gestational Surrogacy: Definition & Explanation
Gestational surrogacy is when a surrogate mother is implanted with an embryo that contains the egg and sperm of the intended parents. In cases where the intended mother is unable to produce healthy eggs, surrogacy with egg donation can be arranged. Once pregnancy is achieved, the surrogate mother will carry the baby to term on behalf of the intended parents.
When Is a Surrogate Mother Recommended?
Gestational surrogacy is a fertility treatment best used for women with an unviable uterus, recurrent miscarriages or major risks associated with carrying a baby to term.
Surrogacy — Getting Started
If you believe that surrogacy is right for your family, the first step toward finding a surrogate mother is to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you will meet with one of our board-certified fertility specialists, who will help you craft an affordable and effective fertility treatment plan. Our financial counselors will also be available to walk you through our payment plans & insurance options.
Surrogacy — Related Topics
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The Surrogacy Process
Finding a surrogate mother can be an overwhelming process. At Fertility Solutions, we have the expertise to guide you through this fertility treatment. We will provide compassionate care as we help you grow your family:
Step 1 — Finding a Surrogate Mother
Choosing the surrogate mother is an important decision. There are many dimensions to consider when looking for a match, such as geographic location, personality and prior surrogacy experience. At Fertility Solutions, we can help you select a surrogate mother that will meet your family’s needs and give you the best chance of having a child.
Step 2 — Legalities
Once you have chosen a surrogate mother, a contract will be drawn up by an attorney who specializes in fertility law within your geographic region. We can recommend skilled fertility lawyers in your area and provide you with any surrogacy-related information that is needed.
Step 3 — IVF
When you have chosen a surrogate mother and finalized the legalities, your surrogate will be given medications to align her cycle with the prospective mother’s cycle. The prospective mother and father will begin IVF treatment, and the resulting embryo will be transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus.
Step 4 — Fertility Preservation
If there are any remaining embryos after IVF, they can be cryopreserved for future use, thereby saving valuable time and money. Learn more about fertility preservation.
Possible Surrogacy side effects include multiple births, minor physical discomfort and stress.
Facts about Surrogacy
- Laws surrounding surrogacy vary from state to state.
- In 1976, the first contract was written between intended parents and a surrogate.
How Much Does Gestational Surrogacy Cost?
The cost of using a surrogate mother to build your family is dependent on a range of factors, including agency fees, surrogate mother compensation, medical costs and legal fees. Generally, surrogacy fees can run between $65,000 - $100,000. We would be happy to answer any financial questions you have regarding surrogacy and reproductive care.
What Are the Surrogacy Laws in New England?
Surrogacy laws can vary on a state by state basis. New England is known as a very “surrogacy-friendly” region, with supporting case law and generally favorable conditions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Surrogacy agreements are generally allowed and upheld, with no specific laws enforcing or prohibiting surrogacy in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Vermont. In New Hampshire, state law permits surrogacy agreements for married couples only. The Fertility Solutions staff will be happy to recommend attorneys specializing in gestational surrogacy to answer your specific legal questions, and assist with drafting necessary agreements.
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