Gestational surrogacy refers to patients hiring a woman to carry an embryo to term on their behalf. In other words, a gestation carrier has another couple’s embryo placed into her uterus, carrying the baby and giving birth for the couple. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine has connected couples to gestational surrogates in the Lubbock, TX area, allowing people to experience the joys of parenthood.
Dr. Janelle Dorsett would like to go over the gestational surrogacy process in brief below. This should give you a good idea of what it involves, who benefits from this arrangement, and what to expect when connecting with a surrogate.
Ideal Candidates for Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy is a good option for all sorts of reasons. Ideal candidates for gestation surrogacy may face some of the following issues.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
If a woman has suffered multiple miscarriages, she may not be able to carry a child to term on her own. In such cases, it’s best to work with a gestational surrogate in order to avoid medical dangers and the psychological/emotional burden of another pregnancy loss.
Risk of Pregnancy Loss or Health Issues
Sometimes a woman does not have to experience a pregnancy loss in order to consider gestational surrogacy. If a mother suffers from medical conditions that make her incapable of carrying a child to term on her own, a gestational surrogate is the best way to ensure a healthy child is born and that the mother’s life is not put at risk.
Same-Sex Male Couples Having a Child
A same-sex male couples are biologically unable to carry a child to term themselves. In order to experience the joys of parenthood, gay couples can work with a gestational carrier. She will carry the embryo to term for the fathers. Same-sex female couples can similarly hire a gestational carrier if health concerns are present.
Finding a Gestational Surrogate
If patients at our Lubbock fertility center require a gestational surrogate, we can easily help. We have a pool of carefully screened women who can serve as carriers for couples or individuals. These gestational carriers are young and in good health.
It is also possible to find a surrogate on your own or to use other agencies to locate a surrogate that fits your needs. We can offer advice on this if you require it.
Making the Necessary Legal Arrangements with a Surrogate
Gestational surrogates are compensated well for their commitment to the couple. In many cases, pay for being a gestational surrogate is around $40,000 or more, covering services and medical screenings.
In addition to compensation for the surrogate, legal paperwork must be drafted regarding the arrangement. Our team can assist with this paperwork, helping the process go through as smoothly as possible.
The Fertility Treatment Procedure
Prior to starting a fertility treatment cycle, the surrogate mother is screened for health issues just to make sure she is in the best possible health to carry a child to term.
An in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure is performed. Once the embryo is ready, it is then transferred to the gestational carrier’s uterus. Medical screenings proceed during pregnancy to ensure the health and proper development of the baby.
Learn More About Gestational Surrogacy
If you live in Lubbock and need to learn more about gestational surrogacy and if it’s ideal for your needs, be sure to contact a skilled fertility specialist. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine can be reached by phone at (806) 788-1212.