A Helping Hand for Hopeful Parents
Gestational Surrogacy Lubbock, West Texas
Many couples who wish to have a child, but are unable to carry the child themselves, choose to elect a surrogate mother to carry the fertilized egg to term in her womb. We perform fertility treatments in conjunction with gestational surrogacy at our Lubbock, West Texas office, helping couples use their own eggs and sperm to conceive a child, who will develop in the womb of a healthy surrogate mother. We have a pool of carefully screened surrogate mothers we can introduce to couples, or couples may arrange a surrogate through an agency if they prefer. If you are interested in exploring gestational surrogacy as a means of conceiving a child, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett.
Why Choose a Surrogate Mother?
Sometimes it becomes necessary for a woman to have her uterus (where a fetus develops) removed. This can be because of cancer, persistent abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and other reasons. Without a uterus, a woman cannot carry a child. However, if she still has ovaries, she can produce eggs. Those eggs, in conjunction with her partner’s sperm, can be transferred to a surrogate mother’s uterus, where a child can develop. Once the child is born, the woman and her partner can assume parenthood of the child.
How Is Surrogacy Arranged?
We have a pool of carefully screened women willing to serve as surrogate mothers. Couples may also locate surrogate mothers with the help of agencies. Surrogate mothers are usually compensated $40,000 or more for their time, commitment, and medical expenses. It is advisable to hire an attorney to assist with the selection process, as well as the drafting of necessary legal documents. Texas is considered a very surrogate-friendly state. Only one of the parties involved – one of the genetic parents, or the surrogate – is required to have resided in Texas for at least 90 days in order for courts to have jurisdiction to recognize a parent-child relationship between the genetic parents and the baby. Before a final decision is made, a surrogate mother will be screened for infectious diseases, undergo psychological screenings, and have her complete medical history reviewed to ensure the best possible health and situation for the child.
The Process of Fertilization
Once a couple has decided upon gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization is performed at our Lubbock office, and the embryo is transferred to the surrogate mother. The woman whose eggs will be used is given hormones to help her develop multiple eggs. Meanwhile, the surrogate is given medication that will suppress her menstrual cycle, prompting the development of the uterine lining needed to facilitate a developing fetus. Once the genetic mother’s follicles have developed, the eggs are removed. They are fertilized in our laboratory using sperm from her partner, and the resulting embryos develop over the next three to five days. Next, the embryos are transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus. If they implant, the surrogate mother proceeds with the essential doctor’s visits and lifestyle changes necessary to carry a healthy baby to term. Once delivered, the baby goes home with its genetic parents.
Learn More about Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy can be a tremendous undertaking on the part of hopeful parents, as well as the surrogate mother, requiring a significant emotional and financial commitment. If you wish to have a child, but are unable to carry a child to term, it is possible that gestational surrogacy would be an appropriate solution. Dr. Dorsett can help you decide whether this method is right for you, find a surrogate mother, determine the probability that the surrogacy will be successful, and perform the necessary treatment. To learn more about gestational surrogacy, contact our Lubbock office today.