The embryo is then implanted in the gestational surrogate’s uterus.
What is a Gestational Surrogate?
A gestational surrogate (also known as a gestational carrier) is a woman who carries and gives birth to a baby for a person or couple who is not able to have children. The gestational surrogate does not have any genetic connection to the baby, as the egg and sperm used to create the embryo come from a donor.
The process of gestational surrogacy begins with in vitro fertilization (IVF). During IVF, eggs from an egg donor are fertilized in the laboratory with sperm from a sperm donor to make an embryo. The embryo is then implanted in the gestational surrogate’s uterus. The gestational surrogate then carries the baby to term and gives birth.
Gestational surrogacy is a complex process that requires the involvement of a team of medical professionals, including a fertility specialist, a psychologist, a lawyer, and an obstetrician. It is important to note that gestational surrogacy is not the same as traditional surrogacy, in which the surrogate is also the biological mother of the baby.
Gestational surrogacy is a viable option for many couples and individuals who are unable to have children on their own. It is a safe and effective way to build a family, and it is becoming increasingly popular.
The gestational surrogate plays an important role in the process. She must be willing to undergo medical tests and treatments, and she must be willing to give up the baby at the end of the pregnancy. It is important to find a gestational surrogate who is emotionally and physically prepared for the process.
Gestational surrogacy is a complex process, but it can be a rewarding experience for all involved. It is an incredible gift for those who are unable to have children on their own, and it can bring joy and happiness to many families.